Leather or silicone case ?

anonymous4a

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Aug 6, 2012
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Hi, trying to decide between the two for iphone 6, which offers more protection or are they about the same ? Is the bottom exposed ?
 

TheBuffather

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Jul 19, 2009
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I love Apple's leather case for the 6. Feels wonderful, doesn't catch on the inner lining of your pocket when you go to take the phone out, and still has plenty of grip. Plus, it's very minimal in size.
 

TheJuice

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Jun 17, 2010
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Having looked at both in the Apple store (Out of their boxes, in my hands) honestly the silicone one feels stronger and more durable. The leather one is very thin and flexes a lot if you test it. For this reason alone i went with the silicone (And it's slightly cheaper). Still looks great and i feel it provides more protection than the leather one (If dropped for example). Also i feel the silicone will provide more grip in your hands if you struggle with the size and reachability etc.

Hope this helps :apple:
 

Cool Pup

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Jun 18, 2010
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I love Apple's leather case for the 6. Feels wonderful, doesn't catch on the inner lining of your pocket when you go to take the phone out, and still has plenty of grip. Plus, it's very minimal in size.
I agree. It looks awesome and has a great grip feel with a small footprint. I really like it.

I do think that the silicone case is more protective (drop tests have shown this), but I like how the leather one looks with the Plus more, makes it look classier than the silicone.
 

recoil80

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Jul 16, 2014
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I bought the blue silicone case for my iphone 6 white.
Leather is more expensive and I din't like the way it felt on my hand.
 

*~Kim~*

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May 6, 2013
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If I was upgrading, I'd choose the case based on colour. If the colour you like isn't available in both finishes, then that's decision made.

That said I probably wouldn't get the Apple case due to the exposed bottom.
 

deviant

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Oct 27, 2007
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I understand leather problems but at least it's leather. Saying silicone is cheaper is funny cause you end up paying 40 bucks for a piece of plastic. As you could guess, I'm still undecided ;)
 

kinster

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Do any of these cases scratch the edges of the phone over time from the build up of dust etc? I remember this happening to a "friend's" iPhone 4 with a silicone case.
 

Newtons Apple

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If I had to choose between the two, I would pick the leather.

Silicone can attract grit and debris and if it works it's way between the case and the phone, it will actually mar the finish. The silicone does offer more protection so if you are a phone dropper, it might be your best bet. Just remove it and clean it often.

I prefer the Sedio Surface which adds almost no bulk but lots of grip.
 

edlex

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Apr 14, 2010
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If I had to choose between the two, I would pick the leather.

Silicone can attract grit and debris and if it works it's way between the case and the phone, it will actually mar the finish. The silicone does offer more protection so if you are a phone dropper, it might be your best bet. Just remove it and clean it often.

I prefer the Sedio Surface which adds almost no bulk but lots of grip.
Just got the Seidio Surface and holster combo and I concur. As an added bonus the holster for the surface fits my 6+ with the Apple leather case on as well!
 

TSKY74

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Apr 14, 2012
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I went leather. Like the feel of it. It did seem a little more slippery than the silicone, but now after using the leather for a few days, the grip is fine. I did like the fact that there were more color choices in silicone (easier to inject brighter colors into the silicone). The leather case did feel flimsy, but once it's in the phone, it fits firm and feels great.
 

bizzwriter

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Aug 4, 2010
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Bumper

I prefer the bumpers -- I've dropped previous iPhones numerous times, and they always survive just fine. Picked up a Poetic bumper for my iPhone 6 on Amazon -- it was $7 or so.
 

rambo47

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Oct 3, 2010
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I too like simple bumpers. But I've opted for a Spigen Neo Hybrid case for slightly more protection. The one I'm using on my 5s looks like a bumper but has a thin rubberized back as well. I've used Apple's leather cases and liked them but one good drop and the leather is permenantly marred. Until that happens, however, those Apple cases are luxe.
 

RafixPhoenix

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Dec 30, 2013
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Get leather if you don't mind the wear. That's why I would get the black leather case since it shows the least amount of wear. If you want a color case I'd opt for the silicone.
 

FrankB1191

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Jun 14, 2013
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I bought Apple's black leather case, even after reading about swelling/blistering due to water. It was fine until this morning. I washed my hands, and must have had a couple of drops of water left. BLISTERS! Arghhhh..... They haven't gone away, and it does look nasty. I guess there's a place in the world for genuine imitation leather.
 

Traverse

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Silicone attracts too much dust and lint. The leather case has really good feel and seems like it will protect the phone from minor bumps and drops.
 

Jman13

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Aug 7, 2011
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A lot of the comments on the Silicone tell me they're from people who have never handled the Apple silicone case. These are not stretchy rubbery sticky cases like the average silicone case. Those can stretch and get dirt between and then flex and rub and such.

The Apple silicone cases are semi-rigid cases (of the same or greater structural integrity of the leather cases) with a soft-touch silicone on the outside (the same material as the iPad smart covers), and a microfiber lined inside. There is no flex or pull or gaps in the case that would allow debris between the case and the phone unless it was there when you put the phone on. It's an extremely well-fitting case that does not flex when it's on (though it's still relatively easy to remove due to the open bottom).

Does it collect a bit of lint? Yeah, a bit, though it's easily wiped off with a finger (unlike the rubbery silicone cases where they just stick to it no matter what unless its wet).





 
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