JAVOedge Lumberjack Back Cover for iPhone 3G Review

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Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the making of this case.  Really!  Although it might look like wood from the outside, the Lumberjack Back Cover from JAVOedge is actually made from pressed cork.  Looking for an eco-friendly and stylish case for your iPhone 3G that doesn’t add much bulk?  This might be the one for you.

The inside of the case features a neoprene, which holds the phone securely and also prevents the back from becoming scratched by the dust or debris that sometimes gets trapped behind the phone.

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This case is more about looks than protection.  The chrome of the iPhone is completely exposed eliminating any sort of lay on the table design. That’s not a bad thing for some.  If you like a minimalistic styled case that protects the back of the phone, but leaves the overall form factor intact, this fits the bill.

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You have complete access to all of the iPhone’s buttons and ports while the case is on.  Even the SIM card tray is left accessible.

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The dock connector is exposed, allowing you to both sync and charge your iPhone while it’s in the case.

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The entire section that houses the volume rocket and vibrate switch has been cut away.  This makes it especially easy to access the vibrate switch, which with some cases is extremely difficult.

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The camera lens is fully exposed allowing pictures to be easily captured with the case on.

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The eco-friendly cork offers a good degree of protection – as well as grip – when held in the hand because of its ergonomic design.

If you live a “green” life and want to carry it over to everything you do, even to your iPhone case, or if you’re just looking for something unique for your phone, then the JAVOedge Lumberjack Cover might be worth a look.

More information about the JAVOedge Lumberjack Cover can be gathered from the JAVOedge web site.

M.S.R.P – $19.95

What I like – Unique design that is eco-friendly, inexpensive.

What I don’t like – Minimal amount of protection.

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6 Comments on "JAVOedge Lumberjack Back Cover for iPhone 3G Review"

  1. Raymond Ser | May 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    Nice! I was considering getting one of the Miniot iWood (don’t laugh) cases but this looks better. More environmentally friendly and probably less fragile. Is there a metal backing or something, though? Wouldn’t cork alone be too flexible/loose?

  2. Larry Greenberg | May 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm |

    @Raymond – feels like hard plastic which has been coated on the outside with the cork and on the inside with the rubber. It’s not flexible at all.

  3. The thing I don’t like about these sorts of things is what you call the ‘minimal protection’. Sure it helps with fingerprints, but I care more about the precious screen …

  4. Larry Greenberg | May 6, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    @Michael – there aren’t a lot of cases that offer screen protection. Otterbox, CaseMate and Element are three that come to mind. A good quality screen protector usually does that job.

    Now when it comes to shock absorption I’m not sure a larger case, like the Incase Slider for example, is going to a better job at saving the screen from cracking during a major drop versus one of these back cover type cases.

    The things with these minimal cases is they don’t cover the entire phone (excluding the screen). There is still a lot of plastic and chrome showing.

  5. Thanks for that – I only have an iPod Touch, so can’t directly compare … but I grabbed a DLO flip-case right away, and still use a screen protector, and my kids can play all they want without me worrying much at all …

  6. Raymond Ser | May 6, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    I think most of these minimal protection-type cases are really just fashion statements, but the iPhone is really tough enough that it just needs basic protection from scratches (unless you’re planning to take it to extreme sporting activities). I’ve dropped mine down flights of stairs and it still looks as good as new…

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