What is it?
The PaperCase is a thin (0.40mm) plastic case that wraps snugly around your iPhone giving you some protection without compromising on the design of your device. It's available in a few different colours (I reviewed the Silver version) and it doesn't contain any branding, which is a nice change from other case manufacturers.
What do you get for your money?
At $24.99 you get the following
- The case
- 3 screen protectors (including one made of tempered glass)
- Highly recyclable packaging
It's great so far, well made and passed a crucial test for me for thin cases. With previous thin cases I've used they break when you attempt to take them off, this came off no worries and didn't crack anywhere.
All of the ports are easily accessed and I found using the volume buttons to be almost the same as the naked iPhone. Everything lines up well, this is a good sign as I've often seen cases of this kind misaligned on the speaker grill, mine lines up perfectly.
On the back there is a lip around the camera cutout meaning that you can shelve any worries that the lens is going to scratch.
I used the tempered screen protector, was easy to fit and has held up in my testing. I have a few light surface scratches but they aren't noticeable when the screen is in use. I haven't tried the plastic ones but they look to be of a similar standard to other low priced screen protectors on the market, they will do the job just fine if you don't fancy the glass one or it breaks. Personally I don't tend to use screen protectors as they tend to get in the way but this tempered one hasn't been a problem. It's worth pointing out that it doesn't go edge to edge so you can still use your 3D Touch app switching gesture.
I used this almost constantly in my testing (it's still on in fact), it's one of the less intrusive ways of protecting your iPhone if you don't fancy a bulky case. It's for the minimalist (something I like when it comes to my iOS devices) and I'm going to carry on using it.
The only improvement I'd like to see (if possible on a thin case?) is for the texture to be a little more grippy. When I did take the phone off to put it into the Apple charge case for a few hours the naked iPhone felt like it had more grip than the case at times.
If you want a low profile way of protecting your iPhone from scratches (I'm yet to test drops) then you can't go far wrong with the CrayCases PaperCase. It's a good price, comes with the screen protectors and let's you enjoy the design of the iPhone without covering it in plastic.
All I need now is a version for the 12.9" iPad Pro.