I've reviewed hundreds of cases and turned down requests to review thousands more. But when the good folks at Prong pitched the PocketPlug case for iPhone 5 (US$69.95), I jumped on the opportunity to review it. Why? Well, I've seen cases and battery cases, but never have I seen a case that actually connects directly to a wall socket for charging your iPhone. Let's take a look, and then one TUAW reader is going to win a Prong PocketPlug in a giveaway.
If the Prong PocketPlug reminds you of any other case, it's probably one of the Mophie Juice Packs. The case installs easily by pulling it apart and separating the top and bottom, and it's a little bit chunky. The front of the case has ports for the speakers and mic on the iPhone 5, and there's a port (and included audio port extender) for the headphone cord on the bottom.
The real difference -- and the innovative feature -- is on the back of the case. Folded flush to the back are two prongs (hence the name) for a plug that fits into a standard US power outlet. With a finger, you just flip up one of the two prongs and they both pop up. Plug the case into the wall, and your iPhone 5 is charging.