Nomad Rugged Folio iPhone case review: Quality leather folio

Nomad's products are constructed from vegetable-tanned Horween aniline-dyed leather. The Rugged Folio is a simple and functional wallet folio designed for an active lifestyle. Yet it is elegant and formal enough that it pairs well with business and dressy clothing.

The Good

  • Slim
  • High-quality leather
  • Folio wallet holds six cards plus cash
  • Microfiber interior
  • TPE bumper to protect phone
  • Professional-looking

The Bad

  • Does not have closure clasp

Form and function

Nomad Rugged Folio: What I like

Nomad is known for its high-quality leather products. Its aniline-dyed Horween leather is vegetable-tanned and like all good leather, develops a patina over time. If you dress formally for work or life in general, your iPhone will look appropriate in a Nomad Rugged Folio. At the same time, the case is designed for adventuring, with a raised TPE bumper to offer six feet of drop protection.

The folio flap contains three card slots, each of which can hold up to two cards for a total of six. There is also a cash slot for bills. You might even be able to avoid carrying a wallet in some situations, greatly reducing the objects you have to carry on your person.

The case gives no interference to the iPhone's functionality. There are precision cut-outs for the Ring/Silent switch, camera, speaker, and Lightning connector. There are raised TPE button covers for Volume up/down buttons and the Side button. The TPE bumper part of the case that holds the phone is lined with a soft microfiber and your wireless charger will still work with your phone in this case. For all of that, this is still a fairly slim case and you won't be missing out on anything.

Won't stay closed on its own

Nomad Rugged Folio: What I don't like

Some folio cases have a magnetic closure or an elastic band so they can stay closed on their own own, but this one doesn't. That may or may not matter to you, but it's something to be aware of, especially if you carry important credit cards or money with you.

Overall great folio wallet case

Nomad Rugged Folio: Bottom line

This leather beauty is equally at home in the boardroom and in the mountains. Whether you're a business professional, an adventurer, or both, the Nomad Rugged Folio case is made for you. Carry your cards and cash in the folio flap and avoid carrying a separate wallet. Just be wary that it doesn't have a way to stay closed on its own. The Rugged Folio comes in Black or Rustic Brown and is available for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.