As an iPhone user I have always shied away from cases as I have never found one that enhances the design of the iPhone rather than devaluing it. But the latest version of Grove’s Bamboo case for iPhone 4 is a game changer. It is hands down the best case I have ever used or reviewed.
That is a bold statement I know, but here’s why:
Grove offer a choice of either plain bamboo or specially designed patterns, created by talented illustrators from across the globe. The designs are then laser-etched onto the bamboo using some of the latest technologies. The finish is beautiful; the tiniest detail is viewable, and on the review case there were no visible errors. It is also lined with a felt-like fabric to minimize scratches.
The bamboo is finished with a metal bezel, available in either silver or black. Like everything on this case it is well-made and hugs the phone comfortably and securely.
The product comes in a simple but stylish bamboo box, clearly created from the left-over bamboo the case came from. The outer shipping case was also filled with bamboo chippings for protection, which was a nice touch.
What’s Bad: With so many positives there must come a few negatives, but these are more to do with iPhone cases in general rather than specific faults with Grove’s case.
The iPhone 4 is a beautifully designed device and the bamboo does add a fair bulk. One of the reasons I have avoided cases in the past is due to this fact but Grove’s case offers a distinctive look and feel to the iPhone in a way I have never experienced in a case before. Whether this bulk is enough to put you off is a personal opinion. My sizeable hands cope fine but my wife has voiced concern for those daintier among us!
The font bezel acts as a brilliant dust and lint collector too, but as previously stated this is a flaw with every case released to date.
Conclusion: As you can probably guess from my review, I am in love with this product. It is a thing of beauty that enhances the iPhone’s already arresting style. At $89 dollars it is not a cheap case, but in my opinion it is a worthwhile investment and will not only protect you precious iPhone, but will add character and personality to it in a way no other case can.GROVE BAMBOO CASE FOR IPHONE 4
Model: BAMBOO FOR IPHONE 4
Compatibility: IPHONE 4 – OTHER MODELS AVAILABLE FOR IPHONE 3G/3GS
List Price: $69/89
Buy Now: GROVE BAMBOO is available direct from Grove