Review: Minimalist Yet Protective iPhone Cases from Caudabe

I have never reviewed cases from Caudabe until the company recently sent me the slim Synthesis iPhone Case ($24.95). Caudabe seems to have found a niche for slim, rugged iPhone cases that it calls "Minimalist Perfection," and I can't disagree. These ultra thin protective iPhone cases are slim enough that those who prefer naked iPhones shouldn't object. Yet they add grippability through a unique polymer, which should prevent drops. 

Related: Buyer's Guide 2019: Best iPhone Cases of the Year


There are tons of choices for each iPhone so you'll spend some time trying to pick the right one for you. The one I tried had a smokey back that lets the iPhone color show through. Despite the minimalist design, the cases include decent protection for the buttons and ports. All of the cases were quite affordable. My case also had tiny "feet" in the four corners of the back. These keep the phone slightly off the surface and help protect the camera lenses when the iPhone is laid flat on its back.

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  • Compact, minimalist design
  • Smokey back (on same cases) lets iPhone color show through
  • Protects buttons and ports
  • Affordable selection
  • Tiny feet protect camera lenses when laid flat


  • Hard to choose, especially if not in person

Final Verdict

Caudabe has a variety of minimalist, protective iPhone cases that are pretty close to perfect.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.