The only thing I absolutely hate about the Google Pixel 6 is how ugly its cases are going to be…

Google Pixel 6 Protective Cover Case Alibaba

The Google Pixel 6 is coming… and with it, a barrage of hideous cases that completely destroy its beautiful aesthetic.

Roughly a month ago Jon Prosser claimed he had credible information regarding how the upcoming Google Pixel 6 would look. The images he shared with the world showed a radical new design that had a pretty standout visual detail – an elongated camera bump that covered the entire phone’s width… it was less of a bump and more of a ‘bumper’. My own personal thoughts on the design were mixed, although I have to admit it was refreshing to see Google investing effort into its Pixel range after an extremely lackluster performance last year. I am, however, having second thoughts after seeing the kinds of smartphone cases appearing on websites like Alibaba as we slowly approach the Pixel 6’s launch.

Google Pixel 6 Protective Cover Case Alibaba

You see, that camera belt may be a design feature, but it’s also a major design flaw once you consider that most smartphone users would end up buying protective cases to shield their expensive smartphones from damage. The benefit with almost every smartphone’s camera bump is that its camera exists INSIDE its body, so when case-designers make cases, the simple solution of navigating around the smartphone’s camera bump is to create a cutout there. The case has a rather manageable hole through which the camera peeks through, sort of like a ski-mask. That, however, isn’t possible with the Pixel 6… A look at the image below should explain why.

The fact that the Pixel 6’s camera module extends all the way from the left to the right makes it very difficult to create one single cutout. If one were to simply go about creating a camera hole, you’d essentially have a case that exists in two parts that are barely connected together near the middle. The case becomes a merely decorative product that simply protects the edges of the smartphone, giving no cover to the cameras, which in the case of the Pixel 6, are dangerously exposed. The only way to really overcome this problem and make a proper case would be to design OVER the phone’s wide camera bump, adding another 1-2 millimeters to it and making the bump EVEN LARGER. The cutout would then exist only around the lenses and not the bump itself… as you can see in the image below.

This ‘technical’ solution spells disaster for the Pixel 6’s aesthetics. It exaggerates the phone’s elongated camera bump, turning an elegant detail into an ugly caricature… and the minute you choose an opaque cover over a transparent one, it practically conceals every element of the Pixel 6’s design, making it look like “just another phone”, albeit with a monstrous bump around its camera, exposing a major flaw in Google’s design approach to the Pixel 6 – that smartphone designs exist in a bubble where phone-makers expect you to NOT put protective cases on expensive and fragile phones. Not Okay, Google.

Google Pixel 6 Protective Cover Case Alibaba

Google Pixel 6 Protective Cover Case Alibaba

Images via: Alibaba

This non-slip smartphone case is the perfect package to Netflix and chill safely!

The wider our smartphones get, the riskier it becomes to take photos with one hand. If taking landscape photos from outside a window with one hand twenty-one flights above the ground floor below isn’t enough for your heart to sink to your feet, take the photo on a windy day and see how you feel. In collaboration with TORRAS, design studio inDare created a non-slip smartphone case that uses an ergonomic structure to ensure the smartphone is secure in your clutch.

The clever anatomy of smartphones primarily caters to their software, while the sleek build of most smartphones can easily slip from our grip. While the number of memes about phones falling on our faces as we endlessly scroll through tweets is enough to prove the smartphone’s slippery build, inDare went further to reveal their take on an ergonomic phone case to keep the screen in front of our faces instead of on top of them. The smartphone case tacks on a concave grip to its cover that transforms into a raised kickstand to scroll hands-free.

Built from military-grade, drop-resistant material, inDare’s smartphone case protects and tightly secures your phone in place even if, on the off-chance, it does fall from your hands. Located next to the case’s concave grip, an inconspicuous quick-release trigger ejects the case’s raised kickstand to be positioned for viewing your smartphone in either landscape or portrait mode. The tiered structure of inDare’s smartphone case allows users to still use the iPhone’s MagSafe Charger without interruption or having to remove the phone from its case.

