Reach79 – designed for speed.
For the past week or so I’ve been testing out an iPhone case designed by Reach79. This case was created to help with the problem of weak cell signals. Reach79 claims that the case will improve battery life to your iPhone because the phone is getting a better cellular signal. It does this because the case is made with an extremely thin, gold-plated antenna that pairs with the antenna from your iPhone. Thus, it gives you a better reception and transmission which makes your battery life improve.
During my week testing it, I noticed two bars on my device where normally I only have one. Reach79 states that while the case does in fact boost your signal reception that may not translate to a visual increase of bars. According to their research within CTIA test labs, “the scale of the bars will often not show increases in reception that fall in between one ‘bar’ indicator and the next. Even if you do not see an increase in bars in every situation, the Reach79 case is still providing improved signal for your phone.” This was something that I did experience as even though I did notice a change in bars sometimes, I didn’t the entire time I was testing the phone. Reach79 also mentions that much of your signal strength is based off of how individuals use their phones.
Another benefit of the Reach79’s improved signal strength is faster cellular upload and download speeds. I turned my phone’s Wi-Fi off and use Ookla to experiment with the phone’s speeds. I was pleasantly surprised to find upload and download speeds of nearly 30% faster with the case than without.
The Reach79 case is nice looking and my iPhone fits super tight inside it. There is no give on the sides of the case once the iPhone is in it. In fact, Reach79 provides instructions on how to remove your iPhone from the case. That’s how tight it fits. The case is made from a form-fitting, lightweight polycarbonate shell. It’s rim is made of a “rubber”(TPE) to provide additional protection.
The reason behind the price ($59.99 for iPhone 6 or $69.99 for iPhone 6 Plus), besides the Reach79 case being pretty awesome, is that its built-in copper antenna is plated with pure gold. This is done to protect the copper antenna from corrosion. Now, when I say I have a gold iPhone, or gold is best I can truly mean it.
Reach79 says the case has been independently certified to exceed the US Military standard drop test of up to 6.6 feet. I do believe this because of how strong the case is. But, don’t forget that it doesn’t matter how strong the case is; if the phone falls facedown on a pebble, your screen would be toast.
The Reach79 case is designed to work with most U.S. based carriers. As I only have Verizon, I can only speak with my experience using it with them. Reach79 says it includes – but is not limited to – AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. If you are a Sprint customer, you’re out of luck. Sprint is not supported with this version of the case.
I’ve never been a fan of cases because I like to show off the thinness of my iPhone and it’s slick design. The only times you will see a case on my device is when it can serve more of a purpose then just protecting it. A case must increase my battery life or, as in the case of Reach79, it gives me better reception. I like the Reach79 because not only does it help me in certain areas where signal is low, but it’s also got a thin design that still let’s me enjoy my iPhone without putting to much bulk and weight on it.
Reach79 case will work with the supplied charger for your iPhone and in most cases will work with some third party accessories depending on what you are trying to plug into the phone.
The rubber buttons are firm and work better then I expected. The mute switch has always been an area on cases that have given me trouble, but I can say when using it with this case that I’ve had no problems switching it on and off.
The big question is, “should you buy this case?” It’s hard for me to answer because if you don’t have problems getting signal then you may not need it. Before I switched to Verizon, I was with AT&T and could hardly get a signal anywhere I went. I would have gladly bought as many of these cases as I could have back then. My signal has been pretty strong since switching to Verizon, but with the Reach79 case on my iPhone 6 Plus I’ve noticed better reception in places where it was poor before.
I like the Reach 79 case and think you will too.
For more information on the Reach79 case, visit http://www.reach79.com.