Cover-Up offers up something different with their new WoodBack cases for the Phone 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and HTC One M9 (we took a look at the cases for the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2).
Featuring a backing of real wood on the case, the WoodBack cases from Cover-Up not only look and feel natural, but also offer a decent amount of protection in a lightweight form factor.
What’s more the snap-on case is also completely unique, due to them using real wood, every case features its own grain pattern, no matter if someone else has the same wood species as your case.
Aside from the wood back, the case is crafted with a tough matte black polycarbonate that provides coverage for the device’s sides and corners, with a nice curve around the device’s glass front.
The only problem is that for us the lip around the front simply isn’t high enough, for full front protection there needs to be some kind of heightened lip that stops the glass from physically hitting the ground if dropped.
Aside from that we actually like how minimal the case is, with the top and bottom of the case being left mostly exposed, allowing it to be compatible with a wide range of iPhone docks, chargers and headphones cables, whilst keeping the speaker open. You will also find a large opening for the volume buttons, vibrate toggle and sleep button too, making it easy to quickly hit the buttons when needed.
The main attraction of the WoodBack cases is of course the wood paneling, which features “sustainably” sourced wood that is laser cut and hand finished in Cover-Up’s studio in South Wales.
Once it has been cut it is then coated with a finish made of vegetable oils and waxes that give it a natural shine, whilst keeping a slick feel to wood whilst in your hand. The finish should also mean that the wood should age well over time, however as we have only had the case for a couple of weeks we cannot confirm that.
If you like you can also add a number of patterns to the wood, with designs like a lightning bolt or treble clef.
You can also grab a number of woods for your case, including Blackened Ash (the one we had for the iPhone 6 case), Carpathian Elm Burl, Cedar, Cherry, Walnut, Cedar (what our iPad Air 2 case was fitted with) and many more.
We really liked the design of the WoodBack cases, the use of real wood works perfectly with the modern design of devices like the iPhone, offering something a little more personal and unique to the smartphone and tablet.
The main problem with the case is its lack of a lip on the top of the case, this can be a huge setback for some, however if you can look past it then you should definitely check out the WoodBack cases.
The Cover-Up WoodBack cases are priced as low as £12 and as high as around £22 depending on your device, you can check out all the available cases on Cover-Up’s site here.
Disclosure: Cover-Up sent us both the sample for the iPhone and the iPad Air 2.