Whenever a new iPhone comes out, Moshi is one of the first places I look for a protective case. Having reviewed and liked the iGlaze for iPhone 4, I was curious to see how it made the transition to the larger iPhone 5, and it’s only a year later that I’ve been able to try it out. As expected, the iGlaze for iPhone 5 is everything its precursor was, and it’s still one of the best options available for attractive styling and basic iPhone protection.
Pretty much everything I can say about the iGlaze was recently covered in my review of the iGlaze Armour for iPhone 5. You’ll want to check that out, as there’s no reason to consider the iGlaze without also thinking about splurging for the Armour. Both offer:
- Protection from scratches, scuffs, and minor drops.
- Easy application and removal.
- Wide open access to the volume buttons, mute switch, and power button.
- An open bottom so you won’t have to remove the case when docking it with most third-party docking stations.
Both also come with a small microfiber cloth and a protective back film (which you’ll want to use to protect the Apple logo which shows through a circular cutout in the case).
Unfortunately, no screen protection is provided, so you’ll want to make sure invest in that, as well.
The difference between the two, then, is mostly cosmetic. Whereas the Armour has a diamond-cut aluminum hardplate framed at the top and bottom with an accent color, the standard iGlaze has a metallic sheen in a single color: tyrian purple, burgundy red, champagne pink, coral blue, vintage bronze, pearl white, graphite black or crystal clear.
In other words, more choices to fit your personality, most of which have a sophisticated feminine touch. That said, I’m quite happy with my burgundy red review model (which nicely matches my hockey team’s colors).
The metallic colors of the iGlaze aren’t as good at hiding fingerprints as the iGlaze Armour, but they can mostly be wiped away easily enough. Avoid the clear model…clear cases scratch too easily and highlight the dust particles that get between them and your phone.
Although I prefer the design of the iGlaze Armour, I’m giving the iGlaze for iPhone 5 a higher score. Why? Because I’m not sure my personal preferences are worth $10. The iGlaze sells for $29.95, whereas the Armour comes in at $39.95. Both are worth it, but considering the only main differences are color and texture, the iGlaze is the better buy if they have a color you like.
But you’ll be happy either way.
Buy the Moshi iGlaze for iPhone 5
Provides: Scratch and scuff protection
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5