Dutch designer label Mujjo offers premium leather cases for Apple and Samsung smartphones, along with other accessories like laptop sleeves and touchscreen gloves. I reviewed Mujjo’s leather cases for an iPhone 7/8 Plus earlier this year, and with the launch of the new iPhone XS series, the company sent a sample of its Full Leather Wallet Case for the iPhone XS Max. The same case is available for the iPhone XS (in slightly smaller form, naturally) as well as for the iPhone XR.
Stylish Leather Protection
Mujjo’s case offers basic protection from daily bumps, and protects the iPhone display when set screen-down on a table. Japanese microfiber on the interior keeps all that glass from scratching, while leather makes the iPhone much less slippery to hold. Just don’t expect military-grade drop protection from this minimalist case.
Where the Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case really stands out is its appearance — this is a case that covers your iPhone, but complements Apple’s design so the device still feels stylish.
Full-grain, vegetable tanned leather is expertly wrapped around the case with no visible seams. Stitching for the wallet pocked is done with precision. Button covers are also leather, and take nothing away from responsiveness. Cutouts for the camera and Ring/Silent switch are exact and also chamfered, adding to the premium look of the case. The tan leather in a previous Mujjo review unit was one of my favorites for the way it popped against a black iPhone. This time, it was a unique Olive green leather. The look is more sophisticated and the color is one that few other case manufacturer’s offer.
It’s Also a Wallet
As the name implies, the Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case does double duty as a wallet. Or at least the plastic in your wallet. A pocket on the case can accommodate two to three cards and its angular position makes accessing those cards easier.
Thin, Light and Easy to Install/Remove
According to my kitchen scale, the Mujjo case weighs 28g, or less than 1 ounce. And it adds very little in the way of thickness to the iPhone. There’s a slight lip (about 1mm) to protect the display, and then a second layer of leather for the pocket that holds the cards. Without cards, my iPhone still felt slim and sleek. Tuck a few cards in and of course it is now thicker, but you don’t have to carry a wallet — so that’s a net gain for your pocket.
The Mujjo case extends to the bottom corners of the iPhone for drop protection, but leaves the Lightning port and speaker grills unobstructed. I prefer this approach to full coverage because it makes it easier to connect to third party Lightning accessories (which don’t always play nice with cutouts), and it also makes it a lot easier to pop the case on and off. If you have a single case, that’s less of an issue, but I like to switch up colors and change between minimalist and style or heavy duty protection, depending on what I’m doing at the time. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your iPhone’s glass might shatter because of the struggle to remove it from a case…
There are lots of leather iPhone cases out there, but there is also a wide quality spectrum. Mujjo is at the upper end of that field, with cases that combine visual appeal, functional design and high quality leather. You won’t find it in big box stores, but if you value style, functionality and a premium appearance in a minimalist leather case, the Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case for iPhone XS Max should be on your list. The Olive leather version I tested is priced at about $53 (the actual price varies with exchange rates), and the case is also available in traditional black or tan leather. If you have an iPhone XS or iPhone XR, the Full Leather Wallet Case is about $48.
Disclosure: Mujjo provided a case for evaluation but had no input into this review.
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