Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Smartphones and accessories

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

By Network World Staff, Network World |  Unified Communications, Android, iphone accessories

Aegis Series for iPhone 4, by Trident Case

This is a two-layered iPhone case to provide more protection than a standard case/offering. The first layer is made of a flexible silicone that wraps around the device. The second layer adds a hard polycarbonate shell to provide more protection from drops. It also comes with a scratch and smudge-resistant screen protector for the front of the device, and the hard shell is available in six colors.

The first layer is nice, as it also has covers for ports like the charging dock and headphone jack, which would appear to create a seal for waterproofing purposes. The problem lies with the second layer hard shell, which doesn't quite create a perfect fit when you're trying to connect the first layer and the device - you sort of create little air bubbles. The second layer also adds additional bulk to the device, preventing you from connecting it to a recharging dock (a pet peeve of mine). But if you're looking for the extra protection, you might have to deal with these issues.

Cool Yule rating: 3.5 stars
Price: $29.95
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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