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Smartphone Case Review: Noreve Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather Case Review
      #46549 - 06/05/14 06:28 PM

Noreve offers several styles of leather cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5. These cases are made with top grade leather and have handcrafted quality. You can customize the cases in any style with dozens of texture and color choices, as well as with or without a belt clip. The Noreve Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather Case we look at here is the Tradition 21162T style in crocodile nero.



Design

The Noreve leather cases are usually richly padded and the Noreve HTC One M8 Leather Case we recently looked at followed that tradition. So we had expected the Galaxy S5 case to add noticeable bulk to the slim phone. But the Noreve Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather Case in Tradition 21162T style looks and feels quite slim actually, at least in the crocodile texture, adding not too much bulk to the slim phone. The case is very protective of the entire smartphone thanks to the molded, form fitting phone holder that's also reinforced with stiff insert and the stiff and padded front flip cover. The external leather on the crocodile case is interestingly grained and nicely polished. Its style is both classy and understated in nero (black).



The front flip cover case is very easy to use. The front cover latches onto the case via a pressure tab on the top, with no magnets or snaps involved. The phone holder protects the sides of the Galaxy S5 and is only slightly higher than the edges of the phone's display and allows you to use any screen protector without touching or pushing on it. The front cover also has a cutout over the front Home button, so that the case doesn't press on the hardware button when you shut the front cover. A small Noreve metal badge lives on the upper right corner. The case is slim and weighs only 3.2 ounces.



As with Noreve's leather case collection, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather Case is available in 14 finishes and up to 12 colors in each surface option. The case is also available with or without a belt clip and if you're getting the case as a gift, you can customize the package with a gift wrap option. The prices for different texture options and colors may vary and custom fabric options might take longer than the stock ones. So be sure to check these options when you order a custom case.



Features

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather Case in Tradition 21162T style is the most convenient case to use among the Noreve's leather cases for the Galaxy S5. The front flip cover is easy to open, and the case has side cutouts to give you easy access to the power button and the volume rocker. The curvy cutout on the top of the case exposes the 3.5mm audio jack, the IR window and the top mic as well as gives enough space for the front cover's closure tab. The case has a cutout through the bottom leather to give you access to the charging/syncing micro USB port even when the front cover is closed. The Noreve case has a cutout for the rear camera, flash and the heart rate monitor. The cutout gives plenty of space to the camera lens and the flash, but the case creates some height for your finger to press on the heart rate monitor where a bigger cutout might've helped with positioning the finger better over the sensor. The case has grilled cutouts over the rear speaker and the front earpiece, and a round cutout for the front notification LED.



Conclusion

If you're looking for a sophisticated case that doesn't add too much bulk yet provides excellent protection to your Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Noreve leather case in Tradition 21162T won't disappoint. The case has a very sturdy built and a good amount of padding for the display, and it's very easy to use for making phone calls as well as using all the ports and buttons on the phone. The case comes in an incredible number of textures and colors and it's made with excellent material and hand-crafted manufacturing quality. Caveats include the cutout for the heart rate monitor is too small for comfortable readings, and it doesn't have any built-in stand.



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very high quality material and very well made, ton of color and finish choices, and it's slim and light.
What's Not: Heart rate monitor cutout could be bigger.
Price: Starts at $56.32
Web site: Noreve

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang









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