iPhone Case Review: SGP iPhone 4S Genuine Leather Grip Case in Vintage Brown Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Stylish, protective and has nice soft surface.
What's Not: Adds some bulk to the phone.
SGP leather cases are designed in California and handmade from genuine leather in Korea. The Genuine Leather Grip Case Vintage Edition, currently comes only in light brown, has the luxury look of soft leather and strong insert for better protection and is form fitting for the iPhone 4S. The case also comes with a full size Steinheil Ultra Crystal Screen Protector to protect the front of the iPhone 4S.
The SGP Genuine Leather Grip Case Vintage Edition is indeed grippy. The case uses full grain leather that's not shiny or slippery, and has a vintage look and feel. The surface of the case is soft and feels very nice in hand. The case is extremely form fitting for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, once you slide the phone into the case, it will hold it in securely. The case has a two-tone design with a layer of soft lining on the interior that comes in deep maroon color.
The SGP Genuine Leather Grip Case has some bulk as itís fortified with strong insert that provides serious protection for the back of the iPhone 4S. The added thickness from the insert is well worth the trade-off for the extra protection. The case overs the back of the iPhone 4S, most of the sides and four corners to provide shock protection should you drop the phone. The case is 100% handmade and it shows the excellent craftsmanship in all the details in binding as there is no sewing in the case.
The SGP Genuine Leather Grip Case not only feels very nice in hand and provides good protection to your phone, itís also a very functional case. Since the case covers only the corners of the iPhone 4S on the top and bottom, it leaves all the ports and buttons open for easy access. You can easily use your 30-pin connection cable, 3.5mm headset; and we tested it with a couple of docking stations and audio clocks, the phone connected while in the case. The SGP Vintage case has a side cutout for the silence button (works for both iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 AT&T versions), and volume buttons. The case has a generous cutout for the rear camera and flash with plenty of space for the flash to fully illuminate.
The SGP Genuine Leather Grip Case doesnít cover the front of the iPhone 4S, but it does come with a SGP Steinheil Ultra Crystal Film with hard coating. The high quality protective film prevents scratches and itís very easy to install with the included installation kit. It has non-tacky adhesive and will not leave residue after removal. The Ultra Crystal film has subtle optical enhancement for better viewing on LCD screens, and it does make the iPhone 4S screen pop out a bit more.
As with good leather products, the SGP Genuine Leather Grip Case Vintage Edition will look better with age and use. We like the natural full grain leather thatís very grippy and soft, and the strong, stiff insert that provides great protection to the back of the iPhone 4S and especially effective at four corners for shock protection. If you are looking for a case with a front cover in a similar style, check out the regular Leather Vintage Edition case that convers the back and front of the iPhone 4S.