Stylish case. A great addition to the iPhone
Well, at least the first days, a week, a month. But we all know what the fall of this beauty on asphalt, tile and even on the laminate of the house leads to. Front glass and rear glass. Yes, it is very painful and incredibly expensive. And if this happened in the first days after the purchase, try to find a high-quality Chinese counterpart and a service center where they will do it all according to their beauty (although we have one in mind). And the surgical steel frame scratches and rubs very well.
What are the covers for the iPhone
Glitter covers are still popular.
Men mostly took practical classics made of silicone, mostly dark, some chose special shockproof designs that significantly thickened and weighted the iPhone.
Cover too stylish
And there are very good analogues of the original covers. In general, the entire Chinese assortment is designed for an audience who wants to either something unusual and original, or to save a lot of money. But in the latter case, it is worth recalling the saying that the avaricious pays twice. For example, for iPhone 6s I had to change a good quality “a la skin” case before the end of the first year of operation. Non-original covers Smart Cover for iPad have not lived with me for a year.
The same was true for non-original smarkeys. Magnets did not work well for them and they did not always succeed in locking-unlocking the tablet when closing-opening, they were pretty worn out and began to break after six months of operation.
Another thing is the original covers. A real leather case for iPhone 6s has been with me for four years. He pretty wiped and worn out, but his resource worked out in full. Therefore, today in this article I will share the experience of using exactly the original accessories for my iPhone 11 Pro Max.
What cases for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max Apple sells
Our favorite company sells the following original cases for its flagship smartphones:
- Clear case;
- Silicone case in twelve colors to choose from;
- Leather case in six colors;
- Folio leather case in five colors;
- Smart Battery Case in three colors.
The lower segment for the price are the first two representatives. Transparent and silicone cases, respectively, the upper price bar is occupied by the Folio leather case and Smart Battery Case. Let’s try to deal with each of them individually.
Transparent Case on iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max
Apple has created this amazing accessory for its latest flagships to highlight their beauty. I also really did not want to hide the amazing dark green color of the case under the cover, so the transparent version seemed to me ideal at first when the gadget was in use.
Clear case perfectly emphasizes the beautiful design of the iPhone
Today, on the official Apple website, this accessory costs 3349 p. Of course more expensive than the Chinese counterparts. But these analogs usually quickly turn yellow, break, scratch and protect the iPhone poorly. What about the original case? According to Apple, it is made of transparent polycarbonate and flexible polyurethane.
It really has more flexible and softer side faces, and its back is quite rigid and resistant to bending. The indisputable advantage of the accessory is the presentable appearance of the gadget packaged in it.
And one more thing. He is not afraid of water, unlike an expensive leather case. Therefore, given the protection of the flagship iPhone according to the IP 68 standard (immersion in water to a depth of 4 meters for up to 30 minutes is allowed), this is the most suitable option. Of course, I have not experimented with immersing the iPhone in water. We all remember how previous generations of flagships (X and XS) could easily refuse Face ID after an unsuccessful swim. But fact is fact. After accidental contact with the liquid, it is enough to remove the cover, wipe it and that’s all. You can use it further without any problems.
And one more thing, as Apple promised, in four months this cover did not turn yellow. This ends the benefits. And the disadvantages include, first of all, the fact that he is terribly difficult to remove and dress. At least the first time. Here, many readers in our Telegram chat may object why they often take off and put on their case. From my previous iPhone, I really took off the original leather case just a few times in all four years of use.
But here, under the transparent material, all dust and very fine specks, dirt, sand, etc. Very easily fall. Firstly, it annoys visually, because the whole aesthetics of the iPhone’s appearance is lost, and secondly, small particles of dirt, sand and debris can become a good abrasive material that easily leaves more than one scratch on the back of the device itself. When removing and putting on the cover, sooner or later cracks begin to appear at the corners, as a rule, first of all on one or immediately on both lower ones.
And yet, contrary to the assurances of Apple, it is pretty scratched, well, just like a case for Airpods headphones. From a distance everything seems to be beautiful, but close up, especially in good light, is a complete disappointment and this is literally in the very first month of operation. The case is rather fragile. With a good fall of the iPhone, it will most likely crack, with minor drops it will be pretty scratched.
It turns out for such a price a transparent case can hardly be called a premium product of high quality. I believe that he is absolutely not worth his money.
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Silicone Case for iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max
This masterpiece of design thought is presented in twelve colors: “Wild Cactus”, “Pink Grapefruit”, “Blue Wave”, “Juicy Pomegranate”, “Blue Beryl”, “Ripe Clementine”, “Pine Forest”, “Sea Ice”, “ Pink Sand ”, Dark Blue, White, Black and Red (Product Red). The price in the Russian Apple Store is 3349 rubles, just like the transparent case we reviewed above. But here the price / quality ratio is, in my opinion, already more adequate.
Silicone Case. Great choice at a good price
The smartphone in the case rests confidently in the hand without the risk of slipping out. The back of the cover is quite stiff and has microfiber inside. This is clearly a big advantage over a transparent case, since the rear window of the smartphone is much better protected from scratches. Another advantage is the easy cleaning of the cover from dirt. For example, I cleaned mine with a cotton pad dipped in alcohol, and the appearance of the cover did not deteriorate. The outer part of the cover is not afraid of contact with the liquid, but the inner part with microfiber should not get wet.
