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iPhone X SurfacePad

Leather iPhone X SurfacePad Case Impresses, Includes New Features

February 22, 2018

The iPhone X SurfacePad has finally arrived months after Apple’s latest flagship device first launched. The wait, however, was worth it.


Launching in black, cognac, and deep teal, the iPhone X SurfacePad has been designed with functionality and long-term use in mind. By replacing the Napa leather found on previous SurfacePads with full-grain leather, Twelve South promises a more natural patina over time. After less than two weeks of use, my iPhone X SurfacePad review unit still looks great, as it should, as you can see below.

How does the leather feel? Like butter, of course.

I highly recommend the iPhone X SurfacePad, although you should understand it isn't for everyone or all situations.

The iPhone X SurfacePad isn’t just beautiful on the outside. Inside, you’ll find two slots for bank cards or your ID. It also features automatic wake/sleep functionality and a hands-free viewing and display stand. The case is also Qi charging compatible.

I’ve been using SurfacePads on my iOS devices for many years. As I have said in previous posts, these type of cases shouldn’t be confused with an Otterbox or another bulky iPhone case. As a result, it only provides minimal protection.

As Twelve South confirms on its support page, a SurfacePad won’t protect a screen from a drop, explaining:

SurfacePad for iPhone is not designed to protect iPhone from falls, drops, being run over by a car or dropped in the loo. SurfacePad is meant to guard your iPhone from scratches and scrapes from things like car keys, nail files or concrete park benches.

I highly recommend the iPhone X SurfacePad, although you should understand it isn’t for everyone or all situations. Luckily the case’s reusable adhesive is easy to remove and add.

You can purchase an iPhone X SurfacePad case through the Twelve South website. Versions are also available for the iPhone 8/7 and iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus.