V-Moda has been climbing the accessory maker charts lately with stylish (if divisive) designs for headphones and phone cases. The company's first foray into Android is the METALLO case for the Galaxy S III. The all-metal design (probably high-density aluminum) is unique, changing the shape of the phone and making it dockable with an extra amplifier/battery pack accessory. It's also one of the more expensive case options out there, starting at $101 for the frame, backplate and screen protector.

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The METALLO case reshapes the GSIII, changing its soft corners into a sharper oblong rectangle with rounded sides. Protection for all sides is complete, save for some vanity panels on the back. This is a questionable design addition, but the phone should still be safe from most fall damage that isn't directly on the screen. (There's a second plastic protector for the back of the device.) The case is filled with foam for further insulation and scratch protection. Color options include black, silver, red, and orange.

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The more interesting part of the system is the VERZADOCK, a slot for the additional VAMP VERZA accessory that docks with the METALLO case via a switchable backplate. It includes two 150mW amplifiers and a 2,200mAh external battery, for pumping out the jams (or just the annoying noises from Angry Birds) long into the night. This thing is strictly for the connoisseur, at a wallet-straining $598.

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For the time being, only the Samsung Galaxy S III is supported, though it's a safe bet that an S4 model will be coming soon. The case comes with an assembly tool, a screen protector, and a bonus metal guitar pick.

V-Moda - METALLO Galaxy S III Case

V-Moda - VAMP VERZA Amplifier/Battery Pack

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Jason Banich

    So they're supporting a year out of date phone now :P

    • whargharbl

      Yeah, because a year old phone = a year out of date phone /s

      • Jason Banich

        Well I mean, if you want to make a big splash in the market, a better way I think would be to say "Hey, the new S4 coming out? We make the best case." There are already so many S3 cases out there, and most S3s have cases already and people aren't looking for new ones.

        • ProductFRED

          It's not even a year old yet. And on top of that it's still immensely popular. A LOT of people have one. Why wouldn't you, as a business, make the decision to sell it? Plus, a lot of people are in 2 year contracts, so there's still at least a year before they upgrade.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think what's happening here is V-Moda is just getting into cases (I love this brand btw, very high quality stuff). In fact, correct me if I'm wrong but the Metallo is its first case (for the SIII and iPhone) http://v-moda.com/amplifiers/

      It totally makes sense for them to release for only the few most popular models to test out the market and to ramp up manufacturing. I envision if things go well, they'll release one for the S4 much sooner than a year after launch.

  • hyperbolic

    Taking your phone to the mountains is now possible.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I don't know about you guys, but this case looks mad sexy to me. Expensive as hell too, but so damn good-looking.

    • troph

      Yeah, well that's because hides Samsung's original design lol. Makes it look sort of like an Xperia Z

    • GraveUypo

      i think it looks mad awful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

    I can understand why you're making a case for an older yet popular phone. What I see as more of an issue is the price. Anyone that would spend this much on a case/battery pack will probably not have this phone much longer. If you're able to spend $100 on a case and $600 on an extended battery pack, you will most likely upgrade to the S4 instead.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'll give you that, but V-Moda has always been a premium brand, so the prices are premium too.

      And the $600 device is not just an extended battery pack. It's an amp. That's where most of the money goes into, not the battery.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

        True. However they would most likely just wear some pretentious studio quality headphones/fashion accessories instead though.

  • artsr2002

    I just threw up a little. That case is hideous. Lets take a svelte device and turn it into a fecking brick. Thanks but no thanks.