The Nodus Shell Case II is a minimalist leather case with a strip of metal hidden inside. The magnetic Micro Dock comes with the case and can be stuck on your car's dashboard, a wall, or anyplace you would like to mount your phone.
Price: $66Bottom line: Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock combines full grain Italian leather and a magnetic dock so you can mount your phone just about anywhere.
- Full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather
- Protective case
- Textured leather adds grip
- Convenient docking system
- Not bulky
- Slightly pricey
Two products in one
Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock: Features
The Nodus Shell Case is handcrafted from full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather. While it's not a heavy duty case, it's still quite protective. The slim form factor does not interfere with the iPhone's functionality at all. Wireless charging still works fine. Embedded leather button covers allow easy operation of the volume and Sleep/Wake buttons. There are cutouts for the camera and mute switch. The entire bottom of the phone is left open for access to the Lightning port and speakers. The lip of the case does come up just over the screen, so if you place your phone face down the screen won't contact the surface.
The leather has a pebbled texture, which gives the case a little more grip than some leather cases have. The inside of the case is lined with a soft microfiber. Inside the case, there's a shock-absorbing polycarbonate core in case of drops.
There is a slim strip of metal hidden inside the case, in between the leather and the microfiber lining. The metal strip is what allows the case to attach to the magnetic Micro Dock. Note that the metal strip does not extend the entire length of the case; it's only about the same size as the Micro Dock. This means that the phone can only attach to the dock in one spot, just below the camera. The case also contains magnetic shielding, so your phone won't be damaged by the magnetic dock.
The Micro Dock is a small magnet with an adhesive on the back. I decided to mount my Micro Dock in my car. Even though I have CarPlay, I still sometimes want a convenient spot to put my phone besides the cup holder. The Micro Dock would not stick to the leather part of the dash, but it does stick to the metal.
The Nodus Shell Case II comes in three colors: Dark Teal as shown in my photos, Chestnut Brown, and Taupe Grey. The Nodus name and octopus logo are embossed into the back of the case. It's available for all of the iPhone models from the 7/8 to the XS/XR, as well as other smartphones.
Form and function
Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock: What I like
I love a thin case, and I love fine leather. The Nodus Shell Case II is both of those things, plus it has the added bonus of the magnetic Micro Dock. I like being able to park my phone in my car safely when I'm not using it.
The dark teal color is nice, a departure from the usual black or brown leather cases. The pebbled texture is smart since leather can be slippery.
Hard to find fault
Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock: What I don't like
This case is right up my alley. As far as features go, I find nothing wrong with it. It's a little bit pricey, but compared to other full grain leather cases, it's not crazy expensive.
A fantastic case and mount
Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock: Bottom line
The Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock combines a slim, full grain, vegetable tanned Italian leather case with a magnetic dock you can place just about anywhere you want to mount your phone.
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