With many people facing long waits for one of the shiny new iPhone 13 models to arrive, it's a perfect time to make sure you have a great case and screen protector at the ready, especially now that lockdowns are over and stores are open once more.
If I didn't have a screen protector and case on my iPhone, I would have smashed it up a million times over, but cases and screen protectors have been my absolute saviours, and I'm frankly scared to use a smartphone without a case.
That's not because I'm overly clumsy, or because I live life on the edge and live dangerously with recklessness as my seat-of-the-pants co-pilot.
No, it's none of those things. It's just that you sometimes slip or trip, bump into something or have someone bump into you, and unlike with those Apple ads on TV, there isn't always a convenient patch of dirt nearby.
Instead, there's often a not-so-convenient hard floor, sidewalk, road or concrete shopping centre surface any phone can fall onto, so making sure you're protected can save a LOT of heartache and repair costs - costs which certainly are expensive if you haven't paid for AppleCare or other insurances.
The cheapest insurance is a quality case and smartphone screen protector, with plenty of great choices to suit any budget.
Now, it is true that the iPhone 13 has been out in the public for nearly a month and has received shining reviews for its upgraded screen performance, improved camera capabilities and superior charge endurance.
But getting one in your hands after ordering it has been the challenge. I placed my order with Telstra on the day pre-ordering was possible, for a 1TB model - and here we are, with one week of October to go as I type, and I'm still waiting for delivery.
Now, the latest iPhones, especially at the top end, soared in price, with the 1TB model of the iPhone 13 Pro Max priced at over $2700, which is a significant expense.
Journalism is not the path to riches, at all, so I'm glad that Telstra lets you pay the phone off over 12, 24 or 36 months, which makes the buying process vastly more manageable.
And now that lockdowns have finally ended and stores are re-opening, we're all already returning to our fast-paced lifestyles.
Our smartphones are set to take the brunt of all this renewed activity, so unless you want to continue this second year of living dangerously by risking your smartphone, your sanity and your financial sense, it is time to get a new smartphone case and screen protector!
Force Technology represents some truly fantastic brands - such as EFM, OtterBox, LifeProof, Gear4, InvisibleShield, Belkin and Case-Mate.
There are also cases with anti-microbial protection - which is handy in our medically-challenged world.
All of these brands offer products which Force says have been “scientifically engineered to safeguard the iPhone 13 from impact, leaving users with peace of mind every hour of every day.”
Force CEO, Carl Bonham, says he is “thrilled to have the most comprehensive device protection and power range for the iPhone 13 launch in market to protect Aussies as they get back to everyday life.”
Bonham said: “We recognise smartphones come at a great price for users and we always want to make sure our customers have peace of mind when choosing the brand to protect this valuable purchase. At Force we go to great lengths to refine and build our product offering to ensure users are receiving the best device protection in the market.
“We take great pride in bringing a sense of comfort to users when they purchase a new smartphone as they know their device will be protected no matter where they are or what they are doing, and this is evident in our new range from Force brands and partners.”
Force’s flagship brand EFM has introduced several new products as part of this release which included four key new features:
• D3O Bio – a plant-based grade of D3O material technology with no compromise on impact protection. D3O is made with leading bio-based content from 52% renewable resources and the same trusted D3O impact protection that is used across industrial factories, motorsport and military.
• ELeather – an engineered leather made from traditional leather fibres with 90% less water usage in the production process and the same luxurious look and feel of traditional leather. Already used by leading brands including Nike and Emirates, EFM is the first Australian brand to utilise this material in smartphone accessories.
• Cayman Thermo – a fun range of cases which incorporate thermochromic pigments that change colour with heat, creating a unique thermal colourway that is ever changing.
• Antimicrobial treatment – a permanent additive that kills up to 99.99% of surface bacteria and prevents further growth and reproduction during the life of the case.
