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kp98077

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Have a Pitaka case wondering if anyone recommends other very think cases? Pitaka is quiet nice! 12 Pro Max here... I guess careless is always a possibility ?!
 
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Radeon962

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Using the Pitaka MagEZ right now on my Pro Max and waiting on the Pitaka Air.

I have tried a lot of thin clear cases including Totallee clear, soft and the Pitaka is significantly lighter.

I did find a generic clear, soft case from Amazon that is almost identical to the Totallee but only cost $

The only thin case that may be lighter are the Peel, Totalle type cases that are like a polypropylene shell. No drop protection and kind of slick but thinnest and lightest you can buy.

Totallee actually released a limited edition actual clear version of the shell type but it’s $45 and for that I would much prefer the Pitaka.

Menumi makes a decent one for less than Peel or Totallee which I used on my 11 and they do have a 12 version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKCJLL3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_.U9YFbE70QPY3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Or Tozo which is the cheapest typically on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GQYMXSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_bX9YFbYBB5TA6


You can find various versions which appear to be the same for around $2
but when you actually get them can vary from a week to more than a month as they come direct from China.

You don’t want to take them off and put them on frequently though as they can deform and when I have used them in the past the area between the Volume up/down tends to bubble out over time.

The other issue is that these types of cases are just a bit thicker than the buttons so they are just a hair below the case so they are not easy to push.

Closest you can come to caseless is a skin. Dband or Slickwraps are the most well known.

So far Pitaka is my favorite and if the Air feels similar to the MagEZ but even thinner and lighter, I’ll be done chasing a case for my Pro Max.
 

kp98077

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Using the Pitaka MagEZ right now on my Pro Max and waiting on the Pitaka Air.

I have tried a lot of thin clear cases including Totallee clear, soft and the Pitaka is significantly lighter.

I did find a generic clear, soft case from Amazon that is almost identical to the Totallee but only cost $

The only thin case that may be lighter are the Peel, Totalle type cases that are like a polypropylene shell. No drop protection and kind of slick but thinnest and lightest you can buy.

Totallee actually released a limited edition actual clear version of the shell type but it’s $45 and for that I would much prefer the Pitaka.

Menumi makes a decent one for less than Peel or Totallee which I used on my 11 and they do have a 12 version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKCJLL3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_.U9YFbE70QPY3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Or Tozo which is the cheapest typically on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GQYMXSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_bX9YFbYBB5TA6


You can find various versions which appear to be the same for around $2
but when you actually get them can vary from a week to more than a month as they come direct from China.

You don’t want to take them off and put them on frequently though as they can deform and when I have used them in the past the area between the Volume up/down tends to bubble out over time.

The other issue is that these types of cases are just a bit thicker than the buttons so they are just a hair below the case so they are not easy to push.

Closest you can come to caseless is a skin. Dband or Slickwraps are the most well known.

So far Pitaka is my favorite and if the Air feels similar to the MagEZ but even thinner and lighter, I’ll be done chasing a case for my Pro Max.
thanks good suggestions!
 

BlackHawk00

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I am not a case guy, but for certain situations, I always keep one as a backup, so I have tried many thin cases in the past and always ended up with a Totallee clear case as they are not bad if one needs an ultra-slim case.

However, this time around, I ordered a Pitaka Air case for my 12 Pro Max, and I am surprised how lightweight and super ultra-thin this case is.

Btw, I have a Gold 12 PM, and with exposed sides, bottom, and top in Pitaka Air, this phone looks super dope.
 
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kp98077

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I am not a case guy, but for certain situations, I always keep one as a backup, so I have tried many thin cases in the past and always ended up with a Totallee clear case as they are not bad if one needs an ultra-slim case.

However, this time around, I ordered a Pitaka Air case for my 12 Pro Max, and I am surprised how lightweight and super ultra-thin this case is.

Btw, I have a Gold 12 PM, and with exposed sides, bottom, and top in Pitaka Air, this phone looks super dope.
Can’t beat the Pitaka
 

Yandawg

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Using the Pitaka MagEZ right now on my Pro Max and waiting on the Pitaka Air.

I have tried a lot of thin clear cases including Totallee clear, soft and the Pitaka is significantly lighter.

I did find a generic clear, soft case from Amazon that is almost identical to the Totallee but only cost $

The only thin case that may be lighter are the Peel, Totalle type cases that are like a polypropylene shell. No drop protection and kind of slick but thinnest and lightest you can buy.

