Incipio Le Deux – A Minimalist Concept with Brushed Metal Style
When we first saw the Le Deux from Incipio, we were immediately drawn to the brushed metal. The concept of a two-piece case done is this fashion is innovative and delightfully simple, however, this case has one flaw that makes it a hard sell. We’ll get in to all of this and more in our review…
Model: Le Deux
Pros: Sleek, great looking, brushed metal back, no camera flash glare
Cons: Causes reception issues
The Lowest Trusted Price We Could Find: Only $15.82 (Get 47% off and free shipping through this link)
The Incipio Le Deux is made of two separate pieces: A brushed metal backing and a hard (flexible) plastic bumper. The two parts snap together to form a very elegant and attractive case. Installing the case can be a little tricky. We found that one easy method is to first slide the plastic bumper on from the front face of the iPhone, and then snap the metal backing in to place. The metal backing is held to the plastic bumper by small tabs that clip in to small horizontal slits in the metal (as can be slightly seen in the picture above). They hold together with surprising precision.
The Incipio Le Deux is available in the following color combinations:
Inside the Le Deux is a thin soft (almost felt-like) lining to keep the glass back of your iPhone scratch free. The camera cut-out is appropriately located, and induces no glare when using the camera’s flash. One thing we did notice is that the cutouts for the volume and sleep buttons made it a slightly more difficult to access the phones physical controls. It is minor (and doesn’t in any way make them ‘hard’ to access), but noticeable.
Things to Consider
The Incipio Le Deux is a fantastic looking case. That is all the more reason why it pains us to say that this case has an a achillies heel. Some users have reported signal drop issues while using this case. In order to verify or disprove this, we took the phone outside of our office where we typically get 3-4 bars of AT&T 3G signal. Within 10 seconds of putting the metal back in place, our signal dropped to 2-3 bars. Upon removing the metal back, the signal once again returned to 3-4 bars. We repeated this process and got the same results multiple times. All in all, there’s a good chance you’ll lose (on average) 1 bar of service while using this case.
Our Review in Summary
All in all, the Le Deux is a case that you really want to love. It truly is a shame that the case causes a drop in signal, because not only is it beautiful to look at, but it seems to be well made. If it wasn’t for the signal drop, we would be singing the praises of this case. With this issue, however, it’s a case that one should think about before taking the plunge. At $15 (through the link at the top of this review), it’s not a huge investment, but it’s an investment we want you to make knowing exactly what you could be getting in return. All in all, a great idea by Incipio, but one that doesn’t fully deliver.