This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


The iPhone 12 mini is really small and light as a leaf (see the review of the device). We’d like to use it as it is, but it's a bit scary that it gets scratched. So here are the cases we recommend. The cases are made of aramid fiber, which is a popular material among geeks. The aramid fiber is used for bulletproof vests and spacecraft exteriors. It's thin, light, and sturdy, making it a super fiber. Currently, two companies, PITAKA and Deff, are producing and selling cases for the iPhone 12 series made of this aramid fiber. Engadget has previously compared the two companies' cases for the iPhone 11 Pro.

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Comparing the aramid fiber iPhone 11 Pro cases made by Deff and PITAKA

On the left is the PITAKA MagEZ Case (¥5499) and on the right is the Deff Ultra Slim & Light Case DURO (¥5170)

The case made by PITAKA (left) has a magnet for car mounting on the back.

The DURO case (right) also covers the top and bottom sides of the iPhone, while the PIKATA case is U-shaped and does not cover the top and bottom of the phone.

PITAKA MagEZ Case that fits in tightly

Case thickness is 0.85 mm

It weighs a little over 11 grams.

The gap around the camera base has been filled in.

Putting this case on the iPhone, it hardly feels as if the weight has increased.

This case bites into the screen side of the iPhone a little bit and snaps into place. Even if you put the screen down, it's okay because the screen will float.

It may be because the MagSafe of the iPhone is more magnetic, and it stays in place even through the case.

The magnets for the in-vehicle mounts are positioned differently than the MagSafe, but that doesn't seem to be a problem (coincidence, I guess...)

Deff Ultra Slim & Light Case DURO's presence is close to nothing

DURO, which is even thinner at 0.7mm thick

At 8.6 grams, it weighs less than a pen.

The opening around the camera is a little gapped, but it is designed to protect the lens.

Despite covering the entire side of the case except for the buttons, you only feel the weight of the iPhone.

It's thin, so the magnetism on the iPhone's side works, and MagSafe charging is no problem.

It is not available in color, so it may not be enough for those who have chosen vivid color iPhone, but if you have chosen the iPhone 12 mini, you may want to consider this minimalist and practical case (of course, it goes well with black). Both PITAKA and DURO are also available for iPhone 12/12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.


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