Gear4 slim cases protect an iPhone 11 from a 13-foot fall [Review]

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Gear4 Hampton, Battersea, Oxford Eco and Crystal Palace Neon
The Gear4 Hampton, Battersea, Oxford Eco and Crystal Palace Neon are just some of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro series cases this company offers.
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Gear4 cases can save an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro series from breaking if dropped quite long distances, but they aren’t as bulky as typical rugged cases. The lineup for all three of Apple’s latest is surprisingly attractive, given how protective they are.

I tried out several of Gear4’s offerings, and find they might be just what your new iPhone needs.

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Totallee screen protector
Pair an edge-to-edge screen protector with a thin case by Totallee.
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Protect your iPhone 11 in minimalist fashion with a MNML Case at a 35% discount.
Protect your iPhone 11 in minimalist fashion with a MNML Case at a 35% discount.
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Totallee leather iPhone Pro case
Totallee's new leather cases protect your iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max in style.
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thin iPhone 11 case
Totallee's new thin cases dress up and protect your iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max.
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All the best iPhone 11 cases revealed so far

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OtterBox iPhone 11 cases
OtterBox is one of many companies that quickly unveiled a lineup of iPhone 11 cases.
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Accessory makers rushed to unveil cases that fit the just-announced iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. These range from Mophie’s powerful battery case to more simple ones designed to bring additional protection.

There are new cases in a plethora of designs from Apple, OtterBox, Gear4, Speck, Mujjo and more. Some are available now, while others are coming soon.

Quirky smartphone case frees you from tyranny of the touchscreen

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smartphone case with mechanical buttons
Tired of the touchscreen? Try pressing an old-fashioned mechanical button.
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We can press and swipe our way to productivity with the touch screen on a smartphone. But the nerve endings in our fingers still long for the tactile engagement – that click – from pressing a button.

Snap, a company with the ideal name, is working with Columbia University on a smartphone case with mechanical buttons and dials to control our favorite phone functions.

Mophie’s newest iPhone battery case is surprisingly svelte [Review]

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Mophie Juice Pack Air review
The Juice Pack Air expands your iPhone’s battery life without also expanding your pocket.
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The latest Juice Pack Air from Mophie proves iPhone battery cases don’t have to be bulky. This one is relatively slender, while still extending the time between recharges a considerable amount. There’s even room for a Lightning port as well as wireless charging.

Find out what it’s like to use this accessory designed for the 2018 iPhone models in our hands-on review.

Yes, you can unlock the iPhone with a folio cover. Here’s how.

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Apple didn't invent the Slide to Unlock gesture.
The gesture that started it all.
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One of the best iPad features is the auto-lock/unlock that is triggered when you open and close its cover. Introduced with the iPad 2, smart unlock was revolutionary, in terms of lazy unlocking at least.

But did you know that the iPhone can do the same? If you have an X-series iPhone, and a compatible cover, you can use the same auto sleep/wake feature that iPad users have enjoyed since the iPad 2.