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Tech Squibs: Pong Case Looks to Boost Signals

The Pong iPhone 5 case promises to boost your signal reception while reducing the radiation pumping into your brain.

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib will help you scan for a good cell phone signal without making your head explode.

The Pong iPhone 5 Case looks to boost signal reception while reducing the amount of residual radiation that some experts say could cause brain tumors. I think that same radiation could give you super brain powers, but what do I know?

Outwardly, it's a simple, well made case that should provide moderate protection for your smartphone. But, it's materials and internal design are supposed to provide that extra reception and protection.

Here's the problem reviewing something like this. It's hard to document or prove its effectiveness. Take the radiation issue. It's sort of the "anti-gorilla rock" argument. I have a rock here. It's my anti-gorilla rock. I say it works because there are no gorillas here. I don't know if there would be any gorillas here anyway, but we'll put it down to the rock.

As for the case, I don't have a brain tumor. I'm grateful for that. But, I can't prove that I don't have one – or won't get one – because of the case. I guess, in the end, the radiation protection becomes a "can't hurt" feature.

As for the signal reception, I tap out of that test because I have an iPhone through AT&T. There are times when I'd rather have a Western Union telegraph. The AT&T network lacks the bandwidth to conduct these sort of test. Plus, those bars on the phone read-out that we all worship mean nothing. There is no common scale to hold them to a standard.

Basically, if your phone works better with the Pong, you know it's working. You'll have to decide if you want to invest in the $60 to $80 needed for the case to take a shot at better performance.