What's Hot: High quality material, very protective and comes in many colors and two textures.
What's Not: Adds bulk and weight to the slim and light phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Issentiel is a French leather case maker who offers premium leather cases for mobile phones and notebooks. Their collection of Samsung Galaxy S4 cases includes three styles: the Prestige Collection, the Classic Collection and the Horizontal Belt Case Collection. The Prestige Collection case is a front flip case that covers the entire phone and provides strong protection for both the display and the entire casing. The case is easy to use and comes in 7 colors and two textures.
The Issentiel Prestige Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handmade with high quality leather. The case maker believes in full grained leather material to be soft and easy to work with, and the Issentiel Prestige Case comes in premium quality full grain leather in two texture choices: smooth and grained in black and red, smooth brown, orange, white, fuchsia and purple. While the black, red and white cases have matching interior colors, the orange and fuchsia versions come with white interior and the purple version comes with pink interior. Though these colors make the cases look drastically different from one another, all colors and textures look good and classy.
The Issentiel Prestige Case opens in the front and the flip cover latches onto the top of the Galaxy S4 with a firm lip and no magnetic pieces are embedded in the case. The case is form fitting and it's very easy to install the phone in or take it out of the case. Both the phone holder and the front cover have very rigid inserts, and the case should have no trouble protecting your smartphone from scratches, nicks and bumps. And since the case covers most of the four corners of the Galaxy S4, it can also provide very good shock protection from drops and heavy bumps.
The Issentiel Prestige Case for the Galaxy S4 is a very functional case with cutouts that give you easy access to buttons and ports. The top and the bottom of the phone stay open in the case save for the corners, and that leaves the top mic, the audio jack, the IR port and the bottom mic, the sync/charge port exposed for easy access. The case has perfect side cutouts for the power button and the volume rocker. On the back, the Issentiel Prestige Case has a cutout over the speaker and a cutout for the camera and flash that lets the flash to fully illuminate. The front cover also has a cutout at the bottom so that you can charge/sync/dock your phone via the connector while the front cover is closed.
The Issentiel Prestige Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a very protective case that covers the entire phone. The total protection means some added bulk which comes from the molded phone holder and padded front cover, and an additional 1.8 ounces to the weight. But the price for the extra protection is small and comes in a very classy look. We like the colors and textures of the Issentiel Prestige collection and the craftsmanship and the high quality material are very impressive. If you're looking for a true leather case for your Galaxy S4, do give Issentiel Prestige Case a close look.