Following up on our quick review of the Speck CandyShell Grip case for the Nokia Lumia 1020 is AGF’s Leather Shell Case. Also available at AT&T online and stores, the case goes for the same $35. While the Speck case offered mid to high level of protection from drops and falls, the AGF shell offers a lot less, making it a tougher sell.
Still, if you’re looking at that image above and you’ve owned a 35mm camera in the past, your interest might have just increased. Yes, while we think $35 is too much for what is arguably just a plastic shell offering limited protection, it does look super cool. Combined with the large camera housing of the Lumia 1020 and the case makes the phone look like a classic 35mm film camera, which is very apropos.
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Although protection is light, it does cover the vital polycarbonate corners, which are the most likely to take dings during a drop. For that, we’re pleased. The case is also easy to snap on or off, so unlike the leave-it-on Speck, this case you can toss on when you need or go naked when you don’t.
The inner shell is made is glossy plastic while the outer shell is a smooth, matte material with minimal drag. Combined with the faux leather that runs down the middle and it looks rather classy. Granted, it’s not a full wrap around, genuine leather case, like the one spotted supposedly coming from Nokia, but for a basic shell, it’s stylish and to the point.
It’s a shame that the price is so high though, even though protecting our $700 investment is a top priority. Our bet? Lots of companies will start making cases that go even further in simulating the retro camera look and they’ll do it cheaper.