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  • InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ]
    [ Congrats to user ZOMGVTEK on winning the case! ]



    With the release of the new iPhone 3GS and the continuation of the iPhone 3G, battery life still seems to be an issue (even with the improved battery life of the 3GS) with the iPhone. Maybe its 'cause its so connected to everything online...

    Incase and Mophie both have made way to solve this recurring problem - the Incase Power Slider, and the Mophie Juice Pack Air (you may remember our review on the Air's big brother, the Mophie Juice Pack).



    We'll chat about the differences.

    Both cases run $79.95. Grab the Mophie Juice Pack Air from their site, or the Incase Power Slider from Apple.



    Incase states the Power Slider extends battery life up to 5 hours on Internet use, 5 hours on 3G talk time. It is quite impressive, and Incase is spot on with their facts. The Juice Pack Air, on the other hand, extends 4.5 hours on both, which also wound up being a pretty accurate spec.

    The Juice Pack Air takes a hint from the MacBook Pro batteries, and has 4 bright blue lights on the back telling you your current charge level. Nicely enough, it came FULLY CHARGED - the Incase Power Slider had a pretty sticker letting me know I had better fully charge it before using. Win, Mophie.



    Incase's 5 indication lights show the current charge as well, and are a little better hidden as well (only visible when lit) - and another perk is an indicator that tells you when to plug the case in during a sync. Its the little things that make life sweet.



    Both cases come with a mini USB slot along with a standard USB to mini cable. EDIT, my bad - as readers pointed out, the Mophie is in fact MICRO-USB, not Mini. Thanks, guy. This allows you to charge or update it your phone without having to remove it from the case.

    Mophie Juice Pack Air


    Incase Power Slider (btw, that does close flush, I just hadn't pressed it together completely in this photo)


    The Incase is pretty darn bulky (with dimensions of 5.1x2.6x0.86 this case almost doubles your iPhones depth), although for being large it feels quite good in the hand. The Juice Pack Air measures in at 4.90x 2.59x 0.75 - 0.32 thinner all around then the Power Slider. Interestingly, the Mophie is 0.1lb heavier then the Power Slider.



    As far as feel, the Incase wins hands down for me. The edges are curved so it feels more natural and the case covers the entire exterior of the phone. There is a hard but semi "grippy" exterior which makes it good for grip - but not one of those annoying cases that gets stuck in you pocket (I had one of those Incase rubber protective covers and it just didnt do it for me). It also seems much more flush with the iPhone, making it look more like a single unit than a phone wearing a backpack.



    Another thing Incase does right is they put rubber protectors in the back of the case. This helps to ensure protection for your phone if dropped from direct contact to the plastic or even those ugly scratches that you get from the normal wear and tear in a plastic case like the Agent18 ClearShield.

    Mophie's Juice Pack Air is shiny, which shows a heck of a lot more fingerprints. It definitely slides in and out of the pocket better, and it's smaller as well, as noted before. The part of the Juice Pack Air where the bottom of the iPhone sites also has a small gap which throws me off a bit.



    A very cool part of the Juice Pack Air is the on/off switch at the bottom. I wish the Power Slider has something like it. If you'd prefer to have the iPhone in the case but NOT be charging at the moment, simpmly flip the switch, and you've just got a big ol' case.



    But the Air's biggest flaw? Getting the thing off the iPhone. The top part is thin and attached to two long bits that go down the whole case - and it attaches REALLY tightly. I had a hard time getting the two pieces apart every time I tried, and the 5th or 6th time the top part actually snapped in half while trying to remove it. The thing still works - it connects nicely on the bottom and charges fine, but now it doesn't look complete.



    By contrast, the Power Slider slides off and on smoothly, yet fits together just as seamlessly (in fact, it looks a little more seamless).

    EDIT: Its worth noting (as a user pointed out as well) that the Incase DID give us an intermittent signal drop of about a bar. If I had 3 bars or more I was unaffected, but I noticed if I was in a place where I'd normally have only 1 bar (certain rooms in buildings, etc) I was more likely to drop a call with the Incase on than without it. I did NOT notice this with the Mophie, although some have said they notice it. This didn't really affect my love for the Power Slider, though, as the added power was much more beneficial than the signal in low signal areas - I just pulled off the case to make a call there.

    If you are craving a little more power and got an extra 80 bucks laying around and dont mind a slightly larger case, Id say grab the Incase Power Slider. The Mophie isn't bad, but getting the thing apart really is more difficult than it should be, and the design isn't quite as "pretty" as Incase's.

    Of course, if you dont have 80 bucks laying around but still would like a Power Slider - we are giving one away. Just let us know you'd like one by starting your comment with "P- " and then anything you would like to say about the case. EDIT - I'll announce a winner Wednesday July 15th. US only, sorry folks.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ] started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 958 Comments
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      I was robbed.... :-(
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      People should only win a contest if they can put this to good use. Gratz zomgvtek but u should have ur device and firmware in ur about section so moderators will know u can actually use the case. People with the 2g shouldn't have even been considered. Anyone get my point? (also, yes to the morons that are looking at my device and firmware who are about to say "YoUr uZIn teh 2g lulzz"...i know...)
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Hmmm... ZOMGVTEK has been a member since Feb 2008 and only has 16 posts, 2 of which were in this giveaway thread.

