One of the things that continues to frustrate iPhone users and case developers is docking. The main we reason we buy cases, of course, is for protection. But that protection offers hampers functionality, such as the need to dock the iPhone with third party devices; if you want to dock without removing the case, you have to sacrifice bottom protection. With the Harbour 2, STM has found a way to provide easier access to the Lightning port of your iPhone 5c…although you still may not be able to dock it.
Since the hinged bottom is the Harbour 2’s main feature, we’ll start the review there. Basically, it allows you flip back the bottom inch of the case so you can easily insert, remove, and (theoretically) dock your iPhone 5c. The hinge works well; it’s a line of thinner, flexible plastic that doesn’t seem to mind how many times you bend it back. The lip around the front edge of the case holds the Harbour 2 in place, including the hinged area that kind of snaps back into place around the phone. This does make for a pretty easy to way to get the case off of your phone, which a surprising number of developers haven’t seemed to figure out.
But docking could still be a problem. This is because the hinged part simply bends back behind the case. Although that does offer convenient access to the Lightning port, it also adds nearly half an inch to the back of the phone. So, if your third party dock doesn’t allow for that (and many I’ve used/reviewed do not), then you’ll still have to take the phone out of the Harbour 2 in order to dock it.
That restriction aside, the Harbour 2 is a well made, attractive case. All openings provide for easy access the various buttons, switches and openings of your iPhone 5c, and the fit is secure without being overly tight. The matte finish repels fingerprints, and is available in charcoal gray with an orange accents, purple with lavender accents, black with gray accents, and emerald with lime accents.
How you feel about those colors covering the color of your iPhone 5c is a matter of opinion. And since it’s an issue with all opaque iPhone 5c cases, it doesn’t factor into my reviews.
So, I can recommend the Habour 2’s construction, fit and design. If you’re looking for dockability, however, make sure your dock doesn’t require your phone to rest flush against any kind of support. If it doesn’t, and if you don’t mind that restriction when shopping for other accessories, you’re good to dock in this Harbour.