Marware ADSC11 SportShell Convertible for iPhone 5 - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black
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- Interchangeable design - 4 case functions in 1: Armband; Belt Clip; Stand; Thin Shell.
- New TPU inner lining provides shock-absorption and push-through button protection.
- Clip locks in place to stand iPhone at landscape or portrait viewing angle.
- Belt clip rotates 360 for added convenience .
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The patented design of the Marware SportShell Convertible iPhone case gives you four case functions in one, transforming for work, the gym, Facetime and a night on the town. Just switch out the interchangeable back pieces and enjoy its versatile features: an armband for exercising; a stand for hands-free viewing; a 360° belt clip for the office; and a thin back shell for sleek style. A new TPU inner lining provides shock-absorption and push-through button protection for your iPhone. The Marware SportShell Convertible case for your new iPhone transforms to keep up with the demands of your busy, active lifestyle. It’s more than an iPhone case. Marware, Inc. is an independently owned U.S. based corporation located in Hollywood, Florida. Their primary focus is designing and producing accessories - to protect your accessories as if they were their own - for the Apple, Amazon Kindle, and mobile electronics markets. They're committed to offering the coolest cases and accessories for all your electronics backed by their superior quality, innovation, style and functionality. Along with designing cases and accessories, they also develop software applications for the Mac and iPhone.
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My biggest gripe with the SportShell I had on my 4s was that the little bottom piece would come off pretty easily, for example when I was just taking it out of my pocket. Marware was awesome and replaced it for me a few times when it fell off without me noticing and got lost, but I was always worrying about it. I'll update this review if this version starts seeing the same problem, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. The bottom part and back are more difficult to remove, but I think that's a good thing. It's nothing ridiculous--I just received the unit, and already I can switch the plates within about 20-30 seconds--but it will help the bottom piece stay on.
Other comparisons to the old version: The texture of the case seems to be slightly less grippy than my old case, although that may be a result of the latter being 2+ years old. (Grippiness can be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.) I like that the buttons are covered, that's a great improvement.
Minor gripes: The case comes with a sticker to cover the front face of the phone, but there are no instructions, and it doesn't seem like very good quality anyway. I briefly tried to apply it, and then just threw it in the trash. Also, the opening for the camera/flash is much taller than it needs to be, which leads to an ugly result of my phone's "space gray" showing and contrasting with the black of the case. I'll upload a picture of this. Not a huge deal for me, since I'll just be using the system while running, but I wouldn't be happy with it as my everyday case.
A more major gripe: The clip is indeed a LOT more wobbly than previous versions. I am afraid of it breaking, as other reviewers have mentioned. If it does, I'll update this review, and depending on the situation I might knock off a star. However, for now I'm giving Marware the benefit of the doubt. I snapped off the clip from my 4s case once, and they sent me a replacement for free, so it won't be a huge deal if it happens to this one.
Overall, in my opinion, this remains the best iPhone armband system for the price. I much prefer this style of armband system to the version where you just have a neoprene or similar envelope that you slide the phone into and then sweat all over. Lifeproof's armband system has the same style as this and is more rugged, but this is a great option for those who don't plan to get caught in the rain.
Some reviewers have commented on the slicker finish than the 4 version had. I assume Marware went to a different finish as my experience with the 4 case was that after several years a layer of the finish started to wear off on the sides where one handles the phone. Yes it is a little slicker, but I assume Marware thinks it will last longer.
I looked at every other option available in similar armband iPhone cases and SportShell Convertible is still by far the best design for running, work outs, etc when you want your phone with you. At this price on Amazon its well worth it.
If I have durability problems as some have reported, I'll report further and judge whether 5 stars still justified.
***Update: I still very much like the design of the case, but the outer shell that wraps around the top of the phone edge cracked after 3 months of daily use. Its still usable for now, but probably won't be indefinitely.
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