Review – Incipio Feather case for the Lumia Icon

The Lumia Icon from Verizon is only a few weeks old, so it’s about time we started talking cases. I managed to pick up the Incipio Feather case over the weekend for the Icon, and while I generally find Incipio overpriced, they do make quality gear.

Head past the break for my brief video review and some hands on photos to see it all in action.

The Incipio Feather case for the Icon can be found for around $18-23 at various retailers, including Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s a bit pricey for what is just a piece of plastic, but it’s at least a really good product. Not too thick, not too thin, the Feather case offers some moderate drop protection for your Lumia, and it makes it feel even better in the hand. The reason it feels so good is the soft-touch material used. It basically feels like velvet.

The case has full cutouts for the speaker, camera, rear microphones and buttons. Speaking of, the buttons are almost easier to use with the case on, with just enough room for depressing them with ease.

The case does rise over the display ever so slightly, giving you protection if placing the Icon display down. Likewise, the corners and top and bottom edges are also well protected.

Qi wireless fan? No worries as your Lumia Icon will charge right through this case with no problems.

What I really like about the Feather is the color options, specifically cyan. While you can opt for black or even grey, the cyan looks great on the black Lumia Icon, giving it a little pizzazz.

Finally, while the case will protect the Icon, it will probably only do so for one good drop. By that I mean these cases will often crack or chip where the make contact. That’s the bad news. The good news is your phone is often left unscathed from the incident, which is the whole point.

For now though, I’m sticking with the Incipio Feather for the Lumia Icon. It looks and feels great, while offering modest protection. There’s not much else you can ask for these days.

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.

  • I had one like that for my lumia 920. My problem is that dirt seems to be attracted and abosrbed into the case very easily giving it an unsightly appearance. Have they found a better way to clean it yet?
  • I haven't experienced that yet, but I have seen others complain about it too. Depends on how you use it, but my guess is no, not much has changed.
  • I've had this case for the Icon since release day and I haven't had any dirt build up. Not yet anyway...
  • Another day, another Incipio review. Starting to get suspicious. ;)
  • Nah, I go by our forums and what people are saying/recommending. If we're sponsored, we say it. Plain and simple. Also, me calling them overpriced pieces of plastic is not exactly a ringing endorsement.
  • Lol, true dat. I'm just bustin anyway, keep them up!
  • I do have two other cases for the Icon coming, EnGive and Hyperion, which I'll take a look at later this week.
  • I do have to thank you for that 1020 review. It sold me on making it my case of choice (over the Tetded leather case I was using).
  • I own this particular case but in graphite color, and the matte finish is peeling off on corners also the case tends to come off pretty easily. Already had a case where my phone fell and case snapping right off. Last time in buying an incipio case.
  • the engive case looks very similar to the incipio, but much less expensive.  i'm looking forward to that review
  • If you're going to go with one of these type cases instead of some of those tough holster type cases then the "Premium Transparent Clear TPU gel silicone cover" is a must have, especially at only $3.99. You get to protect your phone and show off it's beauty.  This especially looks fantastic on the white Icon.  Here is the Amazon link, pictures don't do it justice. Remember the gel cases that Verizon got for the 928 when it first came out, this is similar (it became my "daily driver" case).  
  • My Incipio Feather case for my 822 has taken many hard falls to the concrete and hasn't chipped or cracked at all.
  • I have this case and have been fairly happy with it. I do see some peeling on the corners I'd rather be putting that force on the case and not the aluminum buffer of the phone. The one thing I don't like is that the case it not as nicely squared on the edges as the phone itself. It won't sit upright on it's edge like the naked phone will. 
  • I want this phone...
  • I have the same cyan Incipio case for my 928. It's good. I like it. But, I miss the naked feel of unclothed 928.
  • This is what I am using on my Icon and its great. I feel less likely to drop it. People want thinner phones for some reason....
  • I've had this case since I picked up my Icon and I'm enjoying it. The cyan case on the white icon looks nice too. I must say though, I dropped my icon at the gym ( didn't have the case on for some reason) and the phone showed no signs of damage.
  • I have this same case (cyan) on my white Icon. Maybe I'm just used to the overpriced case Verizon sold me for my 928, but the Feather case feels almost slippery in my hand. I may try another case to get a different perspective, but I really like the look of this one. I'm just afraid I'm gonna drop it all the time.
  • Has anyone seen any holster type cases for this? I'm specifically looking for one that is a horizontal holster. Not very interested in the two piece deals, either.
  • Only the oterbox defender. I use it currently. Makes the phone a bit bulky, but I know its safe. I ditched the holster because its not my style, but it does come with one.
  • Verizon sells the Shell Holster Combo for Nokia Lumia Icon. I just got it a few days ago and works great for me. I don't use the holster portion just the back cover but it provides the same type of protection as the Incipio plus has a built in kick stand which is why I purchased it. Also works with wireless charging as well.
  • I've been using Incipio cases for some time now and am a bit torn about them.   My Incipio Feather case(s) for my HTC HD7 tended to crack at the bottom.  I ended up buying two and both cracked in the same way. I've had an Incipio Feather case for my new red 920 for about two months now and it has already started to exposed the shiny black plastic under the soft touch coating at the upper right hand corner.   That is super disappointing to have that happen after only two months time....
  • Just got an icon with the incipio feather in the mail from Verizon. ;) it feels great. I opted for the dark grey, because I lack a sense of style, and actually prefer plain boring looking stuff! Actually I really like the style of the icon better than my 928, and the grey incipio is very nice looking.