Wow I'm not sure where to begin on this one...For over a year I was a proud owner of the Argos genuine leather case for the iPhone 4 (slightly different style case from the iPhone 4S). Nearly everyone who saw the case asked about it due to its slim, streamlined, luxurious appearance, and the fact that it was made from leather. I can't count how many people I referred to that fine product and I told anyone who would listen about its fine features.
When I upgraded my phone in September to the iPhone 5, I immediately searched for a new version of this case...sadly the cases had not yet been released, but the site promised the product was "coming soon." Feeling "naked" without a case for my phone, i used a small sock as a pouch in which to protect my phone until the Argos was released for the iPhone 5.
After a few short weeks, the new Argos was released, and I anxiously awaited its arrival in the mail... I would also be amongst the first to display the new Argos in action. I tore open the shipping box as quickly as possible, carefully opened the Argos box, and out flopped a black-colored semblance of an iPhone case. I picked up the feather-light, paper-thin (and equally flimsy) case--surely this must have been an item used to hold the product's shape during shipping, much as those cardboard shoe inserts do. I searched the package and found no items other than a user manual of sorts.
Now that I think about it, a cardboard shoe insert is _exactly_ what this product resembles. "Luxurious?" "Genuine leather?" Ive seen better products at the dollar store. This new Argos is flimsy, looks cheap, feels cheap, and is such an utter disappointment that I am embarrassed to have ever sung it's praises. To add insult to injury, you are reminded each and every time you open the case of its inferior quality--the microfiber lining looks like it was cut by a pair of dull safety scissors...and it was probably pasted to the backside with an old jar of school paste...you know, the kind elementary school kids eat for lunch. The front lid will likely last less than 8 months before detaching from the back-side.
I suppose if you never owned the Argos case made for iPhone 4 then you haven't witnessed the differences: simply search for it on Amazon to find its pictures; a side-by-side comparison of the two pictures will show the clear differences in materials used. And believe me, it's ten times worse in person. If there is any real leather used in this new case I have yet to witness it. The exterior is slippery smooth like vinyl. Where is the leather grain on this product? The texture has the same exact precision that only a "handmade" vinyl-covered diner seating booth can provide. Hold the case to the light at an angle--look at the millions of prisms created from the cases's surface, just as your best-made petroleum-based goods will do. The case looks like someone took some thin cardboard and put black shrink-wrap all around it: "ta-da that'll be $40 please!"
And speaking of materials, this off-white "microfiber" lining used in the iPhone 5 version is a complete wasted effort. The only time your screen would come close to touching it is if you bent the front cover into a convex shape (of course, doing so would permanently warp the vinyl-wrapped cardboard case and then what would you do??) The "microfiber" itself looks like it will rub off from friction in a few weeks.
The only reason I still have the case is because I couldn't return it--even if I did the most I would get back is 50% and have to pay to have it shipped back....
Spigen: what have you done to the Argos, and what is this tripe you are trying to pawn off under the same name? It's like Volkswagen removing the name "Jetta" from its cars and replacing it with "Bentley"....we may be suckers, but we're not stupid. As a consumer, I feel insulted. Further, I am embarrassed for recommending this product in the past, and to all my friends, family, and colleagues, please accept my sincerest apologies.
Amazon: please remove this product from your site.
To everyone else: avoid this product like the plague.