It has been quite a while since I have reviewed anything from Orbino. I had forgotten how nicely done their leather products are. So much so, that you almost need a case or carrying bag to carry the case that is protecting your smart device…silly as that sounds. Their products are “made entirely by hand in Italy at the Centro Stile Orbino”. In this instance, Orbino has created a new version of their Pantera line of iPhone cases for the 7 and 7 Plus. For this review, they have sent me one for my Plus to check out.
Orbino sent me one of their latest creations, the iPhone 7 Special Edition Pantera Flap Case in Orbino’s signature hand-stained mahogany Tuscan leather. The Pantera case is gorgeous, perfectly fitted for the iPhone, engineered to “cloak your iPhone 7 in a unique and precious luxury accessory”. Italian craftsmen meticulously craft the SE Pantera in special vegetable tanned leather which is then stained by hand in their workshop.
The Pantera has a form fitted design that fits the iPhone like a glove. Two pieces of leather are stitched together by hand with premium high tensile waxed thread. All of the edging is hand applied, with 4-coat of lacquer. The stitching is truly distinctive, giving Orbino products a timeless look all there own.
The picture of the Special Edition Pantera 7 on the Orbino website is a bit misleading, it looks to be a (nearly) solid brown. But the case I received has a great deal of color variation giving the SE Pantera an interesting and unique look. In person, the case looks like it is made from stained wood. But in reality, the case is made from exquisitely finished, high-quality Italian leather.
The Pantera 7 covers 95+ percent of the iPhone, protecting its back, sides, corners, and edges. For added protection, it also has a non-removable, rigid front flap that covers the screen when not in use. The case allows access to the iPhone’s home button even when the flap is closed.
While the flap does a good job of protecting the iPhone’s screen, it does flop around in the way occasionally when on a call, surfing the Net, watching a video, reading eBooks, etc. The rigidity of the flap keeps it from being able to be folded back out of the way.
The left side of the Pantera has two cutouts for accessing the mute and volume buttons.
The iPhone is held securely within the case by a flap that wraps over the top of the smartphone and held in place by a polished, monogrammed snap.
The right side of the case has a cutout for accessing the power button.
The base has cutouts for both speakers and the lighting port for recharging or listening to music.
This picture does a good job of showing just how rigid and contoured the front flap is. It is held closed by an embedded magnetic closure system.
The back has a cutout for the iPhone’s camera assembly.
Orbino also offers an optional removable spring loaded combination belt clip and desk stand in polished palladium metal. The belt clip is just as nicely engineered and finished as the Pantera iPhone case itself.
The highly polished clip is bi-directional that not only holds your iPhone securely on your belt but upright on your desk or aircraft plane tray for easier hands-free viewing as well.
The Pantera 7 is available in a wide range of leathers and colors.
The Pantera 7 is gorgeous, handmade from some of the finest materials in the world, and fits the latest & greatest iPhone like a glove. This type of high-quality accessory is definitely a luxury item, costing a decent percentage of the device itself. And yes, I know that you can get a smartphone case for under five bucks these days but that isn’t the point. The Orbino Special Edition Pantera 7 handstained mahogany leather iPhone 7 case has an old world style, eye-catching design, and level of craftsmanship difficult to find in today’s hectic, mass-produced existence. The case is not only protective but definitely, stands out in a crowded field.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Orbino. Please visit their site for more info and to order.
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Then I saw the optional removable spring loaded combination belt clip and desk stand. Yeah, that is what we want our belt clips to look like. Feel nothing for the rest.