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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...
01-16-2013, 08:29 PM #1
The AL13 Aluminum Bumper Case Is A Great-looking Minimalist Case for iPhone
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
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 01-16-2013 at 08:38 PM.
01-16-2013, 08:48 PM #2
"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?
01-16-2013, 08:51 PM #3
Just did $55
I haven't used Kickstarter before - will I get an e-mail or something asking what color I want?
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01-16-2013, 09:14 PM #5
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.
01-16-2013, 09:31 PM #6
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01-16-2013, 09:46 PM #8
the real question is, how does it affect signal strength.. tried cases that supposedly had solutions to signal loss but data speeds and call quality still took hits.
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Last edited by flash66; 01-16-2013 at 11:08 PM.
01-16-2013, 11:12 PM #12
P.S I am not an advertiser with lifeproof whatsoever, just like their case
01-17-2013, 12:30 AM #13
A week later, put an ad on craigslist to trade the iphone away for the Note 2. BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE AFTER 5 YEARS OF IPHONE. Cannot believe I ever had an Apple product for the past 5 years. What is worse was that I have an iPad as well and I want to throw that against the wall after realizing how amazing android is. This is coming from a apple user of 5 years. Never ever going back to apple again. Their products are such a disappointment.
Tim Cook is definitely going to be pulled out as Apple's CEO. QUOTE ME ON THAT! He will be gone in under 6 months.
01-17-2013, 04:43 AM #14
01-17-2013, 06:09 AM #15
Element case .com are the best I wouldn't buy this one.
01-17-2013, 06:35 AM #16
I kinda don't like having the back of the iPhone exposed too much,the case looks nice though
01-17-2013, 06:46 AM #17
I am tough on my phone and bumpers don't protect them well. I have used an otterbox defender and a lifeproof case. I like the lifeproof a lot better. It is thinner waterproof and better looking. A little expensive but not too bad, and their customer service has been very good at replacing cases whenever there is an issue with one. Bumpers, be they metal or plastic don't keep the phone from getting scratched or smashed very well, so not for me.
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