One of the most useful accessories for your iPhone is, of course, your earbuds. But it’s also a pain in the butt to keep a good pair of earphones up and running, not to mention finding them in the first place. The TurtleCell not only covers both those bases, it also protects your iPhone.

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

It’s pretty simple, as cases go. The shell itself is ABS and polycarbonate, which as we all know can take a drop or a hit pretty well. You probably shouldn’t fling your TurtleCell-clad iPhone out a plane, but it’ll take the day to day abuse quite well.

The real feature, though, and why the phone has an aquatic creature as its namesake, are the headphones.

Reel Them In

The headphones are not only protected by the case, they’re a part of the case itself. Just pull them out to the desired length, and they’ll lock in, giving you what you want to hear and also solving the problem of what to do with the excess cable length that plagues so many of us with earbuds. If you want the speaker, just click the headphones off, and when you’re done, you can just reel them in. And yes, the headphones do have a microphone.


Protect Yourself

Of course, there are one or two drawbacks. You’ll have to use the custom headphones installed in the case itself, not your fancy earbuds, if you bought those. But let’s face it, most of us have earbuds from a drugstore anyway. Besides, you’ll get the experience of just reeling your headphones in while having the case in your pocket, and making children on the subway think that you’re some form of magical being. And really, isn’t fooling children worth the $50 they want for this case?

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.