Totallee actually released a limited edition actual clear version of the shell type but it’s $45 and for that I would much prefer the Pitaka.

Menumi makes a decent one for less than Peel or Totallee which I used on my 11 and they do have a 12 version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKCJLL3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_.U9YFbE70QPY3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Or Tozo which is the cheapest typically on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GQYMXSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_bX9YFbYBB5TA6


You can find various versions which appear to be the same for around $2
but when you actually get them can vary from a week to more than a month as they come direct from China.

You don’t want to take them off and put them on frequently though as they can deform and when I have used them in the past the area between the Volume up/down tends to bubble out over time.

The other issue is that these types of cases are just a bit thicker than the buttons so they are just a hair below the case so they are not easy to push.

Closest you can come to caseless is a skin. Dband or Slickwraps are the most well known.

So far Pitaka is my favorite and if the Air feels similar to the MagEZ but even thinner and lighter, I’ll be done chasing a case for my Pro Max.
You are going to be ecstatic with the Air. If I used the magEZ chargers I would have likely stuck with the magEZ case instead of air. If I remember correctly the air is about half the weight. Also, it has a smoother feel but I still think has decent grip for what it is. The magez also had a very slightly more lip. Of course that maybe 1 mm difference made the magez case difficult for me to get off of my phone. I wanted something that was easier to remove since I got my other case in yesterday. My second case is the California poppy leather case
 
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Radeon962

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You are going to be ecstatic with the Air. If I used the magEZ chargers I would have likely stuck with the magEZ case instead of air. If I remember correctly the air is about half the weight. Also, it has a smoother feel but I still think has decent grip for what it is. The magez also had a very slightly more lip. Of course that maybe 1 mm difference made the magez case difficult for me to get off of my phone. I wanted something that was easier to remove since I got my other case in yesterday. My second case is the California poppy leather case

How is the thickness of the leather case compared to the Air/MagEZ? I have used the leather case on several previous iPhones but can’t decide between the Blue and Black leather for my Pacific Blue Pro Max.

Not sure if I want to in any case as the ProMax is a big phone already and my preference is caseless or ultra thin which most likely will be the Air.
 

limtheanhok

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just want to share something abit, after using Pitaka on my previous iPhone 11 Pro Max Space Gray for a while, probably 6 months or something, it caused discoloration on the opening of the case like bottom and volume button
 

Radeon962

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just want to share something abit, after using Pitaka on my previous iPhone 11 Pro Max Space Gray for a while, probably 6 months or something, it caused discoloration on the opening of the case like bottom and volume button

I had the silver/white and didn’t notice any issues with it and a Pitaka case.
 

kp98077

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Pitaka is significantly thinner than the apple leather case. really makes the phone seem "very thin"........
 
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cub4bearin

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Using the Pitaka MagEZ right now on my Pro Max and waiting on the Pitaka Air.

I have tried a lot of thin clear cases including Totallee clear, soft and the Pitaka is significantly lighter.

I did find a generic clear, soft case from Amazon that is almost identical to the Totallee but only cost $

The only thin case that may be lighter are the Peel, Totalle type cases that are like a polypropylene shell. No drop protection and kind of slick but thinnest and lightest you can buy.

Totallee actually released a limited edition actual clear version of the shell type but it’s $45 and for that I would much prefer the Pitaka.

Menumi makes a decent one for less than Peel or Totallee which I used on my 11 and they do have a 12 version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKCJLL3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_.U9YFbE70QPY3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Or Tozo which is the cheapest typically on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GQYMXSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_bX9YFbYBB5TA6


You can find various versions which appear to be the same for around $2
but when you actually get them can vary from a week to more than a month as they come direct from China.

You don’t want to take them off and put them on frequently though as they can deform and when I have used them in the past the area between the Volume up/down tends to bubble out over time.

The other issue is that these types of cases are just a bit thicker than the buttons so they are just a hair below the case so they are not easy to push.

Closest you can come to caseless is a skin. Dband or Slickwraps are the most well known.

So far Pitaka is my favorite and if the Air feels similar to the MagEZ but even thinner and lighter, I’ll be done chasing a case for my Pro Max.
Thanks for sharing that Tozo. Love it on my 12 pro. Not sure if it gives me any real protection, maybe just again scratches. Otherwise not ouch cushion in tozo, but it looks sleek.
Pitaka Air.... don’t you guys worry about all the open spaces around the frame? I tend to throw my keys sometimes with my phone and worry about scratches. Otherwise I like the look of the case. Any input welcomed. Thanks.
 

