iPhone Cases: Leather vs. Clear – Which is Better?
Mar 13, 2024 By Claire

iPhone Cases: Leather vs. Clear – Which is Better?

Nothing protects our beloved iPhones better than a good phone case. 

When it comes to choosing an iPhone case, there are endless options available. However, two of the most popular choices are leather cases and clear cases. Both offer their unique benefits and styles, making the decision of choosing between them a tough one. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of leather phone cases versus clear cases, helping you make an informed decision on which is better suited to your needs, and we will also introduce the exclusive iPhone cases from PITAKA, which are made of aerospace-grade aramid fiber or Kevlar, a material less known to the public but is incredibly suitable for phone case making. 

Pros and Cons of Leather iPhone Cases

​Leather phone cases are popular among smartphone users, and it's not hard to see why. 


These cases offer a perfect blend of style and durability, making them an appealing choice for those looking to protect their phones in style. The luxurious look and feel of leather give these cases a timeless and sophisticated appeal that is hard to match. 

One of the main advantages of leather phone cases is their individuality. Over time, leather develops a unique patina. But a rich, beautiful patina is not guaranteed on every leather phone case. So better go with cases that use premium leather. 

leather case for iphone

On the other hand, leather can withstand water and everyday wear and tear, ensuring that your phone remains protected from scratches, bumps, and other potential damages. 

Whether you prefer a sleek and minimalist design or a more rugged and vintage look, leather phone cases have something for everyone.


Leather phone cases are usually more expensive than other types, such as silicone or transparent cases. 

Leather can be sensitive to moisture, which can cause the material to warp or crack over time. This means you may need to be careful when using your phone in wet or humid conditions. Regular maintenance is required to keep a leather case in good quality and appearance.

Pros and Cons of Clear iPhone Cases

Nowadays, iPhones and other smartphones are made incredibly sleek and have beautiful colors. Understandingly, many people want to avoid covering the original color and design of their devices. Hence, clear or transparent phone cases are favored by many people. 


Most clear iPhone cases on the market are made of plastic or TPU, which is short for Thermoplastic Polyurethane, with the characteristics of both plastic and rubber. These materials have elasticity, transparency, and durability. 

Clear phone cases allow you to appreciate your phone's slim profile while safeguarding it from scratches, drops, and other daily hazards. Furthermore, clear cases provide a non-slip grip, ensuring your iPhone stays securely in your hands and reducing the risk of accidental drops. 

Additionally, clear phone cases are good for customization. You can add stickers, decals, or inserts to fully reflect your personality. 


yellowed clear phone case

Clear phone cases can become yellowed or brown over time, due to exposure to sunlight. Some brands may claim that their clear phone cases do not turn yellow. But in fact, all clear phone cases will be discolored eventually. It's a matter of time. 

Even if there's no exposure to sunlight, everyday use will make a clear phone case grosser, as it's prone to dust, fingerprints, and stains. And it's harder to clean than a leather case. 

Aramid Fiber or Kevlar Phone Cases: The Premium Phone Case Choice

Aramid fiber or Kevlar phone cases have gained popularity in recent years as the go-to choice for those seeking premium protection for their smartphones. These cases offer high durability and strength, making them ideal for safeguarding expensive devices. While leather phone cases have long been considered a luxury option, aramid fiber or Kevlar cases bring a whole new level of sophistication. 

pitaka kevlar iphone cases

Aramid fiber or Kevlar is known for its unmatched strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to wear and tear and chemicals, making it highly durable and long-lasting. No wonder it has long been used in the aerospace and military industries. 

With an aramid fiber or Kevlar case, you can rest assured that your phone will be well-protected from everyday accidents, such as drops, bumps, and scratches. And these cases are often slim and lightweight, adding minimal bulk to your device. 

Overall, aramid fiber phone cases are usually lighter but more protective than leather and clear phone cases. And they can last longer since aramid fiber is not easily discolored or degraded over time. 

Benefits of PITAKA Aramid Fiber iPhone Cases

If you're in the market for an aramid fiber or Kevlar iPhone case, consider options from PITAKA.

PITAKA has been known for using aramid fiber and other high-tech materials and advanced technology to create phone cases and other accessories. Their cases stand out from the look and the feel.

First, unlike aramid fiber phone cases from other brands, PITAKA's cases have uniquely fabulous designs. They are meticulously woven from premium aramid fiber through intricate weaving techniques, including Fusion Weaving, a new weaving method developed by PITAKA. With woven pixel-like lines and patterns in different colors, those aramid fiber cases are sleek and sophisticated with a touch of luxury.   

pitaka aramid fiber

Second, PITAKA's aramid fiber phone cases boast exceptional texture. After going through about 40 processes, including vacuum-forming and paint spraying, the cases feel incredibly grippy, textured, and comfortable. 

pitaka kevlar phone cases for iphone 15 pro

Third, PITAKA has offered different types of aramid fiber cases, the slim one for basic protection and the more protective one to protect your iPhone against drops. For example, the MagEZ Case 5 is the world's thinnest and lightest MagSafe case for iPhone 15 Pro series; it adds grip and style to your device. The MagEZ Case Pro 4 is a protective iPhone 15 case with MagSafe compatibility. It provides all-around protection – raised lip to protect the rear camera; internal soft leather protects the back of your device and absorbs the impacts of drops; the entire structure is made of aramid fiber and TPU, protecting the device from scratches, bumps, and drops. 


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