Are Apple Leather Cases Worth It?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MichaelMidnight, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. MichaelMidnight macrumors regular

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    I know this is purely subjective but even after reading a few threads, I don't know the general consensus. What I can gather is that they look nice but are markedly expensive. But are they generally bad, per se, in terms of protection? Should a general TPU be better?

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I'm not generally a big fan of cases as I don't like the bulk they add, and I generally prefer to feel the device I'm paying so much money for as opposed to some cheap case. That said, I went with the saddle brown leather case this time because I like the way it ages, and I'm pretty impressed. It's by no means a highly protective case, but it's a lot better than nothing, and it doesn't add considerable bulk to the device. I can't see a TPU case offering much more protection.
     
  3. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Generally it is my approach as well, but like you, this time I bought a case, though not Apple, but Thule. Do you use a screen protector?
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Nope. I hate screen protectors more than I hate cases! :)

    I generally end up with a few minor scratches on the screen after a year of use, but nothing that bothers me as much as touching and looking at a screen protector every day.
     
  5. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Well, this time the lady in the shop talked me in to have a screen protector. Actually the only reason I agreed was that it was a matte, antireflex HD (anti-glare, I happened to like this feature very much). And no fingerprints are seen at all, big plus as I hate them on my phone's screen.
     
  6. MichaelMidnight thread starter macrumors regular

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    Which brand are you using? I had a glass protector once and it was nice but I didn't end up with it long because it also limited the sorts of cases I could use and/or accessories like an OlloClip.
     
  7. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    They are pricey but they fit like a glove and are super grippy. Don't expect a lot of protection though since they are pretty thin and don't come up over the screen very far on the front.
     
  8. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Hello Michael,
    I have an EazyGuard Antireflex HD (matte, anti-glare, scratch-proof etc.).
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  9. jtwlbz macrumors 6502a

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    No not worth it unless they release new revision for better fit. I bought 6 leather case instead for cheaper at bestbuy. Its better fit and worth it.
     
  10. zhenya macrumors 603

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    one other thing with the leather cases is that screen protectors have the potential to leave a seam right at the point along the edge where you activate edge gestures such as 'back' or the app switcher.
     
  11. Prabas macrumors 6502a

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    Get one for $4 from eBay, it looks like (practically identical) Apple Leather case, feels like it, but its quality is a bit lower. You'll see for yourself.

    $4-6 Apple Leather Case Alternative
     
  12. IconIc215 macrumors 6502

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    This is a very subjective question and it comes down to what you are looking for individually. There are two factors in which you need to decide. Price- Yes they are overpriced but what Apple product isn't. Can you get better for your money absolutely but these cases do look extremely nice depending on which color combo you pick up. I would say they do feel nice in hand after you break them in so to say. The difference between the one I picked up at launch and the one I got a few days ago is night and day. FWIW, these are the only cases I keep coming back to for my previous 3 iPhones and I buy a lot of cases. Next you need to determine if having the bottom open is something you want. There are again better options in terms of protection for your money but generally with protection comes bulk and that's not what I want on my phone. These keep the slim form of the phone and the buttons are very easy to press (on my new one not the one I got at launch which were very difficult to press).
     
  13. Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

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    I picked one up this past weekend and I'm just glad I can set my phone on its back without cringing from scraping the camera on desks :p:p

    But I really do love the case, very snug and comfy
     
  14. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    My first choice would be an Apple Leather Case, but I have a Thule sleeve for my MacBook. I like Thule a lot. So, I decided to have the same pattern Thule case as is on my MacBook. I enjoy it, feels good in hand.
     
  15. d0hv macrumors regular

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    Yes they are worth it. They are high quality and very classy looking. I have the Saddle brown leather case on my 6s+.It is the only case I like to use. Apple leather cases are the only ones I'll ever use.
     
  16. merc-tt macrumors member

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    Yep. Last year's black leather on my iPhone 6 Plus. Tried the new saddle leather case but it was too slippy and little bit thicker than last year's. I returned it after two weeks and went back to last year's black leather. So much better imo.
     
  17. mlsusa macrumors regular

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    Exact same thing for me. I got the saddle brown for the 6s+ and it was slippery. It doesn't add much bulk but it adds enough that it makes it even more difficult to handle the phone. I went back to my black 6+ leather case which was actually a better fit and provides good grip.

    Funny thing is I don't really want to use a case but every iPhone I've had I've used one. The 3G was because my girlfriend (wife now) bought me a case so I felt obligated to use it. I saw the antennagate problems with my 4 so I took advantage of the free case program. For my 5 the wife had bought the Apple leather case for hers but didn't like that it covered the back of the phone so I took it. The phone was small and had a tendency to fall out of my pocket so the leather helped keep it in place. My 6+ and now 6s+ is too slippery and I'm not comfortable with the protruding camera lens so the case helps with both.
     
  18. Nextmall James macrumors newbie

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    Touch feeling is not good for TPU case, and they look cheap. Still like leather ones.
     
  19. ron808 macrumors regular

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    Yes. They are worth every penny if you really like it. I like mine but I also like variety.
     
  20. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    I never used a case on my 4 or 5... Hated the feeling.

    The 6S however with apples leather case is pure money! Feels so good!
     

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