Best Premium Case for Galaxy Note 2: Issentiel Leather Flip Case Review
Dom | On 10, Apr 2013
It’s not normally something I’m used to – so it’s been particularly notable over the past few days I’ve been trialing the case when friends have commented, without prompting, “that’s a nice case, Dom”.
Without a doubt, this is a good-looking case, and well designed around the important features of the Note 2, as well. For whatever reason, some case manufacturers don’t seem to think that we’d want to use the Galaxy Note 2’s SPen or loud-speaker… which is a bit odd. Fortunately, Issentiel have taken these things into consideration!
Access to Power and Volume buttons
The volume and power buttons are easily accessible with the both closed or open.
Access to SPen, Charging Port and Loud-Speaker
Importantly, there is plenty of space around the SPen slot even for a large finger to easily take it out. This can be a complicated and fiddly task at the best of times, and many case manufacturers overlook it. Initially, we were concerned that this gap would leave one corner of the device prone to damage in case of accidental drop – indeed this is certainly the case’s weak spot. A quick test with a flat surface shows us that the device sits just under the “clearance” of the case – so 99% of the time – the case will be taking the brunt of the damage if you are unlucky enough to drop it on that corner.
A good amount of space is left around the speaker, too, and the volume and quality is unaffected.
There is ample space between the ‘hinged’ leather which joins the ‘device cradle’ to the ‘flip’ portion of the case for a Micro-USB charger to slot in nicely. The only potential issue we’ve noticed here is that it covers up the one of the Note 2’s microphones… Of course, this isn’t really an issue as you’d have to open up the cover to answer/make a call in the first place!
Closing the case
The case closes firmly shut by simply hooking itself over the top of the Galaxy Note 2. This is better than a magnetic solution (as the magnets inevitably demagnetise) and ensures that the top of the Note 2 is nicely protected when the case is closed.
For some reason Issentiel have moved the top attaching part of the flip case slightly to one side so that it doesn’t quite cover up the secondary (noise cancelling) microphone. We’re not entirely why the secondary microphone would be left uncovered while the primary one is covered up, but again – you’re not going to be using the microphones while the case is closed, so, unless we’re missing something (do feel free to let us know) the off-centredness is part of the aesthetic rather than functional design. It certainly doesn’t detract from either!
It’s fair to say that the Issentiel Flip Case for the Galaxy Note 2 is one of the better cases we’ve come across. A premium and stylish way to protect your premium and stylish device! If you are investing a lot of money into a flagship smartphone, then it makes sense to ensure it is properly protected. With all the powerful, yet fragile, technology enclosed in increasingly small chassis, it’s nice to know that it can be well protected, while looking stylish and sophisticated at the same time.
The flip case comes in a variety of colours: Black, Brown Camel (featured above), Grained Black, Camel, Red, Grained White and Fuchsia. Issentiel also offer a “pouch” version of the case for the Galaxy Note 2 (see image below). If we get our hands on one, we’ll let you know how it compares.
More high quality cases can be found at www.issentiel.co.uk
If you have any questions or feedback about the case then don’t hesitate to get in touch!