Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Smartphones and accessories

Presenting the gems that will enhance your smartphones during the holidays.

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Case-Mate iPhone 4 Monsta Case

I've never liked bulky iPhone cases for a few reasons - the extra weight it adds to the device, and the inability to then recharge the phone in a docking station or attach the headphone jack. On the other hand, the really thin cases tend to break apart quickly and become useless after heavy usage.

The Monsta Case is small enough to still allow attaching to a docking station and headphones, and light enough to not add the extra bulk. The silicone base is flexible enough where it doesn't break with wear and tear, and it has a nice textured grip that keeps you from dropping it. If you do happen to drop it, you get some protection that your phone won't shatter (unless you drop from a very high place or it lands on the uncovered glass part). It's easy to put on the case and pull it off if you want to switch it.

The monster design and choice of colors (I preferred the green/dark green version) adds some unique styling to your device. One quick downside - the grippy bumps on the back of the device will attach itself to your money if you put the case in your pocket and pull out the phone. Several times I pulled out my phone and my cash fell out of my pocket, so be careful!

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars
Price: $24.99
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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