Review – Natural cork case for the Nokia Lumia 1020

I’ve seen quite a few cases for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and other phones that generally look the same. Today though, I’m taking gander at a natural cork wood case, which is certainly one of the more unique ones I’ve come across.

Fetching for $15 to $20 on eBay, this case is the “designer splatter” design although there are plenty of other colors and layouts to choose from. The case itself is a hard plastic shell but what makes it different from other shell cases is the velvet like lining on the inside and the wood corking layer on the outside. Head past the break for some high resolution photos and a quick-video tour!

That cork makes it a very light case and truth be told, it feels pretty good in the hand. Buttons are accessible although a little bit tougher to reach with the case on. The case covers the edges and corners of the phone very well, but due to its lighter nature I’m not confident the case could survive many drops. The phone though should be okay, which after all is the point of these cases. It does wrap slightly around to protect the display when face-down.

So what do I think? I think it’s clever and I like the design. It’s different, adds some flare to the phone and it matches the unique personality of the Lumia 1020. $20 is not cheap but then again, this is a truly unique looking cover for your phone and it may be worth the premium. For protection, you’re looking at mild to moderate for drops, though due to the delicate nature of the cork, the case itself may get damaged.

Still, for people who want something distinctive, I have to recommend the wood cork series for the Lumia 1020. You can find the whole selection on eBay here. Prices are $15.28 for bids or $19.88 for buy-it-now with free shipping (which was fast).

Check out my other Lumia 1020 case reviews here.

Thanks, Ryan C., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.