Hands-On Review: West|280 iOpener For iPhone 3G

“Everybody needs to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields

Most hard iPhone cases do just one thing: protect the iPhone inside of them.  But if you’ve (still) got an iPhone 3G — and a thirst for some cold adult beverages — West|280 is the company you need to belly up to.  Their iOpener case comes with something no other iDevice has:

A bottle opener.  Yep, a retractable bottle opener built right into the case.  But according to the company, it’s more than just a clever tech gizmo:

Anyone can slap a bottle cap remover on an Apple® iPhone™, but that’s like duct taping a brick to a ballet slipper. The West|280™ design team took the challenge of designing a premium personal accessory for the iPhone™ very seriously. We studied the ergonomics, high strength plastics, food grade and surgical stainless steel in every grade available, and most important we were relentless at making it thin and light. The result, a polymer alloy case with a 14 gauge, 304 food grade stainless steel opener that retracts into the case when not in use…

The West|280 iOpener™ isn’t just a protective case. Because you take your iPhone™ everywhere, now you can take the party with you every where. Open a bottle and the conversation starts. The West|280 iOpener™ is about real human interaction, sharing something cool with your friends and hooking them up with one of their own; that’s why we say it’s Social-Networking Re-Invented.

(No word on when, or if, an iPhone 4 — or soon 5? — version will be available.)

It’s also a way for you — yes, you — to make a little beer money of your own: sign up for their affiliate program, slap a link on your blog or website, and collect a 15% commission on every US$29.95 iOpener case your readers buy through your link.

We’ll drink to that!

Check out our hands-on review below:

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