Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Case direct from Mous.co for £43.95 (GBP) Delivered, the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product. Like me you may have seen the Sponsored Adverts on Facebook or some other social media for a company called Mous. Mous make phone cases and have a few under their belt already (from iPhone 6 to iPhone X as well as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus). The Limitless case that this review refers to was funded via crowd funding. Their indigogo campaign almost raised $2.5 million : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/protective-iphone-x-and-8-cases-mous-limitless#/
The advert that caught my attention was one outside the Apple Store in London where they went in and purchased an iPhone X on release day, popped it in their case, walked outside and chucked it up in the air. This all being done right in front of a crowd of Apple fans looking to go in and buy the very phone that was now taking a live flying lesson with a combined drop test onto the concrete right in front of their own eyes.
That’s a ballsy move and on watching how the case coped with drop after drop and even being offered to the public to have a go my mind was made up. The order was placed with an expected shipping date of 21st November 2017.
We will get the bad news over first – the expected shipping date was missed. Mine got shipped on 27th November 2017 so slightly less than a week late. These things happen, and Mous were getting a pretty tough time over the missed shipping on Social Media, I wasn’t too happy myself – after all we customers were paying a premium price of almost £50 (for the carbon fibre variant of this case) shipped. Mous missing the shipping date and having no correspondence about the delay was really rather annoying.
To be objective though you should expect hiccups with crowd funding campaigns – a lot of things can cause delays. Look at Apple’s HomePod – if it can happen to Apple it can happen to anyone. Next time though – just let us know!
With that out of the way lets move onto the actual product.
Mous – all is forgiven. This case is excellent – yes it is expensive, but so too are Tech21, Otterbox, UAG, Griffin, Apple. When you are pricing yourself with premium products from huge manufacturers you need to make sure you have it right. I am happy to say Mous have it right,
Immediately from the packaging it is obvious that throughout the design process there has been a good attention to detail.
The box feels premium, the pull tag to open is a nice touch and you have all the info you need right on the box including an explanation of how their main ingredient ‘Air Shock’ will protect your phone. My previous case manufacturer of choice was Tech 21. I have trusted them and the 3DO compound they utilise to protect my devices for a good few years now – right up until they (in my humble opinion) dropped the ball with their iPad Pro offerings (http://tbni.blog/2017/10/11/review-tech21-impact-clear-rear-case-for-apple-ipad-pro-10-5/).
Then you open the box and this premium feel and well designed theme continues. You are met with some good advice by means of a business card sized info / warning sheet :
As you can see from the front of the packaging you also get a ‘free’ screen protector. I haven’t installed this as yet as I currently have a tempered glass screen shield on from Belkin that was put on at the Apple Store – it is flawless and crystal clear and as such I have no intention of taking it off until the time or need arises. However – and again – it is well packaged and obviously some thought has gone into its presentation…
Now we are down to the actual case. The goodness continues. The case feels premium, it feels solid and strong, it looks good, but it isn’t heavy. I don’t know whether the carbon fibre is real or not but it looks good.
There are cut outs for the rear camera, silence switch, charging port and speakers. Buttons are present for the Volume Rocker and Sleep / Wake button.
Of course the case fits perfectly. It is worth noting that I have a rear skin on the phone and it has no effect whatsoever. The case is also screen shield friendly. Obvious I suppose seeing as they are giving you one with it, but it is always good to know.
As well as being screen shield friendly it is also screen friendly. With the redesigned gestures for the iPhone X swiping from the top left / top right and bottom need to be completely unhindered to get to the Notification Centre, Control Centre and App Selection. These gestures are totally unhindered by the case so the phone’s function is exactly as it should be.
The front edge of the case is slightly concave so at the middle region of the case the iPhone and case are almost flush, however the case is raised over the bezel at either end meaning the screen is kept off the desk should you lay it face down. The camera lens is also slightly recessed into the case protecting it when set on the desk.
The buttons function well and are responsive, they have a good tactile feel and there is enough feedback from the button so you know you have used them – it feels like no additional effort is needed to operate the iPhone’s buttons when the case is on.
It does show that considerable thought and R&D has went into the design. At this point I can say I am 100% happy with the case and can’t really thing of an improvement to suggest. I like my tough cases and this one seems to check the tough box and well as maintaining the sleekness of the iPhone X – and carbon fibre is cool too!
Thankfully I have only had one test of this case personally, that was getting out of my car and my iPhone fell out of the pocket of the jacket I was wearing straight onto the asphalt road. I am happy to report there was no damage whatsoever, not even a stuff on the plastics, honestly nothing. The photographs of the phone in the case were taken just prior to writing this review and therefore after the drop. Nothing, so hopefully that’s the only drop test I will ever conduct and I am happy to report it as a success!
So there you have it, it is a premium case with a premium price tag. However on the back of that what you are getting is a well designed, well presented and manufactured case that competes with the other premium brands, and maybe even teaches one or two of them a thing or two about the form and function that we consumers want and expect.