I'll start by saying I've owned many cases for my iPhones over the years, dozens if not hundreds of different styles and brands. I came across Carved when searching for wooden cases. I was impressed with their story and history of making cases by hand. They have a ton of really cool wood cases in different wood, colors, and styles but I settled on the Reconstituted Ebony with the Matte Black case. I love black cases that compliment the black/space grey iPhone and this does it better than any other I've used. It's just your standard snap on style case but it's very solid and well made with quality materials. The wood that Carved uses is also very high quality, it's slightly glossy and textured but very smooth. It's not grippy but it does not slide around on a table either. The case is slim and wraps around the iPhone perfectly. It does add a little weight because of the wood but it makes the iPhone feel more solid in the hand. There are no sharp edges or corners that irritate your hands/fingers while holding the phone for long periods of time which I have noticed on many other snap on styles cases. I have the Mime Ghost Glass with round edges which adds thickness but without it there is some lay on table design. Check them out and for $24 plus $2 for the Matte Black case it's a great deal as well. It comes standard with a clear case but I prefer and think the matte black case looks best, especially with the Reconstituted Ebony color. http://www.carved.com/shop/iphone-5/wood-cases/ebony-iphone-5-clear-case.html Here are some pics I took with my Mini Retina.