In 2005, SwitchEasy was born. With the release of the iPhone in 2007, SwitchEasy has worked feverishly to create unique iPhone cases. Since then, SwitchEasy has continuously created awesome cases for all of the iOS devices on the market. The SwitchEasy Tones is no exception, emulating the unique design of the iPhone 5.
Read on for the full review.
At $24.99, the SwitchEasy Tones is a bargain. Included in the box are two headphone jack connectors, two lightning port connectors, a protective back shield, two front crystal clear screen shields, and lastly, a microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, the kitchen sink is not included.
Looking at the case, you can see that it mimics the design of the iPhone 5. In the middle of the case, a polycarbonate hard plastic is found. This plastic is scratch-resistant and feels similar to the frosted tupperware material. Above and below this plastic, where on the iPhone 5 you would find ceramic, is TPU. This absorbs shock and really does help, as when dropped on concrete, no damage was done to the phone.
At first glance, it is easy to think this is a two-piece case based on design. However, it is, in fact, one molded case. This case is extremely form-fitting and does not come loose from the phone. It isn’t difficult to get off, but of course isn’t as easy as a regular silicone case. The SwitchEasy Tones provides minimal lay-on-the-table protection, but with the included screen shield on, I wouldn’t worry. By the way, the screen shield is of very good quality, however in direct sunlight, a rainbow effect is present.
On the bottom of case, you will find perfectly aligned cutouts for the lightning port and headphone jack, as well as the speaker grill. I prefer the exact perforations for the speaker grill than the type used on the bottom of a CandyShell, for instance. It just adds a level of quality I appreciate. The headphone jack opening allows for the standard Apple EarPods and most headphones, however some will not work. The same goes for the lightning port: the included charge/sync cable fits fine, however the 30-pin to lightning adapter, nor cable, will fit.
The only downside of the SwitchEasy Tones is the camera cutout. Flash is fine, however the black-painted rim seems to have peeled off. It isn’t a big deal, as it hasn’t caused flashback issues, but nonetheless, it is a notable flaw.
The SwitchEasy Tones is an extremely well-designed case. Corresponding with the gorgeous design of the iPhone 5, the Tones is definitely a case to check out. Available in a variety of colors (7 to be exact), this case can be found on SwitchEasy’s website.
PROS: Emulates iPhone 5 design; variety of colors; thin and not bulky at all; shock absorption; included screen shield and port covers
CONS: black camera rim paint peels off