01.Making an impact
Tech21 Impactology case and screen film
Price: $29.95 (Impact Band case), $29.95 (Impact Shield screen film)
Protecting smartphones against breakage with third-party accessories is almost as extensive an industry as the smartphones industry itself. But of the amazing variety of cases and screen films available, few offer protection against impacts to both the body and screen. That’s where Tech21 Impactology comes in.
The case protection is provided by shock-resistant, orange-coloured D3O technology, which claims to have “intelligent molecular structure” for high shock absorption. The Impact Band case for iPhone is a “bumper” case with inbuilt orange band and removable plastic back plate, while the Impact Mesh case is a single enclosure with soft rubber backing. The Tech21 range initially includes cases and for the iPhone 4 and 5, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S III/S4 phones and Galaxy Note 2, Xperia Z and HTC One.
Your phone doesn’t always land on its corner or edge when dropped, so Tech21 also has Impact Shield screen protector, made from a three-layer film that includes a BASF polymer found in bulletproof glass. It claims substantial impact protection for the screen, dispersing up to 80% of the impact force, as well as optical clarity and a self-healing property that protects itself from scratches. We found the film easier to apply bubble-free than most films we’ve tried; it's available for iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
The sleeker and sexier your smartphone is, the more likely you’ll want to wrap it up in a protective case to protect it from drops, bumps and assorted rough handling. The Tech21 is certainly up to this task. Various Tech21 Impactology products are initially available through Apple, Vodafone and Harvey Norman.