Android Phone Case Review: Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch for HTC One X Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Nice quality leather, classy looking, easy to use.
What's Not: Wear and tear show on the leather.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch series is one of their first ventures into making leather cases for mobile devices. The Signature Leather Pouch is a general fitting case that can work with phones and devices that's roughly the size of the HTC One X Android smartphone which we found fitting the best among the devices we tried with the case, though the pouch can work with phones a bit smaller and thinner than the HTC One X as well. The Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch comes in both brown and black leather.
The Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch has a simple design yet looks classy. The case is made with good quality leather, smoothed out with some shine to it but also letting the grain shows through. Strong stitching binds the two leather pieces to form a pouch. The case curves a bit to give more depth and shuts with a pull-tab via magnets. The interior of the case has soft microfiber lining that can help keep your device from being scratched and even clean the screen if you use the case with a device that fits just right.
The Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch keeps a slim form and weighs only 1.6 oz. Besides the thin layer of microfiber lining, the case protects the device with leather that's effective against any scratch, nicks or bumps in your bag or backpack. The leather is also quite rigid, and should provide some shock protection as well if you drop your phone. While the case can easily prevent scratches to your phone, the leather itself can show the nicks and scratches. If you like that old-world distress leather look, this wear and tear look will add to its appeal. The leather pouch also has an embossed "Casemate" logo on the front bottom edge.
As a pouch, the Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch is easy to use. It has an essential feature that all pouch cases should have - a pull tab that help you get the phone out quickly to take an incoming call. The pull-tab in the Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch is made with durable material and the tip of the pull-tab has leather cover with a small magnetic coin hidden inside. The coin makes it easy to operate the pull-tab and works well with another hidden magnetic coin on the front of the case to shut the case securely. With the HTC One X, the pull-tab feels natural when pulling out the device from the case, not too tight or too loose. A too small of a device or too large, the pull-tab will feel too fast or to tight when pulling the device out.
The Case-mate Signature Leather Pouch for Samsung, Motorola and HTC smartphones is simple and easy to use. Though understated in design, both black and tan leather versions can give you a professional and refined look while carrying your smartphone. The all-purpose pouch fits 4.5"-length smart phone the best, such as the HTC One X or Motorola Droid RAZR, but it's a little tight for thicker devices like the Nokia Lumia 900.