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Element Case for iPhone XR/XS/XS Max review: Extra cushioning, raised lip front provide ultraprotection for your shiny new device

Did you know that the back glass on this phone can’t be replaced?

, ET Bureau|
Nov 24, 2018, 10.45 PM IST
Military-Grade Protective Cases;
Get it For: Rs 1,990 onwards

That shiny new iPhone XS is a pricey investment — you may want to give it the best protection possible. Still not convinced? Did you know that the back glass on this phone can’t be replaced? If broken, you’ll be in super-expensive, phone replacement territory. You can buy cases for as less as Rs 300 but the difference in a well-designed, premium case (and the level of protection it offers) is quite apparent. Element Case has a range of new cases for the XS, XS Max and the XR. The Rally, Shadow, Illusion and Vapor-S cases are part of the X1 collection — they’re available on Amazon and in many Apple Premium Reseller stores.

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    All the cases are MIL-spec drop tested and wireless charging compatible. The Rally series (Rs 2,590) has extra cushioning in the corners (they call it Dropshock Corners), a raised lip in front (to keep the screen off a table) and a clear polycarbonate section to properly show off the iPhone design. The Illusion (Rs 1,990) is tinted polycarbonate. You’ll still see the Apple logo through the polycarbonate and this is the lightest of the MIL-spec cases. The Shadow series (Rs 2,790) has a soft-touch perforated back panel. The sides are contoured for a secure grip, even with wet hands.

    Another feature on the Shadow series is what they call Fast Tap buttons. The individual buttons on the case feel just like the phone’s buttons themselves – a very similar, precise, tactile feel. Finally, the top-end Vapor-S case (Rs 4,990) is our favourite. It has all the features of the other cases and comes with a stick-on glass back plate. It requires a little assembly: the phone has to be sandwiched between a precision CNC milled aluminium front bezel and a contoured back bezel using screws. A bunch of screws with hexagon heads and a tiny screwdriver are included.

    The downside of these extra protective cases is that you will need to deal with the added thickness and weight. After using all these Element Case designs, we would rate them on a par with some of the best options you can consider for ultraprotection (such as UAG/Urban Armor Gear and Otterbox Defender). Get one of these if you’re someone who keeps dropping your phone.

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