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We've seen plenty of novel screen protector application systems, but Tylt's new ALIN ($25) might be one of the smartest yet. Coming with three clear films, an anti-glare film, a cleaning cloth, and a squeegee, the key to the system is the plastic alignment tool. Your iPhone 5 or 5s snaps into it, providing a guide for the installation of the film. Just line the edge of the film up with the edge of the plastic, lay it down, and squeeze out any bubbles.
Milan ($60) is Marware's wallet case for the iPhone 5 and 5s. It's somewhat special in that it uses both genuine leather and real wood in its outer case, and both materials are quite nice. Inside are a shell-style case for the handset, plus a credit card slot, plastic window for your ID, and a small pocket for cash, another credit card, or perhaps even a key. The iPhone can be placed on a viewing angle, although the case will have to be broken in before it maintains its position properly. A screen film and cleaning cloth are included.
Billed as a "premium iPhone wallet case," Moshi's Overture for iPhone 5/5s ($45) combines a fabric or faux leather cover with a shell-style case, three card slots, and, most uniquely, an integrated cleaning cloth. As with many wallet cases, the iPhone simply snaps onto a frame attached to the inside of the rear cover. A neat screen cleaner helps to set Overture apart: the small square of microfiber adheres to a corresponding patch underneath the credit card slots when not in use.
Compatible: iPad mini, iPhone 5/5s/5c
We've seen Moshi's iVisor XT for other iDevices before, but here are the versions for iPad mini ($30) and iPhone 5/5s/5c ($25). Both are available with a black or white border, made to match the bezel of your tablet or phone. The film, which is washable and can be reapplied, adheres around the edges, with a clear window over the screen itself. Look closely, however, and you'll see a grid of dots over the screen.
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