The disadvantages include, first of all, the so-called “rubber effect”. This is good when you hold the smartphone in your hand, but very bad when you try to put or get it out of the narrow pocket of jeans or trousers. The rough surface clings to the lining and often extends the inside of the pocket along with the iPhone. Even from a purse, which I often carry with me, for this reason it is not very convenient to get a phone.
The second disadvantage of a silicone case is its unique ability to attract all dust and dirt to itself. Fortunately, it can be cleaned quite easily. You just have to do it often. Well, or put up with a not very presentable appearance. Over time, the matte surface of the cover begins to overwrite. First, it begins to “shine” at the corners and ends, and then already over the entire surface. I haven’t dropped my iPhone from a great height yet, but many users on different forums complain that when they fall on the corners and ends, the silicone cases break at the point of impact, which exposes the plastic and makes it look depressing. But here it is worth understanding the true purpose of the case. The protection of the iPhone itself.
Leather Case iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max
Once I managed to inadvertently scratch a rather deep and long scratch with my fingernail and was very upset about this, however, literally in a week and a half I could no longer find this very scratch on my case. Authoritative bloggers on YouTube talk about how, when the iPhone falls on the corners, the skin of the original cases breaks, exposing the plastic base, but over time the places of tears are erased, and this does not look as ugly as on Chinese dermantine fakes. Microfiber is also present on the back of the case.
Leather Case for iPhone 11 Pro. The best choice
Unlike transparent and silicone analogues Leather Case has aluminum buttons. Side, increase and decrease the volume. They are pressed as if you are dealing with the iPhone itself without a case. If the buttons are pressed a little tight in cases from third-party manufacturers, and there was also this drawback in my leather case for iPhone 6s, now Apple has reworked everything so that these tactile sensations of pressing are just wonderful.
Like silicone, a leather case also wipes over time. Only the aging effect here is not glossy, but the so-called natural patina. On cases of different color, this looks different. On the Internet, you can find many photos of worn covers. My black case for iPhone 6s over four years very wiped and looked not so hot. The skin in some places pretty cracked, the branded apple disappeared, as if it were not there at all. For four months of operation, my “Green Forest” for the iPhone 11 Pro Max looks very good, while I can not judge its wear.
The leather case is very afraid of contact with water. Of course, simple spray does not pose a threat, rubbed, and okay. But prolonged contact with water kills the skin completely. The look of such a cover will be very miserable. Do not abuse alcohol and wash with detergents. All this terribly spoils the case. I began to regularly wipe with alcohol the original leather case for the iPhone 6s and iPad Air 2 only after three years of operation, when the appearance of both the first and second was already far from ideal and there was nothing special to lose.
And the cover perfectly absorbs odors. That is, you can’t, for example, eat smoked fish with your hands, and then use the same dirty hands to take your iPhone and call someone. In addition to dirt, the cover instantly absorbs the smell. From afar this is not so noticeable, but when you bring the device to your ear for conversation, everything becomes very noticeable.
Other Original Apple Cases
The advantage of the book form factor is obvious. When you open both on the iPad the screen lights up and the gadget is unlocked using Face ID; when you close the iPhone will be locked. That’s probably all. It is subjectively inconvenient for me to use any book cover, since during a phone conversation I have to wrap the cover behind the back of my smartphone and sometimes press a heavy device to my ear for several tens of minutes. The book case makes the already wide smartphone wider and sideways rests unpleasantly on the palm and fingers.
If you do not wrap the cover, it will hang unaesthetically and from time to time whip you on the cheek. But these are my subjective feelings in the showroom. Perhaps for some time of operation I would be used to it. I also don’t like that when you hold the smartphone in at least one hand, at least with two hands, you still need to turn the cover of the Folio cover back, otherwise it hangs and interferes with consuming content from the screen, and wrapped back thickens the device in your hands.
Leather case Folio very interesting but controversial product
Separately, it is worth mentioning the pockets provided in the cover of the Folio cover. As planned by Apple, this case should replace us with a classic purse. But there are tons ofs on YouTube that show how ridiculous the Folio case looks with the credit cards, business cards and cash stuffed into it. An absolutely logical question arises, why do we need all this and even for such a price? But apparently, Apple really knows better what users really need.
There have already been articles on the Smart Battery Case on our website. Yes, and on the Internet there are enough reviews. Today, Apple sells it for 11176 p. This is definitely more expensive than regular banks. But more portable and native.
Three colors are available: Pink Sand, White and Black. In addition to the high price, there are two more drawbacks. This is a noticeable thickening of the smartphone and its significant weighting due to the battery installed in the case. For everyday wear. This is hardly the best solution, but for people who go on business trips, they travel for a long time in transport, where there is no way to charge the gadget, this is a worthy replacement for a paverbank. Everything else about this case can be said from the experience of using a silicone case.
Smart battery case. A worthy replacement for any paverbank
To summarize, I can say that every single one of the described cases, alas, does not 100% protect our favorite gadgets. For example, all of them have left open the bottom end of the smartphone, where the Lightning connector is located. And in Chinese silicone analogues, this area is often also closed, but apparently, Apple believes that the solid bottom of the case will not look aesthetically pleasing and will interfere with the normal operation of the speaker and microphone, distorting the sound in one way or another. I definitely do not recommend buying an original transparent case and I am quite supportive of silicone. I personally chose a leather case for myself and use it with pleasure.