iPhone Case Review: Macally Leather Flip Case for iPhone 4S/4
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very protective of the entire phone, quite slim and light, easy access to buttons and ports.
What's Not: The raised Home button is a bit too easy to press in a pocket.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Macally released several new iPhone 4S cases for the new year, and you've seen our review of the Macally Protective Case with Pop-up Stand from the new collection. The Macally Leather Flip Case has a similar design concept in terms combining a hard shell case with leather exterior for extra protection. The difference here is that instead of a pop-up stand, the Leather Flip case gives you a front flip cover that protects the screen and in turn, the case protects the entire phone. For the significant amount of extra protection, the Leather Flip case for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 still manages to stay very slim and light.
As with the Macally Protective Case with Pop-up Stand, the Leather Flip Case for the iPhone 4S/4 has a hard shell iPhone holder that's slim yet durable. The hard shell creates very slim profile and covers the back, the two vertical sides and the corners of the iPhone 4S. The hard shell case fits the iPhone 4S like a glove and has a layer of soft coating on the inside that won't scratch your iPhone 4S when you put it in or take it out of the case.
Outside of the hard shell, the Macally Leather Flip case has two thin layers of leather to add more protection. The navy blue with orange rim leather cover on the back doesn't have much reinforcement as the case already has a hard shell to protect the back of the iPhone 4S, but the leather layers that cover the bottom and the front of the phone have strong inserts that can protect your phone from serious scratch, bumps and pokes in a bag or backpack. The front flip has blue exterior and orange interior and holds onto the top of the iPhone 4S with a strong lip that keeps the case securely shut. The leather layers and inserts add very little bulk to the slim iPhone 4S, and the stitching that sewn them together look strong and even. The case feels like a very protective suite for the phone, yet it's very slim and weighs only 1.6 ounces.
Instead of the pop-up stand on the Protective Case, the Leather Flip case offers front protection, a strong one at that, that's missing from the Protective Case. The front flip cover has two large cutouts that give you access to the touch screen where you can see incoming caller info and use the slider to unlock the screen. There is also a small cutout for the earpiece, so that you can't have to open the front flip to take an incoming call. The Leather Flip case also has a small button on the inside that can help you press the Home button on the iPhone 4S easier when the front flip is closed. We find that the raised button is a bit too easy to press in a not very tight pocket.
The hard shell on the Leather Flip case has the same design as the one on the Protective Case with Pop-up Stand. It covers the sides of the iPhone 4S and corners, but leaves the top and the bottom of the iPhone 4S largely open for easy access to the buttons and ports. The side cutout is different however: the Leather Flip has two separate cutouts; one for the silence button which fits all models of the iPhone 4 and another for the volume buttons. All ports and buttons are easy to use when the iPhone 4S is in the case. The Macally Leather Flip case has a nice cutout for the rear camera that has just enough space for the full view but extra space for the flash to fully illuminate.
The hard shell plus leather is a great design that provides durability, strong protection and style in leather all in one case. If you are worried about the front of the iPhone 4S not being protected with the Protective Case with Pop-up Stand, the Leather Flip Case is the way to go. Though you do lose the pop-up stand in process. The Macally Leather Flip Case is very protective yet supper slim, and it offers accepting call features with opening the case. The case while covering entire phone, it leaves out the 3.5mm audio jack and the power button for easy access while the phone is hidden inside of the case. We like the attractive two-tone color option and the strong protection against shock for the entire iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.