Designer: inDare

The smartphone case’s quick-release kickstand allows users to view their screens in either portrait or landscape modes.

The ergonomic concave grip allows for secure handling when scrolling or taking photos.

Built with military-grade, drop-resistant material, the smartphone case protects your phone even if it doesn’t slip from your grip.

The smartphone case’s tiered structure allows users to use Apple’s MagSafe Charger without interruption.

Isocase Protects Your Smartphone by Hiding It in a Tablet

Here’s an interesting smartphone case with a hilariously tangential pitch. Isominds claims that their product will protect your phone, but actually Isocase’s main draw is giving you a bigger screen and battery. In other words, the case turns your phone into a tablet. That’s like making a pair of jeans and calling it a smartphone case.

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Isocase is a dumb terminal tablet similar to the ASUS Padfone. It has a 10,000mAh battery and a 7.9″ 2048×1536 IPS display. The difference here is that – supposedly – the case will protect your phone from impacts, scratches, dust and water. The Isocase’s touchscreen will also be protected by Gorilla Glass.

Another crucial difference here is that the Isocase will reportedly support many Samsung Galaxy and iPhone models:

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Isominds claims it will give you an Isocase as a reward for pledging at least $149 (USD) on Indiegogo. But once again I implore you to wait for proof of the actual product or at least its prototype before you hand your money over. This is one of those products that just seems too good to be true, though I’d love to be proven wrong.

[via GadgetFlow]

Nexpaq Smartphone Case Has Modular Electronics: Casebloks

Google’s Project Ara and similar smartphones could help us personalize our mobile device like we do our PCs, but if you’d rather stick with your smartphone of choice, the Nexpaq phone case appears to be a viable half-measure.

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Nexpaq works exactly like Dave Hakkens’ revolutionary Phonebloks concept. The case has swappable plug-and-play modules, each providing a single function such as an extra battery, additional flash storage or an SD card reader. When it launches, Nexpaq will have 12 modules, but if it takes off more modules will surely come, both from its inventors and from third-party manufacturers.

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The base Nexpaq case has six module slots and will initially be available for the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Nexpaq is currently conducting a survey to gauge demand for other smartphones. The company also promises that future Nexpaq cases will be backwards compatible with all previously released modules, which is certainly a lofty but wonderful possibility if they’re able to stick to their promise.

Here’s a brief demo of Nexpaq’s modules. Note how the iPhone 6 variant has the option to connect to the phone via Bluetooth, which means some modules will work even if the iPhone 6 isn’t connected to the case through its Lightning port.

Pledge at least $109 (USD) on Kickstarter to receive a Nexpaq case and at least four modules as a reward.

[via Gear Hungry]

Talkase Smartphone Case Has Tiny Cellphone Built-in: Dual Wielding

Many smartphone cases offer protection. Some offer extra battery life or even additional memory. Some look like huge fried chickens. But WirelessMe’s case gives you… another cellphone. The Talkase for iPhone and Android phones comes with a credit card-sized GSM phone. It makes way more sense that you think it does.

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You can send and receive calls and text messages from the small phone because it has its own SIM card, great for people who have multiple phone numbers. But you can also use the phone to receive calls coming in from your main phone, as if it was a Bluetooth headset. That could be useful for people who’d rather not take out their large and expensive phones. That and the fact that you now have an emergency phone when your main one runs out of battery.

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Pledge at least $29 (USD) on Kickstarter to receive the Talkase as a reward. The case is really ugly though, and at that price you keep your smartphone pretty by getting a dumbphone, though obviously it won’t be as compact as the Talkase’s phone.

[via CNET via Reddit]

 

Quick Fix for the Flimsy iPhone 6!

Worried about your flimsy iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Don’t be! The [BRIC+]xtreme case is here to protect your precious! Made of super durable aircraft grade aluminum, the bumper blocks damage where your device is bumped most… all without compromising the look of your sleek phone. Better yet (and for the first time ever in the market), the minimal bumper also waterproofs your phone so there’s no need to worry about breaks, scratches or water damage! Get it here!

