Marware iPhone 3G Case
Shortly after the iPhone 3G went on sale in Australia I gave in to temptation and purchased a black 16GB iPhone. Three months later the silicone case I had originally bought was looking worn and after using a friend’s leather flip style case on his iPod Touch I decided to look for something similar for my iPhone. I found just what I was looking for at a local Apple reseller, DigiLife:
The Marware C.E.O. Flip Vue for iPhone 3G is a Nappa leather flip-style case into which the iPhone slips easily. The volume and silent-mode functions can be operated with the flip lid closed and the camera lens has a cut-out hole on the back of the case. The earphone plug fits easily through a wide opening at the hinge of the case and isn’t obstructed when opening or closing the case. The external speakers and dock connector are always accessible, allowing charging without removing the iPhone from its snug leather case.
On the back of the case there is a removable belt clip which I tend to leave off as it increases the overall depth of the case quite considerably, making it more difficult to slip into pockets when the belt clip is attached.
The quality of the leather is good, I particularly like the padded feel to the front cover and the look of the perforated leather panel than runs the length of the case.
The inner part of the case is covered in microfibre which has the feel of suede and offers a smooth soft environment for the iPhone. The sides of the case are elasticated, giving a firm grip on the iPhone while still allowing easy removal of the phone as needed. The lid is held closed by two velcro tabs at each lower corner of the case.
The protection offered by the case appears to be very good as I have (accidentally) dropped it onto a solid floor without damage to the iPhone or indeed without a mark on the case either.
So the Marware C.E.O. Flip Vue case fulfills its brief well: it looks good, has a quality feel, protects its precious cargo well and is functional.
Here in Australia the case cost me $AU44.95 ($US30.86) including taxes. It is also available by mail order on the (US-based) Marware website for $US29.99. It’s available in black or white, but a greater range of colours would be even better. I would love to have the Flip Vue case in a deep mulberry red!