iPhone 5 Case Review: iLuv Pocket Agent Leather Case for iPhone 5 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Covers the entire iPhone 5, thin and light, leather has nice grain.
What's Not: The front bottom pieces edge on the screen a bit.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
iLuv offers a few cases that are made with genuine leather in different configurations for the new iPhone 5. The Pocket Agent Leather Case is the slimmest one but it covers the entire phone. The case fits the iPhone 5 like a glove and it comes in two colors, black and tan.
The iLuv Pocket Agent Leather Case for the iPhone 5 is a portfolio style case that opens like a book. The case has a top-loading phone holder on the right that fits the iPhone 5 perfectly. The phone pocket is quite slim but it has a very nice micro-suede interior lining that makes sure nothing will scratch the back of the phone when you're handling it with the case. A leather tab on top with a small magnetic coin functions as closure and it works well for keeping the phone secure inside of the case. The left side covers the front display and also has leather exterior and micro-suede interior lining. The leather comes in a nice grain pattern and the lining feels nice in hand.
While the iLuv Pocket Agent Leather case covers both the front and back of the iPhone 5, it leaves the corners of the phone uncovered. The reasonably rigid leather on the front and back provide some protection against shock should you drop your phone even if the corners aren't protected. The case is very effective at protecting the phone against scratches, nicks and bumps, and it adds very little bulk and only 1.4 ounces to the weight. Like the closure tab, the front cover also has built-in magnetic closure that's just strong enough to keep the case cover shut securely.
The iLuv Pocket Agent Leather case is a super functional thanks to the well-placed cutouts the expose all ports and buttons. The case leaves most of the top of the phone exposed so you have an easy access to the power button. The side of the case only has a cutout for the silence button but keeps the volume buttons under leather protection. They're easy to operate even under the cover. The bottom of the case has well-placed straps that leaves out the audiojack, the Lightning port and it has a small hole cutout in addition to let the sound through the mic and speaker. Even though the grill on the left is covered, it doesn't affect the sound volume or quality as there's not sound out through that grill. The case is slim enough that you can connect the phone with most audio accessories without taking it out of the case.
The iLuv Pocket Agent Leather case has a nice cutout for the rear camera and flash, giving them plenty of room to operate fully. The phone pocket on the right side has a generous cutout for the earpiece, the front camera and the front sensor; and a semi-circle cutout for the Home button. The edge of the front bottom of the pocket covers some real estate on the display, making it a bit difficulty for apps that uses the bottom edges. The front cover on the case also has a slit cutout so that you can keep the front cover closed while taking a call. The sound volume and quality are unaffected.
If you're looking for a nice looking case that protects the entire phone, the iLuv Pocket Agent Leather case is a great choice. It looks professional yet with a nice style and slim form, and it comes in two colors. The leather is protective and the soft lining provides some cushioning. The case is very functional thanks to all the cutouts and you can take calls with the front cover closed. The only thing that looks to be a miss-design is the front bottom cover intrudes on the screen.