Spigen iPhone 5 Genuine Leather Grip Case hands-on

Spigen iPhone 5 Genuine Leather Grip Case hands-on
So yesterday, we managed to check out the affordable Slim Armor Series Cases from Spigen. No doubt, we dig that they maintain the iPhone 5’s iconic industrial design, but if you fancy something that employs materials that are deemed as luxurious, then maybe you should steer into the direction of Spigen’s Genuine Leather Grip Case for the iPhone 5. Available in three distinct colors (Black, Vintage Brown, and White), they obviously exude that old school premium mentality.

Compared to the Slim Armor Series Cases, Spigen’s Genuine Leather Grip Case doesn’t have the same profound and eye-catching design, but then again, if you’re looking for something that’s donning a classic look, this is surely it. Hugging the handset very tightly from all sides, we like that both the top and bottom edges are left mainly exposed – allowing various headphones to connect snugly to the 3.5mm jack. Additionally, the vintage leather look of the case also gives us a good enough grip to hold onto the handset without making it feel slippery. And finally, even though it’s not deemed as rugged style case, it’ll at least protect it from all the typical bumps and bruises that occur along the way – albeit, direct plunges to the floor would more than likely result in some kind of damage.

Indeed it’s rather pricey at $31.99, but it also comes packaged with a Steinheil LCD screen protector and a set of home button stickers to give the iPhone 5 some customization. Of course, the genuine leather material it’s sporting mainly contributes to its higher price point. All in all, it’s not the most stylish case we’ve seen, but some will appreciate its vintage aura.

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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28 Comments

1. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Another day, another iphone case. Yawn.

19. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

These cases suck too

27. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Everyday, another iPhone case; either crap to wrap around it or crap in court. Today we get both! Happy New Year.

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Why do I have this feeling that this site is doing its hardest to keep the iphone in the spot light. How about a HTC DNA case or the Samsung media dock. Or what about a Nokia 920 case. Maybe more BB10 news even if it's doa. Iphone sales are going nowhere but down till Apple releases a iphone 5s. It's going to be a slow first half of the year for Apple iphone fans especially once the Galaxy S4 and the next HTC device rumors hit.

3. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'v heard the same thing every year... Also, if the galaxy s4 has a 5 inch screen I doubt people are going to take it seriously (adults anyways)

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly every year the iPhones supposed to bomb, but every year it's the top, or top two sellers. This past holiday season was apples best Thanx to the iPhone, and mini. That doesn't sound down hill. Frankly I hope all these companies do well, so the people who like them can look forward to new, and better tech. Hater's suck.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How do u know that?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fanboy1974. Y do u want to see apple fail?

8. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Probably because he's sick of apple dictating how the industry is run, and apple BS legal shennanigans getting in the way of...oh whats the word I'm looking for...INNOVATION, that's it! Apple patents sh*t it either did not invent, or sh*t that HAS NOT EVEN BEEN INVENTED YET. They need to go.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let him answer. I didn't ask u

13. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I give a sh*t. Really, I do. This right here is me giving a sh*t. I don't need your permission to speak, thanks.

10. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I do not want them to fail. I want them to come out with killer hardware each and every year. They have the ecosystem but their afraid to take chances on the hardware front. And their even worse when updating iOS. And to add gas to the fire their suing the competition without being competitive. The iphone 5 was created just to catch up to Android; not surpass it. Samsung had the balls to release the original Note when everyone laughed them off. Today I'm typing on the Note 2 and will be buying a Note 3 if Apple stays on this path.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was an excellent post bro. Mature and to the point. +1

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I also tried the note 2. I loved it, but didn't enjoy the camera which is very important for me as I am heavy into photography. I will be buying another one in about a month though because I really enjoyed it

14. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You're either a liar or a fool. You do know the Note 2 will have the exact same camera as the one you allegedly bought and sold correct? Why did you sell it because you were dissatisfied only to buy another? Explain that. Additionally, anyone "heavy into photography" is not using a phone/phablet for taking pictures.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't know you I don't know anything about you you're not a part of my life and therefore I have no need to explain myself to you I have no reason to explain myself to you and I do not have to justify anything to you I will say no more

17. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

LOL OK liar

7. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Wait wait wait - you're telling me there ARE cases for other phones besides the iphone?! You wouldn't know it just from looking at this site. Although in fairness there really isn't much more to be said about the i5 or anything apple is doing (besides suing everyone) so I guess it makes sense to report on new cases for it LOL

16. tkvdog

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Look's Bent.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep it does, but its actually not a bad looking case. I do wonder though how the reception will b thru leather. I bought my fiancé a rubber case for her iPhone, and its disruptive due to its thickness.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Huh? The rubber must have been quite on the thick size. Friends that have the Otterbox Defender case on their iP5 haven't had signal problems. Defective display (no touch response), but not signal problems.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's actually rubber with a plastic snap on lol, she demanded a blinged out case lmao. It's purple rubber and chrome colored plastic. Pretty but very thick, with it on she gets 1-2 bars, with it off she gets 4-5. Haven't noticed touch issues yet though.

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If she is getting 1-2 bars with the case on, something is in the case beside rubber/plastic. Try wrapping the phone in two sheets of aluminum foil with just an opening where the signal display is to get a sense of how metal blocks the signal. In a past life, I had an Otterbox Defender case covering a BB8330 with no loss of signal.

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect the chrome coating on the plastic is killing the signal. Use the aluminum foil wrap to prove it to your GF. PA, you need to allow editing posts longer than 2 minutes after making the post....

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

K I'll try it and see how it does...Thanx bro

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

are you guys seriously bored for not writing new articles? damn this is like the second one in a week. it's JUST A CASE. give it a rest

26. iPhoneCase

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

case is Ok but yup i agree with other's it's too much about iPhone Cases i always buy iPhone Case from amanda case reviews website : newiphonecovers.blogspot.com and find pretty much good ones with good rates... iPhone changed every market i guess so people usually talk about things like this.

28. MillieT

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Why don't you review something different like SF brand EDGE Designs Alfa case

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