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m: AL13 Ultra-thin Aluminum Bumper for iPhone 5 hands-on

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m: AL13 Ultra-thin Aluminum Bumper for iPhone 5 hands-on
So how can you improve upon Apple’s own bumper cases for the iPhone? Well, considering it’s a flexible band that hugs the sides of the iPhone, there’s only one route to go from there – and it seems as though the AL13 designed by m, Lester Mapp, might be on the right track.

Seeing that it’s a bumper case, the AL13 is uniquely designed to not only protect the iPhone from bumps and bruises, but it also minimizes the amount of bulk it puts on. For starters, this is a serious bumper case, seeing that it’s fashioned from aerospace grade aluminum material – thus, giving it that level of sturdiness that’s already associated with Apple’s pride and joy. In protecting the beloved thing, it actually raises the iPhone’s surface, so that its front and back sides don’t come into contact with surfaces when it’s laid flat.

We’ll be the first to admit that the AL13 sprinkles on that level of premium, but when it’s only covering the bezel of the iPhone, it’s not as profound if it were entirely covering the back. Still, the dark metallic finish perfectly complements the solid construction of the iPhone. However, it’ll pain some people to know that this is priced at a whopping $79.99.

Without question, it’s a pricey investment for something that outlines the iPhone only, but it does come included with a high impact, anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint, and anti-glare polyurethane screen protector. Now, the question that remains is whether or not the $80 cost is worth it. Strangely, it seems like most of that cost is probably put into the packaging of the AL13, which somehow receives just as much love too.







source: Thinkbym

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posted on 15 May 2013, 10:48 1

1. chocolaking (Posts: 440; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Pretty cool looking 'bumper'.

posted on 15 May 2013, 11:00 1

2. Kurai (unregistered)


phonearena is flooded with articles concerning iphone and galaxy accessories . . . imo this is kinda biased . . .

posted on 15 May 2013, 11:10

3. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


they will bend to whats popular and sells

when the iphone was on top it was all about the iphone, now the galaxy is the same thing happens....they neglect the other devices as all they are concerned with is whats popular

plus look at the fanatics on here you mention samsung or apple and your guaranteed traffic

id like to see HTC, Sony, LG and nokia getting some attention

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:44 1

5. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


nokia had some accessories released last months or 2 for lumia 920

posted on 15 May 2013, 11:15 4

4. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Pretty cool but just a little bit too expensieve.

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:41 1

6. Mobilephile (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


true mobilists dont need fugly cases

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:02 2

7. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Phonearena: Let's take some big, really great photos with lots of detail...... And then ruined them all by slapping our huge watermark right in the middle. Perfect

Seriously trim the phone arena watermark abit and off center.
Other than that great website

posted on 16 May 2013, 01:33

8. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Your big watermark is spoiling the photos.

posted on 16 May 2013, 04:23

9. .KRATOS. (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Is there any similar cases for the S4 and the htc one.

posted on 17 May 2013, 01:45

10. TechDork (Posts: 229; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I never understood the purpose of a "bumper". I'd prefer something that actually protects my phone..not just the sides of it. Case-Mate Tough Xtreme! ^_^

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