      I'm not complaining, but I feel as though there should be some sort of requirements for these. Especially since there were quite a few people who signed up in the forums just to be a part of the giveaway. I know that's a good way to recruit new members... but who knows if they'll actually stick around.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      P- i need one
    1. yiboy's Avatar
      yiboy -
      I don't know if you feel like editing your post again, but sound is another issue to consider.

      I own the mophie juice pack air and I've noticed a considerably louder sound volume on my iPhone with the case on than without.

      Also, when I play games on my iPhone, my right palm usually ends up covering the speaker and dampening the sound as my right thumb is usually busy trying to tap or press some kind of virtual button, but I don't run into that problem with the Mophie case on it.

      Oddily enough, the case "cups" the sound toward the screen of the iPhone so that whoever is using it can definitely hear a clearer and louder sound coming out of it.

      I don't know if this applies to the incase power slider, and wondering if anyone who owns it can give me their opinion about the changes in the iPhone's sound or speaker due to the case's construction?
    1. ZOMGVTEK's Avatar
      ZOMGVTEK -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      Hmmm... ZOMGVTEK has been a member since Feb 2008 and only has 16 posts, 2 of which were in this giveaway thread.

      I'm not complaining, but I feel as though there should be some sort of requirements for these. Especially since there were quite a few people who signed up in the forums just to be a part of the giveaway. I know that's a good way to recruit new members... but who knows if they'll actually stick around.
      I didnt know ones post count was that important.

      I generally see little need to post, and I have been a somewhat active member for the duration of my stay here. I check the news several times a day, and thats how I noticed this thread. If I felt what I had to say could benefit the community or myself, I would do so.

      ifonemaniac,

      And I dont see how putting a model of a phone in my information is relevant. If you dont have a phone that this device will work on, do not enter the contest. I would be very difficult to make sure the winner has a physical iPhone 3G or 3GS. Its quite easy to lie about these things regardless.

      To prove to the community that these contests actually end in someone receiving the product, I will likely post a pic of PowerSlider when it arrives.

      I <3 ModMyI. Its my daily source of iPhone news and information without having to search for it!
    1. flurffmeister's Avatar
      flurffmeister -
      There will always be the whiners in any contest. If there were requirements like registration time or post count, then you'd better believe the complaints would be either about the unfairness of ineligibility for new members to win, or the massive influx of post spamming in order to get their post count to the minimum.

      Congratulations, ZOMGVTEK, you may just be able to use your 3GS for a whole day now

      And to the runners-up: Nice try. Better luck next time, for all of us.
    1. dwella's Avatar
      dwella -
      Quote Originally Posted by flurffmeister View Post
      There will always be the whiners in any contest. If there were requirements like registration time or post count, then you'd better believe the complaints would be either about the unfairness of ineligibility for new members to win, or the massive influx of post spamming in order to get their post count to the minimum.

      Congratulations, ZOMGVTEK, you may just be able to use your 3GS for a whole day now

      And to the runners-up: Nice try. Better luck next time, for all of us.
      Congrats ZOMGVTEK you dont have to justfy anything to anyone. You entered you won even if you dont have an iphone you won. Enjoy.

      d
    1. fryfone's Avatar
      fryfone -
      Pick up the case today and love the fact that it does what it's suppose to. But... As a case it's not practical. It makes the phone mad slow. I'm at 5 bars without and 3 bars with not to mention 45 second loading screens when playing mafia war or sending SMS/aim. very cool concept and design tho. So it's back to the agent18 and the slider will be used for charging purposes only. Oh and i had to trim the sides of my screen protector to prevent the case from causing bubbles
    1. ELSock's Avatar
      ELSock -
      Congrats sir...the other dudes complaining are just lookin for reasons on why they should have gotten it and not you... just sore losers is all
    1. fryfone's Avatar
      fryfone -
      update... seems like I got problems, im jb and make sure that I quit apps but killed my slider and phone in less than 8 hours... WTF?
    1. 97vrsix's Avatar
      97vrsix -
      -P i thought there was two cases up for grabs... not just one... Oh well... Congrats to you!! I did not expect to win.. thats my luck!! thanks modmyI.com for all the help and fun!
    1. f0x's Avatar
      f0x -
      Thank you so much for the review. I went out and purchased the Incase Power Slider. I love it!

      -f0x
    1. ZOMGVTEK's Avatar
      ZOMGVTEK -
      Got the case today, Thanks ModMyi.







      It looks HUGE now! Tis charging, im sure ill test it out by not plugging it in until its dead. I normally make it midway through the day...

      Hmmm. As people have reported, I'm having issues with the case. It appears the battery is severely blocking the antennas. It says it has signal, but randomly drops to edge in 3G zones, and someimes has the circle and no Internet in the same places I allways have 5 bars of 3G. I live in a area that I allways have 3G, and 4-5 bars of signal. If I remove the case and toggle airplane
      mode, it locks back on to full 3G.

      I might contact Incase and see what they say.
    1. silent1643's Avatar
      silent1643 -
      guess both cases cause reception problems, check out the reviews on amazon - lots of reception problems
    1. PCeasar's Avatar
      PCeasar -
      OK but heres my question........has the Case-Mate Fuel been reviewed? I heard it has longer life and most of all no reception issues and kinda allows you to use your phone as it came minus the bulk.
    1. cfamcornejo's Avatar
      cfamcornejo -
      hi can you please tell me how can i get this i from canada
      thank you
    1. sonupwr's Avatar
      sonupwr -
      check online!!