Did you hear my big news? If not, go Check it out, short-form or long-form, right after you read this.As I mentioned in my last post, I'm really excited about the possibility of a "Cheaper iPhone". Particularly in the rumors that have it featuring an iPhone 5 style body, but covered in a new plastic-type material (which may be more than just plastic). Why the new interest in the old material?
Mostly because of this:
That's the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 or 4S (picture is an Amazon Affiliate link). It provides
...up to 8 hours of talk time (up to 16 on 2G) and 7 hours of Web browsing on 3G (up to 11 on Wi-Fi) to your iPhone
And though I'm using a Refurbished unit I purchased through an Amazon reseller, that's about what the extra boost I'm seeing in daily use. I've had mine for about a month now, and while there's no doubt that it does add some bulk and weight (especially when comparing an in-case iPhone 4S to my wife's naked iPhone 5), I find that the extra life away from charging cables is worth it.
And the feel of the white plastic back of the case has reminded me how pleasant it was to hold the iPhone 3G/3GS and why especially in a budget concious device, plastic or some plastic substitute might be the perfect casing. It would also be an easy way to differentiate the "premium" iPhone line (which would, one imagines, maintain the glass and aluminum design of the 5) from the "basic" model (which might come in a variety of bright colored plastic shells).
In general, the battery life of these phones hasn't been an issue for me. They die faster than traditional dumbphones, but their battery life has always been industry-leading or on the verge, and I've never minded carrying a charger with my gear, but in practice it is nice to know that anywhere I am, whenever I need it, I can just flip a switch on my phone's case and instantly I'm getting a recharge for the rest of the day.
This isn't counting at all the protection the Mophie offers as a case. Since I've had mine, I've dropped it twice, once on concrete and once on hardwood. Neither incident did more than scratch the paint on the case and there has been no effect on the charging or the fit of the case.
When you've recently spent $200 or more on a new phone it can be daunting to throw an extra $50-100 (depending on what model of Mophie you purchase and where you purchase it from) in for a case, but the total utility of the Mophie is well worth it in my mind.
I'm continuing to use my 4S until at least the release of the 5S or 6, and likely until Apple releases the "Cheaper iPhone" and one of the reasons why I'm glad to do so is the Mophie Juice Pack Air.