Observations of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Clear Case

canyonblue737

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I just can't do it. I wish I could but I can't... The clear case is outstanding but it just has too many limitations.

1. It is extraordinarily clear compared to 3rd party brands. I don't know of any case that will better show off your new iPhone.
2. It is a fairly unique blend of rigid with a bit of flex. This is NOT a flexible rubbery case, it is much more like a almost fully rigid plastic case with just a hint of flexibility.
3. This rigidity also means its lacks the soft material that tends to yellow in other clear cases. Ancedotal stories from last year's Apple iPhone XR clear case say this case either doesn't yellow, or barely yellows over time and certainly performs better at staying clear than almost any other clear case on the market that isn't fully rigid.
4. This case is TIGHT. It is TOO tight. Once your iPhone snaps in it requires huge amounts of force to take the case back off. This leaves the case open to cracking... I needed to take off the case to remove some dust I missed and despite being very careful a corner of the case developed an internal visible crack (you can't feel it, its inside the clear plastic but very visible). This case will NOT be easy to switch on and off with others, once you put this one on you won't want to take it off if you want it to last. I worry if dust gets under the case how are you supposed to take it off to occasionally clean without damaging the case?
5. The case is unbelievably slippery. This is the most slippery case I've ever seen for an iPhone. I literally couldn't lay my iPhone on my couch and press the screen without the phone sliding away like a puck on an air hockey table. I feel like I'm going to drop the phone all the time, much more so than even if it were naked.
6. It shows finger prints like no tomorrow. The back gets greasy / ugly within minutes although it is very easy to wipe off on a shirt or pant leg and clears right up.

To summarize? The moment you snap it on you will love it but it goes downhill from there. Although it fits like a glove, is crystal clear, and likely won't yellow it is too tight, prone to damage being removed, shows fingerprints very badly and is the most slippery case I've ever owned.
 

GrumpyMom

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Thanks. Even though I loved my Caudabe Lucid Clear for my iPhone XR I was finding the same issues you write about in my Caudable LC for my 11 Pro. I was thinking of trying the Apple clear case even though I don’t like the open bottom, but you just saved me almost $40 and for that I thank you.
 

canyonblue737

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Thanks. Even though I loved my Caudabe Lucid Clear for my iPhone XR I was finding the same issues you write about in my Caudable LC for my 11 Pro. I was thinking of trying the Apple clear case even though I don’t like the open bottom, but you just saved me almost $40 and for that I thank you.
I've tried the Lucid Clear in the past... the Apple case has a hint more flexibility and is more clear / smoother (covers all buttons too) but fits even tighter and breaks easier. The Apple case is even more slippery than the Lucid Clear which isn't exactly a grippy case to start with.
 
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walds11

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The Apple Clear case is not a bad case, it’s just very slippery and the buttons are a little hard to press. I may return it and grab an Apple silicone case to tie me over until my Pitaka Air Case arrives. The Pitaka is my go-to case.
 

iPhonefreak79

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Just from my observation of this case, sides will be slippery in the beginning due to a special coating but it’ll get more grippy as it wears out in time.
 

carlos916

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im debating on returning mines too.. not a big fan of the exposed bottom and man this case is supper slippery .. already managed it self to slide my pocket while sitting:oops:
 
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benz240

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The main issue for me is that it's way to slippery. I like something between the naked iphone and the silicone case...so I'll probably be returning and getting a leather case instead
 
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eagleglen

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I like mine and have taken it on and off a bunch of times so far. I agree the buttons are stiff and the case does show smudges. My preference is to use the phone naked but just can’t bring myself to do it 100% of the time, hence I want some case available for when I go out usually. I may get a leather case too, in order to mix it up some.
 

hirsthirst

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100% agree with OP - Clear Case is lovely (as it should be for £45) but the slipperiness is no good ... Maybe it'd wear-in, but I'm not risking it.

Perhaps worse as I've gone from an X to an 11 Pro Max & it already feels like holding a surfboard as it is.

I've done my first ever Apple Return & now have a clear Spigen Ultra Hybrid case from Amazon which is very much better for £9.99 & I've preordered a Rhino Skin bumper / backplate.
 

lah

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Agree with OP. I bought one and about to return it. Too slippery and most importantly, makes the phone too big IMO. Need to find an ultra slim case for my 11 Pro.
 
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caligurl

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I agree with EVERYTHING you wrote!

You forgot one important item:

7. Scratches easily.

Mine was put on the phone around 11 p.m. Friday night and when I was looking at it early Saturday evening.... I already saw a bunch of scratches on it.
 

Appleloves22

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I broke down and got one. I love that it’s thin, however, because it feels so thin, so scared of dropping my phone. How much protection does this case offer? It doesn’t help that it’s so slippery.
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Zimmy68

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I got one last week and I'm returning it this weekend. I'll put it towards a nice Apple leather case.
I got the Spigen Premium clear case and it is much better, especially button presses. And that case was like $14.
I felt the Apple was too bulky and slippery. It did not feel like a $39 case to me.
 

sk2sep2304

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Just ordered one through amazon. Has anyone had luck with buttons clicking nicely?

I have a generic Ravoo clear case and buttons click and it’s grippy enough but doesn’t look as nice nor as thin as the apple clear case.
 
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Zimmy68

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Received my Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear and it’s better in every way (IMO). Thinner, easier to grip, easier button presses and only $12.
 
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Received my Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear and it’s better in every way (IMO). Thinner, easier to grip, easier button presses and only $12.
Are the Spigen cases durable? My friend has had a few and they always get some form of damage, don't know if it's just him being rough.
 

Zimmy68

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Are the Spigen cases durable? My friend has had a few and they always get some form of damage, don't know if it's just him being rough.
I've never had problems with Spigen cases. My concern would be coloration of the clear case after a few months.
Here is a troubling review of the Apple one...
 
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