InkCase i7 Ivy works behind the scenes to improve your smart assistant.
As much as I love my iPhone, I always find ways to improve my user experience through items like cases and headphones. I really like devices that add function rather than just bulk to smartphones. A couple of months ago, I reviewed the InkCase for iPhone and discovered the beauty of having a second screen for my iPhone. Today, I have the much slimmer, virtual assistant sibling to the InkCase, the i7 Ivy.
The InkCase i7 Ivy is designed to be a virtual assistant iPhone case and it gives you the ability to view important information on the back of your phone case. This case supports the iPhone 7 and has a 2.13-inch e-ink single bit display. It’s actually very crisp and easy to read, which is great for calendar events and other items that have smaller type. The screen resolution is 212 x 104 pixels and it only displays images and text in black and white. The case runs off of a lithium polymer battery and has a standby time of up to 60 days. The case connects to your phone using Bluetooth 4.0 BLE so it’s incredibly efficient when it comes to power usage. It only adds about 50 grams of weight to your phone and features 9H hardness with a shock and drop-proof design.
The InkCase i7 Ivy is ready to go out of the box. It has a charge to it so you can simply pair it to your phone and then manage the preferences in the InkCase app. I did have some issues with getting started with this case, but I think that’s because the firmware needed to be updated on the case and I was on an LTE connection rather than WiFi when I was working with it. I chose to highlight my calendar and the clock as my main uses for the Ivy screen. There are a lot of times that I will have my phone laying face down on a table for meetings or just privacy, but I like having the clock available. I do wish there was a way to change it from a 24-hour clock to a 12-hour one though.
My biggest complaint about the InkCase i7 Ivy is that it seems to lack a variety of settings. I mentioned my issues with the clock, but there is also a gap when it comes to setting up the Reminders and To Do list. It’s a nice addition to my phone and I really love the design of the case itself, but as far as function goes, I’d just like to see it made more ‘assistant’ like. After using it for a few days, I’m still not sure how to change the To Do list.
The other design choice I don’t really like is how you charge your case. The case comes with a charging cable that has a proprietary connector and you can only connect it to the case if you remove the case from your phone completely. I wish that it had been designed to charge along with the iPhone somehow. This would have cut down on the need for a separate cable and made for a better user experience as you wouldn’t have to get the phone out of its case, which is a bit of a tight fit.
I love the design of the case because it has a nice wood grain on half of it and the display is very easy to read. I think it’s a really nice addition to the iPhone, but it could still be improved upon.