How Risque? The PITAKA Aramid case will let you keep your phone as close to naked as possible.
Sometimes, I think choosing a case for my iPhone is the most challenging yet fun aspect of owning the phone. Like most accessories, you can customize your device to the environment, to the event, or just at your whim. Do you want a wallet case? Do you need it to be waterproof? Or perhaps, you want a full suit of armor? Maybe you are an ultra-lightweight hiker and you want just the minimum degree of protection. If you are looking for a nearly nude, carbon-fiber case, that you will hardly notice, look no further than the PITAKA Aramid case.
The PITAKA Genuine Aramid Case arrived in a 3 7/8 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches tall by 5/8 inches thick retail case. In lieu of bland imagery and text, PITAKA chose to display their product directly behind a clear window. In addition to the ability to directly visualize the case, they provided a mall 1 5/16 inches wide by 7/16 inches tall cover slit to touch the metallic-like surface. Other than a 3/4 inches diameter circle with “Design for iPhone 8” and a silver metallic “PITAKA www.ipitaka.com Genuine Aramid Case Slimmest & Lightest Case in the World” along the bottom, the clear cover was devoid of writing. This theme transcended the cover and spilled over onto the top, bottom and side panels. The back panel provided six 11/16 inches diameter icons detailing: Real aramid, Slim Profile, Light Weight, Scratch Resistant, Durable, No Signal interference. Since I did not know what Aramid fibers were, I quickly perused the Wikipedia page. Very heat resistant, the fibers are now used to strengthen tires, to add strength to military vessels, planes, marine cordage/hulls, space hulls, body armor, and as an asbestos-like substitute. Beneath the icons, the company added a few paragraphs detailing the origin of the Pitaka name and the manufacturing process.
To remove the 0.49-ounce case from the plastic/foam backing, I lifted the clear front flap and then the small white nylon pull strap. The minimalistic case covered the back of the iPhone 8, both upper corners, both lower corners and parts of the sides, but not the screen. The upper/lower corners wrapped snugly about the iPhone 8 and provided more than adequate grip to the phone. The right side of the iPhone 8, with the volume toggle and up/down buttons, had a 1 1/2 inches long by 1/4 inches tall cutout. The left side of the case had a 7/8 inches long by 1/4 inches tall cutout for the power button. The lower edge had a 2 1/8 inches long by 1/4 inches tall cutout for the speakers and for the lightning port. I had to round the measurements as the edges were angled and the region behind the lightning port was notched, to accommodate your charging cable. Flipping the phone onto the screen, the backing had a rimmed 1 1/16 inches tall by 5/8 inches wide cutout for the camera. I loved that they raised the edges of the case, above the surface of the camera, to add an extra layer of protection. I liked the oblique alternating dark grey and black visual pattern that PITAKA used on the back panel.
The inner surface of the case noted that the PITAKA aramid case was compatible with the PITAKA magnetic mount. Using a small pen magnet, I was able to show that there were arc-shaped metallic plates embedded within the case. When placed upon a magnetic mount, the phone remained securely affixed. However, when I was driving, the phone did sag a little. I liked that the thin metallic plates still allowed the iPhone 8 to charge wirelessly. If you are interested in a full spectrum drop rated case, this may not be the case for you. Using a dummy glass iPhone 8, I dropped the phone onto my kitchen table from roughly two feet. I dropped it onto the bottom lip, the right side, left side, and straight onto the back. I was pleased to find no damage to the glass on the dummy phone. I would not trust this to a fall onto the screen as there was no lip protecting the glass.
If you are an au naturel iPhone Lover, but you wanted to add an incredibly lightweight case, this may be an ideal option for you. Available for $49.99 on Amazon, I do not know that this case protects my iPhone 8 enough. I love the tacticool feeling of the Carbon Fiber/Kevlar-like material but not enough to pay a premium for it. I found it odd that there were no defining marks upon the surface. The inner surface of the case had the PITAKA moniker, but nothing on the outside of the case advertised their company. I think the main issue with the case was the lack of screen protection. Many similarly designed cases extend their edges beyond the edge of the screen, to protect it from glancing blows. If Pitaka added a little more description to their packaging and added a rim along the screen, the case would earn a 9/10 score.