Nodus Acess Case Splash

It is rare to find a case I adore. Most of my hesitation stems from being an iPhone nudist, which I mention in most of my articles. Further complicating matters is my disdain for overly complicated designs or cases that interfere with the look and feel of iOS devices.

Many case companies get most things right. The protection level is perfect or the look and feel is spot on. Everyone does their thing. However, running into my third year of accessory reviews, most of the marketed cases are boring to me. In fact, my hardware review articles are quite infrequent due to the lack of truly new cases. Many companies are in their third or fourth iteration of the exact same case, merely updated for the newest iPhone form factor.

Standing in stark contrast to the mundane daily cases, Nodus introduced me to their Access collection. Even before holding the product, I thought to myself, here is a company that is doing it all exactly right. Shortly thereafter, I pillaged my mailbox looking for the iPhone 6 Plus Access case.

Pay attention to details

Nodus Access edge

Start with full grain Italian leather. The smell alone is enough to excite the senses. Yes, I am going to gush all over this case in my review. With a smooth feel and finish, the edged stitching gives a nice contrast to the otherwise completely smooth leather, save a small dimpled line on the case back, which is designed to rest iPhone at a viewing angle.

The size is just slightly larger than iPhone on three sides, opposite the spine. Also precisely cut is the camera and flash port. The hole is cut just large enough to prevent the case from obscuring pictures, but leaves no extra room. Access’ spine is uninterrupted. While some may consider it inconvenience, there is no open port cut into the leather to access the mute switch. The case must be opened to (un)mute your device. This small sacrifice is worth it to me, instead of interrupting the design for a small incision.

The case is rigid, as to stand up against bumps and dings. Don’t toss it around aimlessly, but I appreciate the protective nature of the stiff case. The turgid flap also lends to the elegance of the design. Because the case is stiff, the front opens definitively to reveal the iPhone — it does not wrinkle or bend. The spine allows the case to double back on itself for making calls, but the front does not have an earpiece slit, like some competing designs. Again, emphasis is on the unbroken and seamless leather.

All of the elegance could easily be ruined if the iPhone installation process were hampered. Similar designs use an integrated iPhone harness, where the device is clipped into a plastic holder that is molded into a leather wrap around. Other competitors use a 3M adhesion variation, onto which the iPhone is actually taped into place. When removing iPhones from this type of adhesive material, it is extremely difficult to spring it free and always leaves a residue regardless of a “non-residue” claim. Moreover, those types of device applications are not reusable.

Nodus Access Case MicroSuction

All of that is to say, again, Nodus did it perfectly. Using a technology sometimes found on iPhone docks, Nodus implemented a micro-suction technology into their case. Micro-suction pads utilize millions of tiny little indentions to form a bond with the flat device back. The pad holds iPhone fast to the case without residue, because there is no gel adhesive material. There are only tiny microscopic indentions that form a suction attachment to the device.

To retrieve the device, simply pop it off the suction pad. Re-installing is just as simple. Line up the iPhone and press firmly. Sometimes the micro-suction pads collect a small amount of dust when left unused. Simply, wet your finger and rub the lent away. No degradation is caused to the pad. The iPhone can be attached and reattached as many times as desired without degradation to the suction surface. An additional micro-suction pad is installed on the left side, holding the flap closed on iPhone’s screen. For full details, the Nodus instruction manual may be of interest.


Nodus Access look book

I received the case in mid-October and already used it more than any other iPhone case I owned or reviewed since iPhone 4. The micro-suction design is what set me off in the first place. Having an elegant, simple case is paramount. A minimalist design is made simple by the ability to quickly place an iPhone in the case and walk away. There are neither gels nor adhesives to gum things up. The Italian leather truly is premium and the tailored cut prevents adding bulk to an otherwise already large iPhone 6 Plus.

Finally, Nodus did not further complicate the form factor by making it a wallet case. Aside from one single pocket, there is no intention of making the Access case a wallet replacement. Again, a great move. The suede interior tucks into the small interior sleeve that is only going to hold a couple of business cards, a dollar bill, or maybe a credit card.

Discount Update – Thanks to Nodus for supplying a 20% discount for our readers! Simply enter “idownload20” during checkout! The offer is good until December 31.

Elegant design and thoughtful creativity make the Nodus a must have, regardless of price. At £49.99 ($78) for iPhones 6, 5/s, the price is well-matched with the competition. The sting will come for non-Pound purchasers, where the exchange rate inflates the price. If you require a specific case for your iPhone with a premium look and feel, Nodus perfected the Access case. This is undoubtedly a result of their driven attention focused on the only case in their collection.

  • Rares

    The last picture looks like an ipad.

