Review: DLO HipCase for iPhone

Review: DLO HipCase for iPhone

Summary: Now that the iPhone has been shipping for a couple of weeks you can expect a flood of accessories to appear. We've already discussed the case or no case debate, and I'm all about keeping my iPhone in a case.

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Now that the iPhone has been shipping for a couple of weeks you can expect a flood of accessories to appear. We've already discussed the case or no case debate, and I'm all about keeping my iPhone in a case.

My current favorite case is the DLO HipCase for iPhone ($35). This leather pouch case happens to work for me for a bunch of reasons. First it attaches firmly to my belt via a strong clip in the horizontal position. The orientation is important because the height of the iPhone can make it awkward to wear on your belt vertically.

DLO HipCase for iPhone - front

Also it's made of high quality leather and has amazing fit and finish. The tan interior is a nice contrast from the black leather and white stitching. The HipCase has a nice snug fit that keeps iPhone from wobbling around but it's not so tight as to make it difficult to remove from the case. You can tote iPhone either screen in or screen out depending on your taste and preferred button/port orientation.

DLO HipCase for iPhone - rear

I usually wear the HipCase on my left hip, because it's easier to grab with my right hand. Cutouts in the four corners of the case provide access the to recessed headphone jack no matter which way you put it in the case - although you'll only be able to lift it out of the case with headphones attached in one of the top two positions. iPhone's hardware volume controls and mute switch are only accessible when they are oriented up.

DLO HipCase for iPhone - flap open

Another advantage of a pouch case as opposed to a holster-style case is that it conceals the screen obscuring the fact that you are carrying an iPhone - although the unique white ear buds will blow your cover. Until Apple starts shipping their Bluetooth headset, that is.

If you're looking for a high-quality leather case for iPhone look no further than the DLO HipCase.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility

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  • You will still need your earbuds.

    The iPhone does not support A2DP or stereo audio for bluetooth. A major omission in my mind. I also don't like the fact that they recessed the audio jack forcing an adapter to use other manufacturer's products.
    ShadeTree
  • An even better case

    Jason, the DLO HipCase is great, but it needs a magnetic latch instead of velcro.
    Velcro is noisy (RIP! Think church, theater or wedding.) and wears out.

    An even better case is the AT&T branded case for the Samsung Blackjack. It's a full
    leather enclosure with a magnetic end flap. The spring loaded clip rotates through
    several positions with detents. It's the best case I've found so far, and fits like it was
    made for the iPhone.

    LH
    LRH
  • RE: Review: DLO HipCase for iPhone

    I have had this exact case for 6 months and absolutely love it...
    ambhci