1. MODCASE's Avatar

    We are a company based in Australia, but offering FREE international postage on all orders from our website.
    MOD-CASE provides you with premium quality phone cases for various smart phones based around environmentally sustainable wood products. Billions has been spent on redesigning of the Galaxy to result in the S4 as we know it, thats why our cases are designed to complement your phone, not insult it and provide a balanced combination achieving the best in both design and functionality.
    Our composite cases for the Galaxy S4 are on their way to us, with final hand-sanding and inspecting being completed. These cases are a composite between a rubberised polycarbonate framework with a real wood back that not only looks amazing but is made with wood of high density allowing protection, but still retaining properties of wood allowing for shock absorption when dropped from height.

    To get an idea on looks, check out the iPhone cases on our website as they are of similar design.

    The thing that helps set our product apart from so many others is that we are marketing ourselves as a brand, not just a company with products...that is to say we aim to achieve a level of attention to detail above and beyond many others...even things down to the ratio of lines in our logo was scrutinised, as was our choice of manufacturer after ordering so many samples.

    Having products based around wood, one thing we are massively proud of is our environmental input: For every tree used in the production of our cases, 10 trees are planted in a region devastated by bush fire through an association with the Arbor Day foundation.
    The wood we use is also grown to a grade of quality suitable for production use, in particular the bamboo being used in these S4 cases is Moso Bamboo, using hand selected bamboo grown to consumer standard quality- more information about our wood and environmental return can be found here in our blog

    We are taking pre-orders for these composite cases as they are going to be available soon, with pre-orders coming in from Australia through to California. There will be a limited number available in our First Edition Galaxy S4 cases so get in quick to pre-order yours. Head over to our website and feel free to leave absolutely any feedback you have...we are open to ideas and always looking to improve.
    Thanks guys


    06-27-2013 09:05 PM
  2. Big_Hurt's Avatar
    Are the S4 cases gonna have the more flat look, like the Iphone case and the Spigen Neo hybrid case or is gonna be more curved like the S3 cases you guys had before??
    06-28-2013 03:04 AM
  3. MODCASE's Avatar
    We were actually tossing up this concept when we were looking at designs offered by others, and in the end decided to go with the similar shape as our iPhone cases, as the S4 form factor is definitely more likened to an iPhone-esk shape with a more rectangular design.
    Plus, using the flat-sided construct allows for our cases to be as thin as possible without compromising any strength...I actually had a phone call from a customer today who dropped her iPhone in one of our composite cases from head on (she was on the phone) and it landed directly on a single corner of her phone on the footpath "The mod-case saved my phone 100%" - which made me quite happy because the corners were one point of worry, though we tested this it still made us nervous. The wood and the rubberised polycaronate served their purpose well and her phone was saved without a mark and the mod-case still totally intact.
    Happy days!
    06-28-2013 10:39 AM
  4. Joe_Perone's Avatar
    Oooh, Rosewood for the S4 would look awesome! Will you be doing this option? Or is it just Bamboo for those?
    06-28-2013 01:14 PM
  5. Big_Hurt's Avatar
    Sounds great. From a purely aesthetic point of view, i love the way that look of the iphone cases are. I'm looking forward to this run of cases. Hope to see different woods eventually.
    06-28-2013 03:36 PM
  6. MODCASE's Avatar
    We definitely will - we are looking to expand our range not only in woods and colours, but also providing cases for other high-end smart phones.
    The only limitation is essentially funding...being a startup business, we are still very much in the red but quickly on our way up.
    In the case of wood selection for the S4, it was a matter of timing though...our manufacturer uses different equipment for bamboo as compared to other woods so could only offer us bamboo now and we decided not to wait and simply order them early and look to expand!

    Stay tuned, I will announce on here before anywhere else that the bamboo S4 cases are available !
    06-28-2013 07:43 PM
  7. MODCASE's Avatar
    If want to learn a bit more about who we are and what we are about at MOD-CASE, check out our updated about us page HERE
    06-28-2013 08:48 PM
  8. MODCASE's Avatar
    Keen to see whats up and coming with the premium phone cases offered by mod-case, including new wood/polycarbonate combinations and new woods in our range to come?
    Check out the MOD-CASE blog for this as well as information on how we contribute to the environment, how to care for your wooden phone case and much more!
    07-01-2013 06:08 AM
  9. Joe_Perone's Avatar
    BUMP! These are beautiful and need more exposure
    07-08-2013 12:33 PM
  10. MODCASE's Avatar
    Thanks for the bump! Exciting times ahead, with a second shipment of cases due to land this week, including our S4 cases and all.composite cases with both black AND WHITE polycarbonate!
    Not to mention, we have purchased artworks designed specifically for use on mod-case products, and new prototype design ideas are being explored!
    07-08-2013 11:16 PM
  11. Marck527's Avatar
    Looks sexy, I might pick one up

    Sent from my GT-I9500
    07-09-2013 12:02 AM
  12. MODCASE's Avatar
    Love this shot! Coming in all the way from Croatia!
    The beauty that is MOD-CASE.
    Whether you go for the Natural, or the Composite range of cases, you can be sure that you are getting a premium looking, premium feeling layer of protection for your smart phone.
    And to top it off, your supporting environmentally sustainable methods of production!

