Wow, I totally forgot I've got a blog.
Anyway, I just upgraded from my beloved iPhone 6 Plus, my first ever iPhone, to a 7 Plus (which I'm loving so far).
One of the things that excited most about moving to my 6 Plus and, now to my 7 Plus, was case shopping. My previous phones never had the kind of case selection iPhones enjoy and, frankly, no phone does. I generally like my cases to be very protective and professional. Well, my last two favorite cases taught me that I can add some personality to my phone case without sacrificing the former two.
Carved, a small case maker based out of Indiana, specializes in making cell phone cases out of wood. The cases come in a variety of protection levels, from simple skins, to thin cases, to thicker ones. Each case type has a plethora of wood panels that come on the back of the case.
Two years ago, I purchased Carved's Walnut Burl Traveler case for my iPhone 6 Plus. The purchasing process was incredibly easy and within a short while, I had my beautiful case. The Traveler series is amongst Carved's most protective case type, with a wood panel on the back of a polycarbonate case and a rubber wrapping along the sides. There are cut-outs for the mute switch, headphone jack, speaker, and Lightning port. The final product protects the phone from all angles. The phone's front is slightly raised so that a face-down tumble won't shatter the screen. The inside of the case is signed by all those at Carved who contributed to the making of my case, making for a really nice, personalized touch.
However the real star of the case is the walnut burl panel. I've never received as many compliments on a phone case as I did with my Carved case. Pictures don't really do it justice. The case looks simply stunning and very professional. After two years of use, the wood has warped (as expected), however, the case itself is still as it was when I got it. It has protected my perfect-condition iPhone from many falls and has left my iPhone still looking new.
I was so happy with my Walnut Burl case that I couldn't wait to purchase a second case from Carved for my iPhone 7 Plus. This time, I went for Carved's Satellite Series. The Satellite Series takes cues from nature, a mixture wood with colors and resin that delivers a beautiful finished product.
The dark green and wood Traveler case is breathtaking, looking far better than any picture I had seen of it. The nature of wood cases lends itself to unique cuts, as no two pieces of wood will ever be alike. Carved has also updated it's rubber casing, making for a slightly grippier feel and more pronounced inlay. This makes the phone very comfortable in your hand. On the back, you can feel the tiny nooks and imperfections that make a wood case authentic.
While I've only had my phone and case for less than a week, I know from previous experiences that my new case will be equally or more durable than my first Carved case. However, every single person who's seen my Satellite series case honestly could not believe how beautiful a case it is.
Carved will forever be at the top of my iPhone case list and I cannot recommend them enough!
(If you guys over at Carved see this, you're all amazing!)
(Link to Carved's site: http://www.carved.com)