Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Protects entire smartphone, comes in a large selection of colors and textures, high quality material.
What's Not: The smooth textured ones are a bit slippery.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
French leather case maker Noreve has released a new leather case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that protects the entire phone with high quality leather and reinforced casing. The Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case comes in an incredible number of colors and finishes. As with all Noreve leather cases, the Galaxy S4 leather case is handcrafted and some colors are available to ship on order and others will be made based on your own design. The Noreve Galaxy S4 leather case is very protective and reasonably slim, but most of all, it looks classy.
The Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case is built based on Noreve's tradition style design. The case has a smartphone casing that's molded to fit the Galaxy S4 perfectly and it's easy to put the phone into the case or take it out. The case has a front flip cover that connects with the back casing at the bottom and it flips down so that it won't get in your way when you make or take a call with the Galaxy S4 inside the case. Both front and back covers have stiff inserts that can certainly protect the large phone from scratches, bumps, nicks and even some shock should you drop the phone on a hard surface. The case has stiff sides and corners that provide additional shock damage protection. And given the large front glass and relatively fragile body of the Galaxy S4, the Noreve leather case makes it feel more secure by protecting the entire device without cutting corners so to speak.
The selection of colors and textures is amazing for the Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case. Noreve introduced a couple of new finishes in addition to their long-running Nappa smooth leather, the Couture and Ambition textured leather and the Illumination shiny finish. The new series are suede liked finish called Exception and a series that comes in zingy bright colors called Pulsion series. Some series such as the Nappa and Couture series offer 12 colors and others such as the Ambition and Ambition Couture offer 10 colors. The rest of the textured series offer 3-5 colors. Some of the colors and textures are available right away for shipping when you order, others that Noreve calls "custom fabric" requires 14 days to hand produce. The Nappa Marron version pictured here is readily available and it comes with options of without belt clip or with a plastic or metal belt clip. The leather of the Noreve case feels supple in hand, and the case looks very classy with minimum visual interruption on the high quality leather. There's a stylish metal Noreve badge on the top right corner of the front cover and a silver print of Noreve's branding on the bottom of the back cover. The case does feel a little slippery though, as least with the smooth Nappa finish.
The Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case is well designed and the phone functions fully while in the case. The case has generous cutouts on the top and bottom of the phone to give you easy access to the audio jack, the IR port, the sync/charge port and the mics. The case creates a nice barrier on the side to help you avoid pressing the side buttons better than when the phone is naked. Since the case has a flip cover to protect the front when it's close, it doesn't have anything else that obscure the front. So when you open the flip cover, you have access to the entire front side of the phone. The case even has a cutout for the front earpiece and you can take a call with the front cover closed. The Noreve case has cutouts for the side power button and the volume rocker, and the rear camera cutout gives the lens enough space to see the full view and the flash to fully illuminate.
The Noreve Galaxy S4 leather case offers belt clip as an option and the clip is slim but sturdy. The belt clip system comes with a tool that you can install the clip holder yourself and if you no longer have the need to use the belt clip you can take the holder out and cover the hole with a snap. The clip is narrower than many clips we've seen but it can easily hold the weight of the phone and the case which weighs 2.8 ounces.
If you're looking for a classy and well-made case for your flagship smartphone, the Noreve Samsung GT-i9500 Galaxy S IV Leather Case is hard to beat. It protects the entire phone and it's very easy to use. You have many choices of colors and textures to choose from to match your other gear or accessories. The case uses high quality material and is handmade. When you order, be sure to check the availability on the one you wish to get as some are available immediately and others require a two-week wait. All in all, this is a slim and stylish case that we can recommend to Galaxy S4 users.
Price: $65 base price (Price in USD may vary depending on the exchange rate) Web site:Noreve