Whether you’re getting an iPhone 5/5s this holiday season or giving one, a case is likely going to follow. HardCandy would like for you to consider their HarvestCraft Slider, which is fully compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Its name may make it sound like it’s out of season, but with a variety of color options which you can change at will, you could find yourself using it year-round.
The slider is the important bit in the design. The soft-touch polycarbonate body comes in two pieces; you’ll slide your iPhone 5 or 5s into the top part to get protection on all sides and the back, with wide openings for all the necessary buttons, switches and cameras. The front edge wraps above and over the screen, so that’s protected, too, should your iPhone fall face down, or if you just place it that way. You then slide the bottom piece over the lower portion of your iPhone and beneath the upper piece. Your protection is now complete.
As you can see from the photo above, you will not be placing your iPhone in a third-party dock while it’s in the HarvestCraft. That’s not an issue, however, because it’s so easy to slide the bottom portion on and off (although the phone will likely pull down with the bottom piece as you remove it). The two piece system is held in place with rubber slide strips on the case’s interior which provide enough grip and pressure to keep things from falling off. They also provide the only real drawback to the case, though, as the slide strips will leave marks on the back of your phone. These can be wiped away, but it’s still not something you want to see.
No matter which color you go with (the base color options are orange, red, black, pink, white, beige, dark green, silver, and teal blue), the HarvestCraft comes with three differently colored bottom pieces. My black review unit came with black, silver and a sort of olive drab, and most of the color options are along these lines. All colors worked together well, and you can mix and match based on your mood, outfit, or whatever influences such decisions.
The HarvestCraft Slider is a solid option for iPhone 5 protection. It’s easy to use, it provides good protection, and it allows you some control over its appearance. The slider makes it easy to access the bottom ports for docking, and you don’t need to completely sacrifice protection to do so. Whether you’re getting a new iPhone soon or just looking for new protection, Hard Candy’s HarvestCraft is worth a look.