Do Protective iPhone Cases Have To Be Bulky? PITAKA Has The Answer.

 Do protective iPhone cases have to be bulky? How to choose?

Without a doubt, everyone who uses a phone case wants to protect their investment. But, as we've discussed before, protection is not the only purpose of a phone case. It might be a fashion statement, a wallet, or even a handy comfort. The tricky part is, if you want more protection from a phone case, you have to compromise on other things.

Slim or Bulky Phone Cases?

There're a bewildering variety of phone cases, which for the most part, we can categorize into two types based on thickness: slim and bulky.

Typically, slim phone cases are thinner, lighter, and more suitable for daily life. Like cell phones, the slimmer a phone case is, the sleeker it looks.

Thick phone cases, by contrast, instantly bulk up your phone. Some even make your phone so heavy and large that it becomes impossible to shove it into a pocket. There's nothing sleek about them, but the extra bulk is there to protect your handset from more harm.

Each has its pros and cons. If protection comes at the top of your list, you should go for a durable case. If you're more visual, you may want to adorn your phone with a slim case. It's either protection or style.

Is it possible to have it both ways? There are so many people, including me, out there who want slim and protective cases.

A Protective Phone Case Without Bulk is Possible

Luckily, some protective phone cases look slimmer than others. PITAKA MagEZ Case Pro is one of them.  

iPhone 11 protective and slim case from PITAKA

Early on, PITAKA focused on making phone cases with as little weight and thickness as possible. However, after the PITAKA team received queries about a more protective case with the same minimalist style, they accepted the challenge.

So, how do you make a slim case that also offers reliable protection? The two essential requirements are materials and design.

Is a hard material better? Aramid fiber is one of the most durable materials used to make phone cases. It's scratch-proof but doesn't work as well as TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) with shock absorption. Soft materials are typically used for rugged cases, while hard materials are for minimal cases. It doesn't mean you can only use one kind of material, though.

protective iPhone 12 cases with 5 layers of protection

PITAKA combined aramid fiber and TPU to make the original MagEZ Case Pro their most protective phone case. Aramid fiber makes sure that the case and the phone fit together seamlessly while protecting the phone from scratches and scuffs. TPU is excellent at shock-absorption, aided by microfiber and foam to protect the case if it's dropped.

As well as the materials, each external corner on the MagEZ Case Pro has a bumper that increases friction between the case and surfaces it might knock into. If you look closely, you will see the four edges on the back of the case. It's those rims that absorb part of the shock in a fall.

shock-absorption design on protective phone case for iPhone 11

These small details make a case more protective without adding any bulk. With all those layers of protection and metal plates included, the MagEZ Case Pro weighs 43g, with a thickness of approximately 2mm. Compared with most other protective cases, it has a relatively slim profile.

MagEZ Case Pro 2: Protection Evolved

Can a case be more minimal without compromising protection?

Less is more.

This is one of the main principles that the PITAKA design team follows.

When developing Case Pro 2, the team chose to make the upgraded version even more minimal and visually appealing.

Most phone cases, including the first version of MagEZ Case Pro, use a rounded-corner design. Since curves tend to feel more fluid than straight lines, they tend to be popular. While following the crowd is all well and good, it's not PITAKA's intention to play it safe. It's why we see MagEZ Case Pro 2 sporting a solid, angled-corner design that exudes minimalism.

Protective phone case for iPhone 12 with MagSafe, magnetic and slim iPhone 12 case

The grooves on the internal corners and frame offer shock resistance and increase friction between the phone and the frame protecting the device from harm.

futuristic design on iPhone 12 protective case

Another major difference is the addition of MagSafe magnets. To provide a better 'charge and carry' experience, the PITAKA design team embedded MagSafe magnets along with MagEZ metal strips. The MagEZ Case Pro 2 works just like the Apple cases with MagSafe but with more protection, while also working with the PITAKA MagEZ system.

iPhone 12 protective case with MagSafe

MagEZ Case Pro 2 is crafted from PITAKA's signature material, aramid fiber, and shock-absorbing Polycarbonate. There's a layer of microfiber protecting your phone from scratches while weakening the impact of a drop.

