iPhone 4 Case Review: The Little Black Book for iPhone 4 Case, Vol. 3 Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Unique and style case, very good protection and can tilt the iPhone 4.
What's Not: Adds thickness to the slim phone, no docking while in the case.
For those of you who have seen Pad and Quill's The Little Black Book for iPhone 4, Vol. 1 case and loved it, you should know that the Vol. 3 case is even better. And if you have checked out our review of the Octavo for iPad 2 and loved it, you should know that the Little Black Book for iPhone 4, Vol. 3 has matching style and colors so that you want to collect a set for your phone and tablet, you can find the perfect pair. And for the uninitiated on Pad&Quill products, the Little Black Book (LBB) for iPhone 4, Vol. 3 is a moleskine style case made with Baltic Birch and bound with Italian leather cover. It?s very protective of your iPhone 4 and it oozes personality. If you like books, you will be attracted to this LBB for your iPhone 4!
Pad&Quill made several versions of this case, all similar looking yet with enhancements hidden everywhere. The Vol. 3 of the LBB has rounded its corners and added a cutout for the rear camera and flash on the back of the iPhone 4. The Little Black Book for iPhone 4 case has a wooden frame where your iPhone 4 sits securely with rubber sealed corners. Pad&Quill also includes additional pieces of rubber corners for you to adjust how tight you want your iPhone 4 to sit in the frame. The signature pull tab that looks like a bookmark but it?s there to help you take the iPhone 4 out of the frame easily. The case has an elastic band that shuts the case securely, and it completes the look of a small notebook when the case is shut.
The Baltic Birch wooden frame gives your iPhone 4 some serious protection against the bumps and bruises in a bag or backpack. The wood has been lacquered so that it feels smooth and won?t give you splinters. One of our cases has some chips around the cutout hole for the pull tab, but that too was lacquered over and doesn?t feel rough or splintery. The LBB for iPhone 4 case comes with 3 interior lining options, just like on the Octavo for iPad 2, and these colors are classy. The case has a bound book style spine that lets the cover fold backwards and create a viewing angle for the iPhone. Outside, the Little Black Book for iPhone 4, Vol. 3 addresses in smooth Italian bonded leather
The Little Black Book for iPhone 4 Vol. 3 case has cutouts for all ports and buttons on the iPhone 4. In fact, the case has three large cutouts on the top, bottom and the left side so that you have access to everything you need while the phone is in the case. The cutout on the left side works with both the AT&T iPhone 4 and the Verizon version, and the case has enough depth to accommodate the new white iPhone 4 what?s ever so slightly thicker than the black one.
Like with the Octavo for iPad 2, the elastic band on the LBB for iPhone 4 also blocks the rear camera when the case is closed, but it doesn?t cover it completely like with the Octavo. This shouldn?t be a problem for most people since you will need to open the case to use the phone as the viewfinder for your camera anyway. The elastic band can also hold the cover in the back when you fold it back, this creates a secure position for your iPhone 4 to sit in the case in a tilt position for viewing movies or better ergonomics. Another factor to consider here is that you will need to open the cover to answer or make calls, and the elastic band can hold the cover on the back so that you don?t have to fiddle with the cover when you are in a call.
The Little Black Book for iPhone 4, Vol. 3 is certain a unique case that pays homage to our love for books and at the same time provides serious protection for your iPhone 4. The case speaks quality and class, and comes in 3 gorgeous interior colors of the pull tab (bookmark) to match. You won?t dock your iPhone 4 while in this case, but cables and headsets should work just fine. The case has a very form fitting thank to the frame and the rubber bumpers and can tilt your iPhone 4 for a better viewing angle for movie watching. As it?s going for the notebook look, the LBB for iPhone 4 isn?t a thin case however it doesn?t add too much weight. The case fits all versions of the iPhone 4 including the Verizon version and the white iPhone 4.