Provides: Scratch and drop protection for your iPhone Developer:incase Minimum Requirements: iPhone 4/4S Price: $49.95 Availability: Now
Apple pushes their iDevices to the very edge of minimalist, so adding a case can sometimes feel sacrilegious. But the incase Suede Pull Sleeve is itself a minimalist’s dream, designed to perfectly compliment your phone, protect it when needed, and just get out of the way when not.
At the Ready
The case consists of two suede flaps, joined along three of the outer edges by a rigid plastic strip. The plastic is color-coordinated, so you can choose a suede+piping combination that makes a statement: black+turquoise, grey+yellow, or red+pink.
Up top, the case has an opening that is just a bit smaller than your iPhone, ensuring a firm grip. As an added measure of protection, a magnetically-latching suede strap also covers the opening to keep your iPhone in place. The strap doubles as an ejection mechanism; with a quick tug, your iPhone pops up ready to make a call or snap a picture.
On the back of the case is a pocket, just the right size to hold three to four paper/plastic cards like an ID, credit card, or quad-folded currency. Since many of us keep our phones at the ready most of the time, it makes perfect sense to keep frequently used cards there, too. The strap on the top also rests just at the edge of the pocket, so your cards will not fall out—a genius combination of design and usability.
The major upside to the Pull Sleeve’s slim profile is its ability to fit virtually anywhere a naked iPhone fits, but with added protection. Super skin-tight pants may be an issue, but a small jacket pocket, briefcase slot, or car cupholder where you toss your iPhone should pose no challenge. The suede surface is also low friction, so sliding your phone into and out of your pocket is not a chore.
Make an Impact (or not)
Covering the front screen and back of the iPhone is a couple millimeters of luxurious sueded leather, which provides scratch and impact protection. The contrasting piping and reinforced pull tab on the sides provide extra impact protection for the sides of your iPhone, preventing dents to the antenna and accidental voluem changes. When the tab is closed, both the speaker and mic at the bottom are exposed, so you can hear calls and also use the speakerphone. The tab does cover the dock connector, however, so you will have to open it if you need to plug in.
Apple’s products look fantastic on pedestals inside acrylic containers, boldly perched to take on the future safe from harm. In the real world, sadly, there are constant dangers from drops, bumps, and other incidents. If you want a case that does not completely obliterate the beautiful design of your iPhone, the incase Suede Pull Sleeve offers a commendable mix of protection, minimalist style and a dash of added utility.