From back to front, from cameras to buttons, the heavy-duty case offers your new iPhone 12 military-grade protection (Military Drop Tested MIL-STD 810G 516.6) while maintaining a slim profile through its futuristic angled-corner design and minimalist look.

protective iPhone 12 case with MagSafe magnets, minimalist and futuristic design

If you're looking for a case for your iPhone 12 that gives adequate protection without extra bulk, the MagEZ Case Pro 2 is what you need.


What do you think of the design of the MagEZ Case Pro 2? Leave your comment. We will pick one reader to send the MagEZ Case Pro 2 for iPhone 12 series. Ends January 31st PST.


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  • Robert P. Horen on
    "Thank you. I have had iPhones for as long as Apple has made them. Iearly on I dropped my first one without a protective case to cushion the impact. That less taught me to go for aprotection. When I received my MagEZ case I was disappointed. I loved the cayour case on my iPhone 10 and expected tha The Pro looks like just what I need. Protection without bulk. Thank you again."
  • Don Killgo on
    "I have used the first version and it was my favorite case ever. I now have the thinner version that is awesome, but prefer the extra protection."
  • Martin on
    "Whoa! I had no idea you made a more protective case! I have the standard MagEZ Case for my iPhone 12 Pro Max and it’s great—especially with the MagEZ Mount Qi in my car, but it would be nice to have the MagEZ Case Pro 2 for times I’m in situations where there’s more risk of dropping on nasty surfaces etc. Too bad I didn’t know about the Pro 2 before I ordered my new case a few months ago!"
  • Geni Cowan on
    "SSSo you really can have it both ways! mSweet!"
  • Walt Tarpley on
    "I’ve fallen in love again. The new case design is exquisite! As Designers took a durable case and their minimalist case, put them together with soft music and candlelight, and the case is born."
  • Peter on
    "I enjoy the cases you make very minimalist"
  • Kelly Wyman on
    "Where can I buy it now?"
  • Emmanuel Egbujor on
    "It’s a great product, the concept of it makes sense because it seems like bulky and heavy are the only options available for extra protection. It’s nice to know that you can have a clean and slim design that’s lightweight and also gives you the protection you need"
  • Steve Day on
    "I am absolutely impressed with the new look and design of the new Potaka case. It looks like and sounds like everything I would want. Early on with my new iPhone 12 Pro I was attracted to and purchased a Lew Later case thinking it was what I wanted. I quickly decided that it wasn’t for me and put it away choosing to buy and use an Otterbix Aneu case for protection and MagSafe. I would absolutely love to use the new Pitaka case because if it’s minimal design procession and MagSafe. Sounds like everything I have always wanted"
  • Ian on
    "I personally love the angular corner design of the new MagEZ Case Pro 2! I’ve never been a huge fan of rounded designs and that’s also why I love the design of the iPhone 12’s squared off edges as well. Combined, this is the perfect combo of case and phone! Especially considering how minimalistic yet protective of seems to be. And the addition of MagSafe compatibility convinced with the option of using Pitaka’s MagEZ system gives you the best of both worlds!"
  • ADAM CARL on
    "I’ve had Pitaka cases on my iPhone XS Max, iPad, Watch, and charger in my car for years. I enjoy them all immensely. The quality is superb and I really do consider them Apple quality. I can’t wait to have the Pitaka MagEZ Pro 2 on IPhone 12 Pro Max"
  • Justin W on
    "Love the design of the new Magez case it’s going to look amazing on my iPhone 12 pro max!"
  • Jose on
    "Love the design and the looks of it by far this is the only case I’ve like for the iphone 12 pro max would to win one"
  • James on
    "I’mexcited to see the new pro case. It looks like it has been well worth the wait!"
  • Leon on
    "I think that the new design of the MagEZ Case Pro 2 looks great and is a step in the right direction! However I do miss the raised corners on the back of the case that helped protect the back and the textured sides for added grip that were in the old MagEZ Case Pro."

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