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Expo Notes: iPhone cases go beyond protection with extra features

Leah Yamshon | April 1, 2014
The iPhone case market is flooded with options. That's a great thing for consumers, but something of a challenge if you're trying to eke out a living making cases. How on earth can designers make a case that stands out from the ever-growing crowd?

I also had a lot of fun playing with the $45 In1 Case, which is a multitool utility case for the iPhone 5 and 5s. (I keep referring to it as the Swiss Army Knife case, but maybe that's a little inaccurate.) The In1 Case has eight tools tucked inside the back cover: Two pens (one in red ink, one in blue ink), a Phillips screwdriver, a slotted screwdriver, a nail file, tweezers, little scissors, and a toothpick. It also has a build-in kickstand as an added bonus. The tools are easy to slide out when you need to use one, but stay securely in place when you don't.

Because each tool is smaller than 4-inches, the In1 Case is fully TSA compliant, so you don't have to worry about flying with this bad boy.

Of course, not everyone needs to search for animals in complete darkness or have a Phillips head screwdriver on them at all times. For basic protection in a colorful array of patterns, Artscase offers a ton of options.

Artscase features cases designed by artists from around the world, and you can choose the level of protection you'd like: A simple hard shell starts at $29, or you can add an inner layer of silicone for double protection at $39. If you don't see a design you like, you can create your own case, too.


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