Skip to Content
Skip to Table of Contents
← Previous Article Next Article →
Choose a format:
by Chris Lawson, http://chrislawson.net
Requirements: iPhone 3G or 3GS
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of different cases out there for your
iPhone. I’ve personally used at least a dozen, and yet I still haven’t found one
I’m totally happy with. Can Uniea’s U-Suit Premium leather hard case
As you can see, the U-Suit Premium adds very little bulk to the
phone and is almost unnoticeable from the front. Note also the obvious gaps
in protection at the top and bottom.
The U-Suit Premium has a fairly simple design. A thin but stiff molded plastic
shell fits the iPhone. This shell, in turn, is encased in smooth leather. The
plastic is just flexible enough to allow the iPhone to snap in and out of the
case, but there’s no danger of the phone popping out of the case when it’s
Uniea follows the Henry Ford school of thinking: you can get a U-Suit Premium in
any color you want so long as it’s black. That’s not a bad thing; black
leather is timeless, goes great with a black iPhone, and wouldn’t look out of
place with a white one. Overall fit and finish are excellent. Mold lines in the
plastic are barely noticeable along the inside edges of the case, and you have
to be looking for them to pick them out. The leather appears to be of high
quality and uniform texture, although I could do without the Uniea logo stamped
on the back.
These are the only mold lines you’ll find on the U-Suit without looking very
closely. Uniea took great care to ensure an excellent fit and finish.
The leather looks great, but why did I just pay $35 to show off this big
Protection for the sides and back of the iPhone is good, with a reasonably sized
cutout for the volume and silent buttons on the left. The top and bottom of the
phone are mostly exposed, but all four corners are protected well. The leather
itself is just grippy enough not to fall out of a shirt pocket easily, but
smooth enough that it doesn’t turn the pocket inside out as you’re extracting
the phone from your jeans. (Both of these extremes have been a problem with
Inserting an iPhone into the U-Suit is simple: just angle the button side of
the phone into the case, then squeeze the other side down with your thumb.
Screen protection is provided via an included stick-on screen protector, which
Uniea calls a U-Shield. It looks just like the protector included with the Zoe
Case, right down to the
instructional decals, and provides a reasonable level of scratch protection with
minimal fuss. Applying these sorts of screen protectors so that the cutouts for
the speaker and Home button are centered can be a bit tricky, but they’re
durable enough that you won’t have to do it often. Unlike ZoFunk, Uniea doesn’t
sell the screen protectors separately, so you’ll have to buy replacements
Stick-on screen protectors are tricky to align perfectly. This one is
slightly offset, as you can see at the button.
Thus we come to the value equation. The aforementioned Zoe Case, while
admittedly poorer in fit and finish, is comparable in design and materials
(minus the leather), provides superior protection, and costs just $21. Adding
leather to anything ups the price, but I’m not sure $14 more—a 67% increase—is
If you’re looking for an unobtrusive case that doesn’t feel cheap and provides a
modest level of protection against drops and scuffs, the U-Suit Premium is tough
to beat. Its understated, elegant looks are a perfect match for the iPhone.
Copyright © 2009 Chris Lawson. Reviewing in
ATPM is open to anyone. If you’re interested, write to us at
ATPM: An e-zine about the personal computing experience.
Copyright © 1995–2012 ATPM, Inc.