Objects of Desire: iPhone cases

By Columbus Alive
From the October 4, 2012 edition

The iPhone 5 has arrived. You know what that means: Time to buy the iPhone 4.

One advantage the iPhone 4 has over the newer version — other than a lower price tag — is the multitude of ways to dress up the thing.

No doubt little tech-savvy elves are crafting clever iPhone 5 cases as we sleep, but it will take a while for the stash to compare to the iPhone 4’s deep bench of awesome covers — from ones that look like rotary phones to steampunk-style cases, working Etch A Sketch covers to ones that portray Steve Jobs trapped in carbonite a la Han Solo (check out pinterest.com/julyetbautista/cool-iphone-cases for more examples).

I own an Android. Droid owners do not have the pleasure of shopping for a unique case in places other than a phone store because the many different versions of the phone do not have a uniform case size and shape. But we do get that robot voice ringtone. “DROID.”

Alas, I am left to envy all the ways you can shiny up your Apple, you super on-top-of-things trendy kid, you. A couple options include the steel-reinforced wooden case designed by sustainability focused line Vers ($40, Wexner Center store); the Magna Doodle case that is like a mini-version of the popular draw-and-erase toy ($28, Tigertree, shoptigertree.com); and the shelves of tongue-in-cheek, one-dimensional designs, like the Ouija board cover (Thread on Grandview).

If you require substance ahead of style, try Otter Box (otterbox.com), a tech accessory manufacturer whose signature product is a series of cases that are like the cockroaches of iPhone cases — they, and the phones they protect, can survive most anything.

Now, read this entire column again but this time in Droid robot voice. Science is fun!

Photo by Tim Johnson

Objects of Desire is a biweekly column that explores the items Columbus shoppers crave. Follow Jackie Mantey on Twitter at @Jackie_Mantey or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/alivestyle.