Review: Vaja iVolution Case for the iPhone 3G/3GS

When I first purchased my iPhone 3G back in August 2008 I became obsessed with finding the best case possible. I’m a fan of the swivel clip, but I hate bulky cases, and cases that are made from cheap plastics, like a lot of the cases that are currently on the market.

In October, I stumbled upon Vaja Leather Products, a small company located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vaja makes custom designed leather cases for a long list of products, the Iphone and iPhone 3G / 3GS included.

The cool thing about Vaja Cases is that they give you the ability to design your own leather case via their website.

2 months ago I decided to bite the bullet. I spent about an hour playing with different colours and design options for my case and committed to buying one. After shipping it cost me around $150 and it took 3 weeks to arrive.

The Breakdown:

  • The case is absolutely stunning and made with very high quality leather.
  • The custom design that took me an hour to commit to was exactly as I had seen it on screen. I even branded a little message into the leather back.
  • For the extra $5 I had them include the Ultra Clip, which is basically a high quality swivel clip adapter for your belt.
  • The iPhone fits very tightly into the case. The best fitting case I’ve every had.
  • The flip on the front of the case protects the screen from any dust or damage.
  • For $30 you can upload a graphic, which they will brand into the leather on the back of the case.

Overall, I easily rate the Vaja iVolution Case for the iPhone 3G / 3GS  a 4.8/5 . Vaja offers a superior product when it comes to iPhone cases.

Vaja iVolution Case iPhone 3G

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  • gecko

    Pricey but may be worth looking into. Do you know if it owuld still fit with an invisishield on?

  • gecko

    Pricey but may be worth looking into. Do you know if it owuld still fit with an invisishield on?

  • gecko

    Pricey but may be worth looking into. Do you know if it owuld still fit with an invisishield on?

  • Ayyywa

    I would also consider http://www.beyzacases.com/ I got the belt one a year ago and it is still excellent. Pricey too but excellent quality and excellent service really

  • Ayyywa

    I would also consider http://www.beyzacases.com/ I got the belt one a year ago and it is still excellent. Pricey too but excellent quality and excellent service really

  • Ayyywa

    I would also consider http://www.beyzacases.com/ I got the belt one a year ago and it is still excellent. Pricey too but excellent quality and excellent service really

  • Ayyywa

    Ooops, forgot to say that the Beyza is very slim and would not fit with any covers, invisi or otherwise

  • Ayyywa

    Ooops, forgot to say that the Beyza is very slim and would not fit with any covers, invisi or otherwise

  • I think it will still fit with an invisi-sheild on. The case is a very tight fit, but because the leather is pliable it should squeeze in. The great thing about this case is, once the iPhone is in, it’s not going to slide out. I’ve dropped the case a few times and the phone is always snugly inside. With other cases such as the Griffin iCLEAR or Elan Clip, the phone falls out, if by chance it hits the floor. ouch!

  • I think it will still fit with an invisi-sheild on. The case is a very tight fit, but because the leather is pliable it should squeeze in. The great thing about this case is, once the iPhone is in, it’s not going to slide out. I’ve dropped the case a few times and the phone is always snugly inside. With other cases such as the Griffin iCLEAR or Elan Clip, the phone falls out, if by chance it hits the floor. ouch!

  • I think it will still fit with an invisi-sheild on. The case is a very tight fit, but because the leather is pliable it should squeeze in. The great thing about this case is, once the iPhone is in, it’s not going to slide out. I’ve dropped the case a few times and the phone is always snugly inside. With other cases such as the Griffin iCLEAR or Elan Clip, the phone falls out, if by chance it hits the floor. ouch!

  • I think it will still fit with an invisi-sheild on. The case is a very tight fit, but because the leather is pliable it should squeeze in. The great thing about this case is, once the iPhone is in, it’s not going to slide out. I’ve dropped the case a few times and the phone is always snugly inside. With other cases such as the Griffin iCLEAR or Elan Clip, the phone falls out, if by chance it hits the floor. ouch!

  • Christopheraceto

    I think it will still fit with an invisi-sheild on. The case is a very tight fit, but because the leather is pliable it should squeeze in. The great thing about this case is, once the iPhone is in, it’s not going to slide out. I’ve dropped the case a few times and the phone is always snugly inside. With other cases such as the Griffin iCLEAR or Elan Clip, the phone falls out, if by chance it hits the floor. ouch!

  • Alex

    With this case I believe is very hard to play games on. The cover is just so in the way while you are holding it ??

