Our second iPhone 5c case review is also one of the most unique we’ve seen. There’s no shortage of websites that allow you to customize your iPhone case with personal photos, but Casetagram can connect directly to your Facebook or Instagram account to pull photos from there. No need to import them from your camera or iPhoto, just grab anything already available from your social networks.
In the left column you’ll see your layout options. There are twelve from which to choose, and you simply click on the pattern of choice to apply it to the template. At the bottom of the screen, you can connect to your Instagram or Facebook account, or choose to upload photos from your computer. There are also some pre-made stamps you can use if you want to get all fancy.
Once your social media account is connected, the photos will appear in a tray at the bottom, as seen above. To place a photo, simply drag it up into the template grid where you want it to appear. It’s that simple. You can drag an image overtop another to replace it, and you can drag it out to remove it altogether. You don’t need to worry too much about the quality of the image, as most of them will print so small that it won’t make a difference (depending upon your layout, of course). You will, however, want to watch placement to make sure the photo doesn’t wrap over the edge and distort the subject.
There is only one case color option available for the iPhone 5c—Frosty White—but there are multiple filters you can apply to the photos if you so choose: grayscale, sepia, gotham, roma, and the like.
Once that’s done, you simply save the case, check out, make your payment and wait for delivery. The case itself is a soft plastic that wraps well around the iPhone 5c. I thought the Casetagram felt a bit flimsy when it first arrived, but it’s been very sturdy and secure, with a good fit around the various iPhone buttons and ports. The top and bottom are mostly open, but because the edges wrap over them a bit, you may not be able to dock your iPhone 5c while it’s in the case.
The lightly frosted texture makes for a nice grip, and although it does allow your photos to show through, it also helps to hide any possible imperfections from what may be low quality Facebook or Instagram photos.
As for protection, you’re not going to get much more than basic scuff/scratch prevention. The Casetagram is too thin to provide much help from drops, but your iPhone 5c will be safe in your bag or pocket.
That main draw here, though, is the design. Whether you go with a basic photo grid or get artistic with the more ornate patterns, there are plenty of options to express yourself.
Be sure you get it right the first time, though; at $34.95 for what would be a $19.99 case without the photos, you’re paying a premium for the customization. But then, that’s why you’re here, isn’t it.
Buy the Casetagram custom iPhone 5c case
Provides: Scuff/scratch protection with custom photo layout
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5c (also available for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch, as well as some Samsung, Nexus, Blackberry and HTC devices)