It goes without saying that leather cases offer a graceful and elegant look to smartphones, and the new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 are no different. With the right case by your side, your phone’s premium quotient is upped by several folds. However, this year Apple has ceased offering the hard leather case, at least for now. There are plenty of quality third-party leather cases available for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12.
Apart from uplifting the looks of your phone, these cases also safeguard your phone from potential scratches and scuff marks. To add to it, some of these cases even let you carry cash and credit cards. So yeah, you can leave your hefty wallet at home for small errands. Cool, right?
Furthermore, quality leather cases age graciously with time, and the effects give the case a vintage and a unique look as time goes by. All you need to do create beautiful widgets on the home screen (see best iPhone apps with useful widgets) and you’ll have an elegant look both inside and out. Sounds like a good deal, right?
So, what are we waiting for? Here are our recommendations for the best leather cases for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Let’s have a look.
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1. Cyrill Leather Brick
It’s no secret that leather cases cost a ton, but comparatively, the Cyrill Leather brick is quite affordable. It’s a simple case with a polycarbonate back and a TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) bumper. And it’s the polycarbonate back, which has a textured layer of the synthetic layer at the top of it. While the leather accentuates the looks, the polycarbonate material helps to safeguard if your phone falls or tumbles.
Like most conventional silicon case, the TPU bumper helps in gripping the phone better while at the same time bearing the impacts of falls.
The cuts are precise and accurate. The bezels are raised near the rear camera edges. Not only does this help to keep the camera lens free from scratches, but it also helps to keep the phone stable when placed on its back. Moreover, this case comes with complementing button covers.
But at the end of the day, the affordable pricing means you will have to forego the rich look that is usually associated with the old stock cases.
2. ESR Premium Real Leather Case
If you want a truly functional case without burning a hole in your pocket, you can’t go wrong with the ESR Premium Real Leather Case. For the price, the feel of the leather is quite premium. In fact, the makers claim that it’s real leather. It has all the frills associated with leather cases, such as being fingerprint-resistant and textured grip. Simultaneously, the case is lightweight and slim, and a couple of users has backed this as part of the reviews on Amazon.
Aside from the above, this leather case has the added perk of metal button covers. This means your feedback does not get lost between the phone and your fingers. In short, they offer tactile feedback.
Again, you’ll find the usual options like raised bezels and accurate cutouts for the alert slider, charging port, and speakers. Unfortunately, you can’t keep bills or cards in this case.
3. Nomad Rugged Case
Nomad has been a longstanding name when it comes to genuine leather cases for flagship phones. One of the things that make it stand out from the rest is its simple and minimalist looks. All you need to do is snap it to the phone, and that’s about it. Here, the rear is made of vegetable leather, whereas the shell is made of polycarbonate. At the same time, the TPU bumper makes it easy to snap the case on and keeps it shielded from damaging drops and falls.
And it’s not just beauty and elegance that defines the Nomad case. And the story doesn’t end there. For starters, the TPU bumpers help deflect bumps, and if we were to go by Nomad’s claims, it could protect against drops up to 10ft. Besides that, the raised bezel around the edges and the camera module keeps the display free from scratches.
Like most of the cases, there are button covers for the volume rockers and the power button.
Cool Fact: Nomad sources its leather from Horween tannery. Horween tannery is based in Chicago and is one of the oldest in the U.S.
4. Alto Metro Leather Wallet Case
If you are looking for a leather case that also doubles as a wallet, you should have a peek at the Alto Metro case. First things first, these cases have a different look to it, thanks to its unique combination of dual-tone leather. Secondly, it has a small slit at the back, and you can double it as a wallet in times of need.
Unlike most cases in this list, there’s a sleek cut near the volume rockers and power buttons. Plus, the bottom of the phone is almost entirely exposed. Though this design gives you free access to the buttons, alert slider, and ports, it reduces the protection capabilities by a few folds.
If you are okay with mid-range protection to get the buttons’ tactile feedback without any hindrance, you are good to go.
It’s made from real leather, and you will see the case wear and discolor with age. But if you ask me, the aging adds its share of elegance.
5. OtterBox Strada
The OtterBox Strada is the one for you if you do not want to compromise on the safety of your phone, and at the same time, do not want to settle for something dull and mainstream. Though it’s a leather folio case, you will get all the essentials such as military-grade protection (Drop+) for the corners, lightweight design, and slots to keep your cash and cards.
The best part about folio cases is that the phone’s screen remains free from scratches and scuff marks. However, you have to keep in mind not to overload the front pockets with too many cards.
Though the case comes with buttons, it lacks the tactile feedback associated with the original buttons. This is a point you might want to consider when you buy this leather case for your iPhone.
6. Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe
Do you want to flaunt the awesome red or the cool blue of your iPhone but want the advantages of a leather case without the bulk? If yes, you might want to check out the Apple Leather Wallet. This one is a MagSafe compatible case meaning the case will stick to the back of your iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 without any additional medium. This way, you can carry cash or cards minus the bulk. And since this wallet sticks to the lower portion of the phone, you will be able to flaunt the original color of your phone in all its glory.
However, the Apple Leather wallet is not a case in the strictest sense and will not protect your phone in any way. However, you can pair it up with a MagSafe-compatible silicon case from Apple and get going. This way, you will get the best of both worlds.
The only issue which you might face is the steep price associated with both the cases. An Apple-branded silicone case costs around $49, while the leather wallet is priced at around $59.
Textures, Textures, and Textures
Leather cases aren’t cheap by any means; hence you might want to double-check the case you want to buy. Hence, when you are paying for one, you should be sure that the case bundles all the features that you’d want in a case. Thankfully, leather cases are not only limited to the blacks and browns of yesteryears, and you are free to experiment with loads of attractive colors and tones.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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