cases

Does the Otterbox iPhone screen protector produce a rainbow effect?

Episode 1372

Kenny from Springfield, MO
Otterbox Case for iPhone 7 Plus

Kenny wants to get an Otter Box for his iPhone 7 Plus, but he hears that there's a rainbow effect with the screen protector. Leo says it could, if he used it. Leo doesn't put it on. It'll protect him against scratches, sure, but the glass of the iPhone is very hard. He can get a sapphire glass cover, but the problem is, he'd have to keep that protected as well.

The Otterbox is very good at protecting the phone, and most of the time, it'll hit on the case, not the screen. Leo recommends them. But if he's worried, Kenny should get the model that has a lid.

What phone carrier is best for tethering?

Episode 1357

Mike from El Segundo, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Mike got a Samsung Galaxy S7 and he's concerned about the same battery issues happening to the S7 that happened to the Note 7. Leo says that's not a concern as it's a completely different design. We have no one to blame but ourselves since we're always demanding a thinner phone. Leo would rather have a thicker phone and better battery life.

Mike's Galaxy S7 has cracked twice. What case should he get? Leo says that it really doesn't matter if he's clumsy. Leo doesn't even use a case.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1099

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Selfy. It's a case for iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5 that has a bluetooth remote shutter button. The shutter remote slides into the back of the case and you can slide it out anytime you want to take a selfy. They have accessories to fit into that slot including a tripod, bike mount, and helmet mount. It's great for parties and picnics if you take a lot of selfies.

What case should I get for my iPad?

Mark (iDocMark) from Syracuse, NY

Episode 1092

Mark got a new iPad Air and he thinks it's essentially an iPhone with a larger screen. Leo says that is kind of true, but it's also a different, more enjoyable experience because it's a large, 10" screen. Mark needs to get a cover for it and there's so many options. Leo says that a cover is a personal choice and there's no lack of choices to choose from. Leo likes the DoDoCase Moleskin case that makes it look like a folio paper notebook. So it's very obscure and as such, safer. It's very protective, but it does add a bit of bulk.

What's the benefit of an extra cell phone battery vs. external battery cases?

Episode 962

Colin from Huntington Beach, CA
Mophie Juice Pack

Colin says one way Leo can save money on cell phone batteries is to buy an external battery. Leo says that he has plenty of external battery cases, but he still has to carry them around. He prefers the extra battery because it fits in his pocket. Leo does like the Mophie Juice Pack Air case, which puts the battery inside the case. He also says that Samsung has killed the myth that Apple doesn't let the battery be removable for the reason of keeping the phone slim.

The Giz Wiz and the SmartSound Case

Episode 950

The Smartsound Smart Phone Case protects your phone and also increases the volume of the sound thanks to amplification done by the design of the kickstand. Dick did a blindfold test and he says the sound goes up about 15-20%. The design also boosts the strength of the flash when you're shooting images. Awarded the prestigious 2013 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. About $30. Available Feb-March.