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 (opens in new tab). 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, 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 for some reason, watches. 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.

  • Want. 
  • Very cool and they only want $3 to ship to the UK.
    Pity I don't have a 1020.
    I can't decide which Lumia to go for 1520, 1020 or 925.
  • Why are you telling us this
  • Why are you replying this to that
  • I picked the Vodafone 925. Comes with 32GB inside, not 16.
    Its very easy to handle one handedly and shots from the camera still outclass most alternative handsets.
    Also great price - £32 for 8GB 4G data (special offer/discount, otherwise £39). I trialled the 1020, but found I preferred the feel of the 920 and 925. The camera was epic, but for all the quick point and shouts I do, the 41MP beast would actually hold me back.
    As for the 1520, too big.
  • Thanks.
    I can't get the 925 32GB version SIM free annoyingly but the 16GB version is still over £200 less than the 1020 or 1520 which is the main concern I have about going for either of those two.
    I'm not really fussed about the 41MP camera.
    My ideal phone would be as slim and light as the 925 but with the quad core processor and styling of the 1520. I prefer the polycarbonate case to the 925s.
  • I'd go with 1520. Quad-core, 1080p screen, excellent camera (except video needs an update) GDR3 pre-installed, future proof probably for the next 3-4 years.
  • i am undecided between the 925 or the the unreleased 929 i think it would be cool!!! a 1520 with a smaller screen!!!
  • I wonder if that cork can be pulled off by accident?
  • If you dig your nails, pick and pull, sure. But it's not something that will fall off naturally or by putting in your pants. I obviously can't speak about longevity, but it's not a huge concern at this point.
  • It's easy to solve... put a pin!
  • Yikes.
  • +920
    Interesting, but no, thanks.
  • eww...fugly
  • Is this only for 1020? I want one for my 920 :D
  • Me too!
  • It's a nice concept. Actually, I've seen a few phone cases of pure cork around here because of our large cork industry (sorry, I couldn't make this sound any nicer...), but I had never seen one for the L1020. I personally am a fan of the ones made by OKER. You can also find them on eBay. I got 4 covers (black, red, dark blue and purple) for 0.99£ each with free shipping. They are absolutely gorgeous and amazingly soft to the touch. I'd say, give them a look ;)
  • HOT
  • Cool case. Wish they made one for the 920. Searched around and didn't see one.
  • Ugly
  • Fugly
  • Any for the 8X? Or something similar at least., that'd ship to Ireland?
  • Found some for my 8x from this seller
  • You are an absolute gentleman.
  • Hey, Daniel, bet you $10 that you won't share that cool background with me
  • The Glance screen? If so, it's in our forums...
  • Yes, apparently the glance screen. Where in the forums? On the glance screen thread? There's hundreds of posts in that thread alone..
  • Here ya go: LINK
  • I love you, Daniel. No homo.
  • Yeahy yeah yeah, you owe him 10 bucks. :P
  • I'll bitcoin it to him
  • pics or it didn't happen
  • Skip the splatter crap.
  • One thing i like to know about cases, is if the case protects the glass from touching the table if the phone is placed upside down. Not all cases do that.
  • Yo, end of the 3rd paragraph, ahem ;)
  • My bad.. Must be reading too quick.
  • Hideous
  • one word, FUGLY!!!  
  • That is one of the ugliest cases that I've ever seen.
  • For any 925 or 928ers out there, it looks like that seller has cork cases available for you too.
  • Daniel - what calender app is that?  WANT WANT WANT..  
  • Cal. It's in private beta testing now, will post when it goes live.
  • Thanks for the reply..disappointed i can't get it yet. DOH
  • Now you can use your 1020 as a coaster!
  • Lol
  • Totally disgusting!! I'm talking hideously ugly! Absolutely horrendously horrifically horrid! I hate it.
  • lol, k I like it.
  • No you don't. Putting a Lumia in that... thing... is like putting a Marilyn Monroe in a burqa
  • LOL
  • I ike it too.  I usually average about 7 cases for my devices to change up the aesthetic.  I will have a 1020 in a few weeks, and will definitely pick up this case.
  • Don't do it.
  • Looks nice
  • You guys should now begin to sell cases, you're pretty skilled on that ;)
  • Not feeling it. But I guess some will.
  • Really unique, I've never seen anything like that case. Not a fan of the paint splats pattern, but it does look nice.
  • can you upload the pic which you are using for your glance screen on that 1020? :)
  • I'd never relly buy this, I don't buy things for flare. 
  • w0w that's sufficiently hideous.
  • What is the best Lumia 1020 case guys?
  • hope they do one for 920???
  • I'd like one for my 920 without the paint splatters. Just good old natural cork.
  • I think this would look a lot nicer without the random splatters. As it is it looks like a child got too enthusiastic painting nearby
  • Skin It sticker with clear Poetic case and you can get any design you want wooo
  • That's awesome.  It has a cool, organic look.  I guess I could go without the paint splatter, but I don't really mind either.
  • Supernice! So green!
  • It would be nice to see a waterproof 1020 case.. WP has been needing it for awhile! And not those bags to out the phone in an actual case.
  • Looks cool and messy. I like it. :D
  • I think it's clever, too, Daniel. Thanks for sharing!
  • These guys have a ton of cases for Lumias. "Orange crocodile patent leather" for the 1020?? Wow.