• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short life, expected better quality for the price

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    My red leather case is just one year old and has lost most of the color and is now of a dark shade of red, fill of black spots. The material doesn't develop a nice used look with time, just looks dirty and unappealing and the small pieces that go around the cable docks are broken. If you still want one of these cases get the black one, as at least won't look as bad after a few months of use.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not safe enough

    • Written by from LONGVIEW

    I bought this case when I purchased my iPhone 5S. It looks really nice from all angles. I especially like the feel of the case in my hand-very smooth. Although, the edges of the case are flushed with the phone so the phone's screen could still easily crack if dropped at the right angle, which is what happened to mine. Luckily, I had a glass screen protector so the phone itself was unharmed. If you're prone to dropping your phone, I wouldn't recommend this product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Red Dye wears off and looks dirty...Go with Black.

    • Written by from Columbia

    We have the Black and the Red. The Red looks as if it is dirty and gets that way fast. I tried to clean it with leather cleaner and determined it is not dirt that makes it look that way. It is the Red dye rubbing off and the base is black. Go with the Black...it never looks dirty and has held up quite well.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    it really gets dirty too easily - get black instead

    • Written by from Seattle

    I read the warnings and the reviews talking about how easily this red color picks up dirt/colors from pockets (especially jeans). I was super careful for a few days but got way too worn. Get the black instead.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loses its look after a week

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    The case itself looks really nice on an iPhone when it's new. Performs its protective functions quite well and, probably because it is manufactured by Apple in the first place, locks on perfectly. However, very very low durability. Dumped mine after a month, but it already looked really bad after a week. Leather gets worn very easily.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    (RED) Porous leather gets dirty

    • Written by from Medford

    The package says that the leather product will change appearance over time. What it doesn't say is that it really picks up dirt. Riding transit with this case made the edges even more dirty. I've had this case for four months and tolerated the grime - it basically appears most on the top edge (front face), and along the back edges, where one holds the phone.

    I've read that treating this baby with some leather protector could help, but mine was so far gone - I tried leather cleaner for shoes, but it really just took red dye from the product rather than remove any grime. Since it's so old, I don't have any hope of returning this. So I have decided to go with it instead of against it: I have taken a light coat of black shoe polish then leather conditioner to the entire phone. It actually looks better - the parts that were still brighter red have been muted which makes the dirty edges less noticeable.

    In all other respects I love this case: form factor, feel, function, etc.

    Seems people either love or dislike this product. I recommend with any color, that you find some way of protecting it (research how to protect porous leather)

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Auckland

    Good quality construction, but poor resistance to staining.

    The red leather looked 12 months old within one day of use. Very disappointing.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    gets dirty!!!

    • Written by from SAN ANTONIO

    ok so i love this case and how it looks it protects your phone really well but it gets dirty soo fast it looks gross and it doesn't clean no matter how much soap or water you use but when i went to the apple store about my computer i asked if they knew how to clean it they couldn't get it clean so they gave me a free one so i really appreciate that

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Disappointing

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought this case because I found the red colour complimented my white iPhone 5s best. It looked beautiful...for about two weeks (and that's being generous). I ignored all the reviews because I really loved the look, feel, and lightness of this case but trust me, all the reviews are all correct. The case gets extremely dirty after a few weeks, and now that I've had it for five months, it's just plain ugly and grungy looking.

    Do yourself a favour and find another case to protect your phone. Or if you are in love with the design and lightness of this case, then go with the black one, as that colour will not show wear and tear.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks and feels great, need to replace after 2 months

    • Written by from Nottingham

    When the case arrives you will probably be impressed - it's soft touch leather feels great in the hand and compared to other cases it does seem quite slim. This was bought Christmas 2013 and by March 2014 my phone has another case. I was fully aware of the claim on the packaging that the case will age as it's natural leather. What i didn't expect was it to mark so easily, so bits of the surface of the leather are coming away and the red colour turning black on the edges. I asked at the Apple store in Leicester if this is normal and was told that it's what is expected. Perhaps after a year, but after two months for a premium priced product like this... Really?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Iphone 5s leather case

    • Written by from Bakersfield

    Nice case in general but in order to charge with an adapter (lighting to 30 pin) you'll have to remove the case. You'll have the same problem with any type of docking station. Major pain and a huge oversight on the part of apple.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looking, but gets dirty really fast.

