Making a case for the iPhone

I''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. I''d be terrified to take out the phone out one-handed, and I''m one of the most dexterous people I know.




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

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

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

'' regardless of which hip it''s worn on or which way it''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 ''Silent'' switch. Or to look at the screen at all. And how exactly are you supposed to ''take a call'' without being able to touch the screen at all?

The HipCase came out before the iPhone, and it''s as if its designers didn''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 ''Dewey Defeats Truman'' looks dead-on by comparison. I guess that''s their job. And mine is to slam them for it.


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