Fact: iPhones look and feel infinitely cooler without a cases. Fact: iPhones are too expensive for most people to just replace on a whim once broken. Conclusion: using a case for your iPhone is smart (if not slightly angering to Apple designer Jony Ive whose handy work you would be covering up). And if you have to use a case and it’s never going to look as good as a bare naked iPhone, you will obviously want to find one that adds a lot of functionality while looking as good as it possibly can and adding as little bulk to the equation as possible. Normally, that would look different for just about everyone, except…
Case [+] by Logitech ($199.99) is many cases in one. It was designed to be the last case you’ll ever need to buy. In short, it consists of a “base” case (for simple protection) which is simply referred to as Case [+], a stand add-on called [+] Tilt, a car dash mount known as [+] Drive, a wallet (understandably) titled [+] Wallet and finally a battery backup accessory known as [+] Energy.
The case unit alone—without being used in conjunction with any of it’s accessories—is a pretty good looker as far as iPhone cases go. It’s pretty thin, has a nice brushed metal look on the bottom half of it’s back side and seems quite sturdy. It’s simple and professional. If it was being sold separately, I’d use it, though I’m not sure the design would stand out enough for me to pick out in the first place, but that’s because I really like bright, bold colors. To me, this case says, “I’m ready to get down to business.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The case portion of the Case [+] system is magnetic which allows for all of the accessories to be attached.
The stand accessory (aka [+] Tilt) looks like an Apple iPad Smart Cover in miniature. But rather than attaching to the front of your device, it attached to the back. It has the same tri-fold design as the Smart Cover which allows it to be used as a stand in the same way a Smart Cover is used as a stand.
Interestingly, Logitech has a picture of headphones being wrapped in the [+] Tilt accessory apparently demonstrating a way to keep corded items organized. Not sure if I love that idea… in fact I don’t. It feels like trying to squeeze an extra feature out of a place that has no extra features to give. I dunno—maybe some of you will like it.
[+] Drive is designed to let you mount your Case [+] in your car—either on the dash or windshield. It’s nice to have the option because some cars simply don’t have dashboards that are flat or smooth enough to mount a stand on.
Though I’ve been trying non-case wallets lately, I’ve been a huge fan of combining wallets and iPhone cases since my (first) iPhone 4. The idea of having to remember only 1 thing as I’m headed out the door is more than just a good idea—it’s a time and stress saving move. To me, this is the most interesting feature of the Case [+] system and all the other add-ons are kind of like bonuses.
The wallet add-on is nice and thin like the best iPhone wallet cases should be and essentially has room for 2 cards or a card and some folded cash (in either case there are two pockets to store currency in one form or another). I really like it’s design. It’s funky and fresh without being ludicrous and lame. As with any iPhone wallet case, there’s always a trade-off of having everything you need with you and traveling light. In this case is might be hard to get by with as your main wallet unless you only pay with plastic and don’t need to show your driver’s license/health insurance cards frequently.
The thing is, you could try to stuff multiple cards into each pocket, but then they will get loose (again, like any iPhone wallet’s pockets would) which means if you go from wanting to store 2 cards in a pocket to 1… it might fall out.
One last note about [+] Wallet: since it attaches to the Case [+] magnetically, I might be slightly worried it would somehow fall off and that I’d lose my valuables… but only slightly. In the real world I don’t really see this happening… it fits pretty snugly and securely, but the thought crossed the back of my mind nonetheless.
Finally, the battery backup portion of Case [+] remind me of a Mophie Juice Pack. If you’ve ever used one you know that they add a significant amount of bulk to your phone (I once had a college student as me what kind of phone I had when I had a Juice Pack installed—not recognizing that it was an iPhone—saying, “That’s the biggest phone I’ve ever seen!”). The phone is still very usable with a battery pack attached, and you’ll absolutely be able to use it for much longer every day, but it will add some bulk. This feature is definitely for power-users that frequently worry about killing their phone’s battery.
I really loved the packaging the Case [+] system came in. To me, that’s one indication of what a company thinks about their own product. If the packaging rocks, they put a lot of time and effort into it because they want you to love the product they have crafted that lives inside. This packaging told me that Logitech loved this product and wanted customers to as well.
If you’ve got some extra cash to burn and want a versatile, high-quality iPhone case that can serve more than one function (indeed, basically every function you would ever need a case to handle) then the Logitech Case [+] is perfect for you.