Pad & Quill Woodline iPhone case: Elegant high tech protection

Pad & Quill Woodline Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus. Photo©2016 Steven Sande

Pad & Quill Woodline Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus. Photo©2016 Steven Sande

Since Pad & Quill first started up in Minneapolis, Minnesota a few years back, I've watched the company grow into a top player in the luxury Apple accessories market. Pad & Quill's latest product, the Woodline case ($49.95) continues the legacy of making quality products from natural materials while adding a bit of high tech wizardry to make a wood iPhone case that is not only incredibly thin and light, but strong too.

Design

I have tried a lot of wood iPhone cases over the years, but always fell back on the tried-and-true polyurethane or aluminum cases for one reason -- they were much thinner than the wood cases and quite a bit stronger. Well, Pad & Quill figured out a way to make a wood case that's not only as thin and light as the plastic or metal cases, but stronger as well. 

Bonded to two thin veneers of Forest Stewardship Council certified hardwood (American Cherry, Rosewood, Zebra Wood, American Walnut) is a middle layer of Dupont Kevlar® Aramid Fiber Core. Yes, Kevlar -- the same material that's used in everything from body armor to lightweight racing canoes. It's incredibly strong and light, doesn't interfere with transmission of radio signals, and it's the perfect material to turn normally frangible wood into a supermaterial.

Pad & Quill sells the Woodline cases for the past two series of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Each Woodline case will be totally unique compared to any other case due to the random properties of wood grain, and the inside of each case is stamped with the initials of the craftsperson who made it. 

Interior of Pad & Quill Woodline Case. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Interior of Pad & Quill Woodline Case. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Unlike most wood cases, the Woodline is extremely light -- the case for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus weighs in at 0.9 ounce or just 25.5 grams. The wood and Kevlar sandwich is only 0.9mm thick, but as Pad & Quill notes, that composite has a strength about 5 times that of steel.

Side view, Pad & Quill Woodline case. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Side view, Pad & Quill Woodline case. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Function

With its natural good looks, the Woodline case is perfect for anyone who wants a unique and stylish case for an iPhone 6 or 6s family device. While it doesn't offer the two-layer protection of some of the MIL-STD cases on the market, it's designed to be strong yet lacks the bulk of most other cases.

The Woodline snaps easily onto the iPhone and it also comes off without a struggle - perfect if you're the type of person who might want to use the Woodline for everyday carry but change out to a more sturdy case when going out for a hike. 

Once it's on the iPhone, you'll notice that unlike most other iPhone cases on the market the sides of the Woodline do not go above the screen. This could present a problem if you're fumble-fingered and there's a chance you could drop your iPhone onto the ground face down. But the Woodline is really meant to be more of a scratch protector than a drop and dust proof case, and that's where it truly excels. 

Woodline case on Apple Keyboard. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Woodline case on Apple Keyboard. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

The polished hardwood is very scratch-resistant, so everyday carry in a pocket shouldn't result in scratches or dings on the surface. If you're concerned about the iPhone screen being completely exposed in the case of a drop, I highly recommend going to your nearest Apple Store and having a Belkin Invisiglass screen protector installed. 

As for me, I'm thrilled with the Woodline case -- it's the first wood case I have ever considered as something I'll use long-term. If you decide to purchase one -- and I hope you do -- please use either one of the affiliate ads on our website or the link at the bottom of this post. Any one of those links helps to support Apple World Today.

Conclusion

Pad & Quill has done it again with the Woodline case series, this time producing an extremely lightweight but strong iPhone case out of natural materials with a high-tech twist. The Woodline is beautiful, unique, and should offer lasting protection for your iPhone from most scratches and even small drops. I do recommend having a screen protector installed on your iPhone if you use the Woodline, as otherwise the screen is totally exposed to drop hazards. The Woodline is very reasonably priced compared to other wood cases, coming in at about half the cost.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★