iPhone 5 Case Review: Rocketcases for iPhone 5 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Ultra slim and light, unique and very interesting prints on the back, and easy to use.
What's Not: Doesn't protect the front glass, and sides of the case are a bit slippery.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Just when you thought you'd seen most of the iPhone 5 case designs, something pops up and surprises you. Rocketcases' iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4S slim cases have very convincing prints on the back that make your iPhone look like something else entirely. The slim case is rigid and can protect your iPhone from scratches, nicks and bumps to the back and the sides, and the case is super easy to install and take off. The biggest draw for the Rocketcases are the disguising prints including Game Boy, Nintendo Controller, cassette tap, VHS tape, boom box and wood pattern.
The Rocketcases slim case is made with thin but rigid plastic that doesn't add much bulk or weight to your slim phone. The case is easy to use, not much different from other slim cases, such as Case-Mate's Barely There case, and it's easy to take off as well. The case covers the long vertical sides of the iPhone 5 and the four corners, but leaves most of the top and bottom open. The sides of the case don't raise above the display, so when you put the phone face down, the case won't protect it from touching the surface.
What make the Rocketcases stand out are the prints on the back. The surface on the back and side are smooth plastic, especially on the sides which make the case a bit slippery in hand. The prints look detailed with vivid images and colors that they look very convincing as the things they imitate. Even the Ghetto Blaster case that resembles a boom box has small buttons and knobs, but everything is very detailed and sharp. Several cases in the Rocketcases collection offer different colors, for example, the Game Boy Retro comes in white or black, the Cassette Tape case comes in 6 colors, the Woody case offers two and the Ghetto Blaster comes in two colors as well.
While the Rocketcases provides nice protection for the back and sides of the iPhone 5, it doesn't offer any protection for the front glass. Since it leaves the entire front open, you can use any screen protector or film of your choice with the case.
The Rocketcases for the iPhone 5 is a very functional case thanks to the cutouts and design. Since the case leaves the top and bottom of the phone open, the top power button, the bottom audio ports and the Lightning port are easily assessable. The case has two cutouts on the side, one for the silence button and the longer one for the volume buttons. Both cutouts are perfectly aligned. The Rocketcase also has a perfect cutout for the rear camera and flash, that doesn't obscure the lens' view or the flash's space to fully illuminate.
Though not a big collection of prints, the Rocketcases models all have unique looks that will turn heads and attract double-takes. The case is protective of the back and sides of the iPhone 5, and can certainly thwart off scratches by small and sharp objects in your bag or purse, and the rigid plastic and the protective of the corners means the case can withstand some shock as well should you drop your iPhone in this case. The case is very functional and very easy to use. The only thing to watch out for is the lack of protection of the front display. Get yourself a film protector if you worry about scratching the glass.