Pitaka was kind enough to send me their new iPhone X Magcase Pro case for an early look. As a disclaimer, I’ll start off by saying I love minimalistic cases and prefer not to add bulk to my phones – the Spigen Thin Fit matte black case has been my go-to case for the past few generations of iPhones because of the following: it offers enough added grip slightly raised edges (enough to keep the screen from touching when laid upside down but won’t obstruct left-edge swipes) no raised bottom edge to obstruct swiping from the bottom relatively cheap at $11 (mine cracked at the rear camera cutout after 8 months but I won’t feel guilty buying another one) recessed area to insert a metal plate for magnetic car mounts (but does not support wireless charging because of this) I love the look of carbon fiber, so I was super excited when I came across the Pitaka minimalist aramid case months ago. I was also impressed with the integrated metal plates for magnetic mounting and wireless charging capabilities, but $50 was pretty tough for me to swallow. I was able to get my hands on one from a friend to try out for a few days – I LOVED the case and it’s precise fit, but the price, slightly reduced grip compared to the Spigen Thin Fit case (but still way better than the iPhone alone), and lack of any raised edges to protect the screen were enough reasons for me to keep my Spigen even though I’m still regularly tempted to purchase the Pitaka case. Anyhow, hope that frames my current preferences – I’ll try to be unbiased when it comes to thicker cases. Onto the Magcase Pro… Their packaging is immaculate and comparable to their existing minimalist case. Googling the new ‘Magcase Pro’ led me to their new teaser page: https://www.ipitaka.com/collections/magcase-pro-for-iphone-x I always thought Pitaka was synonymous with “minimalistic” so when I first opened up the packaging I was a little surprised at the added bulk relative to their current case. It’s still roughly the size of a standard case so it’ll most likely feel normal to those of you that are used to the extra protection. There’s an aramid backplate that seems to be well integrated into the firm rubbery case (isn’t cheaply glued onto the surface), and the inside has a soft felt lining that feels like it has about 1mm of cushioning and is also precisely set (doesn’t have floppy edges from being glued on cheaply like the other 3rdparty cases).