Review: Pad & Quill Little Black Book For iPhone 4/4S

Review: Pad & Quill Little Black Book For iPhone 4/4S

We’ve taken a look at a number of Pad & Quill’s products in the past, including the Contega & Octavo for iPad. Pad & Quill has just released an excellent new product to their line – Little Black Book for iPhone 4 & 4S ($45, link). We’ll put it to task and see if it holds up to standards set by its larger brothers.


Pad & Quill specializes in producing stylish leather-bound cases for Apple devices and other products using traditional bookbinding techniques. The result is a visually stunning case that adds some flair to your gear, and makes it look and feel much more like an old-fashioned book.

What’s In The Box?

One thing I love about Pad & Quill is the minimalism of their packaging. Rather than developing retail packaging, Pad & Quill’s handmade products are shipped in a protective plastic sleeve, which is then dropped straight into the shipping box.

The packaging includes the product itself, as well as an extra set of rubber grips and a short brochure about how to use and care for your product – and that’s it! No unnecessary boxes or plastic blister packs.

Quality, Design

As with all of Pad & Quill’s products, design is a strong focus in the Little Black Book. The case is very solidly build and can handle drops, the leather is durable and capable of withstanding a great deal of wear, and the design is both simple and beautiful. The case also includes an inner sleeve for holding cash or cards, making it useful as a wallet as well.

The one thing I was disappointed about is that the included Moleskine-like plastic strap does not completely cover the back camera hole, as with their iPad 2 cases, although this is likely due to the iPhone 4S containing a camera flash, making the hole considerably larger than the one found in their iPad cases.

It’s also worth considering that this case does add a bit of bulk to your iPhone, more than doubling its thickness, but for an executive-style case suitable to place in a suit pocked and bring to a business meeting, thinness isn’t necessarily a paramount issue. While the case doesn’t sit as confortable in a jeans pocket as some other cases, the quality and durability of the product is worth the extra bulk in my opinion.


Pad & Quill’s Little Black Book is a simple, durable case suited for both casual and professional use. The case is a solid contender among executive-style cases, and while it does add some bulk to your device, and isn’t as comfortable to stick in the pocket of your jeans, it is nevertheless a durable and well-designed product.

Rating & Information

Rating: 4.5/5[rating:4.5]

Considering this case’s merits, and contrasting them with its few minor concerns, I award the Little Black Book a 4.5 out of 5, as well as my personal recommendation. The Little Black Book isn’t necessarily for everyone, especially those looking for a slim case to slim in the pocket of their jeans, but works well for casual or professional needs where extreme slimness isn’t a concern.

To read more, or to purchase the Little Black Book for iPhone 4 and 4S ($45, link), visit Pad & Quill’s product page on the net. The Little Black Book is also available without a pocket for the iPod touch at a cost of $40.


Gorgeous, leather bound, and made by hand
Sustainable, made from natural materials
Affordable, coming in at just $45
Lightweight, and gives full access to all ports
Looks great in meetings, and at formal or semi-formal occasions


It is a bit bulky – definately sticks out more in my pocket
Dropping it with the iPhone in can scuff the leather
The elastic strap on the back doesn’t cover the camera hole

  1. This looks pretty nice. I would get one if it was all machined aluminum. That would be hot!

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