Rocketcases Retro Cassette Tape iPhone 5 Case Review

by Lisa Heath

Today’s post is something a little different.  I had the opportunity to review an iPhone 5 case, and I’ll admit – I adore phone cases and change mine up regularly.  The case I received was a Rocketcases Retro Cassette Tape iPhone 5 Case.

I’m 31 years old and cassette tapes were basically what I grew up with.  I don’t think I owned my first cd until I was about 17?  Possibly even 18. So while others may be raising an eyebrow as to why I would want a case like this… it’s quite simple.  1. I love cases for my phone and 2. Nostalgia purposes.

Ok onto the actual review

iphone back

First off, the rubber cases is quite comfortable in my hand.  It’s made of a rubbery feeling plastic and had a great grip to it.  Unfortunately though, there are a few things I wasn’t so thrilled with which stopped me from using it much.

Iphone Case

Can you see from the above picture what I’m about to point out?

iphone top

The sides of the case fit fine.  I was able to get my phone in the case with very little effort.  BUT the top and botton of the phone didn’t fit correctly.  Both left a gap between the phone and the case itself, which you can see in the photo above, and I’ll post another below.  Because it bowed out on top a little, the piece that fits over the power button on top did not line up and was very difficult to push.  The same goes for the volume buttons on the side, but since there was no gap on the sides, I have to assume its the plastic material the case is made of that made the buttons almost non functional for me while the case was in place.

bottom iphone

The lower gap is more noticeable.  Also, I use my phone as a music source in the car.  Unfortunately, the plastic case on the bottom is too thick and I could not plug anything into this phone while the case was in place.  It simply wouldn’t connect because of the case.  This includes charging the phone.  I’m not sure if the gap is what caused it, but either way it immediately made me remove the case.

While I personally found the case to be cute and reminded me of growing up with cassette tapes you could record on over and over and over (which my sisters and I did) – because of the gaping and the issue with plugging anything into it, I don’t think I will continue using this particular case.

Price: $14.99

Where to Buy:  Amazon  and

Would I repurchase?: I would not purchase this case.  I may try another case from this manufacturer in case this was a fluke and I got a bad one, but sadly I cannot recommend it to anyone.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Arathael December 7, 2013 - 1:11 pm

I got some cassette-look cases from amazon for our iPhone 4S’s in white, blue and purple. They were very inexpensive but have worked out great, a very soft rubbery plastic. They always get people’s attention. :D

Doria December 7, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Remember when mixed tapes were THE thing? Lol Cute case! Too bad it didn’t fit better :(

Jess Scull December 7, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Such a bummer that didn’t work out because that case is awesome!

Tina December 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Okay I’m older than you and I remember playing Prince’s purple rain cassette so many times I broke not one but three of them! Yep I get the Nostalgia lol

Samarium's Swatches December 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

This case is so cute!! That’s one of the bad things about my new phone, it doesn’t have any cute cases yet!

Shipra December 8, 2013 - 5:32 am

I have a huge collection of tapes from my childhood! <3 I looooove this case but of course you pointed out some good points that would probably keep me from buying one. Great review!

Emily Lacquerologist December 8, 2013 - 6:00 am

Bummer the case didn’t fit well, but the cassette tape is cute!

Kelly R December 8, 2013 - 8:52 am

This is soooo cute! Too bad it didn’t fit well.


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