In a way, it’s sad. Everyone goes out of their way to get the latest and greatest iPhone and would love to show it off, but they realize that it needs protection so they cover it up with a case. Today I’m looking at three minimal iPhone XS Max cases from Totallee, a California-based case manufacturer, with several options that let the beauty of your iPhone shine through.
If there’s anything that irritates me about some iPhone cases, it’s when the manufacturer decides to label the darned things with their own logo or name. I want a case that shows off the iPhone and doesn’t act as an unpaid advertisement for a case manufacturer. That’s what you get with the Thin cases from Totallee, which are available for $29.
These cases are very thin — 0.02” (0.51mm) thin for all but the clear cases, which are just 0.03” (0.76mm). That thinness contributes to a very light weight as well: 0.1 ounces (2.8 grams).
The cases come in five different matte finishes — frosted clear, frosted black, solid black, navy blue, and red. There are also two glossy finishes — soft clear and jet black — and a black leather finish. In the slideshow below, you can see the glossy soft clear (my personal favorite), frosted clear, and frosted black iPhone XS Max cases.
As thin as they are, the Totally cases work perfectly with the Qi wireless charging on Apple’s latest iPhones. While they’re not designed to protect your iPhone from damage from a major drop, the cases offer adequate protection from scratches on the back and sides, and even have a raised lip around the camera opening that helps protect the camera.
For protection against screen scratches, you can add a screen protector for an additional $19, which also adds free shipping to your order.
Unlike many of the cases I review that come with no warranty, Totallee stands behind its products with a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.
As you can see from the photos in this review, the glossy soft clear, matte frosted clear, and frosted black cases all let the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone show through.
While the glossy soft clear case features protection for the power and volume buttons on the iPhone, the other two cases tested have openings for the buttons.
Unlike most other iPhone cases, I found the Totallee cases very easy to install. There’s enough flexibility in the material used to make the cases to allow them to be installed and removed quickly, important if you frequently need to remove a case for one reason or another.
During my review, I did find one fault with the Totallee Thin case (the .02 mm thick model). It’s so thin that the plastic strip between the Lightning port and the top of the screen ripped. Care should be taken to avoid ripping this small piece if you’re frequently removing and reinstalling the case.
At just $29, the Totallee Thin cases are reasonably priced and well made. I found the Thin case to be much less bulky than the $39 Apple silicone case I had been using, which also hides the good looks of the iPhone. While it doesn’t provide as much drop protection as other more expensive cases, the Totallee Thin case is perfect for those who don’t have a tendency to fumble their iPhones and who want to let the natural beauty of their iPhone show through. I do have a concern about the durability of the Thin case (all but the thicker clear cases) in the long run, although the warranty goes a long way toward alleviating that concern.