iPhone Skins: Hardshell, Leather or Wood?

iPhone Skins: Hardshell, Leather or Wood?

Julienne Lin
Nov 21, 2011

It's only been a few weeks since some of us got our hands on the iPhone 4S, which has opened the opportunity to re-evaluate our phone's aesthetic. Having gone from the 3GS to the 4S means it's time to shop for a new case or protector. Here's how I narrowed down my choice of skins by material. It boiled down to hardshell, leather or wood.

Out of these three materials there were three particular brands I was looking into.

Wood: Like we've explored before, it's kind of fun to disguise our tech in yesterday's nostalgic designs. That's the same feeling I got when I saw a friend's Trunket skin. It evoked a retro feel and I never get tired of seeing tech paired with natural materials like wood. One fallback I had to consider was the amount of protection a wood case provides if I were to drop my phone. In the end, it's charm lay in being more decorative than functional.

Hardshell: Because their products are designed specifically for Apple products, Incase is always a go-to source for iPhone accessories. I liked both the Bird's Nest Snap Case and the Perforated Slider Case. Both are made of a durable rubber-like material that provides enough protection for when you drop your phone.

Leather: I've been quite taken with small leather goods lately but never thought of applying that to my phone. SGP offers an eco-friendly yet stylish skin that provides more protection than a wood case and a more unique look over a standard snap case.

In the end, I decided to go with leather. It gave the right amount of style and protection that I'm looking for, and enough versatility from always gravitating towards plastic cases.

What type of material do you prefer to skin your phone with?

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