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Factron iPhone Case Features Interchangeable Lenses

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The new Factron case for the iPhone looks to beef up the iPhone's camera capacity considerably with interchangeable lenses that screw onto the already sweet-looking metal and leather case.

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Illustration for article titled Factron iPhone Case Features Interchangeable Lenses

It's compatible with the iPhone 3G only, for some reason, but 3G owners should be pretty excited—the case features wide-angle, closeup, and fisheye lenses that screw on to the back, in case you want all your contacts to look like they're in a late '90s rap and/or skateboard video. But it doesn't come cheap, at $200 for the case and $15-55 for each additional lens, and the company even warns that reception may not be so hot, considering all that metal between the receiver and signal. [Factron via Engadget]

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deejayqueue
DeeJayQueue

This thing breaks one of the cardinal rules of gadgetdom: you need a special tool to take it apart. I'd lose that weird 3-prong tool in a matter of minutes and have to either cut my phone out of the case or spend many frustrating minutes with a pair of needlenose pliers unscrewing the thing.

Plus, try putting the phone in your pocket with a lens screwed on. Snap! So, this thing takes away portability, reduces reception and maybe adds some function in the form of trendy, kitchy lenses that are expensive and guaranteed to get lost or broken.

Thumbs down.