So if you’ve been watching my videos for a while, you’ll know that I think wireless charging on the new iPhone XS isn’t great. BUT my disdain for Qi-charging has changed slightly after I started using the Pitaka MagCase and MagCase Pro for a couple of weeks.
Why? Because magnetic car mounts are way better than normal car mounts and having the wireless charging capability is really just a cherry on top of my car mount sundae.
If you’re looking for a minimalist case get the regular MagCase. If you want something tougher with a bit more texture, consider the MagCase Pro if you’re in the market for a tougher case. I think it would make a great alternative to the Rhinoshield SolidSuit or Mous Limitless.
See how much the Pitaka MagCase or MagCase Pro is on Amazon:
Amazon US: https://mreh.ca/2v477wL
Amazon CA: https://mreh.ca/2v3zEme
Amazon UK: https://mreh.ca/2LmtJnp
Amazon DE: https://mreh.ca/2v34GdT
Or get it on eBay: https://mreh.ca/2LluIUZ
What’s in the review video:
Pitaka MagCase Design: 00:01:14
Pitaka MacCase Pro Design: 00:02:30
Functionality of cases: 00:04:16
Why Qi-Charging in a car sucks: 00:08:30
MagMount Qi Review: 00:09:35
The MagCase fits the iPhone quite well though parts of the case don’t conform to Apple’s case design specifications. The overall texture of the case is quite nice and gives your slick iPhone X extra texture that isn’t too abrasive.
When it comes to general wear and tear the case does show fingerprints easily and despite being marketed as having a high scratch resistant backing, will still scratch.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Pitaka, check out the cork cases from 15:21: https://mreh.ca/2Krujft
The MagCase Pro is completely different than the regular MagCase. I would say it’s more of a traditional iPhone case because it’s made from several layers, such as foam, TPU Frame’s and microfibre cloth.
The iPhone won’t slide around easily on the front or back of the case and unlike the MagCase, the edges of the grip have ridges that make the case handle quite well but are quite noticeable.
The regular MagCase doesn’t have any button covers so you won’t have any issues with iPhone access. The bottom is fully exposed so you can use whatever 3rd party plug you want.
For the MagCase Pro, the iPhone’s buttons are easily reached through the edge of the case. They have a nice response to them and come close to the feel of the iPhone inside a Catalyst Impact Protection and not as mushy as the Mous Limitless v2.
When it comes to functionally, the standout feature of both Pitaka cases are the tiny magnets embedded along the inside of the case. They’re laid out in a manner that do not obviously interfere with the Qi-charging functionality of the iPhone.
The biggest difference between the two products is the protection. The MagCase Pro is apparently three times drop-rated while the regular MagCase offers protection that rivals several layers of paper towel.
If you’re not terrible with your iPhone and just need something to prevent excessive scratching on your device, go with the MagCase.
Just make sure you put on the free screen protector because the edges of the case are extremely low.
Onto MagCase Pro which is a much tougher case. When it comes to drops, Pitaka employs the usual air pockets in the corners though I do like their description of the corners as they use the word AirBag. The side of the case also has a series of air pockets which help with the impact protection of edge drops.
Now from my experience in dropping iPhone cases, I know that my iPhone X is going to be fine when it comes to corner drops in the MagCase Pro. I’m not confident when it comes to face first drops because the case edges are quite pliable.
The MagMount Qi is a slightly evolved vent mount as the entire surface of the mount is much larger than your average magnetic mount.
Now there are a couple of downsides to this mount. The first thing is that it doesn’t come with a cable. And the second downside is that it doesn’t come with a power source.
But with all things considered, I’ve been a fan of how easy it is to use the product when I’m driving. It just works!
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