Product Type: Mophie mobile phone accessories
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A useful tool for getting the most out of your phone but not without its problems.
Mophie Juice Pack Air
Member Name: AdamRoxby
Mophie Juice Pack Air
Advantages: Protects your phone while extending it's usefulness.
Disadvantages: Not as attractive as the promotional material would suggest
This product is the predecessor to the highly successful Juice Pack made for the previous generation iPhone.
The Juice Pack is a hard plastic case which features an inbuilt 1500 mAh capacity battery to provide supplemental charge to your iPhone when desired.
The presentation of the product in the box as well as the cover art gives the impression that this is a premium product, of the same level of design as the iPhone itself.
On the first look the visual appearance of the case isn't too bad. With a single colour back and it's silver band around the perimeter of the case ostensibly tries to recreate the look of the iPhone. While the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is made of glass and metal, the Juice Pack is entirely plastic which may come as a surprise to some.
Inspecting the case further there is a switch at the bottom left corner on the side of the case as you're looking at it, which toggles the internal battery to discharge into the phone. Giving users the control of when to begin charging. At the base of the case there is a button alongside for LEDs which displays the charge level of the case. 4 lights obviously being fully charged and one being virtually empty. Moving further round on the opposite side to the switch is the micro USB port used to charge the battery. One point in this case is favour is that you can actually charge the case and the phone at the same time as well as sync your phone through iTunes without having to take it out of the case. Finally on the visual inspection, at the bottom of the case there are two holes facing the front which are in fact channels leading from the phones microphone and speaker. This not only allows you to use the speaker and microphone during used it in fact amplifies their functions.
Getting your phone into the cases are relatively simple affair. The top breaks away and the phone slides in aided by these smooths in our surface. A little manipulation is needed to get the dock connector on the case to engage with the phone but once in it does feel secure. The cutaway for all your buttons and ports may feel a little bulky and especially for the sleep/wake button at the top, it can be a little tricky to get access to. On mine at least I also did notice a couple of millimetres gap between the top of the phone and the case which also made it slightly difficult to access the sleep/wake button.
With these minor problems aside I'm overall very pleased with the Juice Pack Air form Mophie. According to the manufacturer the case can extend your tall time by up to 6 hours on 3G and 12 hours on 2G. As another example is also claims to add an extra 36 hours of audio playback and nine hours of video playback. So if your going away for a conference or on an extended trip and are the sort of person to extensively use your phone then this will be a great solution to your low battery problems. There may be more premium options available but with this case retailing on Amazon for around the £30 mark it's possible to pick one up at a good price.
Summary: Undoubtably a useful product for the price but lacking in that premium finish