Bottom line: Casely's Bold + MagSafe case offers tough and durable protection while also being completely compatible with MagSafe accessories. It is also available in almost all of the different designs offered by Casely.
Very tough and durable
No visible MagSafe ring
Available in dozens of designs
Compatible with MagSafe chargers and accessories
Tactile buttons and grippy sides
Some designs have extra effects
A little stiff and bulky
Not available for all designs
Bold + MagSafe is $10 more than regular Bold
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When it comes to the iPhone 12 Pro and best cases, it's easy to find a ton of choices. However, when you want a MagSafe-compatible case that also comes in a ton of different patterns and designs, then it isn't as easy. Thankfully, Casely is here to save the day.
Casely offers a ton of different case styles in dozens of colors, designs, and patterns. One of the more recent additions to the lineup is the Bold + MagSafe case, which is available for almost all of the currently offered designs on the website.
I tried out the "Always Vibing" Bold + MagSafe case for this review and put it through its paces for a few weeks. It's become one of my favorite cases to use when I need MagSafe compatibility.
Casely Bold + MagSafe Case: Price and availability
While you can find a few Casely options on Amazon, the Bold + MagSafe case is a recent addition to the lineup and only available direct from Casely's website. Casely has a regular Bold (without MagSafe) for $35, but the MagSafe version costs $10 more at $45. It may not be as expensive as a brand like OtterBox, but the price is getting up there.
Casely also has the CASELY Club subscription. From just $15 a month, you can have a new case delivered to your door every month or season. You can go with the Classic Protection cases or go for the Bold Upgrade, which is $10 more per month. Some Casely designs are only available through the subscription. However, the Bold + MagSafe option is not available for CASELY Club, only Classic or Bold.
Casely Bold + MagSafe Case: Tough protection with style and MagSafe
For a lot of people out there, having a simple case is good enough. However, I've grown to love cute, stylish, and even fashionable cases for my iPhone 12 Pro, so I'm always looking for something that will make my phone stand out among the crowd. Casely is one of those brands with dozens of different patterns and designs to choose from, so I absolutely adore the variety. No matter who you are, there's a little something for everyone with Casely.
Even though the Bold + MagSafe case is MagSafe compatible, there is no visible magnetic ring on the case's interior. In fact, when I first received the case, I wasn't even sure it was the one I had asked for since I saw no white magnetic circle inside. But it snaps on perfectly to my Belkin MagSafe Charger and all my other MagSafe wallets and accessories worked fine. If you dislike seeing the very obvious MagSafe circle with other cases, then Casely's Bold + MagSafe case gives you seamless peace of mind.
The Bold + MagSafe feels slightly stiff and looks a little thicker than the Classic style, but it's relatively easy to install on the iPhone. It is also classified as very protective with medium weight, and you can certainly feel it once it's on. While it's not as thick as something like an OtterBox Defender, the Bold + MagSafe is noticeably bulkier than something like the Loopy case that I've been using regularly. I haven't dropped my phone since having Casely's Bold + MagSafe on, but it does seem able to withstand bumps and everyday wear and tear. It's also easy to remove if you change cases often or want to clean your phone.
You have a pretty deep lip around the front, preventing the screen from touching a surface if you have it face-down. The edges are made with a rubberized material, and there are ridged areas on the sides to provide additional grip when holding the phone. The rubbery button covers provide excellent tactile feedback when pressing the power or volume buttons, so you don't get that gross "squishy" feeling like some other cases. There are precise cutouts for the camera, speakers, and Lightning port, with some extra space to accommodate whatever charging cable you decide to use.
As far as the actual MagSafe compatibility with the Bold + MagSafe, it works well. It quickly "snaps" onto my MagSafe charger, as well as other things like MagSafe wallets. I have a MagSafe wallet from Ekster, and it stays on fairly well. The magnets are also strong, and I can slide my iPhone into my back pocket with a MagSafe wallet without an issue.
I also want to mention the particular Bold + MagSafe case that I'm using, which is the "Always Vibing" design. Not only does this one rock a nostalgic '90s look, but it even glows in the dark. You'll have to put the case under some artificial light for about two minutes, but once the lights are out, those squiggly lines will have a bright glow. It's pretty awesome and will certainly be a conversation starter.
Casely Bold + MagSafe Case: It has a bit of heft
Honestly, there isn't much about the Bold + MagSafe case that I don't like. But if there's one thing I wish was different, I'd want the case to be a tad slimmer. I'm used to my Loopy case as my daily driver, so the Bold + MagSafe feels a bit bulkier than I'd like, and it is definitely heavier.
I would like to see Casely have a Classic + MagSafe option available for those who want a slimmer option but still want MagSafe compatibility.
Casely Bold + MagSafe Case: Competition
If you don't care for Casely's wide selection of artsy designs and want something simple, then you can't go wrong with the Nomad Rugged Case with MagSafe. This is made with genuine Horween leather from Chicago, and it develops a beautiful patina over time with more usage. The MagSafe ring on the inside of the case is also quite subtle, though still noticeable.
There is also the OtterBox Figura MagSafe case if you want something that has an abstract design that is also slim with a smooth but grippy feel. And if you prefer the traditional OtterBox aesthetic but in a sleeker package, there is the OtterBox Aneu Series, which is also MagSafe compatible.
Casely Bold + MagSafe Case: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You want a cute or cool design with tough protection
- You want some extra grip
- You want to use MagSafe chargers and accessories
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You want a plain MagSafe case
- You don't have MagSafe accessories
- You like using phone grips or rings
For those who want a MagSafe compatible case that comes in a huge range of different patterns and designs, then Casely has you covered. Not only do the Bold + MagSafe cases work with MagSafe accessories, but they also provide top-notch protection from drops and everyday wear and tear. The button covers give great tactile feedback, and there are extra grips on the side so you can hold on to your phone without worry.
Just keep in mind that the Bold + MagSafe is not available for every design on Casely's site, though many of them have it. The case is also a tad bulky compared to slimmer options out there, and it has a medium weight. You can't get Bold + MagSafe as part of Casely's Club subscription either.
Bottom line: Casely's Bold + MagSafe case offers tough protection in a ton of different styles and designs. It also works flawlessly with MagSafe accessories, even though it's not obvious.
Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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