Has Anyone Tried The Tech 21 iPhone 5 Cases?

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  1. beeinformed macrumors 6502

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  2. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    The piece at the very bottom seems very flimsy and I suspect will break easily.

     
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    You own the case?

    Does it scratch the phone at all?

    How is the button feedback?
     
  4. cali0028 macrumors member

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    Tech21

    I had gotten one from the apple store (clear) for the white ip5 but after week of use the clear plastic turned yellow...returned it...I do have the impact snap white now it works fine...only thing is a tight fit and very hard to get it off.
     
  5. ivan0123 macrumors newbie

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    Didn't hear this brand. But the case looks nice.
     
  6. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks everyone for responding to my inquiry about this brand!

    I bought this case in the "smoke" color and hope it does not discolor as the clear version case of "cali0028"'s did.

    I am also curious about the "fit" of the case as well as how easily you can access the volume/power buttons on this case.

    Any feedback/comments will be greatly appreciated!
     
  7. tsturbo macrumors regular

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    Keep us informed how this case work for you, it was on my short list, but purchased the spigen neo hybrid ex slim instead, the tech21 looks like a very impressive case, I just didn't want the back covered with the mesh.
     
  8. sagar4995 macrumors 6502a

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    here's what i use. bought it for AED 20. thats approx US$ 5.479.
    Been using it for about a month now. no complaints. a LOT of ppl have asked me where i got it from n its got quite a lot of attention.
    its plastic (ofcourse), fits tight. no finger smudge marks when holding it.
     

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  9. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    I have the Tech 21 Impact Band (clear) on my iphone right now. It's just different enough from my other cases to be interesting. Nice feel, nice fit. Good access for the ports. Button feel is definately muted, but I rarely use them. The sleep button is also a little harder to push, but no problem.

    http://www.tech21.uk.com/Category/iphone_5_Cases
     
  10. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    I looked at this at the Apple store (in the box). Looked super, but I could not figure out if the mesh was an open mesh or just a design. I do not think it is open, but could you let us know? Thanks!
     
  11. DrConcrete macrumors newbie

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    Tech21 Case from Apple Store

    I own a the Tech21 Impact Mesh in smoke from the Apple Store. After about a week, I am very happy with this case. To answer a previous poster's question, no, the mesh in the back is not open. The mesh provides some additional cushioning for the back of the phone to protect against impact.

    The band around the edge of the phone is fairly thick TPU with the orange T3O insert. Because I am somewhat OCD about protecting my iPhone, I did a considerable amount of research on the T3O material and its benefits. It is a non-Newtonian fluid that is viscous under normal conditions, but becomes stiff under impact loads. This stiffness would contain impact shock within the case and provide, I believe, some significant protection for the iPhone. However, I have not tested this hypothesis...yet.

    In summary, while its not the thinnest case on the market, I think it is a very good compromise between showing off the beauty of the iPhone and providing protection against drops and other impact. It's a high-tech solution without being "over-engineered" like the Otterbox Defender or even the Commuter. I would recommend that you give it a try.
     
  12. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I just started using the same case as you have and would appreciate it if you tell me if you think the mesh design will leave an imprint on the back of the phone? Also, do you think a protecter for the back of the phone is necessary with this case? Thanks! :)
     
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  14. tsturbo macrumors regular

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    It is slimmer than an otterbox, but it is not super slim. Smoke or clear, but I believe pink is also available online.
     
  15. DrConcrete macrumors newbie

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    No, I do not think it will. Its just TPU, and is pliable. However, if some sand or grit got inside the case, I suppose it's possible that it could scratch the phone. However, that's true with most any case. I would not worry about it without a protector on the back of the iPhone.
     
  16. rapaleeman macrumors 6502

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    It may imprint on the glass portions but it won't be a permanent one. You should be able to just wipe it clean.

    I bought one of these today from the Apple store and kind of like it. It was really difficult to get over the edge of my glass screen protector but it did fit in the case. I'm not a fan of the bottom at all though. Too loose of a fit for my taste. I'm probably going to take it back because of this. Makes the case feel kind of loose on my phone. It isn't rattling around or anything but it doesn't feel like a snug fit.

    I went back to my Candyshell grip and that case is just a perfect fit that anything that doesn't fit well feels odd in the hand. Grip on the Tech21 is also a little slippery. Not enough to hold onto.

    I think I'm going to try to the Spigen armor case. If that doesn't work then I'm just going to stick with the Candyshell. I like everything about the Candyshell except for the super tacky lip round the the screen. A minor complaint but it does bother me. I liked the Tech21 lip though. It sit almost flush with the screen protector. I just wish the phone felt secure in the case and had a smaller cut out for the camera. That thing is massive.
     
  17. richxps macrumors 65816

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    So that bottom part can snap easy ? Does it pull taking it out of ur pocket
     
  18. AllAmerican macrumors newbie

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    I got an impact mesh from the apple store after finding that the Lifeproof Fre was a piece of garbage. I like it personally. It's slim and has a secure fit. The bottom part does have some give, but I do not see it breaking unless you purposely attempt to. the power button is a little had to press but it's not much different than most TPU cases. In time I think it will soften up. I haven't had it long but I hope it doesn't discolor since I got the clear one.
     
  19. tsturbo macrumors regular

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    Please report back if it discolors, I am very close to *getting the clear, "if" it does not have discoloration issues. I am not really a fan of the smoke color, it's OK, but it is not my 1st choice. I also have a Spigen neo hybrid ex slim in vivid soul black which should arrive in the mail tomorrow.

    *i think I may be getting the clear tech21 as a stocking stuffer, can't wait to compare these 2 cases. I just got my iPhone 5 (black/slate) yesterday and am using it "naked" which it seems so fragile compared to my 4, prolly because it is so much lighter and thinner.
     
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  21. AllAmerican macrumors newbie

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    Sure. I do not see how it could discolor any time soon, but time will tell. The smoke color was ugly in my opinion so clear was the only option. Also you can sorta see the back of the ip5 with the clear
     
  22. LoveMyPens macrumors member

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    I have seen from a couple different sites that they have updated the bottom and it now has the supports on both sides of the lightning connector to support that bottom piece, thus not making it flimsy. I'm going to apple to check one out today to see if they have the updated on. This was the only reason i hadn't purchased it before.
     
  23. LoveMyPens macrumors member

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    I got this today and it indeed has the extra support now on the bottom lip. Great case. Love the feel. Hoping this will be a keeper... for at least a couple weeks :)
     
  24. jbzcar macrumors regular

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    I don't like the update, the short Lightning-to-30-pin doesn't fit anymore.
     
  25. LoveMyPens macrumors member

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    I have the regular lightning charger and it works fine. Personally I'd rather have the support for that lower lip than it being more open for the adapter.

    One day later and still really liking the case.
     

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