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Best Premium Case for Galaxy Note 2: Issentiel Leather Flip Case Review

Best Premium Case for Galaxy Note 2: Issentiel Leather Flip Case Review

| On 10, Apr 2013

Based in the South of France, Issentiel is a company which carefully crafts their luxury leather cases and accessories by hand using traditional methods and the most stringent quality control procedures. Touting themselves as “haute couture”, we were interested to see exactly how much finery and quality what you get for your money; so were thrilled to get our hands on a brown Issentiel Leather Flip Case for the Galaxy Note 2. In short: we have not been disappointed.This is the best flip case we have ever encountered.


What do you get?

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To augment the premium feel, the case arrives packaged in a rather posh box slide-out, made from “french-made 100% recycled cardboard” and smothered in Issentiel’s glossy logo. The logo itself is derived from a sea turtle, which Issentiel have chosen to represent beauty, longevity and rarity – things they want to associate with their premium products. Don’t worry, though… they don’t use the leather of turtles in their actual products!! Only bovine leather is used – these guys take their sustainable resources seriously.

Inside the slide-out box is a rather suave pull-tie cloth bag with some more branding. If you’re a fan of slowly and ritually unpacking products, then this is certainly going to be good fun! It’s like opening a series of Russian Dolls before you even get to the case!

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At Samsung Geeks we are fans of quality, and I was delighted that, upon opening the bag, the Issentiel flip case reeks of quality; in all senses of the word! It smells more leathery than a cobbler’s workshop and feels both sturdy and solid. Exactly as you would expect from a premium product. The stitching around the leather is neat and concise, there are no loose ends or frayed threads and you don’t get the impression that this is something cheap or tacky.

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Issentiel cases are hand-crafted in the South of France using traditional methods.

Time will tell how well the case holds up to bashes and bumps, and we will update this post [if necessary] with any signs of unwarranted degradation and/or damage. The Galaxy Note 2 fits into the case nice and snug, it doesn’t move around inside and feels very much ‘at one’ with the case.

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One of the best looking and most beautifully crafted cases we've come across. If you are after premium quality, style and design, then look no further.
  • Rich

    Looks gorgeous. I’d be really interested to hear your review on the pouch version :)

  • Charlie Pingo

    It looks stunning but it’s very expensive. I do understand your point about it being important to protect something you’ve spent a lot of money on, though. Personally I believe that phones should be more durable and waterproof if you’re spending so much of your money on them.

  • Jenny Hufflump

    I’ve never been a fan of flip cases because it gets in the way. Do these guys do a leather pouch version?

  • maikel

    I would have liked to see if there are other features that it does like keeping your phone up while watching a video. Nice review though!

    • SGeek

      It has a small pocket in the “flip” part of the case where you can fit a couple of credit cards. Other than that, there’s not really a way to safely prop it up. Due to the “hook” attachment mechanism, it is raised slightly towards you when flat with case open, but not significantly enough for it to be considered of particular benefit.

  • Inkyung Armstrong

    Lovely review, keep it up. me loves a bit of leather

  • Noloco Lawrence

    How’s the protection against the glass ? Is there a decent amount of inches so if it falls flat and will the case stay on securely if it were to be opened while it would fall ? Thanks for the info.

    • SGeek

      Hey Noloco,

      The clasp is pretty secure, so I don’t think it would open up if you dropped it. If you dropped it while it was open, and it landed face down, the edges of the case are maybe 1~1.5mm above the glass, and curve over the edges to give a secure fit. If it were to land exactly on the top or bottom where the protection is completely “open”, you should get an impact on the device, but the edges of the case do stick out more than the Note 2.

      Fortunately I’ve not dropped it at any point – but if I do I’ll let you now!