Much less complicated than its recent Vault, Pelican’s ProGear CE1150 Protector Series Case for iPhone 5 ($40) is a more practical option, and will appeal to more people. Like many of the best cases for Apple devices, it uses layered rubber and plastic to offer enhanced protection without significant extra bulk. The shape is somewhat different than what we’re used to with most cases, though, and the fact that it separates into two pieces is also noteworthy.
Protector is made up of a flat back panel that’s a little over 2.5” long, plus a front frame that’s slightly narrower. The edges therefore taper in towards the front, creating a slightly unusual shape when snapped together. Both pieces are plastic, but lined with rubber, and five color combinations are available. The rubber also extends through to the outside, where it forms a small bumper for the rear panel, and protects the buttons on the front, along with the display. We appreciate the button coverage, as it doesn’t decrease the tactility at all. Instead of individual openings along the bottom edge, there’s one gap, which means you can connect a Lightning adapter; the material is too tall for regular docking.
Although we prefer the simplicity of a case such as Speck’s CandyShell, Protector is a neat take on the style. The fact that it consists of two pieces makes installation and removal somewhat more involved, but once it’s on the iPhone 5, it offers a very good level of protection. We appreciate that the shape is slightly different than pretty much every other case out there, without being overly large or impractical. Overall, it’s a good option at a slightly high price, and thus is worthy of our general recommendation.
Company and Price
Company: Pelican Products
Model: CE1150 Protector Series Case
Compatible: iPhone 5