incipio carnaby esquire card folio case & otterbox strada leather folio case for galaxy s9 comparison

Having a wallet case with magnetic latch gives that peace of mind because it closes automatically when you close it and seals it tightly, no worries about your cards or phone falling out. So, let's see the wallet cases with magnetic features to keep everything in the case safe.

The Difference

incipio carnaby esquire card folio case & otterbox strada leather folio case for galaxy s9 comparison

Obviously, we see clearly that both cases are different. From the design, material, and protection. It’s cool to see the Otterbox logo right in the front cover, and you can find the logo from Otterbox on the clip of the case. You only can seal the Otterbox from the front while the Incipio, from the front and back, just flip the cover at the back and it automatically snaps on the magnet.

In terms of material, the Otterbox is from premium leather while Incipio is from fabric. The protection from both case is also different. The Otterbox Strada has the Certified Otterbox protection, and the Incipio has no drop protection. However, the sides of the bumper case on the Incipio is pretty sturdy.

The similarities

incipio carnaby esquire card folio case & otterbox strada leather folio case for galaxy s9 comparison

Both cases are folio cases with several same features. Both case have a magnetic latch. The magnetic latch on the Otterbox can seal from the back while the Incipio can’t, it only seal from the front. The flap that holds the magnetic latch from the Incipio is more extended, which is a bit annoying when you make it stand vertically for watching movies, so you have to fold the flap back. The bumper case is thicker than the Incipio, and the buttons are all closed with the Otterbox while the Incipio are all exposed.

Comparisons

  Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case Otterbox Strada Leather Folio Case
Advantages
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Easy to slide it in your pocket Looks and feels nice ( suits your jeans) You can slip it fast in your pocket
  • You can hold the bumber case as it’s half covered at the back
  • Very small possibility to crack your screen as the case holder is extremely strong
  • The sides are very tough so when you accidentally drop it, the sides are nicely protected
  • Magnetic latch works great to keep folio closed form the front and back
  • Easy to remove from the case
  • Made from premium leather which will make a unique pattern and colour by time
  • Volume buttons can be operated with the folio cover closed You can slip it fast in your pocket
  • A cutout for the ear speaker on the folio cover enables closed cover calls
Disadvantages
  • Easy to get dirty since it’s made out of fabric
  • Upper slot is hard to take out the card
  • When you close it, it feels like the case is too big because there’s a gap in the case
  • Turning the case into vertical makes it very weak to stand
  • You can’t slide it straight to your pocket when it’s open. You need to close the case first
  • The flap with the magnet is annoying when you make the phone stand horizontally so you need to fold it back
  • The case holder inside the case only protects the edges but not the ports and buttons
  • Volume buttons can’t be operated with the folio cover closed
  • No protection for the headphone jack and cable port
  • Weak glue
  • Very hard button cover
  • Absorb water which will take a long time to dry and get smelly too
  • The case makes it bulky to hold the case
  • Very easy to get scratches
  • No protection for the headphone jack and cable port
Magnetic latch Yes Yes
Drop Protection - Certified Otterbox Protection
Sides Sturdy sides Thick & sturdy sides
Card slots Fits 2 cards Fits 2 cards
Media stand Yes No
Price A$59.95 A$74.95

Water test

Otterbox Strada Leather Folio Case Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case

Long time to dry and will smell too

Long time to dry and doesn't smell

Specifications

Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case

  • Two credit card slots
  • Magnetic foldover closure
  • Soft touch coating
  • Easy to install
  • This case doesn't come with built-in screen protector

Otterbox Strada Leather Folio Case

  • Stylish, premium leather design looks great, feels great and improves with age
  • Elegant leather portfolio backed with OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection
  • Folio cover wraps around to protect the touchscreen, and locks into place with a polished magnetic latch
  • Features a convenient vertical card slot for cash or a card
  • Please note: Strada Folio Series and Symmetry Series Leather Folio are the same product and may be reflected on packaging
  • Unit Dimension : 155mm (H) x 81mm (W) x 15mm (D)
  • Unit Weight : 67g
  • Premium leather
  • Metal latch
  • Polycarbonate shell

Overall

The magnetic latch on the Otterbox is more useful. This is because you can seal it from the front cover, and seal it from the back. Personally, I love the Otterbox case because of the magnetic latch, it just snaps automatically when I flip it at the back, and when I want to use it on one hand, and also the premium leather that changes in time.

Since both have a magnetic latch, remember to remove the case when wireless charging, and keep it well away from any credit or debit cards with magnetic strips as it could erase or corrupt the data they contain. Overall, having a case with a magnetic feature is useful to keep everything in your wallet case safe.

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