Review: DLO SlimCase for iPhone 3G

The DLO SlimCase for iPhone 3G is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $39.95. If you are looking for a case that allows you to easily remove your iPhone while still keeping it secure when in the case, this one might be for you!. Let's see how it measures up after the break!


The DLO SlimCase comes with the case and wrist strap. There is a nice leather finish on the outside of the case and a soft, non-scratch material on the inside. This material allows the iPhone to slide into the case smoothly, yet holds it in place securely as well. The included wrist strap attaches at the top of the case and does not impede placing the iPhone in or out of the case.

Daily Use


When I first looked at this case I was perplexed as to why the whole top half of it was open. As you can see in the pictures, there is no flap or clip to keep the iPhone from falling out! However, after spending some time with the case, I feel this design was done for three reasons; 1) easy access to remove the phone as needed for docking, etc. 2) to keep the form factor compact 3) complete and unobscured access to the iPhone's external buttons.

The DLO SlimCase is durable and stylish. The removable wrist strap comes in helpful too. The smooth leather case allows it to easily slip in your pocket and I feel it is protected. The only concern I have is if the case is dropped. I feel fairly confident that the iPhone will stay in the case, but the issue is the top corners; they are unprotected and if it takes the brunt of a fall, could harm the iPhone's shell.


Using this case daily, I did not encounter any problems. It didn't get stuck in my jeans pocket and it held up well under the daily abuse a case can get. I kept the wrist strap attached, but found that the case gave the iPhone sufficient grip so I did not use it. The Big question I know is on your mind: with a gaping opening at the top of the case, did the iPhone stay in securely? The answer is yes. The iPhone does fit securely, I had no issues with it coming loose.


This iPhone case is a double-edged sword; easily removable and slim, yet a compromise on the top corners if dropped. I am giving this case a 3 instead of a 4 because I have concerns if I were to drop the case, would the top corners be protected? If this is not a concern for you, then this is a great case that looks good, has a nice finish and allows you to remove the iPhone easily for docking or other activities.


  • Nice leather finish
  • Easily remove the iPhone as needed
  • Case is compact
  • Openings for accessing everything you need on your phone
  • Wrist strap


  • Top corners are exposed
  • Not dockable

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  • How much??????!!!
    hell no.
  • My friend had one of these, and after a while the top of the case (both front and back) developed so much room between the case and the phone (translation: Floppy Top" that it began to catch on everything in her purse. Checkbook, cards, keys, all became stuck in there.
    She taped front to back over the top of the phone. Looked Ghetto.
    I asked her how often she removed the phone from the case, and she said only to dock it in her external speaker dock. I suggested she find a case that was dockable with the case on.
    I think she ended up with the Incipio dermaSHOT or something like that.
  • $40 with that much of the phone is exposed is epic fail. Is DLO on crack???
  • I can't think of one case out there that doesn't have drawbacks. This one seems very inconvenient to repeatedly remove.
    My 3G, which I bought immediately when released, is still just as mint as the day I took it out of the box (so far)... and I've never used a case. I've tried a few, but never liked any of them.
  • Goto best buy same one less than 20 bucks
  • Nice to see the boys at tipb are at least consistant in their choices of cases they attempt to sell us........ ugly AND awful.
  • This was the second case I purchased for my iPhone 3g and love it, had it now for over 7 months and find it offers excellent protection but is still very easy to remove the phone when needed, now 4 of my friends also use the same case case
  • $40? That's too pricey. I have Cretouch's leather grip case. It's only half of the price($19.99) and it's great quality and awesome looking case.
  • I agree this is ugly. Why buy a great looking iPhone and cover it up with an ugly case. I have this one:
    Still expensive but very cool....