Design house designed by many has been around for a few years, with some fascinating products for Apple customers. Early on, the company was one of the first to come up with a protective aluminum bumper for the iPhone, and the AL13 bumper is now in its third iteration. In this review, I’ll not only look at the AL13 v3 for iPhone 6 Plus, but several other designed by many cases and protective films.
AL13 v3 Aerospace Aluminum iPhone Bumper (US$84.99 for iPhone 6 Plus, $79.99 for iPhone 6)
The AL13 seen at the top of this post is wonderful minimalist protection for your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It comes in five different finishes: silver, black, champagne, space gray, and green, and is incredibly light – it adds only 0.6 ounces (17 grams) to the weight of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Unlike some competing designs, no tools are required to install or remove the AL13. The company has created a two-piece design that features two protruding plastic pieces that lock into corresponding holes on the bottom part. Installation is a very quick snap, while removal takes a little bit of force.
The interior of the machines aluminum bumper is lined with polycarbonate so that your iPhone is cushioned and the bumper won’t scratch the iPhone’s metal. There’s a bit of a lip on both the front and back of the bumper to protect your iPhone’s screen and back from flat drops onto the ground. That extra bit of height also accommodates designed by many’s MPACT GLASS screen protector, which is included with the case.
I found the AL13 v3 to be a gorgeous accessory to the iPhone 6 Plus, with the silver aluminum finish perfectly accenting the silver finish of my phone. The power button, mute switch, and volume rocker all use pass-through switches on the case, and their are ample openings on the bottom of the case for the headphone jack, microphone, Lightning connector port, and speaker.
To top it off, the AL13 comes in a beautiful aluminum box, so it’s a perfect gift for that iPhone 6 or 6 Plus owner you know.