Review: Waterfield Designs Suede Jacket (iPhone 4)

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ARSkemp, May 31, 2011.

  1. ARSkemp macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Today I will be reviewing the Waterfield Designs Suede Jacket. This item is available for both the iPhone 4 and 3G/3GS and with or without a slim exterior pocket (which is stretchy enough to hold a bluetooth headset or earbuds). It is also available in 3 colors: Black, Cheetah print, and Zebra print. Specific to the iPhone 4 there is a model available for those who want to use the suede jacket on top of the Apple Bumper. The sleeve I received is the the Black Suede Jacket without the the pocket for the “bumperless” iPhone 4.


    Upon first inspection, the suede feels nice and the stitching is very well done. The sleeve feels very tight the first time it the iPhone 4 is inserted into jacket. This makes it pretty difficult to take the phone in and out. It is mentioned in the instructions given in the packaging that the jacket will loosen up over time.

    After approximately two days of use the sleeve has a very nice fit and is much easier to move the phone in and out. After a few days however I found that the stitching on the interior on one side keeps getting caught on the volume buttons as I slide it in dock port first. This does not keep me from sliding the case on, but I hope it does not prove to eventually cause an added wear and tear on the stitching at that specific area.


    After about a week and a half of use, the suede seems to remain as soft and lint free as the day I got it, which is surprising since almost every day it has been going in and out of my jean pockets. The suede is also soft enough that it can be used to clean the front and back glass on the phone, which I find very handy since I seem to get fingerprints all over the phone fairly quickly.


    When using a full fledged case, one of the things I enjoy most is that I can sit the phone down on a table (or really any other surface) and not worry about the bottom of the phone getting scratched up. I now find myself sitting the phone on top of this sleeve all the time while working at a desk, where I can see the phone in all its beauty without a thick case surrounding it.


    Overall, I feel this case is a fantastic alternative if you want to use your phone without adding any additional bulk. I feel no difference in my pocket with our without the sleeve on. It is very thin and will prevent things like change and keys from scratching up the phone while in your pocket. This sleeve will not help if you are one of those people that drops your phone often while using it since the sleeve has to be removed in order to make a call or use the screen. The basic version (the one I reviewed) costs $10+shipping, which is a great price considering the quality of this sleeve. For information on purchasing this case you can visit SFBags
  2. richxps macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    this looks great, will the iphone with a skin fit in this well ?

    I think i want to use a pouch or a belt holster for now on because a case covering the phone is getting old . lol
  3. Mac-Maine macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2010
    doubt id have any use for a jacket but props for the review
  4. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Very nice review. I have an iPhone 4 with an incipio feather case on it (very thin case). I'm thinking the iPhone4 suede jacket might be too tight with it on. Since the 3GS is a little thicker, wondering if it would fit that jacket instead.. Afraid the one with the bumper might be too large.
  5. ARSkemp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    I have a screen protector on the front and back of the phone in the review. I have also used the sleeve with a lucky labs spectra wrap on the phone and it seems to make a negligible difference, so you should not have a problem.

    I know that case is pretty thin, and the sleeve stretches a bit, but I highly doubt it with fit with any case on. It seems they made it tight already so that it loosens up to a perfect fit after a couple days of use. I agree when you say the bumper size is going to be too large. If you can find someone with a 3G/3GS and compare the difference in size I think that would be your best bet.
  6. billsrcursed macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    I'm currently using the one with the front mesh pocket. It's great for those who like to keep their phone "naked" yet still protect it while in their pocket/laying on a table.

    FYI... I don't think the sleeve made for phone/bumper would be too large for other "thin" cases, even those with backs. These come pretty tight, though I suppose after some use it could stretch a little.

    I currently keep only my license/debit card in the front mesh pouch, along with folded cash and occasionally ear buds. It basically eliminates having to carry around my wallet (I just keep it in the car) and I've had no issues with anything falling out.

    It's a pretty cost effective way of protecting your naked phone!

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