Give your BlackBerry Z30 a premium look with the Leather Flip Case

By DJ Reyes on 14 Oct 2013 01:23 pm EDT
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When it comes to cases, I have a love-hate relationship with them. I do feel like I need to protect them from accidental drops (which I am prone to doing) but there are always times I prefer the naked feel of the device, especially when the device offers some nice aesthetics, such as the BlackBerry Q10. Now that I have the BlackBerry Z30, I feel the same, since the back cover is made from the same material as the Q10, however, I thought I'd give the Leather Flip Case a go and see if it would be my go to accessory.

The BlackBerry Z30 isn't the first BlackBerry 10 device to get a leather flip case, the Q10 and Q5 got one but was quite surprised to look back and see that the Z10 didn't get one in leather. Instead the Z10's flip case was made of that soft velvet like material, very micro fiber-like. The Z10 flip case also doubled up as a kickstand. The Z30 flip case, however, is leather, hence it being called a leather flip case. Much like the Q10 and Q5 version there is a little window on the front to let through LED notifications so you can see if you have messages waiting for you without having to flip it open. Something sorely missed on the Z10 flip case. It is sometimes difficult to see in some lighting conditions, though.

The major difference the Z30 flip case has compared to all the other BlackBerry 10 model flip cases is that it doesn't slip over the back of the device. Probably why it loses the word 'shell' in its name. Instead, the Z30 flip case replaces the back cover of the device. When it was known that the Z30 would come with a non-removable battery, many wondered why the back was removable. Turns out it was for accessories such as the flip case. Some could argue that since you're replacing the back cover it isn't really going to protect your phone much. However, I've used the case for about two weeks already and don't feel like it is less protected. For one, the back is actually a lot thicker than the actually Z30 back cover and it certainly doesn't feel fragile enough to break upon dropping it. Missing from the Z30 flip case is the ability to use it as a kickstand. The Z10 flip shell could fold over and turn into a kickstand to prop up your device.

Design

As the name suggest, the case has a leather finish. Most of the back is also leather with just the outer sides being plastic. Inside the flip cover is a micro-fiber finish to protect your screen. The back cover is made up of hard plastic and is thicker than the OEM back cover so it adds a bit of bulk and weight to an already heavy device.

Already mentioned, on the front, you have a little window to see LED notifications and there are also slits for the earpiece at the top and mic at the bottom. On the back, you have a cut out for the camera and flash and again slits for the speakers at the top and bottom. Like most official BlackBerry cases you have the BlackBerry logo on the back and the BlackBerry name and logo embossed on the front.

When closed, the lock button at the top is accessible. So is the headphone jack, volume keys and mute button on the sides.

Function

When it comes to using the device it can sometimes get a little awkward as you have to fold the flip over the back and it is quite slanted due to the fold. The fold also sticks out a bit to the left so it makes one handed use awkward. Two-handed typing isn't too bad though, at least for me but it can sometimes become annoying when you need to type a lot. But it isn't a deal breaker.

A neat thing about the Z30 leather flip case is that you can have the flip closed during a phone call, so it doesn't make it awkward to hold up to your ear. It may look a bit weird though having it close while you're talking away but I have had the flip over during a call once and it felt very awkward. So, while it may seem funny to have it closed it is much more comfortable to use, you also won't accidentally tap something with your cheek.

The biggest gripe I have with it is that you have to have the flip open whilst charging. However, that's the price you pay to have the ports protected while closed. When taking pictures it can also be a bit unwieldy as the flip needs to stay open. So, taking selfies can become a drag.

The Good
  • LED notification window
  • Have the flip closed during phone calls
  • Keeps the screen protected
  • Sleep magnet
The Bad
  • Adds bulk and weight
  • It can get a bit awkward to type with flip open
  • Need to keep flip open while charging
  • Doesn't double up as a kickstand
The bottom line

If you want to cover up you BlackBerry Z30 in business style, the Z30 leather case does the job. It's a flip case I have used for the longest time. I actually didn't think I'd like it as much as I do and it isn't as awkward to use, even with my small hands. The LED notification window is a big bonus and very helpful. And the screen can be protected while you're carrying it around in your pocket.

Reader comments

Give your BlackBerry Z30 a premium look with the Leather Flip Case

35 Comments

Big fan of the look of this case but it gets in the way too much when you're typing and taking pictures..

Posted via CB10

Same issue with the Sview case on my fiancée's Galaxy S4...returned that after three days! I also had a leather case for my Z10 and same problem with the camera. Actually rolling naked Z10 with just a screen protector now and just being more careful with it.

Amazon has the Official one for the Q10 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00BR1QCN0/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1381775331&sr=8-1&pi=SL75&tag=androcentr-21&m1k=d_cb
So, it's too small to fit on the back of the Z30? I'd take it back if that's the case. Should fit nicely.

Ok this is bulshit because the leather that closes over the screen will leave some small particle from that material every time you open...
For me always naked

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 device

Now we just need the phone to actually be available in the UK and we're all set....

Posted using my sexy white Z10 on Z10STL100-2/10.2.0.1761

I hate the flip case for Z10. It scratch my Z10. I regret to buy it. But this flip case design for Z30 has much improved. I have ordered one.

Posted via CB10 by Z30

I'm in the UK and I'm using the z30, been using it for a week now, you can get it from carphonewarehouse, harrods, and an online site

Posted via CB10

I hope someone comes out with a case like this but with credit card slots. I have one for my z10 and it allows me to get rid of my wallet.

Posted via CB10

I just purchased my BlackBerry Z30, and based on the reviews, I chose the leather flip case, and I'm glad I did!

Posted via CB10

Just got it today from eBay, well fit. Elegant look. However the leather flip case can't protect the corner of phone as the transform shell does, and I feel a bit weird to type by using this case. I prefer transform shell more.

Posted via CB10

I disagree with the comment that it adds bulk. The thickness of the back might add a very small amount but it's pretty negligible. The front is thin. Agree that it would be nice to card slots. Will gave to wait for a Sena Case for that, and they are great but don't come cheap.

Posted via CB10

I bought. A flip. Case for my Q10 and have really found it to be very good in terms of easy access and protection,especially the rear hardshell back cover. Had a Seidio for my 9800 - excellent and a BB pouch for my 9860. Strange the BB logo is on the back and back plastic cover looks a bit flimsy.

Flip case does not fit the Verizon wireless Z30. It does not snap into place as it should. Don't waste $35.00!

Too late Andy H1, I should have viewed these posts before purchasing, I guess I can send back as I, too, cannot get this on my Z30...guess it is back to Otterbox