Apple Leather Case vs. Apple Leather Folio Case

nutmac

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From what I can tell, Apple's Leather Folio Case is a super set of Apple's Leather Case. The phone case section seems identical to the Leather Case, including metallic buttons.

Pros for Leather Folio Case:
  • Wallet cover can hold 2-3 cards and 1-3 paper currency
  • Magnets can wake the phone
  • Provide some screen protection
Pros for Leather Case:
  • Half the thickness
  • Half the price
  • Car mount friendly
  • The phone is immediately available for action
I have a thin wallet with 6 cards and 1-2 paper currency. My typical need is only 3 cards and no cash, so the idea of not having to carry a wallet is very tempting. And getting some screen protection would be nice to have.

To those with experiences on both cases, any feedback that I should consider? Since Leather Folio Case does not have magnetic latch, does it open easily with a simple flick of my wrist?

P.S. I am ruling out wallet cases with credit card slots on the back because that could interfere with wireless charging.
 

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I had the folio case for (nearly) a year now. Love it and would never go back to a back only case. The case is so flexible, it opens very easily with simple flick yet does lie completely flat when at rest. I prefer it for the screen protection (I dislike clear screen protectors) and that my phone does not keep coming on when I'm simply moving it about. I don't keep anything else in the wallet though, I like to keep it as light as possible.
 

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I had the folio case for (nearly) a year now. Love it and would never go back to a back only case. The case is so flexible, it opens very easily with simple flick yet does lie completely flat when at rest. I prefer it for the screen protection (I dislike clear screen protectors) and that my phone does not keep coming on when I'm simply moving it about. I don't keep anything else in the wallet though, I like to keep it as light as possible.
After a year of use, do you find that the folio case leaves any "line residue or light indentations" on the glass? Or any marks left by cards or anything when the case is closed.

I have an iPad Air 2 & an Apple cover & case & noticed slights lines (I assumed this was from the case because they lined up with the lines in the case.
 

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Not any marks on the screen; I don't use cards with it though, I'm sure there is potential for a sticking out card to mark the screen. With iPad smart covers yes they can leave marks but they can usually be wiped away.
 
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AVBeatMan

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Just got the Apple folio case for my new Xs plus. Love the quality of the case and use with one card in and some cash. Only thing I don’t like is I can’t use in my car. Like to see the screen and so also bought the Apple leather “normal” case.
 

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Just got the Apple folio case for my new Xs plus. Love the quality of the case and use with one card in and some cash. Only thing I don’t like is I can’t use in my car. Like to see the screen and so also bought the Apple leather “normal” case.
One of the reasons I didn’t pick up a Folio. My car mount does use magnets so I may be able to make it work.
 

Notnowcato

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I had the folio case for (nearly) a year now. Love it and would never go back to a back only case. The case is so flexible, it opens very easily with simple flick yet does lie completely flat when at rest. I prefer it for the screen protection (I dislike clear screen protectors) and that my phone does not keep coming on when I'm simply moving it about. I don't keep anything else in the wallet though, I like to keep it as light as possible.
+1 for the folio. I’ve used it since launch of iPhone X last year. It’s replaced my wallet. I carry three cards and about £50 in cash and it always folds flat. Never had any issues with call quality while using it and the leather has softened nicely.
 

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Question about the folio case... I wanted to know if the case has like a magnet type when you close the case? Just wonder if it’s secure when you close it
 

AVBeatMan

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Question about the folio case... I wanted to know if the case has like a magnet type when you close the case? Just wonder if it’s secure when you close it
No Unfortunately not.

I was tempted to go for the red folio this year but in the end went with the black.
 

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I don't miss the magnet, the case always closes perfectly flat. I went for Forest Green this year as a change from the black.
 

AVBeatMan

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I don't miss the magnet, the case always closes perfectly flat. I went for Forest Green this year as a change from the black.
How does the Forest Green compare to the Black? Not seen it but I've heard that it's darker than it looks on the website. I might take a look and exchange my black.
 

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It is certainly on the dark side, yes darker than the pictures on the site, in some indoor lighting it almost looks black.
 

nutmac

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Question about the folio case... I wanted to know if the case has like a magnet type when you close the case? Just wonder if it’s secure when you close it
Nope. But lack of magnetic latch can be a plus to some as it allows you to open the phone one handed with a flick of the wrist. But if you routinely drop the phone into a bag or purse, you may want an alternate case with a magnetic latch, such as Otterbox Strada.
 
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