Making a case for the iPhone

Iâ''m not sure a worse carrying case for an iPhone can be designed than the HipCase. What makes it notable is that almost every claim made on the packaging is false.

The HipCase features a Velcro tab and cut-out center notch to provide quick, simple, one-handed iPhone pick up.

Um, no. Iâ''d be terrified to take out the phone out one-handed, and Iâ''m one of the most dexterous people I know.

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Aaargh! Thereâ''s at least a 1 in 20 chance Iâ''d drop right there, not odds you want to take with a $600 device at stake.

Corner notches ensure unobstructed access to the iPhoneâ''s headset jack

... well, yes, if you donâ''t mind pushing the leather aside a bit, you can jam the headset jack inâ''with no access to the volume controls!

â'' regardless of which hip itâ''s worn on or which way itâ''s placed in the holster, thus allowing you to listen to music or take a call while keeping the iPhone safely cradled in the HipCase.

Well-placed? Unless you want access to the volume controls! Or the â''Silentâ'' switch. Or to look at the screen at all. And how exactly are you supposed to â''take a callâ'' without being able to touch the screen at all?

The HipCase came out before the iPhone, and itâ''s as if its designers didnâ''t even have a sketch to work from. They guessed wrong, and badly so. But the copywriters went ahead and wrote something so far from the truth that â''Dewey Defeats Trumanâ'' looks dead-on by comparison. I guess thatâ''s their job. And mine is to slam them for it.

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