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iPhone 6 case spotlight: Pong

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If there’s one thing we learned from our iPhone 6 case spotlights leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, it’s that our readers want to know about the cases available to them. As such, Technology Tell is continuing our look at the iPhone 6 case lineup from manufacturers whose products we have reviewed for previous iPhone models. Check back each day as we help you determine which cases you should buy (or wait for) to protect your new mobile device.

Pong Unveils New Smartphone Cases for the iPhone 6

A lot of people look for more from their case than just protection and fashion. Leather and displays stands are so much important, for example, as is protection from radiation. This is where Pong Research comes into play with their Sleek and Rugged cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Both models reduce radiation while enhancing the signal strength of your phone.

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Sleek Case for iPhone 6.

“Shenanigans!” you cry. “How can it reduce cellphone radiation exposure while simultaneously boosting the RF signal?”

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Rugged Case for iPhone 6 Plus.

It’s a fair question, and in a writeup on Pong’s Gold Reveal case here at Technology Tell, Apple Channel assistant editor Aaron Kraus provided a fair explanation:

… cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation to communicate with cell towers, Wi-Fi base stations, Bluetooth devices, etc. While this radiation isn’t proven harmful and is considered safe, it is of concern, especially if you use a wireless device a great deal (the city of San Francisco even tried, unsuccessfully, to make it a requirement for cell phone makers to disclose the amount of radiation users would experience from a particular model).

Whether you’re holding an iPhone to your ear or texting on your iPad, your body absorbs some of this radiation; Pong’s cases are designed to channel that radiation away from the front of the device so you absorb less of it. Unlike some competitor’s cases that merely dampen the signal (and can cause your phone to work harder, thereby emitting even more radiation), the Pong solution doesn’t interfere with your signal. The company’s technology aims to make your phone safer, whether you have specific concerns about cell phone radiation or just want to be extra cautious.

And then, as explained in the press release, “Pong cases are built with patented intelligent antenna technology that re-shapes the radio frequency (RF) signal to reduce exposure to wireless energy while simultaneously optimizing the outbound signal.”

In other words, less radiation in your face even as the outbound signal is strengthened.

Oh, and if fashion is still important, it looks like the Rugged Case will come in black, white and green, while the Sleek will be available in black, white and red, provided the photos on the website are accurate.

Both models are available for pre-order. iPhone 6 owners will pay $49.99 for the Sleek and $59.99 for the Rugged case. iPhone 6 Plus owners will add $10 to each. You can sign up to be notified of availability at pongcase.com.

To see more iPhone 6 case options, check out the other entries in our iPhone 6 case spotlight series.

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  • Lowell Kaye

    Why don’t you ask Pong to explain what happens when the case when it is stored in a teenager’s pocket the wrong way? Stronger signal and longer battery life might not be such a great thing. They claim they redirect the radiation. I have yet to see how anyone can specifically show scientifically that when they draw the radiation out the backside of a device that this radiation will be dissipated easier and less harmful. This is just not true. The fact is when you hold a Pong case in your hand or use a Pong case with an ipad the radiation pours into your hand or body full force. There have already been reports of tumors in the hand. This is a very bad idea .

    • Daddy Mac

      Please provide links to back up the tumor claim. First I’ve heard of it.