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Review: Case-Mate Signature Leather Case for IPhone

Case-mate Leather The case for review is the Signature Series Leather Case for iPhone 3G. I think about two things when I’m looking at an iPhone case. Those things are functionality and form. Basic Info- This case is available in red or black. It’s made of a hardened plastic covered in smooth texture Napa leather. It’s a nice looking case. The stitching is hidden and the inside lining is a smooth nylon. The design allows plenty of room for iPhone buttons and ports. The front panel of the iPhone is thinly bordered by the case. It is very lightweight, but doesn’t feel insubstantial. Like many of the open cases on the market, it comes with a clear film screen protector. A Bit Closer- In terms of functionality, this case does the job. It provides good cover for the iPhone, it leaves the iPhone easy to use and it does this without getting in the way. Because of the plastic hardened leather, it can be difficult to slip the iPhone into the case; of course this means it won’t slip out easily either. This may also be the reason the the top provides very little coverage. With the sleep button and the audio jack, there isn’t much that could be covered at the top of the iPhone, so this case leaves the entire area open. All in all, this case passes the functionality test. I worry it might not pass the drop test, if the phone lands on it’s head. The main screen is covered by a standard plastic protector. The case comes with a screen cloth and cardboard to put the protector on. It does nothing to interfere with the touch screen of the iPhone, but adds a nice layer of protection. Case-mate Leather set Some Nice Details- The case is a good looking case. The Napa leather is smooth and soft. It feels comfortable in the hand. The cutouts are a good balance of necessity and design. It’s a very sleek looking case, in black the case looks subtle and in red it looks dynamic. The leather also feels like it has enough traction, to take away the bit of nervous I know I get when handling the iPhone naked. This case also has a matching holster. The holster comes in black and red and has a rotating belt clip. It can be bought separately or in a set. The iPhone fits into the holster face inwards. Buy the case from the Cast-Mate website, means you also get free personalization. Conclusion: All in all if you're looking for a dressy case for your iPhone, this would be a pretty good choice. It feels hefty, without being bulky. I'd love to see a bit more protection at the top, but I suspect not everyone is as concerned about that as I am. And maybe a color choice of brown. Matching the case with a holster is a bonus. 4.5 out of 5 by sheala