Because Apple just cannot stand letting the other brands get a crack at it, they have released a battery case for the iPhone 6 generations.
The issue with this is, it's designed extremely awkward.
Though it's way more functional than the Apple Pencil (still trying to get over that one), the case has a hump on the back, and seems rather strangely shaped. From what Verge shares in the video below, the case is of a silicon nature, which means it doesn't weigh ten tons, which is sort of how the Mophie case feels (it's biggest competitor, shown below).
Cost wise, they come out to the same price, or around the same price. $99 versus $92+Shipping.
-18 hours of battery life added on LTE technology, and given the usage of the phone, can vary up to 25 hours of use. Fine print stipulates that "Wi-Fi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off. All battery claims depend on network configuration and many other factors; actual results will vary."
- Charges via Lightening Cord
- Does not contain external kill switch to save battery life on the case, LED indicator INSIDE the case to know when charging (when detached only), and integrated software connecting to the phone to inform you battery levels.
- 14.5 hours of controlled battery life VIA switch located on case device.
- Charged via Micro USB
- When synced with computer, it still connects, and still charges, charging the phone first, then the battery case.
- Indicator of power levels located directly on the case next to the controlled kill switch.
(Amazon.com and User Knowledge)
So, what do we think? Personally, I like the Mophie case, and the fact that it's one general shape rather than this oblong thing that Apple came out with, as well as being able to shut off the battery pack for when I want to consume it. Basically I can run down the Apple 6 Plus, and then flip the switch to begin my 14.5 hours of battery life/75% charging unit, rather than it be constantly inhabiting the phone and potentially draining both at the same time.
Watch the video from Verge, and then you can decide which works for you!
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