After testing a sleek Apple MagSafe wallet and charging accessory, it’s difficult not to make MagSafe a requirement for an iPhone 12 case. Fortunately, Nomad employees now have MagSafe-compatible case options for all four Apple iPhone 12 models.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is my daily driver and has been living in an Apple leather case for several weeks. Thanks to Nomad’s efforts to provide MagSafe cases, it seems like the sturdy case accompanies me on my daily adventures.
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The first question most people will ask is, “Should I buy the Nomad Rugged Case or the Apple Leather Case for the same price?” Now that I’ve used both options, in my opinion the choice will mainly depend on whether you want 10 foot drop protection or better buttons for your case. The Nomad Rugged Case is clearly the most protective, but the Apple case’s well-defined buttons are hard to beat.
The new rugged case is available for $ 59.95 in black, natural, and rustic brown. I spent a few days with the black paint case so it didn’t have time to age and develop character. The Horween leather on the Nomad cases smells wonderful, while Apple’s leather case has no leather odor when you look for it in a case.
The Rugged Case’s internal bumper system is designed to help your phone withstand a 10 foot drop. This offers some relief for the drops that fall from your hand in everyday use. The body of the case is made of polycarbonate with a Horween leather back panel that wraps around the bottom of the four sides and merges into the TPU edges.
The interior of the Nomad Active Rugged case is lined with soft gray microfiber material, with the Nomad logo on the inside and a clear MagSafe circle in the middle. The iPhone 12 Pro Max snaps securely into the polycarbonate core frame, making sure the case doesn’t fall off the iPhone. There are enough openings for the rear view cameras, flash, ringtone switch, flash connector, loudspeaker and microphones.
Two lanyard attachment points are integrated in the lower openings. The rigid material ensures that your lanyard does not fall out of the case and the case holds your iPhone securely, making the lanyard completely safe to use.
The buttons on the right and the volume buttons have subtly raised areas for activation. The button on the right has a texture that makes it easy to find with your fingers. This is the only design area I would like to see improved a bit as the volume buttons are a bit too flush for my needs.
The frame wraps around all four sides and protrudes slightly beyond the display, so your screen is protected when you put your phone on a table. On the inside of the TPU frame is a gray liner with notches that are likely designed to dissipate the shock load if you drop your iPhone.
MagSafe functionality is now part of the case design and works just like any Apple case with the leather wallet held securely in place and the charging adapter fully engaged. Wireless charging and Apple wireless wallet technology also work with the iPhone.
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While you can use your iPhone for Apple Pay, you will still need to carry ID, access card keys, and other cards with you. The Apple Leather Wallet works well for a few cards if the minimalist can travel, but sometimes you need more capacity.
The new iPhone 12 Pro Max Rugged Folio is available in black and rustic brown for $ 79.95. There are three card slots and one money slot on the inside flap of this case with a nominal capacity for six cards. I was able to easily carry a credit card, ORCA transit card, office access key, driver’s license, and a $ 20 bill with me.
Dark gray microfiber material covers the inside of the case and the wallet flap. Horween leather is on the back and runs the entire front flap of the case with stitched edges. The leather looks and smells wonderful.
The front flap is slightly smaller than the rear, so the front flap rests directly on the edge of the rear part’s TPU side bumpers as a screen protector is provided. This case also offers 10 foot drop protection thanks to an internal shock absorber.
The buttons, openings and attachment points of the lanyard correspond to those of the robust housing. I would love to see the option of using this case as a media stand with some sort of hinge that supports different angles.
The Nomad Rugged Folio is the best full wallet case I’ve seen for the iPhone 12 series, and with MagSafe support, it may be the ultimate case for people who want to leave their wallet at home.