The Dog & Bone Backbone is the perfect case for the slightly clumsy who hates cables. We’re in “woof” with this Qi Wireless charging case!
The Backbone simplifies the process of charging as you don’t have to deal with cables and on top of it all, the case will protect your iPhone from drops up to 4 ft which means that you won’t have to worry about your iPhone if it tumbles off your desk or having it fall out of your pocket.
However, we realized that during our Dog & Bone Backbone review period that all this flexibility and Qi wireless charging for the iPhone may not warrant the high price that Dog & Bone is asking for this iPhone case. At the time of writing, when we received the Backbone was $140 dollars (Dog & Bones website was showing $110) so this iPhone case is pretty expensive so having multiple Backbone charging stations might not be feasible for the person on a budget. If you’re looking to utilize the spare battery that Dog & Bone offers, the entire setup will cost almost $200 dollars. The high price of this case may be a big deterrent for those looking to buy this case.
Now given the high price of the Backbone wireless charging iPhone case, you would expect the case to work with an iPhone charger but we didn’t have such luck. The Qi charger would only charge the iPhone for a few minutes before turning off. Now we did contact Dog & Bone and they’ve assured us that they’ve tested the Backbone using the 1.2 Amp chargers of the iPhones. We have no other way of verifying this so we’re giving Dog & Bone the benefit of the doubt.
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- Simple to use wireless charging
- Protects your iPhone from daily bumps and drops
- Modular design allows for flexible use
- The Backbone is expensive, especially when compared to other cases
- It will protect your iPhone from 4ft drops but accessory portion of the case may break (ours did during a drop)
- Depending on the strength of your power grid, a stock iPhone charger may not be enough to use the Backbone.
- Our Backbone would only charge using an iPad charger would provided 2 Amps of power to the case. The wireless charging was flaky using the 1.2 Amp iPhone charger. Confirmed with Dog & Bone that it should work with iPhone chargers so the power grid in our testing area might have been a bit weaker.
- The Dog and Bone Backbone doesn't add a lot of weight to the iPhone but will add bit of bulk
- Will add approx. 1/2 inch in length to your iPhone and another 50-60% in thickness
Ease of installation (5/5):
- Installation is incredibly simple and easy
- Removing the accessories portion of the case is quite easy
Build Quality (3.5/5):
- The Backbone does feel solid but our wireless charging portion of the case did crack during one of our drop tests
- Good blend of hard/soft plastic/rubber. Edges of the case absorbs bumps and scratches well
General Protection (5/5):
- The Dog & Bone Backbone is one of the few cases that come with extra features that offers a decent amount of drop protection
- Our iPhone didn't suffer any damage from 4 ft drops onto concrete
- Dog & Bone includes an impact resistant screen protector
iPhone Functionality (4/5):
- Able to access all buttons through the cutouts in the case
- Sound from the iPhone is not muted
- Able to sync your iPhone through the Backbone via the Micro-USB port
- Will fit Apple EarPods without using the headphone jack extension. Large headphones jacks will not fit
- Screen Usability (5/5):
- The Dog & Bone Backbone wireless charging case does not get in the way of accessing your iPhone's screen
- Screen Viewability (5/5):
- Does not get in the way of viewing your iPhone even with the screen protector installed
- Wireless Charging (5/5):
- The inductive wireless charging capability of this case is awesome
- Provides a fairly quick charge through the case (approx. 2 hours)
- Able to purchase an additional battery pack that is easily swappable with the Backbone
Design – We’re big fans of the Dog & Bone Backbone’s modularity
The Backbone Qi Charging case for the iPhone 5 and 5s is well designed. The swappable Qi charging component with a spare battery pack is very functional which allows the Backbone to stay fairly slim when compared to other cases with similar functionality.
Installing the case is fairly simple and removing the accessories of the case is simple as well. The only thing that we will mention is the rigid plastic of the removable wireless charging accessory did snap on one of our drop tests. Now, we do put our cases through more than your average reviewer so we believe that this would be an isolated incident.
Protection – It will protect your iPhone from life’s bumps and little drops
For our Dog & Bone Backbone Review, we had to drop the case since it’s rated to protect your iPhone from 4ft and we can attest to that. The materials that the case is made out of absorbs the impact fairly well and scuffing on the case was kept to a minimum.On one of our drops, the Qi Wireless charging accessory did pop off but that only occurred on 1 drop out of 8 drops.
Functionality – The Backbone is going to put your iPhone in a happy, wireless place
Getting to your iPhone isn’t a problem with the Backbone. The buttons are easily accessed through the case and accessing the hardware ports is simple. Stock Apple EarPods can be used with the case without a headphone jack extension. Screen view-ability and usability don’t suffer with the case, even with the optionally installable impact resistant screen protector.
The Qi wireless charging portion of the case is fairly simple. All you have to do is line up the protective iPhone case with the charging station. There is a ridge that guides you to the right spot on the charging station.
Now, according to the instructions, the case requires a 2 amp power supply (or an iPad/iPad Air charger) so your iPhone charger won’t cut it. Dog & Bone claims that the Backbone is tested with 1.2 amp iPhone chargers so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for our Dog & Bone Backbone Review.