iPhone Case Review: Sena Sarach Leatherskin for iPhone 4S Case Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Eye-catching saddle style stitching, easy to use, comes in several colors.
What's Not: Top corners aren't covered, the volume cutout misses the mark slightly.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Sena Cases makes a variety of leather cases for the iPhone 4S/4. The Sarach Leatherskin case is one of the uniquely designed cases that are simple to use yet protective. The case stands out with its bold stitching, top loading style and slim yet protective leather. Sena offers the Sarach Leatherskin case in three two-tone options including black with grey stitching, tan and brown in cream stitching as well as in solid red leather with red stitching.
The Sarach Leatherskin case from Sena is made with high quality full grain leather. The case opens on the top where you can slide your iPhone 4S in and out of the case easily, and it shuts with a closure tab with a strong snap. Though the case looks slim, the leather is thick enough to block any nicks, bumps and scratches to the iPhone 4S except the screen and top corners where the case doesn't cover. The case is form fitting for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, and the front and back pieces connect together via thick saddle-style stitching. The thick stitching extends to the bottom of the phone, and can certainly lend some structural support should you drop your iPhone. The leather feels soft in hand, and it's comfortable to hold and not slippery.
While the Sarach Leatherskin case protects the bottom, two sides and top and bottom parts of the front glass, it does leave out the top two corners open. The opening on the top right corner actually extends to the back of the iPhone 4S to give you access to the rear camera and flash.
The top loading design of the Sarach Leatherskin case for the iPhone 4S leaves the top corners open to give you access to the power button, audio out jack and top mic easily. The top left opening also leaves out the silence on the side for access. There is a long cutout hole for the volume buttons, but the cutout is slightly misplaced and covers the Volume Up button a bit. Thankfully since the case isn't super tight, the cover doesn't press on the volume button. The Sarach Leatherskin case has a long cutout on the bottom to give you access to the 30-pin connector along with two small cutouts for the bottom mic and speaker. You should have no trouble using any syncing/charging cable while your iPhone 4S is in the case, but the case adds some height for audio accessories or docking stations' connectors.
One nice thing about the Sarach Leatherskin case is that it covers the front glass sans the display screen. It also leaves out the Home button, the earpiece and front camera with cutouts. The case covers side edges of the iPhone 4S, providing nice protection and barrier when you place the iPhone 4S face down. The edges of the case can get in the way of some apps that require you to swipe longer than the screen real estate, but the case isn't very tight, and you can pull the edges back a bit to use these apps.
It's not everyday you see an iPhone 4S case with top quality leather and hand-sewn saddle style stitching. The Sarach Leatherskin case certainly stands out with a unique style and we like the color options both in two-tone and the single red option. The case feels nice and is protective for most of the iPhone 4S including the front glass and edges. It's easy to use, and slim and light. The only concern for users who want their entire phone, especially corners covered for structural support, the case does leave the top corners uncovered.