Review: Grovemade iPhone Case Merges Nature & Tech

Grovemade creates handmade accessories for Apple devices in Portland, Oregon. The company is committed to high-quality material, using beautiful woods and vegetable-tanned leather. I recently had the chance to test out Grovemade’s Maple and Leather iPhone Case ($109). It’s not meant to protect your iPhone from the elements. Rather, it takes the iPhone’s class up a few notches for a beautiful look and feel.

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Upon unpackaging this item, its one major flaw stuck out. The case is single use. That means once you put it on your phone, leave it on until you’re done with it, because you can’t install it again. The case comes in two pieces: the wood frame and leather back. I slid my iPhone face-down into the frame, removed the 3M single-use adhesive, and attached the leather back to the frame. It was easy to put together, and if you rarely change cases, the single use problem isn’t one.

I received the maple case, but it is also available in walnut. I love when tech and nature come together, and that’s what this case does. The stark glass and aluminum with the warm colors of the wood and leather compliment each other perfectly. Grovemade does a fantastic job of paying close attention to the details, and this is apparent with the darker wood buttons of the case. Both the Sleep/Wake button and volume buttons are part of the case, meaning Grovemade cut tiny wood buttons that work wonderfully and show a certain level of detail and craftsmanship you rarely find.

Pros:

  • Looks and feels beautiful

  • Great craftsmanship

  • High-quality materials

Cons:

  • Single-use adhesive

Final Verdict:

This is one of my favorite cases I’ve ever used on the iPhone. Grovemade's Maple and Leather Case is a perfect match for the aluminum iPhone body, and the attention to detail really shows.

 

 

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.