Bottom line: Classy, clear, and ultra protective. The Mous Clarity is simply one of the best cases you can buy for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Clear, streamlined design
Well-made with high-quality materials
Shiny, yet grippy texture
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It's rare that I give five-star reviews, but I could not find a single thing I didn't like about the Mous Clarity Case for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This accessory has everything you could ever want in a great iPhone 12 Pro Max case — a slim, attractive design, ultra protective materials, durability, and a grippy texture. What more could you ask for?
We reviewed this case for the iPhone X, but since then the brand has streamlined the design and also upgraded the materials. Since this case works perfectly with the MagSafe charger as well, it makes an excellent companion for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I'll go into more of the details, but first let's lay out the basic facts:
Mous Clarity Case: Price and availability
At full price, the Mous Clarity Case is about $80, which is certainly not cheap, but you can check out our deals section from time to time to see if it goes on sale. Right now, it is readily available on the Mous website and Amazon. You may also find Mous products at Best Buy for online orders and in-store pickup.
Mous Clarity Case: Glassy yet grippy protection
There's a lot to like about the Mous Clarity Case for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. First and foremost, it shows off the gorgeous handset to its best advantage and looks amazing on the Pacific Blue colorway because of the crystal-clear solid polycarbonate backing. This material is shiny and has a glassy look to it, but it doesn't show fingerprints as much as most shiny clear cases. Speaking of polycarbonate, this is the stuff they use to make riot shields, which leads me to my next point - the protective qualities of the Clarity Case.
Most Mous cases are crazy protective, and this case is no different. Clear cases offer varying degrees of protection, but this one offers a combination of impact-absorbing AiroShock™ material with ultra tough polycarbonate for a rare level of protection. You can feel the quality of this case when you hold it in your hand and I've put it through its paces with some significant drops and falls. There's not a single dent, scratch, or mark on this case after over a month of heavy use. It protects every surface of the iPhone and doesn't show the wear and tear that most cases do after I get ahold of them. Despite the tough, protective qualities of the materials, this case is not bulky or thick. It also works perfectly with the MagSafe charger.
Aside from the attractive and protective benefits of the Mous Clarity Case, I also like how it feels in the hand. The case is shiny and slick looking, but it doesn't feel slick. There's a certain rubberiness to the sides and back that give it a good grip in the hand. This helps prevent drops and gives the case a solid feel that seems high-end. It looks and feels expensive, which makes sense considering the price. In fact, the price is the only disadvantage I could come up with for the Clarity Case.
Mous Clarity Case: That Price Though
After using the case for over a month and putting it through my usual rough treatment, I could not find a single thing I didn't like about it, save for one. For a clear case, this is definitely on the pricier side. To be, ahem, clear, that is not to say that the price is not justified, but I could see why it might be off-putting to the average shopper. With that being said, the high quality of the materials (I mean, this is riot shield level stuff!), the slick look, and the incredible durability of this case do help to justify the price point.
Mous Clarity Case: Competition
Does this case even have similar competition? Not really. The closest thing on the market may be the LifeProof Next Series Clear Case, but even that is not exactly comparable. Like the Mous Clarity, the LifeProof Next has a clear backing, tough TPU bumpers, and high protection. The LifeProof is thicker though and doesn't have that slick shiny look that gives the Clarity Case such an attractive, sleek profile. LifeProof definitely has excellent protection, but it doesn't look as nice as the Mous Clarity for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Mous Clarity Case: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You want a high-end look for your iPhone 12 Pro Max.
- You like to show off your iPhone's true colors.
- You are rough on phone cases and need something more durable.
- You have the budget for a high-quality iPhone case.
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You're looking for an inexpensive clear case.
To summarize, the Mous Clarity Case is a fantastic companion to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It has a sleek, shiny look and feel that will suit any of the iPhone 12 Pro colorways. I love how it looks against Pacific Blue. Although it does have that glassy surface, the case is not slippery. It still provides good grip, and even if you do drop it, the excellent protective qualities will keep your iPhone safe no matter what you put it through. In fact, the high-end materials do not even show the usual wear and tear that you see in many clear iPhone cases.
While this is not a case for the faint of budget, I think it's worth the extra expense. This is a clear case that won't yellow over time, and its tough construction will hold up to years of heavy use. If you buy the Mous Clarity, it may well be the last case you buy until your next iPhone upgrade.
Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.
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Great review, thank you! This Mous case sounds like a great case, although pricey as indicated. For my iPhone 12 Pro Max, about 3 months ago I bought the Bare Armour case, which seems very similar, but for slightly half the price. The back of its case is frosted (though still clear, so I can see the beautiful Pacific Blue color of the phone). And it is advertised as being quite protective, though I have not tested its protection. Bare’s website says it will work with the Apple MagSafe charger, but noting that it’s not guaranteed to work with third party MagSafe accessories. I can’t personally comment on MagSafe, though, as I don’t use MagSafe for charging (I’m content with charging my phone via USB-C). Overall I’ve been very pleased with the Bare Armour case, as it’s comfortable to hold (it rounds the sharp edges of the phone), and it just has a very premium feel to it. Plus, I like that the edges of the Pacific Blue case are also in the Pacific Blue color (I could be wrong, but the edges of the Mous Pacific Blue case look to be black in color). Another nice touch with the Pacific Blue variant of the Bare Armour case is that it comes with an extra set of buttons in a yellow-ish color, which offers a nice contrast to the Pacific Blue.