What’s the “Smart” part of this case?
Apple Smart Battery Case Review – What’s up with that hump?
The Apple Smart Battery Case is an odd looking case. Honestly, we don’t think it looks Apple-esque but it handles better than any battery case we’ve come across for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7’s.
This battery case feel thinner than it actually is and from our perspective, is a great backup battery case for the occasional battery emergency.
For our Apple Smart Battery Case review, we’ve given this case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. On a case-by-case basis, the Smart Battery case scores a little higher the Mophie Juice Pack Air. However, our scoring system doesn’t take into the account the extra functionality you can get with Mophie’s accessories. If you spend the cash for them.
If you need to see a side by side comparison of the two products, check out this link. Check out this comparison tool for all the battery cases we’ve reviewed!
Design – The Quasimodo of iPhone battery cases?
For design, the Apple Smart Battery case feels thinner than it looks. Apple didn’t incorporate the thickness of the battery into the edge of the case like other battery cases. Oddly enough, the entire package, despite looking slimmer weighs as much as the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the 7 Plus.
The Smart Battery case fits the iPhone quite well and the silicone outer shell wears well from general usage. Installing the iPhone is neat as you peel the top of the iPhone back and slide it into the case. Most other battery cases have pieces that you have to snap together and or lose. This is important to me when it comes to choosing battery cases.
The iPhone in the Smart Battery case doesn’t slide around easily. Despite the silicone texture, you won’t have too much trouble pulling your iPhone out of your pocket. Your pocket may come with it occasionally.
Protection – It can take a hit
For protection, the Apple Smart Battery case isn’t drop-rated but it can take a hit. It has average dust protection and doesn’t come with a screen protector. You’d think paying over $100 dollars for this case would score you something more than a spare battery. Wait, it’s an Apple product right? So they’re going to stick it to you. At least it’s unique, unlike their overpriced iPad cases.
The edges of the case are high enough that it will keep the iPhone’s screen off a flat surface, even with a screen protector.
Functionality – Offers a bit more versatility than other battery cases.
Accessing your iPhone in the case is exactly like the regular Apple Silicone case. The Smart Battery case has a Lightning connector rather the usual micro-USB cable so you don’t have to carry around an extra cable. Sound coming from the iPhone in the Smart Battery case didn’t have a noticeable effect.
When it comes to the actual battery part of the case, we got approx. 85-90% per charge so it might be close to doubling your iPhone’s battery life. Definitely enough to get you through a night of shenanigans.
You can charge the case by itself and there is a single LED that glows orange when charging and green when charged. The best part the case is that the current charge level is displayed in your widget area instead of four LED’s. This works way better than the LED setup.
We couldn’t figure out how to stop the battery case from charging your iPhone. The moment the device is in, it is charging. We know this is a feature on other cases but haven’t really figured out why we’d use that feature.
Would Aaron personally get this case? Check out the end of the review video to find out!
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