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Review: Get Bricky With Belkin’s New LEGO Builder Case For The iPhone 5/5s

Review: Get Bricky With Belkin’s New LEGO Builder Case For The iPhone 5/5s

September 23, 2013
Company: Belkin Product: LEGO Builder Case Price: $39.95 Compatibility: iPhone 5/5s Website: Date: September 23, 2013 The wait is finally over. After first announcing the partnership all the way back in February, Belkin and the LEGO Group have introduced a LEGO case for the iPhone 5/5s. While there have been some unofficial cases that provided the same functionality, this is the first authorized case for an iPhone. How does the LEGO Builder stack up? Lets find out.

The Product

First up, Belkin did a great job designing a unique case that screams LEGO from the first moment you see it. And that’s a good thing. The case is available in three different color combinations that standout with the blue base plate. The yellow/red version I received is easily my favorite, but the blue/black and pink/violet versions also look like a lot of fun. The case itself is very well thought out. A rubber bumper protects three sides of the case and covers the volume buttons and on/off switch. The vibrate rocker is left exposed. Since you’ll have to normally put your iPhone face down to build a LEGO creation on the back of the cover, the edges of the case are slightly raised and will protect the handset’s screen from scratches. But the base plate of the case is where the fun begins. I was afraid, at first, that the base plate might be a little small to have a lot of fun building, but I was wrong. Both my daughter and I had a great time building whatever we could imagine on the back of the case. And if you’re interested in seeing what other builders are creating with the case, surf on over to Belkin’s site for a wide variety of ideas. My only complaint, and it’s very small, is that the case doesn’t cover the entire handset and leaves the bottom of the case fully exposed. Especially if you’ve got a slate version of the iPhone 5, that could cause the bottom of the handset to get scratched or dinged. But in some situations, having complete access to the headphone jack and uncovered speakers is a plus. Also, the case should easily be compatible with the iPhone 5s and its Touch ID sensor under the home button.

What’s Hot

  • Uh, it’s LEGO case.
  • Ready made to fit the iPhone 5s as well as the iPhone 5.
  • Feels good to hold in the hand.
  • The most fun I’ve ever had with just an iPhone case.

What’s Not

  • It doesn’t protect the bottom part of the handset.

Our Advice

If you’re a LEGO fan like me, buying this case is easily a no-brainer. Even though it might not exactly look good in the boardroom, it’s the only case I can think of that provides so much fun all by itself. Hopefully, we’ll see an iPad version soon.


Aesthetic Appeal: ★★★★☆ Wow Factor: ★★★★★ Build Quality: ★★★★☆ Value: ★★★★☆ Buy Now: $39.99 from Belkin or $26.24 from (yellow/red) [gallery link="file"]

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