Wed, 08 Feb 2012 Case Mate TANK review
One of the toughest iPhone cases we’ve seen
- Manufacturer: Case Mate
- Pros: Impressively hard-wearing, protects the screen too
- Cons: Quite fiddly to set up in the first place; not the most attractive
- Price: £42
- Star rating:
Looking for an iPhone case that will stand up to some serious punishment? Planning to take it into battle? Then give Case Mate’s Tank a try.
The Tank lives up to its name with a heavy-duty chassis that falls into line with US military standards, according to the maker. The hard, polycarbonate shell protects from impacts and drops. There’s also a neat corrugated screen protector that can be retracted to a slot in the back when you’re using the touchscreen, so you get full protection and usability.
There are flip-out rubber covers for the headphone and bottom dock, and openings for the cameras – you’re free to use the iPhone normally without removing the case. And despite its robustness, the overall package remains reasonably portable – it doesn’t add as much weight and bulk to the phone as some tough cases we’ve tried.
Looks-wise, the Tank is on the basic side, in plain block colours. Our review sample came in military green and civilian orange, but all-black, black/pink and white/pink versions are available.
Finally, a warning that the case is a bit fiddly to apply, which Case Mate appears to acknowledge with an assembly video on its website. There’s a separate piece to cover the home button – you pop this on to the phone, then have to slide the two pieces together.