iPhone Case Review: Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case for iPhone 4S/4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Professional looking, very protective, easy to use.
What's Not: Adds a bit to the size of the iPhone 4S/4.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Proporta has been offering aluminum leather cases for mobile devices for years, now they are offering the Aluminum Lined Leather Case for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The case covers the entire iPhone 4S and has a reinforced front display cover that's easy to flip open and shut. The black leather case is very easy to use, and brings subtle style fit for professional settings as well as sophisticated environment. As with many other Proporta cases, the Aluminum Lined Leather case comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case is made with good quality leather. The black leather has medium level of grain texture and it feels very nice in hand thanks to the soft padding on the front and back. On the inside, the Proporta case has pinstripe cloth lining on the back of a rigid leather pocket that holds your iPhone 4S, and cream colored leather lining for the front cover. Between the exterior leather and the interior leather, the front cover hides a hard aluminum insert, or partially hides it because the interior cream leather lining has a large cutout to show the Proporta branding on the aluminum piece. If you've ever worried about something poking at your iPhone's screen that might not be protected by other cases, the Proporta case will do the trick. Thanks to the strong phone holder and the metal armored front cover, your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4's screen will be protected from any pokes and bumps.
The Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case is reasonably slim and weighs 1.8 oz. The phone holder is form fitting, but metal lined frame on the case is just slight larger than the iPhone 4S. This gives the phone excellent shock damage protection - should you drop your phone, the case's frame will take the hit first. The Aluminum Leather Case has strong stitching that binds all pieces together, and the light colored stitching provides some contrast for the black leather. There is also a chromed brand name badge on the front cover. A small phone charm holder on the right side tells you that this case comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case for the iPhone 4S is quite easy to use. The front flip cover is well designed: it shuts with a weak magnet securely but it's very easy to flip open it when you need to take an incoming call. You don't have to worry about fiddling to open the cover while trying to take an incoming call. The case covers most of the two vertical sides of the phone with only a cutout for the silence slider. Two easy-to-press buttons cover the phone's volume buttons. The top of the phone holder is entirely open since the case protects it when the cover is closed. This means you have access to everything that's on top of the iPhone 4S. The case does have a 3.5mm hole cutout so that you can use headsets for calls or music playback with the front cover closed.
The bottom of the case holds the phone with two strips, leaving the corners and the 30-pin connector open. The strips cover up the speaker and mic outlets just a little bit, not enough to muffle the sound going in or coming out. The Proporta case has a generous cutout for the rear camera and flash, giving them both room to operate properly.
The Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case is a stylish case that protects the entire iPhone 4S/4 with a strong metal cover and a robust frame. The case is easy to use and gives you access to all ports and buttons. The subtle style makes it an ideal for professionals, and the material used for both exterior and interior look to be high quality. The case is a bit larger than the phone but the added size gives your iPhone 4S good shock protection.