Smartphone Case Review: Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Very protective of the smartphone, covers the entire phone, access to all ports and the pen silo. Comes in an incredible selection of colors and textures.
What's Not: None.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Noreve offers several protective cases in fine leather for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in different form factors including folio, pouch and flip cover. The Tradition - 21158T model comes in flip cover form that protects the entire smartphone. The case is rigid and well designed to give you access to ports and buttons on the Galaxy Note 3. As with most Noreve cases, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case comes in a huge number of colors and textures.
The Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case in Tradition - 21158T is a solid case. It has a rigid smartphone holder and an equally as protective front flip for the display glass. The phone case is form fitting and has a hard shell between the leather exterior and the leather lining. The case covers the sides of the smartphone and it's easy to install and not very hard to take off. The front cover is also rigid with inserts but has extra soft padding inside the leather exterior to absorb bumps and pokes to the screen. The flip cover latches on to the phone with a well-designed lip on the top and doesn't have any magnet in case that's a worry for your device. Though the case does add some presence to the already large phone, the case is actually quite slim and weighs only 3.4 ounces.
As always, the fun part of the buying a Noreve case is the process of picking the perfect one from dozens of colors ranging from rich to pastel and textures that include nappa leather finish, full grain style finish, shiny Pulsion Couture finish (pictured here) and many, many more. With so many color and texture combos, you can pick one that fits everyone's taste and style for gifting and find one that matches your purse or wardrobe. Regardless which one you pick, the Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case is made with very high quality leather and built in handcrafted manufacturer quality. The front cover has a metal Noreve logo that adds a bit of accent to the large case as well.
The Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case not only has cutouts for ports and buttons, but they're also thoughtfully designed. The case has side cutouts for the power button and the volume rocker and they're generous enough to make the buttons easy to use. The top of the phone case is mostly uncovered except for the top corners, however the flip cover tab that latches onto the phone to close the case covers the part the doesn't have any ports, leaving the top 3.5mm audio port, mic and IR port open for easy access.
The Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case has a cutout in the flip cover at the bottom for the charging/syncing port so that you can use a cable when the flip cover is closed. The cutout is large enough to plug and unplug a cable to the micro USB port easily. The case has a perfect cutout for the opening of the pen silo, making it easier for you to take out the pen and put it back in. The bottom mic also enjoys a cutout so that even when you're making a call with the front flip cover closes, your voice can get through.
The front cover has a cutout for the earpiece with a meshed grill so you can hear your calls with the cover closed, and it also has a round cutout for the notification LED so that when call, messaging or other notifications come on, you can see the LED flashing even when the front cover is shut. The case has a perfect cutout for the rear camera and flash cluster, giving the lens plenty of space to take shots and the flash to fully illuminate. There is also a cutout on the interior of the front flip cover for the Home button, so when you close the cover, the case doesn't press on the Home button and accidently launch apps.
The Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case is an elegant yet very protective case for the large Android smartphone. While it protects the entire phone from scratches, nicks, bruises and even some drop shock, the case doesn't add too much bulk or weight. The case has a very nice design that gives you access to everything on the phone easily. The attraction of course is the huge number of colors and textures you can customize this case in as well as the high quality of material and strong workmanship clearly reflected in the final product. For the price, the Noreve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leather Case is well worth the investment.