The iPhone case market is as crowded as a Japanese wave pool, and, for the most part, everything’s just a tweaked copy of everything else. To date, there’s been very little innovation in this admittedly restricted design space. After all, there’s only so much you can do with form-fitting plastic, rubber, silicone, and leather. Some companies, like Vaja and EXOvault, do manage to stand out, but their prices are as eye-popping as their lines’ luxury looks.
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Designed to emphasize the camera aspect of the iPhone, the DiffCase nevertheless provides feature-rich functionality for several different usage scenarios. It’s got two built-in tripod mounts, an ergonomic handle accessible in either orientation, a screen-protecting sunshade, a credit card holder, a kickstand usable in both portrait and landscape mode, a carabiner pass-through, and full six-sided rugged protection (with the purchase of an extra lid).
On paper, you’d think the resultant amalgam of ABS injection-molded plastic would be a bulky, pocket-stuffing nightmare. It’s not. Almost every feature of the DiffCase does double duty, so the overall package is extremely manageable (unlike, say, this ridiculous thing). Check it out:
The DiffCase can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and comes in five different colors. The MSRP is $39, but early adopters can get it now for just $30.
I ordered the white one.