OtterBox Strada wraps your iPhone 11 and credit cards in leather [Review]

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OtterBox Strada Case protects and beautifies your iPhone 11
The OtterBox Strada leather folio wallet case is a both tough and attractive.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Combining your iPhone case with your wallet is an easy way to simplify your life. Take the OtterBox Strada for the iPhone 11, which offers slots to hold multiple cards, while also wrapping around the front, back and sides of your handset. A leather exterior gives it a luxurious look and feel.

I used an OtterBox Strada for weeks — here’s how it stood up in daily use.

OtterBox Strada Series Case for iPhone 11 review

OtterBox is known for its protective cases, so the design of the Strada starts with a tough polycarbonate shell that covers the sides, corners and back of the iPhone 11. This will help save the handset from bumps and shocks that come from dropping it.

It offers OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection, but doesn’t come with any specific claims — this case is not guaranteed to protect the iPhone 11 if it falls for X number of feet. But I’ve used a variety of this company’s cases for years and never broke a device in any of them.

The Strada’s shell has openings for the iPhone 11’s speakers, the Lightning port and the camera lenses. Buttons have protective covers that don’t interfere with their usability. The volume buttons can be accessed even with this case closed, but this takes some effort.

A single piece of leather wraps around the front and back of the shell to form the folio flap. My sample unit is Shadow Black, while Espresso Brown is another option.

The look is good, with stitching all around the leather exterior for that professional touch.

All cases add bulk to the iPhone, and OtterBox’s is no exception. The Strada weighs 2.7 oz (0.17 pounds) and makes this handset 0.3 inches wider, 0.25 in. taller, and 0.32 in. thicker. It’s that last figure that’s the most significant because it doubles the thickness of the iPhone.

These are the dimensions for the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 version. OtterBox also makes ones for the 5.8-in. iPhone 11 Pro and the 6.5-in. iPhone 11 Pro Max that are slightly smaller and larger, respectively.

My tests found that this case doesn’t interfere with wireless charging, even through the back layer of leather and polycarbonate shell.

OtterBox Strada Case is also your wallet.
OtterBox Strada has room for two cards and perhaps a bit of cash.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Toss out your wallet

The Strada’s folio flap stays closed via a magnet clinging to a metal tab on the right side of the case. This system worked quite well during my testing. The magnet is strong enough to do the job, but the case is still easy to flip open when you’re ready to use the iPhone 11.

Open the flap to expose a pair of slots just the right size to hold a credit card and drivers license. You can tuck a $20 bill in too, but not anything else.

These won‘t add to the thickness of the OtterBox Strada because there’s space between the back of the flap and the iPhone 11’s display.

OtterBox Strada looks good from every angle.
The back of the OtterBox Strada looks as good as the front.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

OtterBox Strada Series Case for iPhone 11 final thoughts

First and foremost, this is a protective case for the iPhone 11. It’s not as rugged as the OtterBox Defender, but it’s also less bulky. The Strada is a reasonable compromise between protection and additional bulk.

And it can replace your wallet… if you’re someone who carries a minimal one. The OtterBox Strada can only fit a pair of cards.

Pricing

The official OtterBox price for the Strada is $73.95. And that same price holds for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max versions. It’s available from some retailers for a bit less, of course.

Buy from: Amazon — $59.99

There are plenty of rivals, some with lower price tags. The Woolnut Leather Case for the iPhone 11 series doesn’t include card slots, but it’s thinner, and costs less.

Or consider the Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 11. It’s not as protective, but it’s sleeker, and costs $46.19.

OtterBox provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out more in-depth reviews of Apple-related items.