Without a doubt Sena knows what they’re doing when it comes to making cases. In an over-saturated market of two-bit phone accessories the company has proven their worth over the years. We’ve reviewed other Sena cases, so the product line itself should be recognized. This time around we’re talking about the “Corsa” case for the iPhone 4S, and why it could be one of the last iPhone cases you’ll need – well that is until the iPhone 5 gets released.
Here’s the thing, Sena makes REALLY good products. Not the stuff you buy on eBay or at your local flea market; everything is handcrafted in California. So while most of their slip-in cases seem like they’re the same, they all have a unique look and feel and are all different. The Corsa has hand-sewn stitching on the outside and inside is laced with velvet lining – you really don’t appreciate its feel unless you actually hold it in your hand. Another simple stroke of genius is the “pull strap system”. It’s designed well, but unfortunately might cause a bit of frustration (read below). The overall size of the case is something Sena has gotten down to a science. The Corsa case is so form fitting you will forget you’re using it, even in those tighter fitting pants. And trust me when I say this, it’s liberating to be able to stray away from the “inside blazer pocket” carrying style that has become the phone carrying norm.
When I was touching on the good, I focused on one of my favorite features of the case being the pull strap system. Yes, it does enhance the overall usability of the case, but unfortunately does come with some physical annoyances.
One of the reasons for the growing popularity of using a case with an open face design is the convenience of accessing the screen itself; protection and usability are key. The last thing anyone wants when struggling with groceries and a briefcase is to need a third hand to pull the device out when it’s ringing or to check/compose an email/texts. Looks are one thing, but usability is a beast all its own; something that is somewhat of an acquired taste when using a pouch of any kind, especially the Corsa. So, while I can appreciate Sena’s idea to throw a pull-strap into the mix, a pouch is still a pouch, and the user must be ready to adapt in order to be fully happy when using one.
Overall, the good still outweighs the bad in this case – pun intended. The Corsa case for the iPhone 4S is a solid 9/10 and retails for about $40.