Smartphone cases now just about everyone keeps their smartphone in a case from a simple bumper case, to something more advanced like a folio case with credit cards in the front, everyone does it and it’s a good idea, because it protects the phone from wear and tear when It’S in your pocket or your handbag, and it also provides some level of protection. If you have the misfortune to drop it now, you can get smartphone cases just about everywhere, these days from mobile phone stores through to ebay and amazon. The vast majority of those will be made from some kind of plastic. Quite often they’re called pu cases, which is for polyurethane, and while some of them are really good kind of facsimiles of materials like leather, i tend to prefer the real thing, and here we have two leather cases from suppliers that i’ve used in the past now i’ve Bought these themselves, through with my own money, these weren’t review items and i tend to buy i’ve bought quite a few cases from a company called stilgut they’re, a german company and then i’ve also more recently bought a case from a french company which i think is Pronounced narev they’re based out of san tropez in france, so you can kind of imagine the glorious beach, the blue sea, all those kinds of things now. The leather cases certainly aren’t cheap. The still good ones typically cost about 30 pounds, whereas the narev cases start at 65 euros so maybe think about 60 pounds, but there’s, no doubt that the nerve cases they really go full on for the luxury.
Your your case comes in a nice and branded box, and it also comes with a a nice little rev pouch, so they go full on for the. I feel like the the luxury experience, but is that 60 quid 60 good here worth more than the 30 quid here and let’s? Take a look at more detail: Music. Okay, so we’ve got our two cases here: we’ve got the one from stilgott and we’ve got the one from norev now for a bit of context. Both these cases would have been used for about a year. So you’re going to see roughly the same amount of wear with with both of them, but let’s just take a look over the one from still good now, they’ve still got one’s got the i feel like the leather cover and you’ve got nice stitching down the side. Here and you’ve got kind of, like a, i won’t quite say a velour, but a soft finish here on the inside and then you’ve got a a hard shell kind of case on the back here again with a bit of a soft velvety touch to it. And you then you’ve got that the leather covering the back as well. I think this foam this case was originally from a perhaps a one, plus one plus three t something like that. Now a couple of points don’t the the backing here – isn’t particularly thin, and you can kind of see that it’s, that if i, if i put a bit of pressure on it, it will flex a little bit there.
You’Ve got a clip here that will keep the case closed when you’ve got the smartphone in it, and you know overall it’s a nice case, it’s reasonably low profile. Doesn’T. Add that much extra bulk to the to the phone itself and slips nicely into a jacket, pocket or maybe in you know into a purse now still got provide just really the basics in terms of colors. You pretty much have your your black and you have your brown and there’s, not a vast range in terms of the colors that i have looked at. They do do quite a range in terms of the kind of does it. Does it open this way? Does it open this, you know down the way. Is there a clip on the side, so there’s a bit of choice there? On the other hand, we’ve got the one from narev. This definitely has a bit more substance to it i mean it does certainly does have a lovely leather finish to it, but it is a good bit thicker and if you look here, you can kind of see the back of it and you know the same amount Of force really doesn’t cause that much distortion in the nerve case again, you’ve got a lovely finish on the inside it’s, not it’s, not soft touch the same way. I mean this looks to be some kind of leather finish and again you have nice stitching on the inside here. So this is i’d say it does add a bit more bulk to a phone uh it’s, perhaps um less suited to slipping into a jacket pocket.
Now, what you will notice here is that there’s obviously been a bit more wear here as i’m kind of opening it, with my thumb, uh. It probably slightly reflects a slightly firmer closure on the on the phone than the still got one as well um, but you do have i mean with both these cases. You do tend to have to take a little bit of care with them, given that they’re leather, i tend to use something like this to keep things in good condition and it’s, probably time to to do a bit of work there just to make sure it’s still Looking the best, i did lay it down on a surface and it was a bit damp or had some kind of chemical. You can kind of see there’s been a bit of a discoloration, there, i’d say that’s, probably more my fault than any issue with narev itself or the cases itself. As i mentioned, the ref case is definitely the more expensive. It starts at 65 euros, but narev offers a vast array of colors and finishes of different types and whether it’s padded, whether it has criss cross, hatching or diamond hatching on it. So if you really are looking for a luxury product, then the narev one’s the one to to go and have a look at, albeit but you do have to realize that you do get this extra thickness now. One thing to note: the extra thickness in my experience does prevent um any phones with wireless charging from using the wireless charging effectively it kind of initiates the charging, but then slightly peters out over time and now to be fair to stilgut.
I haven’t had a phone with wireless charging with their products, but with a bit of jury rigging and just slotting another phone in here, i did kind of find that i could make the phone wirelessly charge through the still good case, even though it was a bit Of a bodge fit so those are the. As i say, those are the two cases i’ve used, the still gut and the narev. This is my most recent purchase. I think, having used this one and kind of recognizing, perhaps although it does feel really nice uh all right, recognizing the slightly larger bulk, i think for my next purchase, i will be going back to the still good cases just really because um it fits more neatly Into my jacket pocket to be honest right, so we’ve had a look at these two uh premium cases from uh, stilgut and also from norev. If you want, you know something a little bit more luxurious for your phone. Do take a look at both of them, as i said this one here if you can live with uh delicious black and brown, and you want something that’s, quite it doesn’t really doesn’t add much bulk to the phone for putting in your pocket. Um i’ll definitely checked out still got if you’re wanting real kind of as luxurious. I don’t know if it’s as luxurious as it comes, but if you’re wanting something that is uh, you know a definitely a premium product with lots of choices of colors and finish.
Um. Do check out rev. They are a bit more expensive. They do sometimes have 10 off offers, so keep your eye out for those, but do bear in mind that there can be issues with wireless charging through the slightly thicker case. Okay.