If you're like me, and you like to use your iPhone without a case, there are still a few cases out there worth looking at. These wooden cases from Woodly are worth consideration even if you are dead set on not using a case.
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Review: Wood covers and cases by Woodly

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I’ve noted many times in the past that I traditionally do not use a case on my mobile devices. As a design snob I would rather see and admire the whole device, even at the expense of some protection. Others politely disagree and suggest that the owner should protect and customize their phones.

On occasion I will be swayed into this other camp of thinking. The Woodly cases are one such example. Coming in a several stains and several different configurations, the Woodly line of cases brings warmth to what some consider Apple’s very sterile approach to design. Podauk, Cherry, Walnut, Zebrawood, Bamboo; they have the works. Each case is laser cut (and engraved if you so choose) and finished by hand.

The case adds a minimum of bulk, and significant but not impermeable protection. There is one thing I do not like about this kind of case, and others may find it to be an issue as well–it is attached to the iPhone with an adhesive backing. It removes easily enough, but there is a shelf life to such attachment methods, or so it seems. The number of times the user will be able to attach and remove the case before the adhesive begins to lose it’s stick seems variable and likely short-lived. If you’re a habitual case changer this may not be the case for you.

The cases come in several different styles in addition to the types of wood. You can opt just for a back cover, a back cover and a front cover, or multi-toned back covers with or without the Apple logo cut out. Here’s what I mean:

Examples

Overall, for a one-man shop, these cases are of remarkable quality and finish. They bring warmth and a new feel to your iPhone, while offering protection from fingerprints and scratches. They are most certainly worth a look, even if you’re like me and don’t necessarily prefer a case on your iPhone.

Woodly also offers cases for your iPhone 5, iPhone 4/4S, iPods, iPads and even the Samsung S3. You can get your own Woodly case at gowoodly.com.

 

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  • personary

    I don’t care for the front cover. I do like the two tone walnut back cover though. I used to always go without a case, and now I’m used to carrying around a BookBook, which conveniently holds my credit cards so I don’t need a wallet. It’s bulky though, and the leather wears out fast. I have a 4S, and plan to upgrade to the 5S. Still not sure weather I’m going to get a case or not. I may pick up one of these Woodly backs and a front screen protector. I also like the look of the Twelve South Surfacepad, but after having a BookBook I’m not really too exited about having another leather case.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    Love it! It’s sad, though, these companies never support many devices.

    • Renkman

      These guys do great work and they are expanding the number of devices they cover. I spoke to the owner today, and they are releasing some new products this weekend.

      • Edgar Cervantes

        Badass!