Grovemade Evaluation: Hands-On With the Natural leather & Maple iPhone 6 Plus Situation and Dock

Portland-based firm Grovemade is known for its wide range of attractive wood accessories created for the iPad and the iPhone, which it has been making for numerous years now. Grovemade recently welcomed MacRumors to go hands-on with 2 of its latest products for the iPhone 6 Plus, and we jumped at the possibility because Grovemade products have actually been prominent with our viewers in the previous.

We visited the Maple and Leather iPhone Case and the matching Maple iPhone Dock. Keep reading to view exactly what we believed.


Maple & Natural leather iPhone Case

Every one of Grovemade’s items are crafted by hand and the firm’s interest to specific is evident in both the dock and the Maple & Natural leather iPhone Instance. The base of the iPhone case is made from maple (there’s additionally an alternative for a darker walnut) that’s been sculpted to fit the iPhone 6 Plus.

The phone suits snugly right into the maple shell, which has an intermediaries for the camera, the mute button, the headphone port, the speakers, and the Lightning port. There are darker wood buttons for the quantity and the power, which are lined with foam on the within to activate the volume and power on the iPhone.

At the points where different timber pieces have been signed up with to create the instance, there’s darker wood burned accents, which is aesthetically kindlying, and there’s additionally some wood burning around each of the ports, for a darker appearance. A piece of leather coils the behind of the covering and covers the front of the phone, and the leather front cover is affixed to an additional slim item of maple that shields the iPhone’s monitor.

On the maple affixed to the cover, there are 3 items of steel, which comply with three magnets developed into the wood shell. Inside the case, there are 2 additional magnets that pop away to allow the leather cover draw back to function as a mean the iPhone when in landscape mode. There are 3 separate stand placements that provide slightly new checking out angles, and considering that of the cover, the phone also stands on its own in picture method.

Each one of the timber used in the instance has actually been brightened smooth, and the natural leather, which is offered in a red brown for the maple instance and a black for the walnut situation, matches well with the wood. As with any sort of natural leather case, it will come to be worn in gradually for a much more organic look. One small visual information needs to be kept in mind– there’s a visible line in the natural leather astride the case due to the internal cutout for the stand.

Since the iPhone is totally enclosed in Grovemade’s Maple & Leather iPhone Case, both the screen and the back of the phone are shielded from the ground up, dings, and damage. This isn’t really an instance that’s suggested to withstand a whole lot of deterioration like something from Otterbox, yet it appears reasonably defensive.

A couple of decrease tests from a mild height of 4 feet into concrete and wood damaged neither the case nor the phone. Because this situation is made from wood, it is essential to bear in mind that it’s breakable. If it was lost at the wrong angle or from a high sufficient point, it’s feasible the timber might splinter or damage (Grovemade provides a Situation Replacement Program for this reason). You’ll additionally have to deal with the leather outside with an affordable amount of care, as you would any product made of leather.

We viewed no damage to the situation after approximately a month of day-to-day usage, however the cover did come to be a bit much more worn in and relaxed as would be anticipated with natural leather.

Mobility sensible, this is not a thin case. It is bulky and brings in a lot of additional density to the iPhone, negating the super slim layout of Apple’s most recent devices. On an iPhone 6 Plus, it’s possibly not going to conform to comfortably in the pocket of a set of trousers, and it might even be a strict suit a coat. The case is light, though, so there’s very little extra weight to manage.

With the thick wood of the instance, there’s some constraint to the headsets and asking for accessories that could be used. The conventional Apple Lightning cable helps asking for, and the Apple EarPods job, yet various other headsets could not conform to. The opening is halfway decent sized, however, and it does deal with Apple’s Beats branded headsets.


Maple iPhone Dock

Like the leather and timber iPhone instances, Grovemade’s iPhone dock can be found in 2 timbers: walnut and maple. The walnut is a darker wood and the maple is a lighter timber, and both stands match the Grovemade iPhone instances. The coordinating appearance is nice, yet regrettably, the stand and the Natural leather iPhone Instance are not developed to work with each other. The thick wood beneath the case suggests it doesn’t conform to firmly in the dock.

Though the Maple iPhone Dock does not deal with Grovemade’s very own Leather iPhone Situation, the web site says that it collaborates with the majority of other situations. We located this to be true after examining a selection of instances in various densities, including instances from Apple.

The stand includes three items: a steel base, a maple cover, and a plastic insert to hold a Lightning cord in position. It does not deliver with a Lightning cord– you will certainly need to provide your very own.

Weighing in at three extra pounds, the steel base of the dock really feels solid and it’s not going anywhere on a workdesk or table. As a result of the weight, there’s no shifting of the dock when you connect in or remove your iPhone, so it can be done one-handed. Underneath the base, there’s a slot for the iPhone cable television, and an opening where you pull the wire through.

The cable is protected by a key-shaped black plastic cable holder that is the least impressive component of this dock arrangement. There are actually 2 of these cable television holders included in the plan, which is great, due to the fact that we damaged one of them a week into testing after trying to adjust the wire. The concept is to attract the wire up through the dock and safeguard it with the cable holder, placing the maple cover over the base so simply the Lightning adapter is noticeable.

Obtaining the Lightning wire right into the dock is a challenging task due to the fact that the fit is so tight, and the totally visual guidelines are a bit doing not have. The entire cable owner is an inelegant option considering that each time the phone is positioned on the dock, it presses the Lightning cord down further and ultimately you will certainly have to readjust because the phone not conforms to.

With the maple cover on (held in area by an integrated magnet), the cord owner and the top component of the steel base are efficiently concealed. Completely set up, the dock’s planning is tidy and it suits several different decorations thanks to its neutral shades. Grovemade even makes an entire wide range of desk accessories to match the dock and the iPhone instance, in maple and walnut. There’s a keyboard stand, a screen stand, a computer mouse pad, a pen cup, a paper clip holder, and two plant holders.


Who Are They For?

These are eye-catching, high-quality accessories, developed for those who value the mindful work that enters making them and those who do not mind paying for that job. Every one of Grovemade’s products are made by hand, and if you’re somebody which enjoys well-crafted handmade accessories, the Maple & Natural leather iPhone Situation and the Maple iPhone Dock will not dissatisfy.

If you’re looking for an iPhone situation that’s sleek and does not bring in a bunch of mass, the Maple & Leather iPhone case isn’t really for you, however if you do not mind giving up type for feature, the situation does provide a bunch of security since it covers both the back and the screen. Its timber and leather look is also without a doubt eye-catching, also to those who do not always appreciate that style aesthetic.

As for the dock, it’s like any sort of various other iPhone dock, so exactly what you’re buying here is the layout. It’s simply an item of timber and steel that holds your iPhone in area on your desk or night table, however it looks quite excellent doing it. Do not acquire the dock if you want it to function with Grovemade’s natural leather iPhone instance– they’re not appropriate.

While we believe the Maple & Leather iPhone supplies a construct quality and an attribute established that makes it worth the price, we were much less persuaded with the dock. It looks wonderful, but it’s a lot to spend for something that’s sole specialty is its appearance.


  • Handmade by a little firm
  • Made from top quality wood and leather
  • Excellent craftsmanship
  • Situation supplies complete iPhone protection


  • Dock and case don’t interact
  • Pricey
  • Case is large
  • Dock is tough to set up, Lightning wire changes

How to Purchase

The Maple and Leather iPhone Case could be bought from the Grovemade site for $$ 129. The Maple iPhone Dock can additionally be bought from the site for $$ 99.

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