Top positive review
on 1 February 2014
First thing I want to get out of the way is the issue over Amazon selling possible fakes. I have two of these cases, one from the official Apple store and one from Amazon. The packaging was different on the one I bought from Amazon where it said for "new iPhone" instead of iPhone 5. Does this mean the Amazon purchase was a fake? Put it this way, you want an Astra in the UK it has a Vauxhall badge on the back; you want one in Germany and it wears an Opel badge. Is one of them fake? Sometimes, products for different markets have different packaging.
The electronics giant Philips used to sell its products under the name Magnavox in the US back in the late 70s (and possibly beyond). Were they fake?
Considering authenticity, the one from Amazon is identical to the one I bought from the Apple store. They look the same, feel the same, fit the same and it would seem to me that they are the same. The only difference was £16 in price! So either, they're both fake or both genuine. Taking a stab in the dark, I would guess that the ones on Amazon might be "grey imports", which are genuine but originally destined to be sold in developing countries.
Anyhoo, onto the case itself. It is pretty good especially considering the price Amazon are knocking them out for. The fit is snug and all controls are easily accessible. In fact, the case is a bit too snug in that it's a swine to remove if you want to change cases. I take mine off most of the time when charging to stop the phone getting too hot and the plastic on one of them (the "genuine" one from Apple, oddly enough) has snapped near the volume increase button. Not a big deal though, the case is still useable and it makes zero difference to its integrity.
It is very light and does not add any noticeable bulk to the phone, which is just as well given the weight of the 5S and its slim profile. The rubber material inside the case should offer reasonable protection in the event of a minor drop onto a hard surface; can't really comment as I try not to drop my phones but the same case on my old 4S did a good job of protecting that on the one occasion that I dropped it.
Keep in mind that they offer zero protection from moisture ingress so if you work or spend a lot of your leisure time outdoors in the wet or high humidity, keep your phone in a secure pocket or bag or use a different case.
One mild criticism is that the glossy finish on these cases does scratch very easily. Personally, I can't get too excited over that. Scratch a £14 case or scratch a £700 phone? Hmm, let me think about that for a minute.
In summary, these are very good cases and are excellent value for the money that Amazon sell them for but I'd suggest buying direct from Amazon themselves. That way, if you're not happy in that you think it's a fake then you know that you can send it back for a refund.