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LifeProof frē for iPhone 5 – first look

Lifeproof box

So your new iPhone 5 decided to be adventurous and dived off your pocket. It bounced gracefully off the ground (in slow-motion), and landed face first into a puddle of refreshing rainwater. While you deliberate at the cracked touch screen, water seeps into this finely crafted block of aluminum, triggering the hidden liquid submersion indicators (LSI). Apple warranty voided. What to do?

Few case manufacturers produce waterproof cases, but at the moment we have the LifeProof frē for iPhone 5. Otterbox announced plans for a waterproof case next year, but for now, LifeProof (or generic waterproof “flap bags”) are some ways to protect the iPhone 5.

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Switcheasy Tones for iPhone 5 – review

Switcheasy TONES is a slim case for the iPhone 5. It wraps around the sides and back of the iPhone. Perhaps the most compelling feature of this case is its duo-material construction, which mimics the two-tone look of the iPhone 5. The Switcheasy TONES finally landed in Singapore last week, with a retail price of S$35.


I’ve decided to write about this case because I think I found the case. Read on to find out more.

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Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid EX for iPhone 5 – review

Neo Hybrid EX for iPhone 5

It’s funny that we buy plastic accessories to wrap up a beautiful device made from glass and aluminum. But that’s what we do.

Finding a good case to protect the iPhone 5’s precious chamfer is challenging if you want something slim and matches the iPhone’s aesthetics. You want to show off the nice two-toned back. You want it to be easy and comfortable to grip. You want some drop protection. You may also want to place the phone flat on a surface on either side without worry.

I got my hands on the Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid EX for iPhone 5 (Soul Black), a case I felt was ideal for my needs. Here’s a photo tour and review. I’ll also be writing about the Tunewear TUNEFILM for iPhone 5 and Power Support Anti-Glare film set for iPhone 5.

15/10: Added more comments about the Neo Hybrid Ex. See below for addendum.

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Thoughts on iPhone 5

iPhone 5 in the flesh

iPhone 5 is a beautiful smartphone. It may look like a taller iPhone 4/4S, but there is more than that once it is held – it is surprisingly thin and light. It is also, one of the new smartphones that is designed to be operated comfortably with one hand. Just like its predecessors, iPhone 5 has a stunning design made from glass and precisely machined aluminum.

For the first time, Singapore was part of the first launch for iPhone 5 around the world. This upgrade to a “first-tier launch” country eased shortages that were frustrating in past years. This means that there is no longer that crazy “$2500-3000 iPhone” reselling opportunity. Singtel kept to the same tiresome online booking (where most hopeful buyers can’t get through the booking process) and an early morning launch at Marina Bay Sands. It was a mad frenzy for a couple of days as angry customers started bashing the telco at their Facebook page and hammered their hotlines. The first day’s sale was limited at Marina Bay Sands, while Singtel retail shops offered very limited quantities. Just two days later, ample stocks can be found islandwide, with new stock arriving every day or two.

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Top features from iOS 5

Update: 05/10/2011

iPhone 4S annnounced

Apple has unveiled an update to their most popular smartphone, iPhone 4. While the revised product is physically similar to the CDMA (Verizon) iPhone 4, the real changes occur under the hood:

– Dual-core A5 processor, also found in iPad 2
– 8 Megapixel rear camera, Improved camera abilities and 1080p video recording
– Siri Voice Recognition
– World phone (supports UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/EDGE, CDMA)
– Bluetooth 4.0 support
– 64GB model now offered
– Airplay Mirroring

Should I upgrade?
Personally, I would recommend iPhone 3G/3GS users to upgrade to enjoy the latest set of features (and er, for some people, this is strangely important for social inclusion/status) – either to the latest iPhone 4S or if budget is tight: the iPhone 4 (which is now available at a lower price). Even after 15 months, it is still a solid-performing smartphone, with the most beautiful screen and a form-factor I call “almost perfect”. All new features (except the ones listed above) will be supported on the iPhone 4 as well.

Current iPhone 4 users should stay put for the next generation iPhone, although it appears that it might be a longer wait than we expect.

iPhone 4S will be available in Singapore on 28th October 2011.

iOS 5 will be released on 12th October 2011 (13th October 2011 in Singapore).

The new iPhone will be revealed at Apple’s media event next week. Along with the birth of the new “must-have” gadget is the public release of iOS 5 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPad 2.

I have used iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 for about three months now and it has been a wonderful experience. While the new features in iOS 5 are not completely groundbreaking or even new – in fact Apple adopted most of them from their competitors. It is not just a copy-and-paste job – the features are highly customised for Apple’s devices and I believe that it will allow Apple to re-deliver functional and memorable experiences for their customers.

A number of friends have seen some of the features on my iPhone and wanted to see an entry about them – I’m consolidating my personal favourite features from iOS 5. Perhaps after reading this, you might be compelled to update the moment it’s made available.

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