Arc Pulse case review: The best cover for those who prefer naked iPhones

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Arc Pulse, which barely covers the top and bottom of your iPhone, is as minimalist as they come while still offering protection.

Users who say they hate iPhone covers usually sling their iPhones naked or with an ultra-thin case as a minimum. Arc Pulse is different and leaves most of the phone bare. At the same time, it provides more protection around the corners than even a thin case would.

The Arc collection is available for all models of iPhone 12 and all models of iPhone 13. For our review, we test it with iPhone 13 Pro.

When shopping for your Arc Pulse, you can choose from matte black anodized aluminum, polished silver titanium or polished gold titanium. Arc has done a great job on its site, allowing you to cycle through all the different color choices and different colors on the iPhone. That way, you can see what it will look like on the iPhone you own before ordering.

Is it adequate protection?



Arc Pulse has a double layer design. There is a metal outer cover that covers a shock-absorbing shock-resistant layer.

Installation is nothing more than pushing each piece into place. It holds without micro-suction, adhesives or extra grips. The softer inner material on the inside has enough tension to prevent the Arc Pulse from ever slipping off.

To begin with, we were worried that the pulse would slip off with use. After a few weeks of use, none of the parts of the Arc Pulse ever came free. It held its position well and even pulled from our pockets or bag. Removing the Arc Pulse case requires a concerted effort with targeted force.



While we had Arc Pulse, we used a screen protector at the same time. The front of the Arc Pulse hardly wraps around the front, leaving enough room for the screen protector you choose. It looks like any screen saver will work, but Arc seems to be working on a sapphire crystal screen protector judging by the “coming soon” banner on his page.

The biggest question about Arc is whether it will adequately protect your phone, which depends on your definition of adequate protection.

Since it only covers the corners of your phone, much of your iPhone is still unprotected. Yet it still protects the most vulnerable parts of the device, including the camera bump.

When your phone falls, it will most likely hit one of the corners of the phone. In these scenarios, Arc Pulse will take the bulk of the impact. The cover will also protect your iPhone in the event of a side impact.

Where Arc Pulse falls short is when your phone falls on a non-smooth surface. If you drop your phone on a gravel driveway, or it hits multiple surfaces on the way down, the Arc Pulse alone may not be enough to maintain your phone’s pristine condition.


Arc Pulse on the couch

A screen protector is definitely a must for a little extra security. This will create a better balance between protection and sleek design.

We see how most case manufacturers put the most reinforcement in the corners of their cases, and Arc has done the same but removed the sides and back at the same time.

Are you going to buy Arc Pulse?

Arc Pulse will certainly not be for everyone, which is ok. The case market is extensive with designs, colors, sizes and unique features to satisfy almost any need.

Users who are attracted to the Arc Pulse case will want something other than what the case market typically offers. They want premium materials, but it should still provide some protection for their phones. All this while highlighting the signature aesthetics of the iPhone.

What gives us a break on Arc Pulse is not entirely the device’s fault. Once again, a massive camera bump on the iPhone 13 Pro is causing problems. Because the camera body is so large, the small metal ring that Arc Pulse surrounds it with blocks certain MagSafe accessories from working.


Arc Pulse with MagSafe

This is not a problem isolated for the Arc Pulse, as some of Apple’s accessories do not work perfectly either. The iPhone 13 Pro does not lie flat on the MagSafe Duo as just one example.

If you have iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini, these probably won’t be problematic at all, but for the average “pro” it’s a cause for frustration. Pay attention to which MagSafe accessory you use before you decide to download Arc Pulse.

For reference, most MagSafe accessories worked fine – only the larger ones as battery packs posed a problem. It includes Apple’s own MagSafe battery pack.

Arc Pulse box

Arc Pulse box

Outside of the niche issues with MagSafe, we’re fans of Arc Pulse. It comes in one of the coolest packages available, where pulls on a ribbon make the top and bottom slide out and reveal the two pieces of the case.

We have not seen a case like this before and are happy with its sleek look. Just do not give up your AppleCare if you are tough on your phone.


Arc Pulse top

  • Good looks
  • Titanium option is very light
  • As minimal as it gets
  • Easily removable
  • Do not exclude MagSafe or wireless charging
  • Good protection for corners
  • Quite expensive, especially titanium
  • Does not protect your phone every fall
  • iPhone 13 Pro’s camera bump still causes problems with larger MagSafe accessories

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

If you want to download Arc Pulse for your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you can find it from just over $ 100 on Amazon.


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