Apple has released a new battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s. The 6 and 6s suffer from less than sufficient battery life, unlike the 6 Plus and 6s Plus which tend to last through the day. Though Apple’s new iPhone case seems to work quite well, it has a few major flaws.
First of all, its appearance is unconventional to say the least. Some people may not mind the protruding rectangular lump on the back side of the case, but it’s undeniably goofy looking. It’s just an unnatural shape. Maybe if the added battery housed in the case covered the entire back of the device, it wouldn’t be so awkward looking. This is a bit of a blunder for Apple. Apple is known for having sleek, fine looking products that are always aesthetically pleasing. For many, Apple products are the best on the market. Let’s face it though, you can take one glance at this thing and know it’s not the best battery case available.
Let’s not judge the iPhone Smart Battery Case without acknowledging its advantages. It integrates with your iPhone, which is one of its redeeming qualities. You can view the remaining battery power by sliding down your notification panel. Though there is no LED battery indicator on the exterior of the case, it’s not totally necessary as you can view the power gauge within the phone.
The Smart Battery Case charges using Apple’s proprietary lightning port instead of a micro USB like all other battery cases. That is very convenient. There’s a charge indicator placed inside the case, which can’t be seen while the phone is harnessed by the case, so it’s pretty much useless.
The area around the headphone jack on the case does not dip in to allow all types of headphones to be inserted. If you have a nice pair of headphones that you want to keep using that won’t fit while the Smart Battery Case is in place, you won’t be able to. This inconvenience could be a deal breaker altogether. Apple’s proprietary headphones fit fine of course.
Now, let’s look at what’s really important about this case—the battery. Apple claims that this case will allow 25 hours of talk time and 15 hours of LTE data. Compared to Apple’s stock battery limit, the Smart Battery Case offers 11 and 5 additional hours respectively. The Smart Battery Case has a 1877 mAh battery and costs around $100. That’s not a very good value considering that you can get a 2850 mAh battery case from Anker Ultra for $40 that doesn’t look like its pregnant. There are several other competitors as well, and all of which offer better bang for your buck. The Mophie Juicepack Air, currently being sold at Apple stores internationally, is the same price as the Smart Battery Case, but offers a higher capacity 2750 mAh battery instead. But with the release of the Smart Battery Case, Apple stores may stop selling the Mophie Juicepack for the iPhone 6 and 6s, or any other battery case for that matter.
Overall, this new case represents a reduction in quality from Apple. If Apple releases a slew of other sub-par products following this one, they could risk compromising the integrity of their incredibly solid brand. Luckily for Apple, there will certainly be those who will buy anything Apple sells, just because it has the Apple logo on it. If it weren’t for the name ‘Apple’ being put on the box, this battery case probably wouldn’t sell much. Who wants a lumpy, awkwardly shaped, expensive, low-capacity case when you can easily find something better for much less?Check Current Price on Amazon