Ron21

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Nothing is better than Pitaka for this type of case category. I've tried others and Pitaka was always better.

I highly recommend trying their Air case, it's incredible.
 

Psyclism

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The 15:21 cork case is extremely thin and very grippy. I’d say it’s a good alternative if you want something that is a bit more unique than a murdered out black case. Otherwise Pitaka is a sure thing.
 

Rangers94

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Pitaka is significantly thinner than the apple leather case. really makes the phone seem "very thin"........
Are you talking about the Pitaka MagEz Case or the Air that’s “significantly thinner” than the Apple leather case?
 

Radeon962

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My Air arrived today and it is indeed noticeably thinner than the MagEZ. The Air weighs 9g and MagEZ comes in at 17g. Incredible case if you are looking for minimal protection in a great feeling, light case that adds minimal size to the Pro Max with some fantastic grip.
 
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Young Turk

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Nothing is better than Pitaka for this type of case category. I've tried others and Pitaka was always better.

I highly recommend trying their Air case, it's incredible.
But your stuck with the carbon fiber look of the non MagSafe Air?
 

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Once you use the pitaka or a thin aramid/carbon fiber case, its hard to recommend another one. Most people judge cases by their thinness and not the materials. You will never see a car's drive train made of plastic or rubber. I see race cars with survive wrecks at over 200 mph because of the cockpit being made of carbon. Ive been using carbon cases since the iPhone X and have dropped my phone numerous times without issue. I hate thick cases cause they take away from the phone that I bought. I won't put my phone in thin plastic because its not safe.
 

DiegoVLatam

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My Air arrived today and it is indeed noticeably thinner than the MagEZ. The Air weighs 9g and MagEZ comes in at 17g. Incredible case if you are looking for minimal protection in a great feeling, light case that adds minimal size to the Pro Max with some fantastic grip.
I have the MagEz on my 12 Pro Max and I love it, I was using the apple silicon case and I was about to return the phone because I found it to big coming from an 11 Pro max, but when I put the phone in the Pitaka It was a night/day difference , I was able to get a better grip than the one I had with the 11 because the new squared phone design was finally palpable in my hand and the phone just became easier to hold.

After this great experience I am really tempted to get the air case too. According to you, how noticeable is the difference between MagEZ and Air. Do you feel it in the way you hold the phone or do you feel it less heavy? With the Mag Ez is already hard for me to notice any variation in weight vs going caseless.

I am reading that the lip in the air case that allows you to put the phone face down without scratching the screen it’s also smaller in the Air, is this true?.
 
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Radeon962

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I have the MagEz on my 12 Pro Max and I love it, I was using the apple silicon case and I was about to return the phone because I found it to big coming from an 11 Pro max, but when I put the phone in the Pitaka It was a night/day difference , I was able to get a better grip than the one I had with the 11 because the new squared phone design was finally palpable in my hand and the phone just became easier to hold.

After this great experience I am really tempted to get the air case too. According to you, how noticeable is the difference between MagEZ and Air. Do you feel it in the way you hold the phone or do you feel it less heavy? With the Mag Ez is already hard for me to notice any variation in weight vs going caseless.

I am reading that the lip in the air case that allows you to put the phone face down without scratching the screen it’s also smaller in the Air, is this true?.
The weight and thickness is noticeable both just holding the case as well as on the PM.

Air is spec'd as 0.65mm and EZ as 0.85mm. For reference, 10 sheets of paper is about 1 mm or a credit card is about 0.76mm.

Air weighs 9g and EZ weighs 17g. Totallee clear, soft TPU case weighs 24g.

I use a tempered glass screen protector on my PM so there is really no "lip" which I prefer for gestures. If you had no screen protector there would be a minimal lip above the screen.

If I never tried the Air, I would be very happy with the EZ. I have used the EZ on past phones (and on my PM while waiting on the Air) and enjoyed it as it is very light and thin but still provides some bump protection and definitely more grip than a naked phone.

The Air just takes it up a notch for a big phone like the PM. If you use the other Pitaka accessories that utilize the magnetic attachments, then EZ is the way to go rather than trying to rig up something in the Air. If you don't then Air is a great option.

The other thing, over a naked phone, is the Pitaka Air or EZ "softens" up the edges of the phone by the case. Hard plastic cases or the naked phone had a tendency to dig into my pinky when holding the phone with one hand for extended periods of time due to the size and weight of the PM. The Air and EZ both provide a softer feel, IMO, when holding the phone with one hand resting on your pinky.

