I bought the older version of this case. I was so happy with its, simple design, guaranteed protection and great quality, I bought 2 more for myself and my girlfriend for our new iPhones. It also lets me use my iPhone as Apple intended. What better way to appreciate Apple's design is to use it as it is. So, this iPhone leather sleeve is more than enough to protect your loved gadgets. It also never fails to catch anyone's attention when I bring it out. http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii162/Kiddomyk/2013-02-28at23-18-22-2013-02-28at23-18-22.jpg
I have the gadget pouches in small, medium and large. All have their uses and are great to have for electronic gear. If I have one quibble, it's that you have to choose between your small gadget pouch OR something like Otterbox for your iPhone. Try as I might to stretch my small pouch just a little more (Even wedged an Altoid box in there -- so tight I had to use pliers and get help from a friend to get it out!) -- the little pouch remains just a bit too tight to fit my iPhone 4 with a Commuter Otterbox jacket on it. Why do I need both? Well, the Otterbox makes the phone easier to hold and makes me feel secure if I should drop it while holding it. But the Sadleback pouch is great looking, and also protects the screen from scratches while it's in my purse. I so, so wish I could make the pouch work with the Otterbox case. Anybody know whether wetting the leather would help it stretch, or would it shrink more?
I have just brought a new iPhone 5 in white and have a wooden Element Ronin Case around it. The reason why I mention the Element Case is because customers might think if they have an outer case on their phone, it might not fit inside. At the advice of customer service, I worked it with my hands a bit (because it was stiff as expected) and left the iPhone in it overnight to stretch it, it worked. The warm brown color of the Tobacco Brown compliments my white phone and wooden / nickel case just lovely. This case has everything. It is stylish, has a rich color, smooth feel, and is very durable. The pigskin lining really protects my phone. Living here in New York, "labels" are everything....unfortunately, I fell for that too at one point. I have gone through Kate Spade, Coach, and other designer accessories. They just didn't hold up. This case is so well built. I already have my Mother's Day gift wish picked out...the iPad case in Tobacco Brown :-). Thank you Dave and Saddleback.
I don't know if I'm putting the phone in the case incorrectly or if the leather needs to stretch out or what, but I've had a ton of trouble getting my phone in and out of the case, and getting the case to cover the entire phone. The leather quality is amazing like every other Saddleback Leather product and I expect with conditioning and time the case will become a little less stiff. Great product, tough case, easy to charge the phone while in the case.
The iPhone 5 Case is awesome. I'm using it for my iPhone 4 for now anticipating that I'll upgrade my phone soon. The quality is second to none, and that's considering mine is a 25% off Dave's Deal. Bottom line, it protects the phone, it is very durable, and I have no doubt that it will last a long time and get better with age. Pick one up.
This is such an amazing product. The leather is top quality, the build/stitching is awesome. It is very durable, very protective. I love the way my iphone slides in and out, while still being snug inside. I love it, would recommend to anyone who is on the fence about getting one.
Just revived the case in the mail and was very impressed with the quality and style of a simple case for my phone. It was a Dave's Deal but I can't find any flaws so it is a great deal! I also bought an IPad case to test the waters with their products and let me tell you I plan on making a few purchases in the near future.
Just a few observations after a couple months of use. Overall a great case when more bulky protection is not likely required.
As most everyone will agree, the quality and workmanship are first rate (even on the deals).
As far as protection goes, the case does a great job depending on your use and environment.
If you use the phone in a dusty, possibly wet, or with the distinct possibility of high impact, then this may not be the ideal case for those situations. Otterbox and others make great cases for those applications. Those cases are not as elegant or tactilely pleasing.
For "normal" everyday use, this case can't be beat. The phone slips in and out, there is no degradation of sound quality, and charging is easy using most any aftermarket charger. You can keep it in your pocket, purse or bag and not worry about the phone being scratched, dinged, or screen cracked.
I've not tested the drop capability of this sleeve and hope I never do. Realistically the phone will probably be in your hand, naked as the day you opened the box, should you ever drop it.
I do enjoy this case and use it most of the time. When there is a high probability of more adverse then normal conditions, I use a case from another manufacturer. No one said you can't have more then one case, or color of leather.
Hope this helps you decide.
Just as the headline states, this case is a must for any Apple lover & leather lover. My wife's mom has this in the tobacco brown, and I wasn't too impressed at first. I have a small (5 minute) commute to work, so I didn't think I needed something like this. I found a "minimalist" snap-on case for my iPhone and thought that to be sufficient. I thought wrong.
The more I looked at and played with the case, the more I wanted one. I was perusing Dave's Deals yesterday and found this one in the Dark Coffee Brown. I decided to pick it up and absolutely cannot wait for it to arrive. I have the medium gadget sleeve in the DCB as well, and now that it is breaking in and acquiring some scuff and scrapes, it is looking better and better!
I fully intend on purchasing MUCH more of SBL's products. My collection will be in the DCB simply because of the rich color and professional look to it all.
I see a large DCB Round Satchel in my near future...among other things!
This is a great phone case. I own it in three colors and use it constantly. First rate materials and workmanship. It fits in all pockets and protects the phone on sweaty, high Texas heat days without any problem. It leaves the phone to be enjoyed as it was meant to be, unencumbered by continuous cloaking. I own several Saddleback pieces and, so far, this is my favorite.
This is my second SBL product, and honestly i never was for the whole slip cover sleeve type case. i tried other leather cases from for a example. Vaja, in which is a very quality leather making company, but i just found it to feel cheap, it wasn't very strong and durable. at least to me. so i went my way and sent it back. i came across SBL, got their wallet, and loved the thick quality not only feel of the leather but the look of it too. you can tell immediately how strong and long lasting these products are. and for me im a more classy guy, i love leather products, esp. for my gadgets. and the fact that i get o use my iPhone the way it was intended is just an extra bonus. so i pulled the trigger and got the iPhone 5 SBL case, and boy was i happy. (Vaja Nuovo Pelle case- $100) SBL case- $36 w/ tax. huuuuuuuge difference, not only in price but with smell, design, texture, fell, look, and most importantly strength.
looks amazing, love the case, and could not be happier to say the least. great job SBL.
I bought this in Tobacco and Chestnut because I like to switch them out from time to time. The tobacco is definitely softer and more pliable, almost suede like compared to the shiny smooth finish on the Chestnut. I softened them over a few days to make them easier to work with. Great stuff.
I used a small gadget pouch for my iPhone 4 prior to upgrading to the iPhone 5 and purchased this version when it released. I am a tobacco brown guy but plan on purchasing a DCB one as well for a change of pace occasionally. The pouch does a great job protecting your phone during transit (in and out of pockets, bags, cars, etc...) but also allows you to enjoy the sleekness of the iPhone 5 during use. My case arrived "stiff" ,as expected, but has broken in very nicely. Well done Dave and team...another great addition to my Saddleback Leather collection.
This is a beautifully made case for an iPhone 5. What a great smell, like a new pair of quality shoes! I got the Dark Coffee Brown.
When you get it, it's flat and you have to force the iPhone 5 into the case. After I pushed it in, I flexed the bottom and edges for a while and the case loosened up. After a day of working with it, the phone slides in and out easily, yet the fit is still snug enough that your iPhone won't fall out by accident. Highly recommended!
I bought the small gadget case for my iPhone 5 and didn't like the fit, so I contacted Saddleback and they allowed me to return it no questions asked, and gave me a gift certificate for the amount of this iPhone5 case. I absolutely love it and am glad it covers all of the edges of my iPhone 5, which was my only qualm about the small gadget case. Of course, now I wish I had kept the other case for my iPod classic, but that's my own fault.
I can't say enough good things about this company and the products they produce. I love all the pieces I own and happily tell others about your great company!
Great case- you will need to work with the leather a bit to soften it, but overall this is just a very high quality piece. I love the look, and I think the phone is very safe inside. Also, this is not the same kind of case that everybody else has, and I like that. Finally, I like to use the iPhone without a bulky case, so this offers great protection, great looks, and the ability to use the iPhone sans case. Love it!
Bought this iPhone 5 case and love it. Like the other reviewers have said, great product, AND it offers protection for my phone. I have several Saddleback products and cannot say enough good things about the company. It is refreshing to see someone like Dave, who ENJOYS his business. His videos make you want to buy his products, and admire someone who enjoys life AND work. HIGHLY recommend the iPhone 5 case and Saddleback Leather.