Kit review: Pong ‘rugged’ iPhone case
I worry about my iPhone. My last phone, a seemingly more robust Nokia, took many knocks. It was dropped, thrown around and generally treated like many everyday items that have stopped becoming precious. The Nokia screen got scratched and cracked, and one time I had to pay for a replacement phone because I sweated so much on a bike ride that it stopped working. So, I worry about my new and still precious iPhone.
Many other people worry too and that’s why they choose to keep their iPhones safe inside a rugged case. But which one to go for?
After a lot of searching I came across the Pong range. (And Pong were kind enough to send me one to test). While “Pong” might not sound so cool but it does offer a lot of features. The Pong Rugged cases protect the iPhone from a fall, even from a height of 8ft. it’s the tough polycarbonate chassis, which is encased in resilient hard rubber, that does that. Pong reckon their cases provide “durable protection and shock absorption”. It does, too!
I dropped my precious iPhone 5 the other day and it just kind of bounced and stayed all happy and shiny.
Other features of the Pong iPhone case
Technology used in the Pong case helps to prolong battery life and boost the signal, so they’re ideal if you walk or camp in places where the power and/or signal might be in short supply.
Another thing to worry about iPhones, and mobile phones in general, is radiation. There are scare stories every so often about health problems caused by mobile phones and while we all ignore these the worry is still there.
The Pong phone case is claimed to “reduce the user’s exposure to radiation”. Research shows that they offer protection by reducing cellular radiation exposure by up to 94% below international safety limits.
Here’s the facts behind the claims:
Pong technology is custom-designed for each mobile device and works to redirect radiation away from your head and body. The website says: “Using a custom-engineered Coupled Antenna System (CAS), Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce our exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising our device’s ability to communicate. We’re not even making that up. It was recently verified in an extensive, independent test by WIRED MAGAZINE.”
Anything else to report?
The case looks pretty smart. Many rugged cases are over-large and not so pretty, but the Pong case looks smart and cool. A cut away section allows you to take photos and video while inside the case.
The Pong case is priced from £63.50 at www.pongresearch.co.uk