Review: More Thing Noel Case for iPhone 3G


Though we’re not fond of the design of the rear shell — it has one of those stupid cut-outs for the Apple logo, covered by an included piece of film — More Thing’s Noel ($30) combines a glossy (and scratchable) rear plastic shell in your choice of colors with an included front mirror film protector and two polishing cloths.

Review: More Thing Noel Case for iPhone 3G

Review: More Thing Noel Case for iPhone 3G

As much as we seriously dislike the most recent wave of Asian OEM simple snap-on rear shells with garish rear holes, and find this case’s unusually open corners to be unappealing, we’ll give credit to More Thing for at least attempting to assemble a decent bundle here. Offering substantial mirrored protection for the iPhone’s front, back and sides takes what’s otherwise a familiar and bad shell design and transforms it into something closer to a themed full case, albeit without the class or high-quality finish we typically expect from a $30 protective solution. Large openings on the top, bottom, and sides leave the iPhone 3G’s ports and buttons completely exposed; cases we’ve seen for the same price do a better job.


Review: More Thing Noel Case for iPhone 3G

Review: More Thing Noel Case for iPhone 3G

Similar offerings from Elago and Mezotek merely depressed us. More Thing’s version, while more expensive and not hugely better, strikes us as a little more interesting but still not worthy of recommending generally to our readers. A more protective, classier-looking rear shell design would make all the difference.

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Company and Price

Company: More Thing


Model: Noel

Price: $30

Compatible: iPhone 3G

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.