Air is not quite as "rubbery" feeling as the EZ and likely due to the tighter weave and thinner case which makes it a bit smoother if that makes a difference to you.

EZ seems to have a bit better grip for this reason, but Air is still very good and better than something like the Totallee clear, soft TPU case which is generally recognized as the thinnest clear case and one I have used on many phones in the past.

Both show fingerprints but they can be wiped off if that is an issue for you.

I bought the Air from Pitaka on BF with their 20% off and then an additional 10% off from a Twitter contest.

I bought the MagEZ from Pitaka on Amazon with their 20% off Cyber Monday deal.

Amazon is a way better option for shipping as I ordered the EZ on Monday and had it on Wednesday.

Direct from Pitaka with purchase on Black Friday, 11/27 and it arrived yesterday, 12/10.




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Yandawg

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I have the MagEz on my 12 Pro Max and I love it, I was using the apple silicon case and I was about to return the phone because I found it to big coming from an 11 Pro max, but when I put the phone in the Pitaka It was a night/day difference , I was able to get a better grip than the one I had with the 11 because the new squared phone design was finally palpable in my hand and the phone just became easier to hold.

After this great experience I am really tempted to get the air case too. According to you, how noticeable is the difference between MagEZ and Air. Do you feel it in the way you hold the phone or do you feel it less heavy? With the Mag Ez is already hard for me to notice any variation in weight vs going caseless.

I am reading that the lip in the air case that allows you to put the phone face down without scratching the screen it’s also smaller in the Air, is this true?.
I had the magez for a bit before sending back. One of the things I did like was it did have a wee bit more of a lip than the air. Of course the magez case lip still wasn’t so high that it messed up my up swipes. It was a very very minuscule difference between the 2. I also wasn’t planning on using the pitaka magEZ charging accessories. I have an apple leather case and knew if I did plan to use the magcase charging capabilities in the future the air would likely attach better.
 
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DiegoVLatam

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The weight and thickness is noticeable both just holding the case as well as on the PM.

Air is spec'd as 0.65mm and EZ as 0.85mm. For reference, 10 sheets of paper is about 1 mm or a credit card is about 0.76mm.

Air weighs 9g and EZ weighs 17g. Totallee clear, soft TPU case weighs 24g.

I use a tempered glass screen protector on my PM so there is really no "lip" which I prefer for gestures. If you had no screen protector there would be a minimal lip above the screen.

If I never tried the Air, I would be very happy with the EZ. I have used the EZ on past phones (and on my PM while waiting on the Air) and enjoyed it as it is very light and thin but still provides some bump protection and definitely more grip than a naked phone.

The Air just takes it up a notch for a big phone like the PM. If you use the other Pitaka accessories that utilize the magnetic attachments, then EZ is the way to go rather than trying to rig up something in the Air. If you don't then Air is a great option.

The other thing, over a naked phone, is the Pitaka Air or EZ "softens" up the edges of the phone by the case. Hard plastic cases or the naked phone had a tendency to dig into my pinky when holding the phone with one hand for extended periods of time due to the size and weight of the PM. The Air and EZ both provide a softer feel, IMO, when holding the phone with one hand resting on your pinky.

Air is not quite as "rubbery" feeling as the EZ and likely due to the tighter weave and thinner case which makes it a bit smoother if that makes a difference to you.

EZ seems to have a bit better grip for this reason, but Air is still very good and better than something like the Totallee clear, soft TPU case which is generally recognized as the thinnest clear case and one I have used on many phones in the past.

Both show fingerprints but they can be wiped off if that is an issue for you.

I bought the Air from Pitaka on BF with their 20% off and then an additional 10% off from a Twitter contest.

I bought the MagEZ from Pitaka on Amazon with their 20% off Cyber Monday deal.

Amazon is a way better option for shipping as I ordered the EZ on Monday and had it on Wednesday.

Direct from Pitaka with purchase on Black Friday, 11/27 and it arrived yesterday, 12/10.




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Thank you so much for the detailed answer. Now I can make my purchase with total confidence.
 

DiegoVLatam

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I had the magez for a bit before sending back. One of the things I did like was it did have a wee bit more of a lip than the air. Of course the magez case lip still wasn’t so high that it messed up my up swipes. It was a very very minuscule difference between the 2. I also wasn’t planning on using the pitaka magEZ charging accessories. I have an apple leather case and knew if I did plan to use the magcase charging capabilities in the future the air would likely attach better.
Perfect! As long as there is still some kind of lip I am happy, appreciate your response.
 
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