I like my iPhone cases sharp and small. What I mean by that is I like cases that look GREAT and don’t add unnecessary bulk. And if they add some extra functionality to my phone in the process that’s just icing on the cake for me. I’ve reviewed so many iPhone cases over the last few years that I’ve become very picky as of late. But the Nodus Shell is a case I couldn’t resist getting my hands on for a closer look — and that should tell you something right there.
Convenient magnetic docking
The Nodus Shell — along with the Nodus Access portfolio case — isn’t just outerwear for your iPhone. It’s outerwear that lets you stick your iPhone just about anywhere thanks to the magnet embedded in it’s back and the small sticky magnet accessories Nodus sells.
I like the idea of being able to use a magnetic system like this to conveniently place my iPhone in a variety of handy places: on the dashboard in my car, on the wall above an outlet for charging, on the side of my large Apple computer monitor — stuff like that. It just seems like it would be awesome. And it is, for the most part.
Nodus’ magnetic docking system works well. The magnets hold firm but are still easy enough to pry apart.
I’ve mostly been using the Nodus system at my desk with a magnet stuck on the wall so I can view my phone screen at eye level while I’m working. As mentioned, the actually docking works great, but there are two small annoyances with this setup.
First, obviously, there’s a magnet stuck on the wall. I have a white wall and the magnet itself is silver so it’s not like the magnet sticks out like a sore thumb, but still… there’s a magnet stuck on the wall. And when I say stuck, I mean stuck. I’m worried that if I take it off it may peel the paint. A word of caution to potential buyers: you might want to keep to sticking your magnets on smooth, hard-to-destroy surfaces: whiteboards, glass, plastic, etc.
Second, tapping or typing on the phone’s screen while it’s docked can be tricky — especially down near the bottom or up near the top of the screen. That’s because the magnet is close to the middle (centered) and tapping on the end ...