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Best iPhone X cases

When phones started becoming waterproof, LifeProof lost a little bit of its raison d’etre. After all, one of the main selling points of its cases was that they allowed your phone to take a dip. Now the company is shifting gears a bit and focusing instead on making slimmer, more attractive cases that offer good drop protection.

Case in point: its new Slam case that retails for £50, GBP43 or AU£55 and comes in four different color options, all of which feature a translucent back to show off your iPhone‘s rear. I’m not sure it’s all that different from competing cases out there, including ones from LifeProof’s parent company OtterBox. But I like it — it’s well-designed — and at least it costs less than LifeProof’s other cases like the Next, which goes for £80 (see next slide).

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Best iPhone X cases

When phones started becoming waterproof, LifeProof lost a little bit of its raison d’etre. After all, one of the main selling points of its cases was that they allowed your phone to take a dip. Now the company is shifting gears a bit and focusing instead on making slimmer, more attractive cases that offer good drop protection.

Case in point: its new Slam case that retails for £50, GBP43 or AU£55 and comes in four different color options, all of which feature a translucent back to show off your iPhone‘s rear. I’m not sure it’s all that different from competing cases out there, including ones from LifeProof’s parent company OtterBox. But I like it — it’s well-designed — and at least it costs less than LifeProof’s other cases like the Next, which goes for £80 (see next slide).

See more info and pricing.

Bonavita's new coffee maker brews well for a budget price

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker

The Bonavita Metropolitan has a similar design to the Connoisseur but has an all-plastic exterior. The filter basket accepts flat bottom paper filters, 8 to 12 cups in size. You slide the filter basket into its slot on the coffee maker.

It’s positioned above the glass carafe.

The Metropolitan’s water tank has a large opening that makes it easy to fill.

The ripple pattern on the carafe’s bottom is a nice touch.

The Metropolitan didn’t control its brewing temperature quite as well as the Bonavita Connoisseur.

Coffee the Metropolitan made consistently tasted rich and full of coffee flavor minus any bitterness.