id America Gasket V8 case for iPhone 5 review

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I’m a gearhead (or petrolhead, depending on your region).  I’m also an iPhone owner.  When id America produced the Gasket V8 case that combines the love for both, I had to take a look.

The Gasket V8 is a snap-on cover that mimics the look of a cylinder gasket from an engine, and comes in five different colors.

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I chose the Aluminum Silver one.  The packaging comes in a handsome bubble pack with a black backing.

idAmerica-Gasket-02Inside, you’ll also find a screen protector, squeegee and cleaning cloth.

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The id America logo is stamped on the side.

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The inside is lined with a soft material to resist scratching.

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To install the case, simply snap it on the iPhone.  I did one edge at a time.

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I noticed the edges of the case are covered in some kind of rubbery material that feels like it was brushed or dipped on.  It’s not 100% even, but you probably won’t notice it.

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Case installed!

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I did notice two things I didn’t like.  First, the sides of the case don’t reach the screen’s edge.  That is, you’ll have a little exposed corner (see pointer in the following image).  This is the same on all four corners.  If you’re prone to dropping your iPhone 5, you may ding that bit.

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Second, the case doesn’t really “snap” into place.  It’s more of a friction fit.  It wasn’t hard to shift the iPhone 5 slightly out of the case, as you’ll see in the following image.

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The silver color really matched the white iPhone 5.  I loved how it looked.  I also noticed some very slight signal degradation (one bar lower) when the case was on, but I couldn’t duplicate the effect all the time.  The exposed corner and slightly loose fit were dealbreakers for me.  Too bad, because I love how the Gasket V8 looks!

 

Product Information

Price:$29.95
Manufacturer:id America
Requirements:
  • iPhone 5
Pros:
  • Looks like a gasket from a V8 engine.
  • Comes in 5 neat colors.
Cons:
  • Exposed corners.
  • Slightly loose fit.
Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Ryan Chapman May 1, 2013, 3:56 pm

    If only that apple logo lined up with the gasket circles!

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  • jake May 2, 2013, 6:48 am

    Looks really good! Now to fit the other Four cylinders from the other bank in there… ;)

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  • mike May 5, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Great review, was going to buy one, but not now.

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