    • Written by from Calgary

    I picked this up and fell in love with it right away.

    Until it started to get dirty. Which it does. FAST.

    While everything about this case's design and functionality is great, I would advise not buying it as it will quickly darken and start looking crummy.

    Get the case, but go for black.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets Dirty Easily

    • Written by from Del Mar

    Should have some sort of coating. The case will get black around the edges just due to normal handling from in/out of pockets.

    Also the plastic frame the leather is bonded to could have been slimmer. Makes the phone bulkier with case on.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Case, Wonderful Feel, But Way To Fragile!!!

    • Written by from Seafood

    I purchased this case 30 days ago when I purchased my iPhone 5s. The case has an amazing look and feel! Even has that fresh leather smell. I give It 2 star because its way to fragile and very expensive for it to be so fragile.

    I went to take the case off my iPhone 5s so I could clean my phone. I was very gentle during the case removal, but that wasn't enough to keep the bottom piece of the case where the lightning connector hole is cut out from snapping. First time I have had a case do this.

    Hoping Apple will exchange the case.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Deteriorated leather within a week!

    • Written by from thornton heath

    I recall reading the disclaimer on the packaging stating that due to this case being made from a leather, natural 'ageing' is to be expected. So one can be forgiven for assuming that perhaps after months or so that the rustic, aged leather look will kick in, which is pleasing to the eye.
    I own the brown case. Within a week the edges had 'worn away' to reveal a very dark brown / black colour, which makes the case - as one reviewer pointed out - look grubby.
    The build quality is very sturdy but the aesthetic quality will deteriorate within days to a week. A massive shame given its expense.

    As a side note I feel it necessary to state that I take great care of mine and others possessions, so the degradation is not due to mishandling on my part.

    A massive let down and will stick to Knomo cases from now on, unless Apple up their game drastically.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good and protective but awful too

    • Written by from Biggin Hill

    I only have an iPhone 5 and the case fits perfectly which is good and I have found that it is quite protective, and overall good for every day use. The red goes well with the black also.

    However, after literally 3 days, I already begun to notice black marks which on other cases would show up after roughly 6 months of hard use. One of the corners is even shiny black. I didn't spend £35 pounds for a grubby case in my pocket. Bad value I am afraid. (However, I found that simply scratching the black marks can make them sort of disappear, you may want to try this).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slim but instantly dirty

    • Written by from New York

    The case fits perfectly and the weight addition is imperceptible but the leather becomes almost instantly dingy as soon as you put it in your pocket or hold it. All the edges wear and change color.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Marbella

    The case looks brilliant when new, but after a few days of use it started to look dirty. Its design and materials are gorgeous BUT its ruined by how quickly it wares. I expected the leather to ware eventually but not after a few days. The off button on the top of the phone was very stiff too, I thought it would soften but it didn't. It is also a struggle to get the phone out. My advice to buyers is that to stay away from the bright colours and go for black as it doesn't show signs of waring.


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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Snug, soft, but oh so dirty.

    • Written by from Crockett

    I knew ahead of time this case would get dirty. I didn't know it would be almost instantly from walking out of the Apple Store when I'd start seeing dark smudges from the inside of my jeans. Still, the case fits nicely, some headphone jacks don't fit, but otherwise a nice case. I recommend the black case instead. Unless you are like me and you don't mind shelling out the $40.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good start, but not a lasting item

    • Written by from Montpelier

    I was quite excited to get an apple (red) case for my new Iphone 5s. I picked one up from an apple store, and put it on immediately. The case fits perfectly, making it the best fitting case I've ever had. In addition, the case is extremely comfortable, and I love the feel of the leather body.

    That being said, Im afraid I cannot recommend this case to anyone. Here's why: Durability. Ive owned my case for a month. Already, the bright, beautiful red has turned into a dirt covered maroon. I've tried many cleaners, and nothing will clean it properly. In addition to the looks going to heck, the actual case is deteriorating as well. The occasional (8-10 times total) removal of my phone has caused the case to break by the headphone jack. This in turn prevents the case from gripping the phone effectively, causing it to fall out occasionally.

    Though it seemed great at first, this case was not built to last. I was quite disappointed in apple for such a low quality case.

    NOTE: If you are still willing to risk a short lived case, please please please go with black, all other colors will turn to a muddy dirt covered version of its original form.

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