Apple's iPhone 5s Case: The First Case I've Ever Remotely Liked - Gotta Be Mobile

Last weekend, Apple officially launched the iPhone 5s, along with the device’s less-popular companion case. I’ve never really been much of a case guy, but after owning my iPhone 5s for a few days, I quickly realized that the phone was the most beautifully-designed piece of technology I’d ever used, and on top of that, it’s aluminum body with the shiny, reflective edges made me quickly realize that I didn’t want any of that getting scratched up.

This meant that I needed to get a case for it, which threw me into a fit of disgust as I thought about wrapping my iPhone 5s in an ugly sheet of plastic or silicone. However, I took a look at some of Apple’s own options and decided to give the company’s official iPhone 5s case for a spin, and I have to say, it’s the first case ever that I’ve even remotely liked.


My Ongoing War with Cases

I hate cases for a variety of reasons, but I mostly hate them because a lot of them suck. Most of them are really chunky and extremely ugly looking. I know OtterBox cases are some of the best around because they protect your phone against practically anything, but does the average user seriously need a bomb-proof shell wrapped around their device? Probably not. I respect what OtterBox makes and I agree that they’re great for some users who actually need the protection, but I’m never putting anything like that on my phone.

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IMG_1540 Of course, there are slimmer options out there, but most of them are either made out of silicone or cheap plastic, the latter simply being an ugly clip-on shell most of the time. Silicone cases are pretty great, since the rubbery material absorbs a lot of the shock when you drop your phone so that nothing breaks, and silicone is an extremely grippy material, so you never drop your phone in the first place. But have you ever tried pulling your phone out of your pocket with a silicone case on it? It’s damn near impossible. Silicone is like a non-adhesive adhesive; it’s not sticky per se, but rub it up against anything and it won’t budge. Silicone is probably the worst type of case you could buy if your pocket is your phone’s primary storage place.

And as far as plastic cases go, the slimmer options pretty much don’t offer anything in the way of actual protection other than scratches. If you drop a phone with a plastic case on it, the case rarely holds up to protect the phone, and most of the shock created from the drop is sent right past the cheap plastic and onto the phone itself, requiring you to replace the phone, as well as the cheap plastic case that didn’t do its job.

Apple’s iPhone 5s Case

Apple’s own iPhone 5s case is different, though. It’s not made out of cheap plastic or a rubbery silicone compound, but rather “natural aniline leather,” according to Apple. Yes, there are also tons of cases out on the market that are made out of leather, but most of them come with stupid book-like covers that make your phone feel like an old-school daily planner.

IMG_1547 However, Apple’s iPhone 5s case is nothing more than a leather shell that covers the back of the phone, as well as the edges, leaving holes open for the camera/LED, silent toggle switch, speaker/microphone, and the headphone jack. The power button and volume buttons are covered by the case, but Apple has those areas slightly proud from the surface of the case. This makes the power and volume buttons a bit more difficult to press down, and instead of the nice “click” that you hear when you press these buttons, it feels more like a soft button if anything. That’s probably my only gripe with this case. That, and the hole carved on the bottom for the Lightning port isn’t big enough to fit Amazon’s Basic Lightning cables.

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