Bamboo StyleSwap Cover Experience and Impressions (Pic Heavy)

  1. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    I would first like to mention that I wish everyone that would like to buy this could.

    So I had my eye on this ever since I discovered the OPO back in May. It just really caught my eye, and I knew I wanted to buy one when available. When announced, there were some complaints about the $50 price tag. I looked past it given the inexpensive phone. They have to make money somehow, right? Accessories are a huge source of profit for many manufacturers. Anyways, then came the disappointing news when the StyleSwap covers were cancelled. Then a glimmer of hope that they were going to be selling a small number. I knew my chances were slim.

    Apparently there were only around 500 that passed the quality check, with a chance at an invite in a giveaway thread a couple of weeks ago. I was unlucky and didn't receive one of the random invites, but checked the invites section at just the right time. Many thanks again to @cinegiak for doing an invite giveaway thread here (one of I think only two bamboo invite giveaway threads I have seen):


    Check out his awesome YouTube videos. In fact, here is his own video of the cover from a London Gathering:

    First impressions - it is as nice as I thought it would be. I have seen the naysayers bashing it for being a hunk of plastic with veneer on top. We aren't talking veneer - it is a layer of real bamboo, looks nice, and feels nice. I understand the plastic on the sides to be able to easily swap the cover out. I don't think it kills the overall look. The silver 1+ logo looks slick too.

    One con - it is slightly thicker than the sandstone cover. I was planning on using an IMAK hard plastic clear case to give it some protection, while still being able to show it off. The cover isn't going to work with it. I could see a TPU case (flexible) doing the job to protect it. I have a TUDIA ultra slim melody clear case, but it is a frosted clear, and would hide the beauty of the cover. So for now - I am going to go without a case and be extra careful. I was thinking about doing that anyways.

    Edit: Cover removal. The instructions included to remove have you use a headphone plug to create a gap up top to begin removing it (removal tool included in box). However, I would use this method if you are wanting to remove the back. Thanks to @K.P. Smith :

    Edit: two clear cases that fit (I have the black Orzly bumper with clear back):



    So that is my experience with it. Here are some pics for you:















    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015

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  2. gmo8492
    Lollipop Nov 19, 2014

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  3. Waelt
    Honeycomb Nov 19, 2014

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  4. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Thanks man. Really wish they would mass release it so plenty of others could enjoy it as well. Hope they somehow reconsider.

  5. llcooljerry
    Jelly Bean Nov 19, 2014

  6. FlipJumpman
    Honeycomb Nov 19, 2014

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  7. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Ha, thought it best to warn those that have to contend with data caps.

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  8. llcooljerry
    Jelly Bean Nov 19, 2014

    llcooljerry , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Love the pics. The bamboo looks really neat. Any cracking or twisting sound while using ?

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  9. Jason7049
    Froyo Nov 19, 2014

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    Jelly Bean Nov 19, 2014

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  11. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    No. Saw one other person mention that. Nothing yet that I have noticed.

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  12. yashchodhry
    Donut Nov 19, 2014

    yashchodhry , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Wow, fantastic review bro...

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  13. Nilesh Sajnani
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

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  14. DreamerJ
    Honeycomb Nov 19, 2014

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  15. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Well, had one on order a while ago. From Ali. They stated they had 20 available. After weeks, order got cancelled. Said their supplier fell through.

  16. jlukasik
    Froyo Nov 19, 2014

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  17. milkdude
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    milkdude , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Very nice, thanks for sharing. too bad the whole styleswap thing fell through. that was one of the things that attracted me to the phone early on.

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  18. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    I wish you could too.

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  19. nexvision
    Honeycomb Nov 19, 2014

    nexvision , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Glad yours came in today. Mine did to and I was very leary about pulling the back and having it fit right back nice and tight and it does. Was also super easy to change following the instructions not sure why people had problems.

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  20. deejay01
    KitKat Nov 19, 2014

    deejay01 , Nov 19, 2014 :
    Was wondering if you got yours. So you are definitely keeping it then. Do you like it better than the sandstone?