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Simple, Rugged, Stylish
on October 4, 2012
A perfect fit for the iPhone 5, this case is remarkably simple. Its a rugged plastic shell with a soft interior and a plain leather exterior. The leather is unvarnished. Though the pictures make it look like swede it is simple brown leather. It looks great but I can imagine over time it will absorb oils and sweat and become more attractive. A nice natural counterpoint to the precision technology of the iPhone 5.
I purchased this case fairly early on and it developed a fantastic, rich brown patina...but... the early models had a thin strip that ran along the face of the device above the mute and volume controls. After 6 months or so it got nasty from wear and tear. I'm happy to see that they modified the design and eliminated that tiny strip leaving a nice notch for those controls. Much better design, I bought a new one and now have to wait another 6 months before I get back to that nice patina.
Worth the wait.
The new model I purchased in March has some sort of sealant on the leather. The first developed a beautiful, rich patina over a couple of months that just got more rich with time. The new one has stayed the same color (a sort of artificial looking brownish-orange). None of the richness or charm of real leather. Whatever they did to "improve" the leather has lost what I found appealing.
I lowered my rating from 5 star to 3.