Pelican may not be one of the first names you think of when it comes to rugged iPhone cases — but it really should be. The company has a long and solid history of making rugged and protective equipment cases that are used in everything from field photojournalism to military and law enforcement, but many people may not realize that the company also makes a line of iPhone cases that bring the same quality and durability the company is known for to your mobile devices. Pelican’s Shield for iPhone XS Max is the company’s flagship example of this — it’s a five-layer case that’s goes well beyond the “military grade” drop protection that most companies advertise, promising to be up to three times strong than the MIL-STD 810G spec.
The Shield combines Kevlar fibers, hard polymers, and soft rubber for a case that’s both protective and solid without being overly bulky, with a shock absorbing interior shell, reinforced corners, and of course not only full button coverage, but also protection for the Lighting port at the bottom. The iPhone secures into the case using a two-piece design with three latches that hold the front frame solidly in place while still being easy to open when you want to remove the iPhone, and an included holster provides an easy way to clip your iPhone onto your belt in any orientation while still keeping it easily accessible. On top of this, the case is backed by Pelican’s lifetime guarantee, offering free replacement if the case itself breaks. Shield is available in black and white for the iPhone, XR, XS, and XS Max, plus a gray version for the iPhone XR.
Any of these Dodocases can hold your iPhone and your credit cards, driver license, etc.
Apple Pay and electronic IDs are removing the need for a wallet, but why wait? Try a Dodocase that holds your phone as well as your drivers license, credit cards, etc.
Hands on with three of this company’s leather iPhone wallet cases so we can report how they stand up to real-world use.
The build quality on all these cases is quite good. We used each of them for several days during the testing process, and all came out still looking brand new. The leather used was without blemish, and the monogramming was well done.
This iPhone case is designed to make it look like a leather notebook. It wraps around the front and back of the handsets, and held closed with a stretchy band.
On the inside of the cover is a trio of pouches, each of which can hold up to three plastic cards. Or they can store cash, business cards, etc.
The Dodocase Bookcase protects the front and back of the iPhone.
the BOOKcase bulkier than anything we like to carry in a pants pocket, but it’s fine in a jacket pocket or purse. Plenty of storage space is handy, though having to frequently open the front flap can get tiresome.
There were no issues wirelessly charging through this case, and the Lightning port is always accessible.
Dodocase makes this product in copper, pewter, and graphite colors. The hinge is leather, while the front and back are cloth that looks like leather.
The version for Max/Plus iPhones is $54.95, while smaller version is $44.95. Monogrammed initials add $9.95.
Dodocase Leather Kickstand Cardcase
This second case puts the slots for holding cards on a hinge so it acts as a kickstand for your iPhone.Magnets keep the flap from, well, flapping around, and a strap keeps it from opening too far.
There’s a pair of pouches on that flap, each of which can hold three cards, folded up cash of a similar thickness, or other slim items.
The Dodocase Leather Kickstand Cardcase is a bit thick.
In our time with the Kickstand Cardase, we found that it works well for FaceTime calls. It’s not quite as good for other video because of the portrait orientation. The kickstand will work in landscape mode, just not as well. The case and the iPhone together are just barely small enough to ride comfortably in a pants pocket.
The downside of this design is that the backflap is so thick that it makes wireless charging impossible.
TheDodocase Kickstand Cardcaseis available in black, brown, tanned brown, and tan. The flap is leather, while the iPhone is wrapped in a very thin black polymer tray.
The Max/Plus version sells for $69.95, while the one for smaller iPhones is $59.95. Adding monogrammed initials costs $9.95.
Dodocase Shockproof Cardcase
This third case is similar to this company’s Slim Cardcase, with a tray to hold the handset and a single pouch for cards. However, in this model, the polymer tray is thicker to be more protective. The leather is also slightly thicker.
We put three cards in the single pouch without issue. Adding another would likely permanently stretch the leather.
The Dodocase Shockproof Cardcase adds protection for the sides and back of the iPhone.
the ShockProof Cardcase rides easily in a pants pocket, even with multiple cards in the pouch. There were no problems with wireless charging, even with the pouch full.
This accessory is available in chestnut, oil-tanned brown, oil-tanned antique, brown, and black. The polymer tray is always black.
The ShockProof Cardcase is available only for the iPhone XR XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR. Dodocase charges $44.95 for any version. Monogramming is $9.95.
Although iPhone cases, and even mounting systems, have become completely commoditized over the past several years — to the point where we’ve almost entirely stopped doing full reviews of such products — every so often a refreshing new product comes along that’s different enough to pique out interest, so when we saw MyMe’s new Unity Case and Cradle System, we were intrigued. While the concept of a case-and-mount combo is far from a novel idea, MyMe’s solution has a unique design and aesthetic that we rather liked.
The Unity is the brainchild of award-winning designer Peter Solomon, best known for The Handle electric guitar, and pairs a reasonably protective case with a magnetic cradle that consists of little more than a suction mount on one end and a single metal ball joint on the other. The rear of the case includes a circular magnetic indent that attaches onto the cradle at the ball joint, allowing the encased iPhone to be mounted or oriented in virtually any position or orientation permitted by the laws of physics. Both the case and cradle are available in a fairly wide variety of colors.
MyMe sells the Unity System as a package for $35 that includes both the case and the cradle, however the cases and cradles can also be purchased individually, for $25 and $15, respectively, so you can mix and match if you want additional cradles or want to be able to share a single cradle with multiple family members. The case also includes two flat metallic discs with adhesive tape that can be attached to any flat surface for attaching the iPhone to something like a wall or kitchen cabinet, although you’ll likely only need to use the discs for non-metallic surfaces as the magnet in the case itself is strong enough to attach to metallic surfaces such as a refrigerator.
The Unity case also sports a unique design of concentric circular ridge patterns that surround the central magnetic mounting hole, adding a nice bit of style to the case that also doubles as a grip. Rubber edges at the peak of each ridge also provide some extra grip, but more importantly keep the case from sliding when attached to a metal surface. The case itself provides full button and port coverage, dual-layer construction for shock absorption, and a raised lip for screen protection, although MyMe doesn’t rate the case for impact or drop protection. While it’s certainly more protective than most average shell cases, it definitely doesn’t feel as solid as some of the other cases we’ve recently looked at, many of which are designed specifically with drop protection in mind.
The cradle portion of the system is also available in eight different colors and includes one of the strongest suction cup mounts we’ve seen, allowing to attach very securely to any clean, flat surface, and non-porous surface such as a windshield, mirror, desk, or cabinet. The nature of the metal ball joint and magnetic attachment also means that there’s basically no stress put on the mount when attaching or removing the encased iPhone or moving it around, although the magnet is strong enough that we found that we either needed to pull it off in a rapid motion directly away from the base, or slide a finger around the back to gently separate the case from the ball. In either case, however, the mount stayed very firmly attached to our windshield. It’s a very solid and flexible mount.
We’re pretty impressed with what MyMe has done here with the Unity System — it’s one of the best mounting solutions we’ve seen for the iPhone and it’s very affordably priced. About the only knock against it is that you of course have to use the case to go along with it, and it’s not a highly protective case, making it a tradeoff between having a great and convenient mounting solution and using your preferred case. However, if you like the look of Unity’s case design and are willing to live with the protection compromise, it’s hard to go wrong with the Unity System.