Review: Marware C.E.O. Premiere for iPhone 3GS & iPhone 3G

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Marware's C.E.O. Premiere for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. [$34.95 - iMore Store Link] is a horizontal case with a belt clip and top flap. Either you love that style or you hate it, but there is no denying their popularity among iPhone owners. Marware has been making iPhone cases since day one and some pretty good ones at that. What did we think of the Marware C.E.O. Premiere?

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The Marware C.E.O Premiere has the classic horizontal holster case design that covers your iPhone in a textured, soft leather with quality stitching and an ultra-slim non-removable belt clip. The interior of the case is made up of microfiber cloth which is a welcomed addition that promises not to scratch your device while it is in use.

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The flap that encloses your iPhone stays closed with the help of Velcro. Though I would have preferred Marware to use magnets, the Velcro does it's job. However, when I am in a quiet room and need to get to my phone I'd like to get it out in silence rather than hearing the sound of Velcro tearing open.

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The C.E.O. Premiere is designed only to provide access to the headphone port while your phone is inside. This design allows you to listen to music or take calls with the iPhones headset while you are out and about, but like all other cases of this style, no other controls can be accessed when the it's is closed. Keep that in mind if it's a deciding factor when you're looking for a new case.

Marware was kind enough to include a decent screen protector in the package as well.

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If you prefer the horizontal case and can get past some of the Marware's minor shortcomings, the C.E.O Premiere as it's truly a quality case.

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Review: Marware C.E.O. Premiere for iPhone 3GS & iPhone 3G

17 Comments

Slide in case FAIL.
When you need the case most it's not there.
You don't drop the phone when it's in your pocket you drop it when you take it out.

I agree ! Protect your phone at all times, not just when your not using it. Plus I've never understood keeping a phone on your belt. What's wrong with your pockets ?

Business men that wear slacks to work, suit and tie style can be havin an iPhone in their pocket with a big ass rubber cover over it. Doesn't work trust me. Belt clip or you carry it around. Moat of the go naked with the phone so it doesn't detract from the suit while they're on it.

Not everyone uses iPhone cases to protect them from dropping. Some people just don't want their iPhones being scratched when they're no using them.
This is just such a case, although it's too bulky for my tastes.
I don't like any cases. I like the smooth, thin feel of the iPhone by itself (haven't regreted it... yet). If it's not in my hand, it's in a small velvet pouch in my pocket. :)

I like the Marware cases and use the SportSuits for my 3GS and iPT. The other cases seem blah and overpriced for what you get. I found them both on eBay for half what their site sells them for..

Those that reject the idea of a side clip simply don't understand how different people store their phone.
I have a leather side holster case, and I've never dropped it pulling the phone out. I've dropped it just picking it up off a counter or being handed or whatnot, but never from taking it out of a case like this. It's a matter of performing the same manuever over and over and having that in your muscle memory. Now I understand not everyone can do that, and non clip cases are just fine for many people, but that's why there is a choice of cases, just like a choice of phones, as the iphone isn't for everyone.
For those who prefer clip cases like this, this is very attractive and goes well with a suit. It's also cushioned which is nice. I know there is this (very false) perception about magnet cases, but this case would be awesome with a magnet. Velcro wears out, but magnets do not and simply last longer.
I'd have bought one today if had a magnet.

@The Devil:

I’ve dropped it just picking it up off a counter or being handed or whatnot,

Exactly. Thanks for proving the point.
When you use a case like this your phone is unprotected at the most high risk times: when you are using it.
As for the suits issue posted by others, I can tell you from personal experience this is NOT a problem. There are plenty of places you can hide an iPhone in a quality suit without it even showing, and all of them are easier to get at and look better than a belt clip.

I don't have a protective case on my eyeglasses when I wear them... I don't keep my MacBook in its bag when I use it... I don't wear my Bluetooth in its protective case, but it goes in there when it's being charged.
Same thing here.
This is simply a case to keep a phone in when its not in use, the same way one would keep anything in a case when its not in use. If one chooses not to use protection for their iPhone when in use, what is the issue with having a case like this to keep it in when setting it on a desk, a car seat, or a restaurant table to keep it from being scratched when used? Help me here. When it rings, you take it out, and you have an iPhone without a case because you like it that way.
Ladies, throw away your jewelry boxes... they won't work when you're wearing your jewelry.
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I have this case, and am very surprised that the reviewer didn't mention that the IS a magnet version of this case (it's the one I have) - but it is only available directly from Marware. It is a great case, and as some others alluded, doesn't look ridiculous or attention-seeking in a professional office environment. Prior to my purchase, I emailed marware to ask about the magnets and iPhone combination, they addressed my concerns very well. I also like how you can still hit the top button when it is in the case to easily send a call to voicemail. Daily use for 8 months or so, no issues with wear&tear.

I like it except for the velcro. I'd much rather have the quieter magnets. I'm using a similar case now that has magnets but I've about worn it out. I've never dropped it taking it out of the case or putting it in.

I have the SportGrip for iPhone 3G. Awesome! On my second one now. The most form-fitting rubber, sleek case I've seen. I've dropped it a few times and it laughs at the impact!

I agree with the above post. Personally I cannot understand why you would not want to make an effort in this regard anyway. Only the other day, at work we had exactly the same conversation and came to a similar closing