By John Gruber
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Stephen Robles tested 11 leather cases for the iPhone 15 Pro, and put together a nice video review. If you’re in the market for a leather iPhone case for your new iPhone 15, you should definitely watch his video.
Robles ranked the Bullstrap highly, but behind the case from Ryan London. I don’t know what the deal is between these two companies, but their cases are nearly identical. Same shape (no bottom lip), same buttons, same gentle hump around the camera cutout. I suspect both companies use the same manufacturer in China. Robles prefers the Ryan London because he prefers the way their leather both looks and feels. It definitely looks like a slightly different texture. Also, the Ryan London cases are a bit cheaper: $59 (with an optional $8 add-on to personalize your case with some embossed text).
Previously: My reader poll from April regarding case usage amongst DF readers. I posted this photo comparing a year-old Bullstrap case next to my then-brand-new one for last year’s iPhone 14.
Postscript: I actually like Apple’s FineWoven cases. I spent a week vacationing in Florida with my iPhone 15 Pro in one. (I go caseless most of the time, but like using a case while traveling, when I’m more likely to be taking a lot of pictures with my phone. An encased iPhone feels more like a camera to me, with better grippiness.) The dealbreaker for me is not the FineWoven material, which I actually kind of like. Rather, it’s the bottom lip. If Apple’s FineWoven cases had a cutout along the bottom, that would probably be the only case I’d use.
Holy Crap Another Postscript: I, uh, just happened to run into Dan Seifert from The Verge this morning, and wouldn’t you know it, he had a brand-new Ryan London leather case on his iPhone 15 Pro. I had my Bullstrap with me, we compared, and we both agreed that the Ryan London leather looks just as good but has a slightly different — and better — feel. You can’t go wrong with either of them — they really are remarkably similar cases overall, almost certainly made by the same Chinese manufacturer — but given that it’s $30 cheaper, I suppose I’d recommend the Ryan London. I actually like the Bullstrap embossed logo, though.