    07-09-2013 06:59 AM
  13. droidntn's Avatar
    I've seen wooden phone cases before and wonder about two things:
    What happens if you drop it? Does it crack? It's a very thin wood.
    and what drop/cushion protection is there for the phone itself?
    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any cushion.
    07-09-2013 08:30 AM
  14. MODCASE's Avatar
    With a wooden case, there is no direct 'cushion' like if you were to buy an oversized jelly bean and stick your phone in it - however the protection offered by our cases in terms of drop-protection comes from a few properties of our cases:
    - The wood used: We use wood that absorbs shock. The wood grains selected for our cases are around the middle or bottom half of the range of potential wood densities facilitating this property. Rosewood is the densest wood we currently use, but even then it is still less then 1 x 10*3 kg/m*3.

    - Wood is living: So once wood is harvested and dried out, processed etc. there are air pockets left where living cells etc once were, and microscopic tubules known as xylem and phloem all of which leave behind invisible pockets of space in which the surrounding wood can compress etc when force is applied

    - The construct: The rubberised polycarbonate is not a shock absorbing layer, it is a direct-impact and stretch protecting layer, thus in the case of 'dropping your phone', does not serve a specific function, however the construction of the Composite cases is in a way that almost manipulates the wood to add a layer of protection through the polycarbonate. If you drop you phone on the corner for instance - the polycarbonate actually protrudes into a cavity in the back of the solid wood panel at a right angle in each corner. This allows for the force of a drop to be at least partially dissipated through to the wood rather than relying on the polycarbonate.

    We've tested the cases a fair bit, and asked for reports from customers and have had multiple, multiple episodes of phones being dropped and 1 instance of a case cracking and that was an all wood S3 case...by all means, the wood is not invisible - theres is a risk of cracking it if dropped from a height. But, would you rather risk cracking a $39 case (that will still be usable despite a crack), or cracking a LCD digitiser on a $800 phone rendering it unusable?
    Our goal is to produce elegant looking cases with a purpose of protecting your smart phone, not to produce an invisible case as that would result in sacrificing both form and functionality from our view.

    Thanks for the question, I love an opportunity to explain a bit about our cases - points of weakness are something we are analysing for our prototype case design that is in the (slow) works!
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    07-09-2013 04:48 PM
  15. droidntn's Avatar
    Good answer! It's is a cool looking case. I like wood, and sorta makes sense on the cushion part. And for sure wouldn't show fingerprints and dirt. And just looks cool.
    Looks slippery though, needs some gripz! lol
    Good luck with it!
    07-09-2013 05:41 PM
  16. MODCASE's Avatar
    Looks slippery though, needs some gripz! lol
    Good luck with it!
    Hence the rubberized polycarbonate. Still not the grippiest case in the hands, but enough to get a relatively good hold on it whilst still allowing easy entry/exit from the pockets ha
    07-09-2013 06:34 PM
  17. MODCASE's Avatar
    Hey guys - if your interested in an unbiased review of the MOD-CASE Composite (which is the same design we are using for the S4 cases) then check this out:

    Mod-Case Rosewood + Black Polycarbonate Composite Case for iPhone 5 | Bane Tech.

    Theres an embedded YouTube video review on the page also.
    We sent Josh a case to review and told him to be totally honest so we can use any positive and/or negative feedback! He loved the case and we are definitely stoked.
    07-16-2013 09:37 PM
  18. MODCASE's Avatar
    Manufacturer delays have forced us to stall on the launch of our S4 cases - but fear not, they are so close to being available it's crazy!
    We already have pre-orders from around the world from people who haven't even seen the final product yet so anticipation is building!

    If you want to learn some secrets for the future of mod-case, including details on case designs that you will only find available from MOD-CASE with some wicked artwork, check out the latest blog post here:
    Secrets of what's to come

    And don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter and not only will you be the first to learn of all our new design concepts as we release them, but you will also gain access to exclusive competitions and purchase links before anyone else! We will only contact you with exclusive information and opportunities such as pre-release purchase links and chances to win free cases!
    Sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of any page on our website, including the blog page linked above!

    08-04-2013 05:43 PM
  19. AMG_Roadster's Avatar
    Any chance of a Rosewood case for the Galaxy S4? I like the look of the darker, richer wood better.
    08-04-2013 05:49 PM
  20. MODCASE's Avatar
    Any chance of a Rosewood case for the Galaxy S4? I like the look of the darker, richer wood better.
    Definitely possible and something we are pushing for with our manufacturer...they are in the process of setting up the facilities to get the bulk of the rosewood cut to shape with CNC machine so that the hand-refinements and sanding are a simpler task!
    08-04-2013 05:52 PM
  21. MODCASE's Avatar
    After many delays in manufacturing...due mainly to our need to attention to detail and proper quality control, MOD-CASE is literally ecstatic to announce our S4 composite cases landed today!
    All pre-orders were shipped out today and new orders will be sent out daily!

    Currently, it is available in 1 variant: Bamboo plus black rubberised polycarbonate and available for $39 with free international shipping.
    Here is a photo giving a bit of insight into the design, with product shots happening tomorrow:

    I just put one on my phone after waiting as long as everyone else...I tell you what, without any bias it makes the phone feel so much better in the hand! It adds to the form factor of the phone by exaggerating the vertical side bezel making it fit into your grip perfectly. The rubberised polycarbonate really does add just the right amount of grip to hold whilst the bamboo back keeps friction to a minimum for pocket placement and removal.

    Head over to MOD-CASE to check it out and place your order!

    08-27-2013 05:09 AM

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