The InkCase IVY For iPhone 7’s is made by Oaxis. If they sound familiar, it’s because, last year, they fielded the original InkCase to somewhat mixed reviews.
For the most part, the problems with the original Inkcase centered around the price point. A lot of reviewers felt that the $129.00 price tag was too much for what you got. I have to agree. Starting at just $49.00 (including a $20 discount for a pre-order), the InkCase IVY seems to address the main problem by slashing the cost to something more reasonable.
The InkCase IVY features a small 2.13″ e-ink display that allows you to quickly view important data like the time, incoming text messages, weather, fitness app data, and your calendar, and you can do it all without unlocking your phone. E-ink technology uses very little power (practically none), so the built-in battery can go months without needing a charge.
It communicates with your phone via low-power Bluetooth so, technically, your phone doesn’t even have to be in the case for it to function.
You can also display a design or picture of your choice. It’s not going to be anything high resolution and it will be in black and white, but it’s nice to be able to customize your case just a little bit more.
One surprising (and handy) use for the e-ink display is to digitize those membership cards we all have. Just store the membership barcodes, access codes and QR codes on your InkCase IVY and recover some valuable space in your wallet.
I have to admit, it would be nice to stop by Starbucks or the grocery and not have to fumble around for my rewards card. Oh, it would also be handy when traveling as you can store airline boarding pass barcodes as well.
The InkCase IVY is available in 4 fashionable styles including Cool Black, White Mica, Rosewood, and Maplewood. Thanks to the case using BubblePro Technology, which features millions of locking Micro Weaves that can absorb energy on impact, the InkCase IVY provides better drop protection than many simple cases. Especially other fashion cases.
The cases will start shipping starting on March 31st so, you can take advantage of the pre-order discount now and not have to wait too long for it to arrive.
InkCase IVY For iPhone 7: Verdict
Overall, I’d say my impression of the case is good. It’s attractive and handy enough to be useful. More importantly, it fulfills the primary job of a phone case (drop protection). It’s also reasonably priced (albeit on the top end of reasonable) and the screen is really handy.
That said, it does add a bit of thickness to your phone (a couple of millimeters) and the two wood options don’t actually use wood. On top of that, it’s only available for the iPhone 7 and not the Plus. There also doesn’t seem to be any plans for a Plus model in the future, either. As I own a Plus, I was a bit disappointed by this.
The biggest complaint I have is the fact that it requires its own special charging cable. It would be better if it used a Lightning cable for power because, since you only have to charge it every couple of months, you’re likely to lose it.
All in all, though, these are pretty minor complaints.
- Reasonably priced.
- The e-ink display is really handy and cool.
- The battery lasts for months.
- It’s available in 4 different styles.
- The drop protection is excellent.
- It adds a bit of thickness to your phone (but most cases do).
- It’s only available for the iPhone 7 (not the Plus)
- The wood style options don’t use wood.
- You need a specialty charging cable to charge it.
If you’re looking for a cool and useful case for your iPhone & then the InkCase IVY is definitely one you should take a look at. Hurry up, though, the $20 off offer goes away when the pre-order ends at the end of the month.