Leather cases provide solid protection for the iPhone.
When I got my iPhone X, I wanted to explore different case options for the modern marvel of technology since it has a glass back. I’ve always had a strong fondness and trust in Nomad products so I decided to check out their line of leather iPhone cases. MacSources writer Brian had previously reviewed the Clear Folio and Rugged Case for the iPhone X so, I chose the Leather Wallet Case and Clear Case for my protective options. The Clear Case I received is actually designed for the iPhone 7/8, but it’s also available for the iPhone X.
I am a fan of cases that have more than one purpose. I like being able to grab my phone — and only my phone — and go. But, most wallet cases are too bulky for my taste. This leather Wallet Case from Nomad is ideal for someone like me because its card slots are built right into the back of the case. Nomad classifies this case as ‘rugged’ due to its protective polymer case skeleton. The backing is covered in a high-grade leather from Horween — just like Nomad’s other leather goods. The bumper case is high-grade polymer fused with TPE, which provides protection for the back, sides, and screen. Nomad grades this case with 6-foot drop protection. The leather will develop a rich patina over time and the case can hold 2-4 cards. If you plan on charging your phone wirelessly, it’s recommended that you only store 2 cards in the wallet section.
I am pretty impressed with the build of this case. It’s fairly easy to install and remove your phone from the case and there is sufficient protection for all major parts of the phone — even the camera. I really like that the case has the protective polymer as a border around the entire case and accentuates it with the leather, but there is one place I feel could use reinforcement — the card slots. They are cutouts without stitching reinforcement and I’ve already found them loosening with the small amount of use I’ve put this case through. I have concerns that over time, my cards might end up fall out of these slots or that maybe the slots themselves will tear with daily use.
In order to test this case out, I used an iPhone 7 and found it was a nice fit. The case is designed to give the iPhone a modern look while protecting it. The inside of the case has a soft microfiber lining and the shell provides edge-to-edge protection. The case is made of high-grade polycarbonate like the shell of the Wallet Case. The leather accent on the case is the same high-quality Horween leather that is included in the other Nomad cases and this case also features 6-foot drop protection for the iPhone. The case is compatible with wireless charging for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X users out there.
This case is a little bit of an oddity to me. Most of the case is a clear polycarbonate material and the ‘leather’ part of it is just a patch on the backing of the case. It makes the case look classy, but I’m not sure that this case should qualify as a ‘leather’ case for Nomad. The case does a good job of protecting the phone though and it feels good in the hands.
Either of these cases provides superior protection for the iPhone and add some classy style to the smartphone. As far as leather cases go, these are quite affordable at only $40 retail. I can recommend them as protective cases even though I found a couple of issues with each case.