totallee $29 thin leather iPhone 7+ case review

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I typically do not have a case on my iPhone, preferring the natural feel of the smartphone itself. But I do worry a bit about buggering my very expensive tech-toy due to my desire to use it naked. I sometimes use a case when I’m feeling conservative but most feel so bulky and in the way. totallee’s thin leather iPhone case tries to bridge the gap between the two extremes. This case is about as minimalist as you can find, barely changing the look, feel, and weight of the sleek and slim device. 

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totallee is a startup company based out of South Pasadena, CA. Their primary mission is to make thin iPhone cases that provide decent protection without adding bulk. When totallee began in 2013, they wanted to develop a line of cases that are “thin, elegant and fairly priced”. According to their website, they’re a “group of hard working, creative individuals who care about the products we sell and about the people we sell them to.”

Truth be told, when I first opened the packaging and held the totallee thin leather case my initial impression was less than positive. It felt cheap and at best, mediocrely made.  But with time, it has definitely grown on me. I’ve had it on my iPhone 7+ for several weeks and have not gotten tired of it.

The case itself is made from polypropylene and is a mere 0.02″ thick, weighing in at 0.1 oz. The thin leather iPhone case features a genuine lambskin leather backing that is inset into the plastic.

The $29 thin leather iPhone case is perfectly fitted for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Here you can see it installed on my smartphone…it is a very tight fit with zero gaps whatsoever. totallee’s goal is to: keep your iPhone 7 Plus looking like an iPhone.

The lambskin leather on the back of the case adds texture and grip to your slippery device. I was surprised to find out the “leather case” only had leather on the back vs the whole case. But overall the design works very well.

This case snaps-on the smartphone and covers/protects 99% of the iPhone’s sides and back. Instead of push-throughs, the totallee case has well fitted cutouts that allow access to the iPhone’s mute, volume, and power buttons. The buttons themselves are slightly recessed but easily pressed when desired.

The totallee case has a cutout for the lighting connector and speaker holes on its base.

The case covers the entire top of the iPhone.

totallee backs their $29 thin leather iPhone case with a 2-year hassle-free warranty. It is available for the iPhone 6/6+/7/7+ in black and as the name implies costs 29 bones.

The totallee $29 thin leather iPhone 7 case is great minimalistic protection for your sleek and slim smartphone. This case adds little bulk or weight to your iPhone while providing decent protection from bumps, nicks, or scrapes. Though it wouldn’t add much drop or impact protection. An added bonus is that the totallee case enables me to sandwich a metal plate between it and my iPhone to use the magnetic mounts in my vehicles. Bottom line: the totallee thin leather iPhone case is well made/engineered from solid materials, designed to keep your iPhone looking and feeling as Apple intended while protecting it from the outside world.

Updates 09/12/17 by Julie Strietelmeier

Dave kept going on and on about how much he liked this minimal case, so when Totallee offer to send me their new brown leather version of the same case, I was happy to accept it. When it arrived and I took it out of the Ziploc style pouch, I wasn’t impressed because the case was so thin and honestly cheap looking. But once I put it on my iPhone 7 Plus, my mind instantly changed. I love this case. It adds just the right amount of grip while adding almost NOTHING extra to the phone. I’m looking forward to getting one for my iPhone 8 too!

Source: The sample for this review was provided by totallee. Please visit their site for more info and to order. You can also see other totallee cases on Amazon.


Product Information

  • iPhone 6/6+/7/7+
  • Excellent minimalistic design
  • Solid materials
  • Perfect fit
  • Protection for nicks, scrapes, bumps
  • Great value
  • None

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  2. I’m sure that totallee is a well-meaning group of folks, but they’re engaging in fraud by advertising a “leather case” when the case is plastic with a leather panel insert. The average consumer would understand “leather case” to mean entirely leather, and this case is not. Describing it as such is an obviously false and misleading description of the product.

    1. Hi David ,

      Appreciate your opinion and we’re sure you mean well. This is a super thin case with a plastic housing and leather backing. We describe it as such and show plenty of pictures on our site to give everyone a good idea of what the product looks like. Some might thinks it’s a great design others might disagree. It’s not a case for everyone.

      We stand behind the products we sell and am sure customers will enjoy them. This is why we back every order with a 2-year warranty. Everyone is welcome to pick up one of our cases to see if they like it, and either keep it or return it for a full refund. Fair and square. We definitely don’t try to mislead anyone. Sorry to hear you feel this way. We like the minimalistic design and leather backing of this case a hope others will too.


  3. Thanks, I was totally sure that it’s like an expensive kind of leather that fits the iPhone like a glove, now you tell me about the plastic which make sense it don’t have to be perfect, the plastic does but that simple and the leather just glues on, that suck the whole time I was reading about it I couldn’t get to the ordering part, figuring it protects on the inside that Jet Black paint of the iPhone 7, now you tell me that it’s plastic not even rubber.
    Who well, thanks for the worning.

  4. I have the basic thin Totallee which I use for my everyday case. It’s nice although a bit slippery but I like it because it doesn’t have a lip on the face. There’s nothing more annoying that getting your finger caught on the edge of the case as you’re swiping on the screen.

    (I have a more protective clear case for traveling)

    One item – it’s so thin that the plastic between the volume buttons warped and sticks out a bit. I bet this version has the same issue.

    I still am disappointed that they don’t have a clear version. I don’t understand why people want to cover up the beauty that is the back of an iPhone.

  5. I too was sucked into their fraud. I ordered two to get the discount but when I opened up the bag, I too was not impressed with this piece of crap for over 40.00. This start is a rip off and they should be shut down.

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