The Embrace-5 is my favorite aluminum bumper I’ve used on an iDevice. It’s quite possibly my favorite iPhone case of any type. The designers at Esoterism got nearly everything right, including
their method of addressing a couple of major problems inherent with aluminum frames: removal and dockability. In fact, their answers to these problems are so great that solving just one means they
wouldn’t have had to worry much about the other.
The major issue I’ve had with aluminum bumpers is that they tend to require screws to get them on and off. Most ship with an Allen wrench for this purpose, which is hardly convenient; if you don’t
have that handy, you can’t get the bumper off. And when you do, you run the risk of losing the tiny screws. To remove the Embrace-5, you simply need your fingers. The top center of the bumper
features a knob much like that on an analog watch, only larger, of course. To remove the iPhone 5 or 5s from the Embrace-5, you simply unscrew the knob and pull back the sides of the bumper, which
pivot at the lower left and…