As part of this product line, Force’s largest brand partner OtterBox has introduced modernised versions of their rugged device protection range for the iPhone 13 with the following key features:
• Increased military-grade protection that protects against the most serious of fumbles
• Slimmed-down designs that offer the same rugged protection
• Made with 50% recycled plastic
• Lasting antimicrobial technology which helps protect the case exterior against common bacteria
LifeProof is a Force brand partner that is geared towards injecting more action into every adventure through its extensive device protection solutions. Key features for this latest range include:
• Made from earth friendly materials with the same Military Grade protection LifeProof is known for
• Contains up to 85% recycled materials
• Street smart and drop proof from two metres
Here are details of the EFM range:
Available across iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
Monaco Wallet 5G Case Armour - $89.95
Made with ELeather for an earth-friendly and luxurious feel and integrated with D3O 5G Signal Plus Technology for advanced impact protection and optimal 5G signal. This 6-metre drop-tested practical wallet case also features secure magnetic flip cover with 3 x recessed card slots to reduce bulkiness.
Cayman Thermo Case Armour - $69.95
Integrated with D3O for advanced impact protection and made with over 60% recycled materials to reduce impact to the environment. This 6-metre drop-tested slim but tough case also features thermochromic pigments in the bumper which change colour with heat.
Aspen Glitter Pearl Case Armour - $59.95
Integrated with D3O Crystalex –the World’s most protective transparent material and made with over 60% recycled materials to reduce impact to the environment. This 6-metre drop-tested slim, tough and clear case also features a glittery and pearlescent finish, allowing the device to standout.
Aspen Flux Case Armour Made for MagSafe - $79.95
Incorporates all great features of the Aspen series with an additional MagSafe module for increased wireless charging capabilities. 6-metre drop tested, features unique pattern on the back, consists of more than 60% recycled content and is certified Made for MagSafe to work seamlessly with all MagSafe chargers and devices.
Available across iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max models:
Miami Wallet Case $39.95
With card pockets and internal storage, provides multiple Armour functionality and standout practicality, while providing 3 x Military Grade protection and RFID protection.
Available across all iPhone 13 models:
EFM Bio+ Case Armour - $39.95
Made with D3O Bio, a 52-per cent bio-based impact protection material made from renewable corn starch, with built-in antimicrobial additives — designed to protect the planet, people and devices. D3O Bio is one of world’s most protective, transparent, bio-based material and is exclusively incorporated into the EFM Bio+ Case Armour range.
Cayman 5G Case Armour - $69.95
Elegant yet rugged, uses a multi-layered impact dispersion structure that provides 5 x Military Grade drop protection. This 6-metre drop-tested slim but tough case also features D3O with 5G Signal Plus Technology for advanced impact protection and optimal 5G signal. This range now comes with interchangeable camera ring and buttons for personalisation.
Aspen 5G Case Armour - $59.95
Uses D3O with 5G Signal Plus Technology, the World’s most protective material optimised for 5G signal, and incorporates a ring seal around the camera to prevent dust entering the backplate. This 6-metre drop-tested Case is one of the most 5G optimised Cases on the market and comes with interchangeable buttons for personalisation.
Alta Case Armour - $49.95
At only 2.2mm, this offers best in class impact protection for its slimness. The EFM Alta Case Armour with D3O Crystalex range boasts superior clarity, purity and simplistic beauty synonymous with the Scandinavian wonderland. Drop tested to 3.4 metres giving you military- grade impact protection whilst allowing you to enjoy your device for longer.
Now integrated with a PC backplate with 60% recycled content and antimicrobial additive that kills up to 99.99% of bacteria and prevents further growth and reproduction during the life of the case.
Zurich Case Armour - $29.95
With a new ergonomic pattern, this provides superior grip and incorporates intricated moulded air pockets for incredible corner and bumper protection.
Zurich Flux Case Armour - $49.95
Compatible with MagSafe, it incorporates all the features of the Zurich series with an additional magnetic array that works seamlessly with the MagSafe ecosystem.
FlexiGlass Screen Armour - $49.95
Using hybrid multi-layer screen protection, it has a 9H hardness rating and provides anti-blue light treatment to reduce the digital strain on the eye.
TT Sapphire+ Screen Armour - $39.95
With a scratch-resistant Sapphire coating, high density multi-layer construction and a 9H hardness, this screen armour offers maximum edge-to-edge device screen protection. Offers 4 x more shatter-resistance than an unprotected screen.
ScreenSafe Screen Armour with D3O - $79.95
Provides extreme impact protection with a D3O impact protection layer, offering up to 8 x more shatter resistance than an unprotected screen. It also has antimicrobial protection, touch responsiveness, optical clarity and an edge-to-edge fit to be an all-in-one screen protection solution.
