Now that the Apple iPhone 5 has been released there is a rush to find a case to protect these gorgeous new phones. Because the iPhone 5 is made out of aluminum, it is supposed to be less likely to crack or shatter, but do you rally want to leave your phone naked? Having a better made iPhone is good news, but videos of dropped and cracked phones started being posted online just hours after the iPhone 5 was launched. Spending a little extra for a high-quality case could keep you from having to replace a phone, which could save you hundreds!
The case that we are looking at today is the DualPro, which is made by Incipio Technologies. The Incipio DualPro is a hard shell case with an inner silicone sleeve that can be found online for $26.95 shipped. Incipio officially states that the two-part DualPro case is a “unique hybrid design combining a Plextonium hard shell frame with a shock absorbing silicone frame.” What is Plextonium you might ask? Plextonium is a proprietary blend of Polycarbonate made by Incipio that is said to deliver better drop and scratch resistance while also allowing easy, reliable manufacturing.
Incipio DualPro iPhone 5 Case Colors:
Having an iPhone 5 case doesn’t mean it has to be ugly and Incipio gives you six different color combinations to pick from for the DualPro case series. The color that we will be looking at today is the Charcoal Gray & Citron Yellow.
Inside the DualPro retail box you’ll find vanity kit (screen protector, cleaning clock and application instructions), plastic folding smartphone stand and the case.
The image above better shows how the Incipio DualPro earns its name. On the left you can see the Citron Yellow impact absorbing silicone sleeve and then to the right the Charcoal Gray Rigid Plextonium shell.
Incipio DualPro iPhone 5 Case Measurements:
Here is a shot of the Incipio DualPro installed on our black iPhone 5. The case has a thickness of 0.11 inches or 2.72mm, which makes the phone feel a bit bigger. The entire two part case weighs 1.11oz. The Apple iPhone 5 weighs 3.95 ounces by itself, so you are looking at 5.06 ounces at the end of the day. This is a 28% increase in weight, but the iPhone 5 with the DualPro case still feels great.
The mute switch remains open for easy access, but the volume buttons are covered up with silicone for protection. The fit of the DualPro is excellent and the volume buttons still feel crisp when you press them through the case.
The Apple iPhone 5 has a bunch of stuff taking place on the bottom edge, so we need to spend a second here. The DualPro case fits great, but it does cover two of the openings on the redesigned microphone and speaker grills. The headphone jack and Lightning connector port were both unabated.
With the iPhone 5 resting on its face you can see that the camera lens and flash have plenty of room. The hard shell feels smooth and does not collect lint and dirt.
The inner silicone sleeve wraps around the iPhone 5, but do not impair the 4-inch Retina display. This is great news as you want to make sure that you see everything on that larger 1136 x 640 pixel display!
The Incipio DualPro comes with a plastic folding stand that can be used to hold the iPhone 5. Not too many people are going to take this with them, but it does work. The stand is ideal for watching long Youtube videos where you can sit your phone on the stand and not need to hold it. The image above shows the stand being used while we were showing Gangnam Style to some friends that had never heard of PSY before.
Final Thoughts & Conclusions:
The Incipio DualPro case turned out to be a very nice case that fit and complemented the iPhone 5 nicely. Some cases are too thick and take away from the smartphone, but that was not the situation with the DualPro. It also feels like it has the ability to protect the iPhone 5 with the two layers of protection and we love that. Silicon sleeves by themselves tend to stretch and wear out, so it is nice to have the hard shell keeping it in place.
When it comes to pricing the Incipio DualPro has an MSRP of $29.99, but it can be found online for $26.95 shipped. Not a bad price and it comes backed by a 1-year warranty should anything be wrong with the case. If you drop and break your iPhone 5 16GB smartphone the no commitment replacement price is $649.99. Spending under $30 to protect a $650 investment is a simple and wise choice. Be sure to put the Incipio DualPro on the list of cases to look at if you are shopping around!
Legit Bottom Line: The Incipio DualPro iPhone 5 case looks great, offers good protection and does not block any of the phones functions. This is everything you can ask for in a sub $30 case!