Sleekon was previously featured here on AppleTell for their glow-in-the-dark cases, which served up a healthy dose of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the late ’80s (it seemed like everything lit up after the lights went out from about 1985-1992). Move forward about a decade, and you have the inspiration for Sleekon’s latest addition: Shirts that changed color when heated (anyone remember making handprint patterns?) and endless tourist novelty items that go from white to vibrant color out in the sunlight. The latest addition to their lineup is the Sleekon Photochromic iPhone 5 case, which turns your iPhone into a sunlight-activated color changing accessory.
Bask in the Sunlight
Rather than glowing in the dark, the Photochromic case performs its trick in direct sunlight. All the modles feature simple black and white designs that receive a punch of color when you expose them to UV radiation (simple sunlight, nothing too dangerous). Take your phone outside, or even just put it on a windowsill and you’ll notice it starts to change colors instantly. The effect is best in direct sunlight, but will still work even inside a car (car windows generally reflect some UV rays, but enough get in to trigger the color change).
Sleekon provided me a review case that’s sure to make any Douglas Adams fan happy (I certainly never panicked when using it). Called Whale’s Dream, the case features a whale on a white background; whip your phone out in some sunlight, and suddenly the whale is suspended in a midair, surrounded by fluffy white clouds. Sadly, a bowl of petunias is not included.
Fit and Finish
The Photochromic case is the same style as the previously-reviewed Luminous glow-in-the-dark cases. It’s a basic snap-on design that adds less than 1 mm to your iPhone on all sides except the screen. A super thin bezel snaps around the sides to hold it in place, and there are cutouts along the top, left, and most of the bottom to accommodate your iPhone’s switches, ports, and mic/speaker. In addition to Whale’s Dream, there are seven other case designs featuring a variety of nature and film noir/comic book styles.
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Product: Sleekon Photochromic iPhone 5 case
Provides: Color-changing iPhone 5 protection
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5