Incipio and Stanley Hand Tools have come together for a new rugged lineup of iPhone cases for 2013; one of them, being the one pictured above Ė the Stanley Foreman case for iPhone 5. Incipio also offers the case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S if youíre interested. Built around the characteristics of a company popular for hand tool workers, construction workers, and other hard-working men and women, the Stanley Foreman case provides ideal protection under even some of the most extreme conditions. The case offers a rugged appearance, and feel, and handles drops and shock very well.
From the rear, you can see the Stanley logo, which appears on the silicone part of the case. The camera is given a large hole to peek through, so the case doesn't get in the way of your photographs, LED flash, or the rear-facing microphone.
The silicone is actually an insert for the hard plastic shell of the case. The silicone helps cradle your iPhone from the inside, keeping it safe from shock, while the harder outer shell of the case actually keeps scratches and drops from getting to the iPhone itself. We've disassembled the case so you can see the two components below:
The front of the case has a silicone bezel so you can place your iPhone face-down with confidence, no matter the surface. You can also easily access the touch screen, home button, front-facing camera, and front-facing speaker without any issues:
The Stanley Foreman also offers optimal access to the volume buttons and ringer/silent switch, making it easy to control your iPhone even when the case is on. The buttons are covered with a silicone layer, while the switch remains exposed with a decent-sized hole so you can fit your finger in there to switch it:
The power button at the top of the phone is also easily accessible, with a rugged design on the silicone covering the button. Itís surprisingly easy to press the button through the case, and you hear the click from the power button that you would normally hear only when the iPhone is naked. I have to say, Iím impressed with the feeling this case provides for waking up and putting your iPhone to sleep with this button:
From the bottom of the Stanley Foreman case, there is a single hole for accessing all of the components at the bottom of the phone. Since this part of the case is silicone, you can stretch it to fit any size headphone jack you want to. The case doesnít obstruct any of the jacks, and keeps the location wide open for your external speaker and microphone:
Since the branding of the case comes from a company of tool-making, it would make sense to provide the case with a type of holster that a worker can clip to their Jeans pocket, tool pouch, or anything else they may have available while on the job. The Stanley Foreman comes with a holster, which is made to seat the iPhone screenward-in to prevent scratches to the display. The inside of the holster features a soft surface, to keep the screen safe:
From the rear, the Stanley Foremanís holster has a ratcheting clip that can be adjusted to turn to the userís comfort. The Stanley name is proudly printed on the holster as well:
The Stanley Foreman from Incipio is a sturdy case, but definitely far from slim. The case is built for heavy-duty protection in work environments, and it certainly doesnít skimp out in this area. In terms of feel in your hand, the rather protruding rear can take some getting used to, but it adds to the rigidity of the case and helps in drop protection.
If youíre looking for a reliable case that can keep your iPhone 5 protected, I can definitely recommend the Stanley Foreman. It can be awkward getting used to holding this case, but because of how durable it feels, we're giving it 3.5 out of 5 leaves.
Every Stanley Foreman case from Incipio comes with a screen protector and microfiber cloth. The case comes in Gray and Yellow, Gray and Pink, Black on Black, Dark Gray and Gray, and Black on Black with Yellow. It retails for $39.99 on Incipio's Web site
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