Smartphones are going modular, so why not smartphone cases? That's just what Logitech is doing with its new case+ system. Designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, the heart of the system is the case+, a protective case measuring 127 x 61.7 x 12.4 mm that features a metal plate on the back to which the various accessories can be magnetically attached.
The add-on modules include the +tilt, a unit that adds a folding leather kickstand, earbud wrap and a magnetic mount that allows the phone to be attached to a metal surface, such as a fridge or filing cabinet. To prevent the inevitable tangle that comes from earbud cords when not in use, earbuds can be wrapped around the +tilt, which can then be detached and folded up to provide a handy storage solution.
For those whose iPhone serves as a central part of their in-car infotainment system there's the +drive car mount. This cylindrical unit adheres to the windshield or dash by way of a suction cup and locks in place with a twist. The phone, by way of the case+ then magnetically mounts to the unit, which also features a universal adapter that lets a second smartphone be used with the system.
Add-on battery packs are a popular accessory to extend the life of smartphones and the case+ system provides one in the form of the +energy, which snaps onto the back to double the iPhone's battery capacity. Power from the 2,300 mAh unit is transferred via a dongle that slots into the phone's Lightning connector.
The final accessory in the collection is the +wallet, which as the name suggests, turns the case into a wallet for carrying cash and cards. To prevent demagnetization of cards stored in the wallet, "Magnashield" technology is used to create a barrier between the cards and the magnetic mount. The +wallet will also work as a standalone wallet.
The case+ system will be released in the US this month for US$199, which includes the case+ and all of the aforementioned add-ons.