Designer: BRICWAVE

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Ztylus Case Adds 4 More Lenses to Your iPhone 5/5S

Ztylus iPhone 5 Case

As good as smartphone cameras may be, we still need accessories or special apps to make the photos better. The Ztylus case, with its 4-in-1 lens system, gives people a bit of a flexibility in terms of how they shoot their photos.

Sony launched the QX lens system not long ago, with the same purpose of offering mobile photographers better quality and more flexibility. The problem with that lens system is that it’s quite a hefty solution, not to mention expensive. The Ztylus case for iPhone 5/5S is the equivalent for Apple’s smartphones, even though someone who has the financial resources to buy such an (overpriced) smartphone must definitely also have the dough for some dope accessories.

The Ztylus case is obviously intended for flagship smartphones and phablets, as the manufacturer only makes a few versions that are compatible with the iPhone, Note 3 or S4. The polycarbonate and aircraft-grade aluminum combo helps you protect the already fragile devices, so even without the lens system, Ztylus has some great functionality.

Ztylus also comes with a kickstand, which means that after shooting some great photos, you can place the phone on the table and watch your creations.

Regardless if you want to shoot macro pictures or you simply want to have images with the fish eye effect, Ztylus can help you.

Smartphone manufacturers have tried for quite a while to make their products as close to real cameras as possible, and Samsung was the closest, with its Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone-camera hybrid. If the technology implemented in the camera sensor itself is not good enough, people shouldn’t despair, as it’s still possible to achieve decent results using aftermarket products such as the Ztylus 4-in-1 lens system case. The metal frame of the lens kit definitely adds some bulkiness to the smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that its weight goes up by much.

The bad news about the Ztylus 4-in-1 lens system is that you need to purchase the case and the lenses separately.

While the case itself will be available for $39.99, the RV-2 Revolver lens kit will retail for $69.99. The overall price is a bit steep, considering how cheap the Chinese alternatives go nowadays, but if you own a flagship smartphone or phablet, you should accept nothing less than premium accessories.

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OFF Pocket Phone Case Blocks Wireless Signals: It Ain’t Too Much for Me to Jam

Designer Adam Harvey is obsessed with privacy. He’s come up with clothes that hide you from thermal sensors and x-ray machines, and an anti-paparazzi bag that ruins pictures. Recently he teamed up with materials consultant Johanna Bloomfield to make the OFF Pocket, a case that cuts your phone off from the world.

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The interior of the OFF Pocket is lined with “metalized fibers”, acting as a Faraday cage that blocks Wi-Fi, Cellular, Bluetooth and GPS signals. It’s your phone’s tinfoil hat. Or tinfoil straitjacket.

Make sure your connection is secure and pledge at least $85 (USD) on Kickstarter to get an OFF Pocket as a reward. Or you could just power off your phone.

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If you are like me, you hate carrying a purse/wallet while you’re out. Having to look after it, making sure it’s safe and of course trying not to lose it sucks. The problem is that although  I don’t like to carry a purse while I’m out, I don’t really have a choice since I ...
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Ask Engadget: best case for the Samsung Galaxy S III?

Ask Engadget best case for the Samsung Galaxy S III

We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from is from Amandeep, who needs a case for his new superphone. If you're looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

"Hey guys, I just snagged myself a new Galaxy S III, but I'm at a loss when it comes to deciding on a case. I'm looking for something that falls between the typical silicone wrap and a full-on army grade rubber block of invincibility. It needs to provide sufficient protection from the occasional drop or two while staying relatively sleek and somewhat stylish. That said, my last phone was a Thunderbolt with an extended battery, so it's safe to say that I won't mind a bit of thickness. I've had my eye on a Shell-Gel series case from Ballistic, but I'm still in need of suggestions. Any ideas?"

How about it peeps? What do you use to protect your Galaxy S III that you'd recommend to another? Constructive suggestions are always welcomed.

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