  • Alex

    With this case I believe is very hard to play games on. The cover is just so in the way while you are holding it ??

  • Alex

    With this case I believe is very hard to play games on. The cover is just so in the way while you are holding it ??

  • Alex

    With this case I believe is very hard to play games on. The cover is just so in the way while you are holding it ??

  • Alex

    With this case I believe is very hard to play games on. The cover is just so in the way while you are holding it ??

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • I play games all the time! You can fold the flip back behind the phone. Also, if you are holding the iPhone sideways, there is enough room around the hinge of the flap to place your hands comfortably, as if you where holding it normally.

    I’ve taken some pictures of the iPhone in the case, holding it in game position. Take a look – Vaja/iPhone 3GS images or Christopheraceto.com

  • Tim

    Did you know belt clips are the most effective form or birth control on the planet?? Yeah it’s true … ask any remotely good looking woman. Because no woman in her right mind would ever have sex with a guy who wears his phone on his belt. True story.

  • Tim

    Did you know belt clips are the most effective form or birth control on the planet?? Yeah it’s true … ask any remotely good looking woman. Because no woman in her right mind would ever have sex with a guy who wears his phone on his belt. True story.

  • Tim

    Did you know belt clips are the most effective form or birth control on the planet?? Yeah it’s true … ask any remotely good looking woman. Because no woman in her right mind would ever have sex with a guy who wears his phone on his belt. True story.

  • Tim

    Did you know belt clips are the most effective form or birth control on the planet?? Yeah it’s true … ask any remotely good looking woman. Because no woman in her right mind would ever have sex with a guy who wears his phone on his belt. True story.

  • Guest

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • Guest

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • Guest

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • Guest

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • Guest

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • Dusty

    Nice case dude!
    Leaves some comments over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635 This would be a good post!

  • gecko

    Haha. Personally I’m not a huge fan of belt clips either but some are so to each their own. The case is available without the clip as well though…plus they have a bunch of other nice ones on their site as well.

  • gecko

    Haha. Personally I’m not a huge fan of belt clips either but some are so to each their own. The case is available without the clip as well though…plus they have a bunch of other nice ones on their site as well.

  • gecko

    Haha. Personally I’m not a huge fan of belt clips either but some are so to each their own. The case is available without the clip as well though…plus they have a bunch of other nice ones on their site as well.

  • gecko

    Haha. Personally I’m not a huge fan of belt clips either but some are so to each their own. The case is available without the clip as well though…plus they have a bunch of other nice ones on their site as well.

  • gecko

    Haha. Personally I’m not a huge fan of belt clips either but some are so to each their own. The case is available without the clip as well though…plus they have a bunch of other nice ones on their site as well.

  • Haha! Well, I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. It seems to act like a magnet for me 😉

  • Haha! Well, I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. It seems to act like a magnet for me 😉

  • Haha! Well, I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. It seems to act like a magnet for me 😉

  • Haha! Well, I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. It seems to act like a magnet for me 😉

  • Q&A : did you have pay any duties at customs?

  • Q&A : did you have pay any duties at customs?

  • I did have to pay duties. The total including was about 160$

  • Christopher Aceto

    I did have to pay duties. The total including was about 160$

  • Georgia

    I just bought a iphone case for my phone. Very pricey and come to find out I can not get my iphone out of the case. I have notify Vaja and they tell me their is nothing they can do??? BUYER Beware>>> I spent alot of money and now can't get my phone out of the case

  • Georgia

    I just bought a iphone case for my phone. Very pricey and come to find out I can not get my iphone out of the case. I have notify Vaja and they tell me their is nothing they can do??? BUYER Beware>>> I spent alot of money and now can't get my phone out of the case

  • Csockett

    I recently purchased a custom case from vaja. During the customization I added a belt clip assuming this would mean that my CUSTOM case would then come fully equipped to be carried on my belt. After $100 I got my case. It looked as it should. However, it did not have the clip attachment for the belt . They did send me an attachment piece which can in no way be attached to the case.

    When I contacted customer service I was told that my custom case could not be made to go in a belt. I asked why they would have that as an option on my customization page if it was not an option. And why would they sell me an attachment that is not even viable. I got basically no response from the company.

    I asked for either a refund or for tfgm to refurbish the existing case to include the clip attachment. That was almost 2 weeks ago. I am extremely disappointed in this company’s customer service. You would think a custom case means that you can make it what you wasn’t. Otherwise if there are restrictions they should state them . Now I have a useless $100 case.

    I am really disappointed. Think twice before ordering from this company. They are shady!