Apple’s iPhone 5S is a beautiful device. It looks and works best naked. When I carry the phone in my pocket it is so small and light I often forget it is there.
The phone isn’t fragile, it can take everyday knocks and bumps in its stride. But there are limits. The iPhone 5S is largely made of glass and anodised aluminium which can only take so much punishment. Apple acknowledges this and offers its own protective cases.
Apple’s iPhone 5S Case is a rigid shell that fits snugly around the back and sides of the phone. Mine is light blue with a soft leather feel. It’s thin and light adding almost no weight — just 13 grams. It makes the phone about 4mm higher and wider.
In practice the case’s texture makes the phone less likely to slip out of you hand if it is sweaty or otherwise wet.
There’s not much padding here, but the case does add extra protection if you drop the phone. The material also seems to do a good job of absorbing scratches and nicks.
My only criticism is that the light blue leather finish case became grubby within the first few months. This probably wouldn’t matter with the black case and would possibly make the brown leather case look more interesting. The light blue case doesn’t fare as well.