    • madone11

      It is an iPad.

    • Jonathan

      That’s because it is. If it were an iPhone 6 Plus, the dock would be on the right side, not the bottom.

  • mike

    I was all in… Until the price came up. Might have to save up to try it though. I’ve used TwelveSouth’s SurfacePad for the iPhone 5, which lasted for a bit then fell apart.

    Anyone ever used mod-3’s Radius? I’m thinking of making an investment.

    • SuperMatt

      I ordered this on the Black Friday weekend due to the 25% off special. I think you might be able to get 20% off by searching for nodus discount codes on the internet. I hope it will be worth the money.

      • mike

        iDB shared their 20% off code, I’m just worried about the long time durability of the case.

      • Andrew

        Is the SurfacePad any good? I actually came across it the other day and thought about maybe grabbing one.

      • mike

        Honestly I feel like it varies from time to time. Reviews online were mixed, some saying it lasted for a year and some not last a few weeks. Mine was great… For a couple months.

  • joshua webb

    I helped fund this on kickstarter and received the iPhone 5 version and was disappointed that if I had a case on my iPhone at all, it wouldn’t stick to the micro suction portion of the case and I didnt feel comfortable tossing my phone into this case and then my pocket without any protection around the sides whatsoever and therefore it would require me to leave in the wallet without any additional protection which in this case isn’t feasable since anytime you want to use the phone with a reasonable grip on it you have to peel it off the suction cups. There’s not even a tiny slot for the earpiece which would allow use while closed during a phone call. I used it for one week but began to notice scratches on the sides of my black iPhone 5 so I tossed it into my batch of unused cases and there it sits. If anybody wants it for $20.00 it’s yours.

  • Chris Gilmore

    Ugh. I just bought a 6 and the only thing I’ve bought is Zagg’s glass screen protector (Ordered on Cyber Monday so it’s not here yet) but I’ve been searching everywhere for a decent case, maybe even a wallet one. But literally everything I’ve seen sucks. I do not like cases on my phone but I just can’t find anything. This and the SurfacePad is decent but I just don’t think I could get used to using the flap every single time I need my phone.

    • SuperMatt

      This looks like more durable leather than the SurfacePad. I can update the comments on here when mine arrives. I have high hopes…

      • Chris Gilmore

        Crazy expensive though seeing as how I can just get a LifeProof Nuud and be done with it.

    • Rahnold

      TwelveSouth’s SurfacePad was a huge disappointment for me. I love most of their products, and have been very happy with all of them except the SurfacePad for my iPhone 5s, which fell apart in a couple of weeks. I’ll keep my eyes on reviews of this product in hopes it can hold up better.

  • Vighnesh Manick

    So if I hold it vertically, would the phone fall out?

    • joshua webb

      It did for me.

      • Vighnesh Manick

        What about upside down?

      • joshua webb

        The suction holds the phone well upside down when it’s brand new but holding the cover open and talking on the phone, you’re holding the wallet and not the phone meaning it’s in danger of popping out or slipping loose of the suction cups. It made me too nervous while using it.

  • Mark Kramer

    Way too overpriced for what it is. It offers no real protection.

  • Mark Kramer

    why not say muhammed damnit that thing is expensive?

    • Richard Gomez

      Are you trying to be sarcastic? And in not one of those “christians”

  • Alan Ceaser

    Had to comment on this. I pre-ordered this case for my iPhone 6+. I waited a long month and a half to get it and I can say that it was worth the wait. First let me address the microsuction: It works.

    Been using it for two months. I bike with my phone in this case regularly and am constantly turning it every which way while browsing and gaming. The phone has not budged from its placement. Ever. I even hold it by the non-phone flap and let it dangle at times. No movement. If you don’t “trust” the case that’s your problem, not the case’s.

    The design of the case is beautiful and high quality, as mentioned in the article. Works as a wallet replacement, although I expect that the hold of the pocket will loosen as the leather wears in. Anyway, best case I’ve ever owned. Prior to this I used Book Book on a 5 and 4. They both fell apart eventually, btw. We’ll see with this one.

    If you’re looking for something cheap obviously this is not the case for you but it really isn’t that pricey.

    • SuperMatt

      I bought 2 of these. One for my iPhone 6, and one for my wife’s 6+. They are fantastic. The leather is very high quality so it feels great in your hand. I was a bit worried but the micro-suction works great. The phone is never in any danger of falling out. Plus, the leather was nice and stiff and has slowly been breaking in, making flipping it backward for calls, or setting it up as a viewing stand become slightly easier with time. This actually feels nicer than any other wallet I’ve ever owned. I’m a happy customer.