I received many emails leading up to this year’s CTIA. None piqued my interest so much as the one promising the CEO would be bringing his “industrial drop test machine.” So I went to the Tech21 website to see what this could be about, and found this really cool video.
You can check it out for yourself later, but the gist is, they wrap this guy’s hand in this orange goop and bash it with a hammer – and he doesn’t feel a thing. Are you as intrigued as I was?
What makes Impactology™ unique is the secret ingredient D30® Impact Fabric used within our designs. It’s composed of a non-Newtonian polymer with an intelligent molecular structure. So clever in fact, that it has been adopted worldwide by the military for its power in impact protection on the battlefield.”
Take a look at the video below as we are introduced to the science behind Tech21 and Impactology, and the cases that are born out of this science.
Next up, we see how Tech21 cases are not just impact resistant, but scratch proof. Watch what happens when you use a metal brush on the back of a Tech21 case. In a word – nothing!
Finally, we see the Submariner case from Tech21. Two cases in one, this case is practically indestructible, but allows you to still use your touchscreen smartphone. It also gives you a secure place to keep your drivers license and credit cards while you’re off diving.
Now that we’ve seen the videos, let’s take a look at two of the products up close. First we’re going to look at the Impact Mesh for the iPhone 4/4S.
Here, we’re looking at the Impact Mesh in pink. As you can probably tell from the above shots, the Impact Mesh doesn’t add much bulk to the iPhone. In fact, it continues to look slim, and while this case gives you a good grip, it slides easily in and out of your pocket.
It’s when we begin to look at the sides that you can see the thin strip of orange, that is the D30 Impact Fabric material.
You can also see how well the case fits. The volume keys are covered, and you can easily reach the mute switch. The color is actually quite complementary here, with the orange appearing almost as a darker pink.
You can see more of the orange D30 peeking out at the top next to the headphone jack. Notice how the power button is also covered for protection. The docking port is open, and so far all my plugs (OEM and 3rd party) fit just fine.
This is a beautiful case that offers extraordinary protection. It feels good in the hand.
Next, we have the iPad 2 case. We were told that this case fits both the iPad 2 and the New (3rd generation) iPad, but found it to be just a little too snug for the New iPad, and too difficult to get on.
This case comes to the edges of the front of your case, and is designed to work with a smartcover. I would have preferred this case come up just a little higher on the sides. While it’s a perfect fit, it always seems like the iPad is about to come out of the case.
It’s surprisingly slim for an ultra protective case. This is a dual layer case, with the D30 hidden inside and well out of sight – pity, because it provides a nice splash of colour.
As you can see, the docking port is open, as is the camera hole. There is a vent for the speaker so that it does not affect audio at all.
While I totally love the iPhone case, I’m not completely sold on the iPad case. They do have other models, though. Keep an eye out for Tech21 as their products enter the US market.
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