Several months ago, I purchased a leather Product RED Apple-branded case from Best Buy in Omaha, NE. This was to replace the clear OtterBox Commuter case I had that was starting to fall apart.
I did a review of this product a few days after I purchased it, but now that it has gone through the fall, winter and spring, I think I can tell you what kind of a case this truly is.
The leather does give it a nice premium feel, which it should be since it was originally $50 (I got it for $25 off because it was on sale and I’m a smart shopper) and that’s an expensive price to pay for a smartphone case like that.
What I don’t like is that months later, the red from the case has started to fade and now has black on some parts of it.
Please note that I never drop my iPhone because I’m obsessed with making sure that it is good condition. I’ve been an iPhone user since 2014 and have never cracked a screen of any Apple device I have ever owned.
In addition to the black spots found on the rear of my iPhone, say I grab my iPhone but my fingernail gets itself into the case. Think of it like I was grabbing something but accidentally scratched it.
The scratch mark appears on the case, which is kind of annoying since it makes it look like I dropped it in a blender or a cat went after it.
With everything said here, I think Apple’s leather cases are nice but only for a short time. You’re better off getting something at a Target, Verizon or Best Buy store that’s not Apple-branded.
My immediate case recommendation is either an OtterBox Defender or Commuter case, depending on how well or poorly you treat your iPhone. Even a case by a company like Speck or Griffin will last longer than an Apple-branded leather case.