iPhone Case Review: The Little Black Book for iPhone 4S from Pad and Quill Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very sturdy, high quality material, well built.
What's Not: Adds some bulk to the iPhone 4S.
If you've been following our iPhone case reviews, you know we've looked at Pad and Quill's The Little Black Book for the iPhone 4, Vol. 3. With the release of the iPhone 4S, Pad and Quill released a newer version of the case, The Little Black Book for iPhone 4S that adds an inner pocket and comes in 5 interior colors. The new case features the same sturdy wooden phone case and luxurious leather exterior.
You can tell that the creator of the Pad & Quill cases has a deep passion for leather bound books. The Little Black Book case for the iPhone 4S has the classic look of a high quality leather hardcover book. It has smooth Italian leather exterior with book linen cloth interior, completed with a bound book style spine. The new version of the Little Black Book comes with four interior colors including Blue, Cranberry Red, Paprika, Hickory and Field Green. The new case also added an inside pocket for an ID card and a couple of credit cards.
The phone holder where the iPhone 4S sits in is made with Baltic Birch wood, and it's incredibly sturdy and protective. It can not only prevent any scratches to the surface of your iPhone 4S, but it can also protect it from some major bumps, bruises and pokes inside of a bag or travel case. It also gives the phone some shock protection should you drop it while it's inside of the case. The birch case has a form-fitting cut that fits the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 very well. The corners of the case have soft rubber bumpers that hold the iPhone 4S in place, and The Little Black Book case comes with additional bumper pieces so that you can adjust the tightness of the birch case to your liking.
The Little Black Book for iPhone 4S case is easy to use thanks to the form fitting phone holder and a bookmark tab that can help you release the phone from the wooden box easily. To help close the front cover, the case comes with an elastic band. And when you close the front cover with the band with the bookmark tab showing, the case hides your iPhone 4S inside of a very convincingly looking hardcover notebook. As with the last case, you can fold the front cover back and create a nice viewing angle for watching movies, chatting with Facetime and more.
The birch wooden case has generous cutouts on top, bottom and side to give you access to ports and buttons on the iPhone 4S. The top opening leaves the power button and the 3.5mm audio jack open; and you shouldn't have any problem using headsets with the phone inside of the case. The bottom cutout gives you access to the 30-pin connector and exposes the mic and speaker on the bottom of the iPhone 4S. The side cutout leaves the silence button and volume buttons open for access. The Little Black Book for iPhone 4S also has a cutout for the rear camera and flash through the wooden layer as well as the back cover layers, and you can use both the camera and the flash while the phone is sitting in the case, but you will likely have access only to the camera while the elastic band is deployed since it covers up the flash.
Though not slim, the Little Black Book for iPhone 4S case weighs only 2.6 ounces and gives the iPhone 4S/4 some serious protection against bumps, pokes and shock. The case has a unique look, an illusion of a hardcover notebook, with high quality Italian bound leather covers and a very sturdy birch box that fits the phone perfectly. The case is also functional with easy access to ports and buttons. The newly added credit card/ID/bill pocket is handy and we like the 5 interior lining colors that all go with the black leather and white wooden box very well.