For today’s review we will be looking at a novelty iPhone 5 case. If you have seen either of the Despicable Me films then you should recognize the comedic stars of those films – the yellow colored Minions.  Today’s case is based on one of those minions who name according to my daughter is Dave.

The body of this iPhone 5 case is designed to resemble the Minion character in full detail from head to toe.  It is composed of a soft silicone that covers the entire iPhone 5 body.

 

 

Product: Cute Smile Minions Design Silicone Case for iPhone 5

Price: $14.99 on sale for $ 6.99

Overall Rating: 3/5 (4/5 as per my daughter)

 

Specs/Features:

Material Type:  Silicone
Compatible Brand: APPLE
Compatible Model: iPhone 5
Feature:  Back Cover
Style: Special Design, Novelty, Mixed Color
Dimensions:  14 x 7.5cm
Shipping Weight (kg): 0.08

 

The Cute Smile Minions Design Silicone Case for iPhone 5 was provided by Handgiftbox for review.

 

What’s in the Box?

The case arrives in a yellow cardboard box with images of Minions and the Despicable Me printed on the front with the case visualized through a clear plastic window.  On the back is another image of the Minions along with Groo and Lucy the main characters of the film. On the bottom right we see a made in China logo, which explains the poorly, worded and formatted description.

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Opening the box we find the case by itself.

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The case is in the shape of a yellow Minion and is composed of silicone measuring 14 x 7.5 cm and weighing .08 kg. It is designed to cover the back and sides of the iPhone 5.

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Openings for the camera and the bottom speakers and Lightning connector are found on the case. The power and volume switches are covered by the silicone of the case.

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Impressions / Review:

Installation is simple as you slide the iPhone 5 through the front of the case and pull the edges around the front of the phone. While it is easy to install there does seem to be some laxity around the front of the case.

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The case protects the sides and back of the iPhone 5/5S.  Due to the bulkiness of the character form it provides solid protection for the phone held within.  This bulkiness does make pressing the power and volume buttons require more force than normal when housing the iPhone 5 in a regular size case.  Also the dock connector is recessed deeply into the case causing the user to visually guide the Lightning connector into the phone.  Also if using headphones with a larger input plug, then the case may block it accessing the iPhone 5’s headphone jack. 

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One pleasant surprise is that this case also fits the latest generation iPod Touch which allowed my younger daughter to adopt it as her main case.   All the iPod Touch’s buttons were accessible while using it with the Minion case. 

This case is similar to other character shaped ones that can be found on eBay.  My older daughter had ordered several of these in the past for her iPhone 4 and I am very familiar with their composition and functionality.  This case seems to be made by those same factories in China. 

 

 

Conclusion:

The Cute Smile Minions Design Silicone Case for iPhone 5 is targeted for kids and those older fans of the yellow Minions from the Despicable Me movies. As a novelty case it is cute and my daughter has received several compliments from her friends about it.  It is currently prices at $6.99 making it a nice stocking stuffer for the holiday season. 

 

 

Pros:
+ Provides good protection
+ Great for fans of the Minions
+Low price

 

Cons:
– Bulky
– Some laxity around the screen area
-Accessing controls and inputs impeded by case

 

 

Disclosure: This product was given to us for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review; I do not, never have, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products.

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