HANG DOWN YOUR PHONE: Ever on the lookout for a better way to carry my cellphone, I've fallen in like with Bandolier's new cross-body case; people stopped me on the street while testing to ask where I got it. Available so far only for the iPhone 4/4s or 5/5s, the very sleek, lightweight neck case hangs from a slim 52-inch-long strap or chain that — depending on the model — clips onto two metal loops at the bottom of the case and can hang across your chest or hip. Notice I said the strap clips onto the bottom of the case, not the top. That is a great plus, because to use the phone, you just reach down and tilt the phone up to operate. (Most other phone neck cases hang from straps at the top of the case, requiring you to twist and rotate the phone to use while wearing). The back of the case has two horizontal slots for IDs or credit cards. Nothing obscures phone functions. You'll need to supply your own screen shield. Available in leather or faux snakeskin in a variety of colors and strap styles. I would have liked the option of a shorter neck strap/chain, and the card slots are a tight fit that can sometimes make withdrawing a credit card a challenge. Still, thumbs way up.
Bandolier Cross-Body iPhone Case, $80-$125, bandolierstyle.com
Judi Dash, Gear & Gadgets Syndicate