Alto iPhone 13 series leather cases review: Minimalist yet luxurious

Alto iPhone 13 series leather cases review

Leather cases are my favorite because of their unmatched elegance and durability. But it’s important to go for the right brand offering high-quality materials and craftsmanship. Alto is a go-to option in this regard.

I already loved their AirPods cases and Apple Watch band, so I had to try the phone cases too. Did they meet my expectations? Find out below in my full review of Alto iPhone 13 series leather cases.

Note: All iPhone 13 series cases by Alto are available at a 10% discount between December 13 to 27, 2021.

alto iphone 13 series cases review

I’ve reviewed three types of Alto iPhone 13 series cases:

  • Alto Original 360 leather cases
  • Alto Metro leather wallet case
  • Alto Anello 360 leather lanyard case

1. Alto Original 360 leather case

Key features

  • Available for iPhone 13 mini, 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max 
  • 5ft/1.5m military-grade drop-tested
  • Raised edges for screen and camera protection 
  • Supports wireless charging
  • 3 color options 
alto iphone 13 series original leather cases

Minimalist, protective, durable, and stylish. This elegant leather case ticks all the boxes! Let’s consider some of the vital aspects below.

Design

Alto’s Original 360 leather case is handcrafted from full-grain Italian leather that looks and feels exquisite. It’s ultra-slim and sleek yet provides adequate drop protection. Encased within the leather is a sturdy TPU frame to fortify your phone.

alto original leather case iphone 13 pro max

I love how the inside of the case has a soft lining. Plus, there are tactile buttons to cover the original buttons of the phone for an all-around, stylish look. The three color options are super attractive, and I simply can’t pick a favorite. The leather will develop a unique patina over time for a classy vintage look.

What’s more? You can have your name or other words laser-engraved onto the case when you place an order. There’s also gift packaging available which makes this a great Christmas gift for parents or other special people in your life. All in all, Alto scores big on design, and these phone cases are a delight to own and use.

Protection

Design’s all well and good, but the purpose of a phone case is to protect your precious device. I’m happy to report that Alto Original 360 cases offer military-grade drop protection for up to 5ft/1.5m. The combination of shock-proof TPU encased within genuine leather offers sturdy defense against everyday wear and tear.

Further, the inner lining provides cushioning and prevents scratches. At the same time, the subtle raised edges around the screen and camera provide extra safety to the most delicate parts of your iPhone. This case is not a bumper built for extreme adventure, but it offers more than adequate protection for daily use.

User-friendliness

With the carefully picked natural materials, beautiful handcrafted design, and attention to detail, Alto’s slim leather cases are a breeze to use. The buttons are easy to press, and all the ports remain accessible. The case does not interfere with your phone’s functions, and they fit together like they’re made for each other.

alto original leather case cutouts

Moreover, you can also opt for a MagSafe charging compatible version of this case that’s all the more user-friendly. However, the MagSafe-compatible case is not available for iPhone 13 mini.

Pros

  • Slim and sleek
  • Genuine Italian leather
  • Military-grade drop protection
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Beautiful color options

Cons

  • None

Buy now: iPhone 13 mini | iPhone 13 | iPhone 13 Pro | iPhone 13 Pro Max

2. Alto Metro leather wallet case

Key features

  • Available for iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
  • One card pocket
  • Raised edges for screen and camera protection 
  • Supports wireless charging 
alto iphone 13 pro metro leather wallet case

Keep your essential credit/debit card close with this handy wallet case from Alto. Here’s my take on how it fares in different aspects.

Design

This case is designed to make your life more convenient. It features a handy card slot flap at the back to hold a card or two. It comes in three beautiful color options: full Raven Black, a combination of Cement Gray/Original Nude, and Caramel Brown/Raven Black. I received the last option, and it was love at first sight.

alto iphone 13 pro metro leather wallet

I love this case’s flip-style card slot. You can move it out of the way when using wireless charging. However, the one downside is that the leather doesn’t cover the button area. Nonetheless, it’s a sleek, stylish design that’ll serve you well.

Protection

I love the slim profile of this leather wallet case, but unfortunately, it doesn’t offer much drop protection. It does a good job of keeping away scratches and has raised edges around the screen and camera for extra safety. But the phone’s buttons are left exposed.

alto iphone 13 pro metro leather wallet with card

The card pocket is pretty sturdy and has been tested to last over 10,000 flips, so you need not worry about durability.

User-friendliness

There’s no doubt that Alto’s Metro leather wallet case is pretty user-friendly. It’s super easy to put your card in and out of the slot, and all the functions of your phone are easily accessible. It also supports wireless charging for convenience.

However, I noticed that your card could easily slip out of the slot, which is not ideal. Further, it won’t do much to prevent damage from drops, so it is made for gentle users.

Pros

  • Genuine Italian leather
  • Supports wirelesss charging
  • Slim, sleek, and beautiful
  • Handy card slot
  • Raised edges for screen and camera protection

Cons

  • Not much drop protection
  • Card can easily slip out of the slot

Buy now: iPhone 13 | iPhone 13 Pro | iPhone 13 Pro Max

3. Alto Anello 360 leather lanyard case

Key features

  • Available for iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max 
  • 5ft/1.5m military-grade drop-protection 
  • Comes with a convenient neck strap 
  • Card slot 
  • Raised edges for screen protection 
  • Supports wireless charging

Here’s the most functional Alto leather case with a cardholder and matching neck strap.

Design

Just like Alto’s other cases, this one is designed to perfection. It includes a sleek cardholder at the back, plus a handy lanyard.

The full-grain Italian leather beautifully covers the phone and offers a sleek, lightweight look that stands out from the crowd. It’s available in Cement Gray, Raven Black, and Forest Green colors, each with a unique appeal.

Protection

As for protection, you can use your phone worry-free thanks to 5ft/1.5m military-grade drop protection. The leather wraps snugly around your device, and an inner TPU frame absorbs impacts in case of falls.

Of course, the neck strap makes it much less likely that you’ll drop your phone in the first place. As expected, there are raised edges to keep scratches away and an inner lining for some extra cushioning.

User-friendliness

I’m a big fan of the movable card holder that keeps your cards hidden from view. Moreover, it doesn’t add any bulk and is easy to access.

Further, the case is compatible with wireless charging for everyday convenience. Add in the matching lanyard, and you have a complete package that’s perfect for a busy lifestyle.

Pros

  • Handcrafted from Italian leather
  • Military-grade drop protection
  • Supports wirelesss charging
  • Cardholder
  • Matching lanyard
  • Raised edges for screen and camera protection

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Price: $79.95

Buy now: iPhone 13 mini | iPhone 13 | iPhone 13 Pro | iPhone 13 Pro Max

Verdict: Alto cases are excellent for everyday use

iGeekoMeter

Design

95%

Drop protection

85%

User-friendliness

85%

Value for money

85%

On the whole, Alto’s cases score big on quality and design. They make the perfect everyday companion for your iPhone and will last a long time. It could also be a thoughtful gift for a fellow iPhone user. They’re super simple to use and look effortlessly stylish.

alto iphone 13 leather cases

Go for the Alto Original leather case for a minimalist look that’s still highly protective. Or get the Alto Metro leather wallet case if you like to card wherever you go. Finally, if you prefer going hands-free when out and about, get the Alto Anello 360 lanyard case that’s a breeze to carry around.

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