REVIEW – I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect” clear case with Magsafe for my iPhone 12 Pro. I found the original Apple clear case with Magsafe to be too slippery, and the buttons were too stiff. Would the Smartish Gripmunk with Magsafe Slim Case fare any better?
What is it?
The Gripmunk with Magsafe Slim Case comes in black (left) and clear (right). Smartish calls the models “Black Tie Affair” and “Nothin To Hide”.
Other than color both cases are identical. I’ll be digging into the Nothin To Hide model.
The Gripmunk boasts “super grippy sides” with protective air-pocket corners. Plus, the ring contains embedded magnets for Magsafe charging.
Design and features
Installation is pretty straightforward. The material is quite flexible.
Once the case is on, I noticed a very faint dimpled pattern on the back of the case. I believe this prevents the back of the phone from sticking to the clear material, causing a sort of “cling”.
Another interesting feature is the frosted edges. I wasn’t expecting it, but I like it. The texture gives the phone extra grip.
If you look closely, the sides of the case have sculpted ridges. It feels great in the hand!
Of course, the party trick I was interested in was the Magsafe. Yes you can get a case without magnets and Magsafe will still work, but you won’t get a strong grip.
If Magsafe charging isn’t your thing, then the bottom cutout is large enough for most Lightning cables, including the Smartish Crown Joule with reversible Lighting and USB-C ends (sold separately)
This wasn’t the thickest case I’ve tried, but I measured it to be sure. It measures 4.15 mm thicker than a bare iPhone 12 Pro, or 2.08 mm on each side.
What I like
- Textured sides
- Contoured grip
- Not too bulky, not too slim. Just in between.
What I’d change
- The side buttons aren’t as difficult as the Apple clear case, but could be better.
If you want the grippiest, Magsafe compatible case for your iPhone 12/12 Pro, grab hold of a Smartish Gripmunk with Magsafe Slim Case.