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  • The AL13 Aluminum Bumper Case Is A Great-looking Minimalist Case for iPhone
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    One question that always comes up in the minds of iPhone minimalists is, “what case can I get for my iPhone that won’t be bulky and will still show off the amazing industrial design of the device while still offering at least some protection?”

    The upcoming AL13 Aluminum Bumper case is a good place to start. It is a project on Kickstarter that has met its funding requirements and it’s still collecting backers. It will be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 and it comes in black, red, silver, and a limited edition Kickstarter green (all are anodized, just like the iPhone 5).



    What you get with the case is a bumper-style design, just like the Bumper case we were able to get for free with the iPhone 4 after the antenna-gate issues. The AL13 case, however, is made from aerospace aluminum and only weighs 16 grams. It will absorb shock from minor falls, as well as keep the front and rear of the iPhone protected from scuff scratches on flat surfaces due to the raised design.

    Just for added protection, the case will also come with a screen protector and a protector for the rear of the iPhone as well.



    On the sides, there is generous access to the volume buttons, ringer/silent switch, headphone and dock ports, speaker, microphone, and power button. From the back, the whole rear of the iPhone can be seen and this means there’s nothing there to interfere with your camera lens, LED flash, or rear-facing microphone. You'll also find two logos on the case – on the left side is the AL logo for the AL13 case, and on the right side is the M logo for the makers of the case.



    Since the AL13 is made out of aluminum, you might be wondering how your iPhone gets put into the case. After all, it’s a bumper case, and aluminum wouldn’t be very friendly to your iPhone if you were to snap the iPhone in like one of Apple’s bumpers...

    Well unlike many other aluminum cases that use screws to install and uninstall the iPhone, the AL13 uses an ingenious sliding door method for installing the iPhone or removing it:



    The AL13 Aluminum Bumper case has 27 more days of funding to go and has already reached over 1,000 backers and almost $70,000 for production (their initial goal was only $20,000). If the team reaches $75,000 in funding, they will make an additional color available for section. If the team reaches $100,000 in funding, they will make two additional colors available for selection. The color choices will be decided by the backers, who can leave a message to the maker telling them what color to make and the votes will be tallied.

    What do you think about the AL13? Personally, I'm impressed by it, being a minimalist of design myself. If you're into minimalist cases, you should totally back this case!

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    Sources: Kickstarter via ThinkByM
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The AL13 Aluminum Bumper Case Is A Great-looking Minimalist Case for iPhone started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. three_putts's Avatar
      three_putts -
      Nice design. I might have to try this one out!
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Ugh. I want push-through buttons like Apple's bumper that work and don't turn the tactility into a mush mess. I can't believe anyone would care about just another slip case with cut outs.

      Also, I'd prefer the raised edges on the front side to only be on the top, bottom, and corners while being nearly flush with the front along the sides of the screen. So far I have never seen a case like this.

      Also, the inside needs to be rubberized, IMO. Even some rubber cases get dust contamination inside and begin to damage the finish, so I would never consider a metal-on metal case with wide-open button/port openings. I don't even mind it being a bit more bulky (no bulkier than Apple's).
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Ugh. I want push-through buttons like Apple's bumper that work and don't turn the tactility into a mush mess. I can't believe anyone would care about just another slip case with cut outs.

      Also, I'd prefer the raised edges on the front side to only be on the top, bottom, and corners while being nearly flush with the front along the sides of the screen. So far I have never seen a case like this.

      Also, the inside needs to be rubberized, IMO. Even some rubber cases get dust contamination inside and begin to damage the finish, so I would never consider a metal-on metal case with wide-open button/port openings. I don't even mind it being a bit more bulky (no bulkier than Apple's).
      There is an internal strip. Take a look inside on the Kickstarter page. It's not metal on metal.

    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      "That feeling when you open your iPhone 5 box and you're ohhhhhh...." you mean the feeling of disappointment because its pretty much the same phone as the last two?
      So, it's bigger, thinner, faster, no stainless bezel, but it's 'pretty much the same phone as the last two'? You must be an idiot. There's no other explanation for it.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by itaintrite View Post
      Typical Apple fanboy behavior. Just because somebody doesn't like what Apple are doing, you automatically assume they're an Android fanboy. Fact: Apple stocks dipped below $500 for the first time in almost a year. Why?

      Full disclosure, I was an Apple user (still is at work) up till the 4S. I went through a WP7 period with the Lumia 800 and have now settled on an HTC One X. I'll say this, 4S and 5 are the least innovative phones I've seen in years.
      We care about your Apple product history AND your wonderful opinions on Windows phones that we begged you to share with us!

      Get lost.
    1. xzero's Avatar
      xzero -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      If you thought that then why did you even buy an iP5?
      Because it keeps its value after many years. I traded my $249.43 iPhone 5 16gb for a $360 Note 2 =)
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Dafffffuuuuuqqqqq I remember I used to come here everyday and read. Now every informative article ends up in an argument about apple vs Samsung it's really draining sometimes because I just want news. Me I have iphone5, note 10.1, archos cobalt 80, dell laptop & I enjoy them all!!! It's not a big deal! U are not major share holders or own the company. Just stick to the topic!!! Ps I work for Samsung on a temp basis but not small minded enough not to buy other products.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      This article has absolutely zero to do with Apple vs Android. Any further comments not on topic will be deleted.