Pad & Quill is miles ahead of the competition with its iPhone cases, doing away entirely with plastic (and their usual wood) with their Bella Fino and instead going all-leather. Here, the iPhone is held in place by adhesive from 3M. This is the first time I’ve ever used a case like this, and I have to say it is very handy and insanely thin.
The Bella Fino for iPhone 5/5s and 5c is available in whiskey and dark chocolate outer leather colors. The interior matches your color choice, so the dark chocolate exterior comes with an interior of deep sea blue, slate gray or forest green. The Whiskey exterior offers interior colors of deep sea blue and forest green.
Design and Usability
The Bella Fino design is as simple as it can get, but is amongst the most detailed and excellently crafted iPhone cases available, and the quality speaks for itself. The stitching on the exterior leather is in symmetry with the iPhone, giving it a very consistent and durable look. The internal pockets add the same wallet-like handiness from the Little Pocket Book iPhone 5 case, but without the Birch wood cradle.
Instead, the iPhone is pasted onto the case using a very strong adhesive from 3M. It’s called the 3M clean release technology because it is also washable and renewable. The iPhone sticks onto the case and doesn’t come off unless you give it a good amount of force, which gives you piece of mind knowing your iPhone won’t go flying every time you open up the case.
It does take some getting used to, especially if you have plenty of cards that you have to carry around. The Bella Fino isn’t made for that, as it would make this a very thick case that doesn’t close, as it doesn’t have a strap. I think that Pad & Quill should go ahead and add a elastic enclosure on this one as well, but it can also do without one if it is used just for the iPhone (the way I did).
Ultimately, Pad & Quill has made cases that you can use for quite some time, likely for the lifetime of your iPhone. As the leather ages, you start to have a new appreciation for your iPhone as it tells a story as to where you’ve gone and what you’ve done. Aside from the thickness issue with too many cards, I didn’t run into any other issues with this case and would definitely recommend it.
Provides: Wallet functionality and scuff/scratch and drop protection
Developer: Pad & Quill
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5/5s and 5c
Price: $54.99 USD