ScreenSafe Glass Screen Armour with D3O - $69.95
Uses a hybrid multi-layer screen protection that incorporates a D3O impact layer, it is ultra-thin, covers the device screen from edge-to-edge and offers 6 x more shatter resistance than an unprotected screen.
Available across all iPhone 13 models
Symmetry Series+ Antimicrobial Case with MagSafe - $89.95
Get the most out of your new Apple iPhone 13 range with Symmetry Series+ with MagSafe compatibility. This slim case shows off your iPhone’s sleek design and was thoughtfully developed to interact with Apple’s new innovative MagSafe system — bringing a new level of interactivity to your iPhone.
Defender XT Series - $109.95
Defender Series XT is a streamlined version of the classic Defender. Even though it’s trimmed down in size, its drop protection has increased to offer 5 x as many drops as military standard. Everything rugged and reliable in device protection is woven throughout this thin case. It is made with 50% recycled plastic, has port covers that block dirt and dust, raised edges to protect camera and screen, and MagSafe magnet array on the case for seamless interaction with MagSafe technology.
Otter+Pop Symmetry Clear Case - $89.95
Switch it up, swap it out and express your style with an Otter+Pop Symmetry Series case — the slim and protective case integrated with a PopSockets PopGrip. Choose from a fun variety of colours and patterns that are easy to remove and install so you can change up your look in a flash.
Available across 6.1”, 6.1” Pro and 6.7” iPhone 13 models
Next Case - $89.95
Next keeps pace with your busy, balanced life. Its thin profile defends your phone against spills while the antimicrobial treatment keeps germs at bay. It’s made with at least 50% recycled plastic to save your phone, and our planet. It’s drop-proof from two metres, shields ports, mic and speaker and is compatible with 5G.
Wake Case - $59.95
Wake is a sea change in sustainable phone cases. Crafted from salvaged fishing gear, it's made up of over 85% ocean-based recycled plastic and styled with a sculpted wave pattern. This case is street smart with a drop proof from two meters. Plus, $1 of your purchase goes to a water-conscious, non-profit partner.
Available across all iPhone 13 models
Havana Case - $39.95
Made from recycled materials, the Havana incorporates D3O protection in the top, bottom and corners to protect the most vulnerable areas of your device. Slim, lightweight and 5G compatible, the case also features RepelFlex antimicrobial treatment.
Denali Case - $59.95
No-nonsense protection in a stylish, textured case, the Denali provides enhanced D3O protection in the backplate for even more impact protection, with a no-slip grip with RepelFlex antimicrobial treatment.
Crystal Palace Snap Case - $59.95
Made with D3O Crystalex for a transparent finish, the Crystal Palace provides four metres of drop protection. Magnets in the case are compatible with the Apple MagSafe charger, so it just “snaps” into place for fast wireless charging.
Available across all iPhone 13 models
InvisibleShield Glass Elite Privacy 360 AM Screen Protector - $59.95
Contains anti-microbial properties and smooth aluminosilicate glass that is treated with a two-way filter that provides full-screen privacy when viewed from the side.
InvisibleShield Glass Elite AM Screen Protector - $49.95
InvisibleShield has reimagined what screen protection can do. Glass Elite is made with ion exchange technology and aluminosilicate glass. It's our strongest glass screen protection to date.
Available across all iPhone 13 models
Glass Lens Protector Twinkle Case - $14.95
Crafted with a metal frame and HD tempered glass, this will shield your rear camera lens from getting scratched or cracked.
Containing reflective foil for an eye-catching finish, this is $39.95 a slim, one-piece platform that is wireless charge compatible and contains antimicrobial protection.
Belkin range with MagSafe
Compatible with all iPhone 13 models
Belkin BOOSTCHARGE PRO 2-in-1 Wireless Charger Stand - $149.95
This ultra-convenient solution delivers the fastest possible charge up to 15W to your iPhone 13 in portrait or landscape. Leveraging MagSafe technology, just place your device on the charging stand and your AirPods below on the wireless charging pad.
Belkin Movement Tracking Tripod and Stand - $79.95
Snap your iPhone 13 onto this magnetic phone mount with face recognition tracking that rotates and adjusts to shoot content from any angle. The accompanying app follows your movements while you record and links directly to your social media channels.