Apple iPhone 4/4S case: Urbanista Powercase - Las Vegas Review

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Urbanista Las Vegas iPhoneIntroduction:

With the average retail price of the iPhone 4S being around £450, and the iPhone 4 at ~£400, it is no wonder that most people want to protect them in the best way possible. Due to the popularity of the iPhone there are hundred of different cases available from silicon sleeves to hard cases, but until recently we hadn't seem one that had a battery backup built into it, something that sets the Urbanista Las Vegas apart from the run of the mill!

Specifications:

 

  • PowerCase™ for iPhone 4 & 4s
  • Capacity: 1500mAh (Li-polymer battey)
  • Output: 5V/500mA
  • Color on bumpers: black/red/silver
  • Material: ABS
  • Size: 129.5 x 62 x 14.9 mm
  • Weight: 70g

Review:

The Urbanista Las Vegas Powercase offers a fashionable looking semi-rigid enclosure for the main body of the iPhone 4 or 4S and additionally includes a screen protector to help minimise the chance of scratching to the screen. Included with the casing are three different coloured (red, black or grey) rubber "bumpers" that frame the device with the main portion of the case incorporating a 1500 mAh battery, that effectively acts as the back of the case.

Urbanista Las Vegas iPhone bumpers

Although the included instructions have lost a little in translation, the installation of the phone into the Las Vegas case is very easy: The phone connects via it's port to the case, a bumper is then slotted over the top and sides of the phone and then the screen protector can be applied.  The addition of the battery to the case means that this isn't one of the lightest cases on the market and it does add a centimetre to the overall length of the phone, but given the effective doubling of battery life, the additional 70g is definitely worth the trade off. Since the case makes use of the smartphone's main docking port, the phone also can't be docked once installed and a micro USB port built into the case (and included cable) has to be used for charging and docking of both the iPhone and case battery.  The current state of charge is indicated by an LED display that lets you know how much juice is left.

Price:

~£61

Verdict:

4/5 - Although expensive, the Urbanista acts as a solid enough stylish hard case for the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, offering three different colour bumpers to suit your accessories. The additional battery power offers a real benefit effectively doubling the usage time of your phone - a handy thing given the average battery life!