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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

Design

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Issentiel Galaxy Note 2 Prestige Flip Case Samsung Geeks 12

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!

Conclusion

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

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If you have any questions or feedback about the case then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Review Overview

Quality Materials
10
Design
9
Style
10
Durability
8.5
9.4

Beautiful

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!

      Dom