Cliq phone case adds customizable shortcut keys

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When you buy a smartphone case, it’s almost always for protection. You don’t want your $600 device to get scratched in your bag, and you certainly don’t want it to shatter when you drop it. But don’t you think cases could be about more than that?

London-based Cliq Cases certainly does, and that’s why their new smartphone case features customizable shortcut keys that you can use to launch your camera, control media playback, toggle your flashlight, and more.

Cliq colors.

Cliq colors.

Made from polycarbonate, Cliq looks just like a regular snap-on smartphone case. It’s thin and it’s light, and it’s available in five pretty colors. But turn it over and you’ll find three buttons built into its back that make it quicker and easier to access your favorite apps and functions. All it takes is a click!

Cliq connects to your phone via NFC, and an accompanying app lets you customize its buttons. You can use them for almost anything, from toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to adjusting display brightness and setting up shortcuts to apps or contacts. You can even combine Cliq with services like Tasker or IFTTT for more sophisticated functions.

For example, a quick press of the first button could do something simple, like putting your phone on vibrate. But a long press could put it on vibrate, turn its display brightness right down, turn off Bluetooth, and set your alarm for work in the morning. It’s really up to you what you use the shortcuts for.

There’s even a super slim Cliq skin — a sticker that’s applied to the back of your device — for those who don’t like cases.

If you think Cliq is as awesome as we do, you can help get it into production. It’s a Kickstarter project right now, and it needs your support. You can pledge as little as $5 to help things along, but a pledge of $30 will get you a Cliq case in a color of your choice as soon as they begin shipping.

Cliq will be available for six Android devices initially (the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S3; the Motorola Moto X; the Nexus 5; and the LG G2) — but other devices will be supported later on.

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