Carved iPhone 4/4S Skin (Walnut) review: Carved iPhone 4/4S Skin (Walnut)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Carved iPhone 4/4S Skins are easy to apply, leave no residue when removed, and are reasonably priced.

The Bad The skins' glue isn't the strongest, so plates can shift with a strong push.

The Bottom Line If you dig the natural aesthetic but don't want a clunky case, Carved's skins are a good alternative.

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If you didn't know by now, I'm a sucker for organic, especially wooden, phone skins and cases. Though the last case I reviewed was sort of a bust , this time I'm pleased to see a product that doesn't break down at the slightest touch.

Carved's wood skins for the iPhone 4 and 4S adhere to the front and back of your handset. They're all made in the United States and come in several designs, ranging from a gruff cowboy to a cute monster. For $39, however, you can send in your own creation and have it carved in a customized skin of your own.

The skins are thin and lightweight -- together, both front and back plates weigh a third of an ounce. Though they're durable and splashproof, they're not indestructible. While the unibody skins have no seams, and therefore stay in one piece better, some of Carved's products are designed with several pieces of wood. (Its puzzle skin, for example, is customizable with up to seven different types of wood: bamboo, padauk, purpleheart, sycamore, olive ash, paldao, and redwood burl). Understandably, when I bent and twisted these skins, the seams would slightly give way. But once applied to a steady flat surface, pieces fit together well.

And that's one of my favorite things about these wood skins. Even if the skin is made up of several wooden parts, all the edges snugly fit together and the cuts are precise. In addition to matching with the handset's edges, holes in the front plate matched perfectly with the device's home button, proximity sensor, front-facing camera, and in-ear speaker. One skin showed a map of the world, and I was impressed by the intricate cutting of the continents.

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Where to Buy

Carved iPhone 4/4S Skin (Walnut)

Part Number: CNETWALNUT

MSRP: $19.00

See manufacturer website for availability.