For months now, I've been walking around with my white iPhone looking naked as the day it was produced in an Asian factory by poorly paid workers. Time and time again, my loved ones have told me to buy a case for it. They would show me the evidence of their similar mistake. Their screens glowed through spiderweb-looking cracks. "Dude, just buy a case," they'd say. But I didn't. I just like how the phone looks without a clunky case around it. Steve Jobs really knew what he was doing. Not just because he designed the phone so beautifully, but because the damn thing breaks if you so much as sneeze on it. That's some evil genius right there. Still, I was basically spitting in the face of the cell phone gods, begging them to give me a huge case of the butterfingers and send my phone tumbling to the ground. Every time I dropped it, I let out a sigh of relief when I picked it up and found it still intact.
I knew my luck would eventually wear out, and it did. Holding a coffee in one hand, my purse, a magazine and my phone in the other, my hands buckled under the pressure and down went Humpty Dumpty. I lifted up my phone and there were the spiderwebs. First-world problems, right?
Now that I've been defeated, I figure it's time to shop for some protection. I was turned on to Recover cases at 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Ave., Downtown). They're made from different types of wood, including mahogany, walnut and cedar, giving your phone a cool juxtaposition between nature and technology and making you look super deep. Also, the protectors are more like a skin, so they don't look chunky. I guess I'm just a phone sizeist.
According to their website, Recover isn't attempting to re-invent the iPhone cover, "just make it look good."
That's great because I'm totally into distinctiveness. Priced at $20, the covers are a bit cheaper than what you usually see in indie shops. I once saw an iPhone case priced at $37. That's just ridiculous. I assume the case was made of white tiger fur and I'm against that sort of thing. For a unique design that won't drain your Jack in the Box funds, the Recover phone skins are a great option. And they make cool skins for MacBooks and iPads, too: