Loathe iPhone cases? Twelve South’s SurfacePad will change your mind

By , Jan 31, 2013

I generally dislike cases because they add bulk to my Apple devices and hide their beautiful design. Twelve South hears your pain: today, the premium accessory maker launched the SurfacePad, a cover for the iPhone 5/4/4S that’s less than 1/10th of an inch thick. It’s made from premium Napa leather and attaches with the same special adhesive used on our SurfacePad for MacBook.

It has the microfiber lining which helps protect your devices’ glass from scratches and dings, a built-in stand so you can prop up your device for FaceTime, to enjoy videos or to simply turn your iPhone into an alarm clock. The clever design gives you access to all buttons and ports – and you can charge the device with the case on.

The ultra-thin leather shields your device from dings and scratches and comes in a variety of colors and weighs less than one ounce. Go past the fold for more tidbits and a few nice PR shots…

But how do you dress up your iPhone in a SurfacePad?

Easy, it has a sticky back which adheres to the back of your iPhone, but don’t worry- they use the same special adhesive as one for the SurfacePad for MacBook. It’s re-useable and TwelveSouth claims it can be removed and added hundreds of times.

9to5Mac editor Seth Weintraub had a chance to try out the SurfacePad at CES and was impressed:

I had a chance to use the SurfacePad at an event last night and can confirm that it is credit card thin and it feels great in the hand, taking the edge off of the iPhone’s square corners.

Twelve South SurfacePad (red lifestyle 001)

Twelve South in a blog post makes the case for the SurfacePad:

It’s not designed to withstand a two-story fall or a dip in the pool. SurfacePad shields your iPhone from the keys in your pocket and the concrete countertop at your favorite restaurant, all while letting the beautiful iPhone still look like, well, an iPhone.

The minimalistic look is jaw-dropping.

Twelve South SurfacePad (two up, black, white)
The stitching on the middle? That’s where the built-in stand flexes out

Twelve South SurfacePad (inside cover)

Twelve South SurfacePad (stand)

Now, that’s what I call an iPhone case!

More awesomeness right below.

Twelve South SurfacePad (in hand)
It’s so thin it virtually disappears.

Twelve South SurfacePad (earpods)

Twelve South SurfacePad (group)

Twelve South SurfacePad (red)

Can you guess what my favorite color is?

Twelve South SurfacePad (red open cover)

SurfacePad is designed for the iPhone 5/4S/4.

It’s available in Pop Red, Modern White or Jet Black and will run you $34.99 each over at the Twelve South web store.

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  • Antonio Teixeira

    Ridiculous shipping price to Brazil. I’ll buy one if I find it on another website with better shipping price.

  • rosssimpson

    £40 to get one here in the uk? I really want one but this is just too expensive :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=787434689 Antish Ittoo

    Soundtrack of video please?! :D

  • Ray V

    I like my case, very form fitting and only $5 on eBay. Free shipping too. Forget expensive cases

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    Not impressed, It’s all about the Element case series for me, love the look of the Sector 5.. .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Henrique-Grande-Neto/100002338354505 Henrique Grande Neto

    Antonio, you are right. The shipping price for Brazil is actually the same price of the SurfacePad. Ridiculous. Will try to find it in other websites.

  • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

    I used to hate cases, until I learned they were a good solution to preventing the invisibleShield from peeling off.

  • jorith

    ok, least infomative comercial ever….. photo’s look better, but still does not attract me at all.

  • http://twitter.com/wonggt Oliver Wong

    cant easily access the volume buttons and the silence switch..

    • mickey

      It has etched “buttons” on the side for the volume buttons. Silent switch no but I assume most people don’t need to toggle that one as often.

  • Karl Kurtz

    Worst video ever. They showed the people more than the case. I lost interest halfway through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mongchacha Simon Yung

    this lady is damn excited, man…

  • JomanJi

    Cool case, but kinda creepy video…

  • Glarus

    Nice sales pitch, hope you are getting paid.

  • Laurens

    stil happy with my bookbook case

  • http://twitter.com/EddieSheerr Eddie Sheerr

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the point of a case that completely covers the phone’s screen. Seems like it would hinder prodcutivity and just mean an extra step to look at it when you need to.

  • ron-mcse

    how do you get the iPhone to show that clock?

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Hahahaha, what a Galaxy Note 2 wanabe. Way overpriced and still doesn’t protect the overpriced device; I’d much rather get a Griffin elan form graphite case for the same price.

  • http://twitter.com/_justinetobi Justine Tobi Dayao

    still hides the design of the iphone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

    no speaker cutout on the top will make taking calls a pain!