Consumer electronics has always been about more features, in smaller and smaller devices. The Japanese company Marudai thinks this is completely wrong, which is probably why they’ve introduced an iPhone 4 case that puts an inch of steel armor between your phone and the terrifying world outside. Forget the features of your phone; this case can stop a .50 caliber bullet.
Of course, to stop a .50 caliber bullet — like the ones shot from really big guns like this or this — means that you’re going to be packing on pounds. About 4.6 pounds, actually. Also, because the phone is buried behind an inch of steel, the case’s makers had to bore a hole for the phone’s camera to be usable. True, it means that all your images appear as if they were photographed from the end of a long tunnel, but who cares? Your iPhone case can stop bullets.
In a strange twist, only one side of the iPhone is armored to the point of bullet resistance. The front of the phone is covered in a thin piece of flimsy aluminum. Amazingly, the uparmored iPhone also comes with a second, protective case to keep your phone from getting banged around inside the steel brick you call a case.
Obviously, this case isn’t about functionality. It exists because someone realized that it could be made and that maybe someone would spend $650 on the thing. However, if you’re the kind of person that wants to keep a small area of your person protected from sniper rounds but also wants to carry a cellphone, this could be the device for you.