iPhone 5 Case Review: Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case (Tradition D) Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very protective, high quality leather, handmade to order and highly customizable.
What's Not: Adds some bulk to the slim phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Noreve makes several leather case models for the iPhone 5 ranging from just a back cover to full enclosure cases. They label them with Tradition letter and the leather case we used for this review is Noreve Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case in Tradition D design. As with all Noreve cases, the Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case uses top quality handcrafted leather. Each case is made by hand and you can customize it in four textures and over two dozen colors. The case is very protective with a hard shell for the back and sides, serious padding for the front and it covers entire device. The case used in this review is the Ivoire in Ambition Selection.
Noreve leather cases always look classy and the Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case is no exception. It case has a layer of thermoplastic polymer structure that provides excellent rigidity and protects the phone from serious poke and bumps. On the outside, the case has a slim layer of leather plus two business card or credit card pocket, and some soft padding on the front. The leather feels nice and soft in hand, and the stitching is strong and even. Noreve offers 4 unique textures for the case including their Perpetuelle, Ambition, Exception and Illumination selections, and each selection offers different color choices.
The Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case covers the entire smartphone. The front cover latches onto the top of the phone with a stiff lip without any magnetic built-in. The case is easy to install and to take off. All Noreve cases are made by hand and the excellent craftsmanship shows through on this case. It also comes in a nice gift box with a soft fabric pouch to store the case and a piece of screen cleaning cloth.
The Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case is a very functional case. It has cutouts for all ports and buttons on the iPhone 5 and has cutouts for the front display so that you can see the incoming call info and use the unlock slider or the answer/ignore button without opening the front flip. The cutouts for the top power button and side volume buttons and silence button offer plenty room to operation, and the bottom cutouts for the audio ports and the lightning port through the flip cover allows you to use them without opening the flip as well. The case has a nice cutout for the rear camera and the flash, leaving enough space for the lens to get full view and the flash to fully illuminate.
While the case covers the entire phone, you should have no trouble using any audio cable and syncing/charge cable while the phone is in the case. The two storage slots are also handy for a couple of credit cards or business cards, but they can't store much more as the slots are quite tight.
The Noreve Apple iPhone 5 Leather Case in Tradition D is a very protective case. It's stylish in a classy leather case fashion and comes in many textures. The case does add some bulk thanks to the padding on the front cover but it only weigh 1.8 ounces. The hard shell provides great protection against bumps, scratches, nicks and even drop shock. The case is also very functional thanks to the cutouts for accessing all ports and buttons without opening the front flip cover. The attention to details is amazing, from the mesh grill on the earpiece to block any lint to the nice metal Noreve logo on the top corner that's tasteful. Noreve allows custom order cases for the Tradition D model and you can also get the case with gift wrapping.