The Gear4 Mayfair is a leather case that’s “tough”
Gear4 Mayfair Review – #9 on our Top 10 Slim iPhone 7 case list
The Gear4 Mayfair is is a slim case that’s made with genuine leather and is apparently drop tested to 3m or 9 ft. Supposedly.
At the moment of this review, the Gear4 Mayfair case is #9 on our Top 10 list for Slim iPhone cases. We’ve reviewed dozens of iPhone 7 cases so #9 is nothing to scoff at. The standout feature of the Mayfair is the leather back. It’s fancy but also a double edge sword when it comes to handling. The Mayfair is also one of the highest ranking “fancy” cases so if you’re a suit who needs a good case, this might be the one for you.
For our Gear4 Mayfair review, we’ve given this case a score of 4 Ehs out of 5. The MayFair is an above average case and is the best Gear 4 case to date. If you’re looking for a comparable case, check out the Spigen Hybrid Armor and Thule Atmos X4. Or check out the comparison table between the Mayfair against the Top 3 slim cases to date. Links are in the i or the description section below.
Design – Thin, light but the back is slick
For design, the Mayfair is quite thin but is as wide as the average case. The case fits well with the iPhone despite the flexible back. The genuine leather fuses seamlessly with the rest of the case though it doesn’t have a leather smell which seemed odd to us.
The leather back of the case is actually quite slick. It will slide around on a flat surface easier than other cases. Despite the slickness, there is a bit of texture to the back so it still handles decently. We don’t think you will have many issues with wear and tear.
Protection – Drop rated to 9ft. Sort of.
For protection, Gear4 claims that the MayFair has 3m or 9 ft worth of drop-protection. Their cases are made from D3O which was the same material that Tech 21 used in their Classic Shells for the iPhone 6. According to the box, the molecules in the D3O float around freely but once there is an impact, the molecules lock together. Cool. Now any other review would stop here but since we’re suckers for marketing fluff, we had to see for ourselves.
Check out the drop test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqwaG6lwasE
Were we surprised? Not really. The edges of the case have a bit of give to them which means the iPhone will probably pop out during a face first drop. We guess all the free floating molecules in the D30 didn’t get the memo about locking together during face first drops.
So what height that we break our iPhone’s screen from? 6ft which according to Gear4 is the same as 9 ft.
Functionality – Decent access to the iPhone
Accessing your iPhone inside the Mayfair case is a breeze. We will note that the power/sleep button is just a smidge tougher than other cases. Screen accessibility is decent despite the edges being quite close to the touchable area. One-handed usage is bearable in the Gear4 Mayfair.
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