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How to choose the best iPhone Wallet Case for you

by dan smith January 09, 2020

It's a great feeling, getting rid of your wallet or purse and carrying the cards and cash you need on the back of your iPhone.  

I have been selling iPhone wallet cases since 2013, and can help you choose which of six types of iPhone wallet cases can get you the stylish and fast access to the cards and cash you need most.


Elastic Pocket Wallet Case (Style #1 of 6)

These cases carry cards, cash and maybe a bulky item like a car key on the back of your phone using a stretchy elastic material.


How many cards can an elastic wallet case hold? 

These cases are designed to hold up to 10 cards. If the elastic is well made, it can hold one card tight or expand out to hold up to 10 cards.

How tight can an elastic wallet case hold your cards?

If the elastic is made well, it should hold your cards super tight.

How easy and fast can you can access cards with an elastic wallet case?

If the wallet case is designed with a card ejector slot [GIF below] you can instantly eject all your cards, or just the top card. With an elastic pocket, the cards are accessible on the back of the case with no door or flap to get in the way.

As the tops of the cards are always sticking out a bit, it is easy to access either just the top card or the whole stack of cards.


 

How slim or bulky is an elastic wallet case?

Slimness and expandability is a core benefit of an elastic pocket. With no cards, the elastic lays flat and slim. The elastic expands as cards are added and slims down as card are removed.

What types of material are available?

These cases generally have a rubber or plastic bumper, a woven or knitted elastic pocket and a core made from real wood, leather or a variety of synthetic materials.

 

Example of elastic pocket iPhone wallet case with good customer reviews.

JIMMYCASE iPhone 11 Pro Wallet Case in Black Maple  Source: JIMMYCASE


Leather Slot iPhone Wallet Case (Style #2 of 6)

These cases combine the look of a traditional leather wallet with a leather-wrapped case.


How many cards can a leather slot case hold?

These cases are designed to hold one to three cards. Each card is held in itsown slot, like a traditional wallet.

How tight can a leather slot wallet case hold your cards?

When these cases are new cards are held tight. Leather can stretch out over time causing the pockets to lose their grip.

How easy and fast can you can access cards with an elastic wallet case?

With these cases, the cards are presented on the back of the case with the cards sticking out. With this design, access is usually pretty fast.

How slim or bulky is a leather slot wallet case?

As these cases usually hold a couple of cards in integrated leather slots, they are among the slimmest designs.

 What types of material are available? 

Leather slot wallet cases are fashioned from real or synthetic leather.

 

Example of leather slot iPhone wallet case with good customer reviews.

Mujjo iPhone 11 Wallet. Source: Amazon




Folio iPhone Wallet Case (Style #3 of 6)

These cases wrap around the iPhone like a book cover (folio)

How many cards can folio wallet case hold?

These cases are designed to hold 2 to 10 cards. Each card is held in itsown slot, like a traditional wallet. The card slots are usually lined up vertically in the folio fold-out holder.

How tight can a folio wallet case hold your cards?

The leather slots can stretch over time. But, the case folds over the phone like a book cover to provide an added layer of hold.

How easy and fast can you can access cards with a folio wallet case?

As these cases hold cards in a door that must be unlatched and opened, these cases provide the slowest card access of the group.

How slim or bulky is a folio wallet case?

These cases are generally the bulkiest of the group. The thickness of extra card holding flap is there, whether the case is holding one card or a bunch of cards.

What types of material are available? 

Folio wallet cases are most often fashioned from real or synthetic leather or tech materials. 

Example of folio iPhone wallet case with good customer reviews.

AMOVO Leather Case for iPhone 11.Source: Amazon


Stick-on Phone Wallet (Style #4 of 6)


These cases stick directly onto the back of the phone or onto a protective case with 3M adhesive tapes.

These wallets work with a variety of Apple iPhones, as well Samsung, Pixl. If the area on the back of the phone is big enough and there is no center camera or button to get in the way, stick-on wallets are a great option.


How many cards can a stick on wallet hold? 

If the stick-on pocket is made from a stretchy elastic material, they can hold 1-6 cards. If the stick-on is made from silicone, they generally hold 1-3 cards.

How tight can a stick-on wallet case hold your cards?

If the pocket is created with premium elastic, it should hold your cards super tight. If the pocket has a weak elastic or low quality silicone sleeve, card holding may degrade over time.

How easy and fast can you can access cards with a stick-on wallet case?

As these cases hold cards in on the back of the phone, access is pretty fast.

How slim or bulky are stick-on wallet cases?

Stick-ons don’t add much bulk. They are designed with a single function, to hold cards, not phone protection.

What types of material are available?

Stick-on wallets are most often created as a stretchy elastic sleeve or as a silicone pocket.

Example of stick on wallet case with good customer reviews.

STICK-A-JIMMY Stick On Wallet.Source: JIMMYCASE


Plastic open slot iPhone wallet cases (Style #5 of 6)

With these cases, the card holding pocket is integrated into the front or side of plastic case. A spring or clip mechanism in the case holds the cards in place.

How many cards can a plastic open slot iPhone wallet cases hold? 

These cases usually hold two to three cards. The slot is sized to hold a fixed amount of cards and the internal spring or clip holds them in place.

How tight can aplastic open slotcase hold your cards?

As the cards are wrapped inside the plastic case, they hold pretty well.

How easy and fast can you can access cards withplastic open slotcasewallet case?

Card access is pretty quick with these cases. Some eject all cards at the same time, making it difficult to access only the top card.

How slim or bulky are plastic open slot cases?

As these cases are solid plastic, they don’t expand or contract based on the number of cards inserted. They are often a bit bulkier than the other wallet case options.

What types of materials are available? 

Most of these cases are made from plastic

Example of plastic open slot iPhone wallet case with good customer reviews.

ESR iPhone Wallet.Source: Amazon


Plastic door slot iPhone wallet cases (Style #6 of 6)

With these cases, the card holding pocket is integrated into the back of a plastic case. A door on the side or bottom of the case is opened to reveal the card slot.



How many cards can a plastic door slot iPhone wallet cases wallet hold? 

These cases usually hold 1-4 cards. The slot is sized to hold a fixed amount of cards and the door latches to hold the cards inside.

How tight can a stick-on wallet case hold your cards?

As the cards are held behind are latched door, they can hold the cards well.

How easy and fast can you can access cards with a plastic door slot wallet case?

As a door needs to be opened and cards removed from a recessed slot, these cases are not often the best for easy/quick card access.

How slim or bulky are stick-on wallet cases?

These cases are molded from plastic. They don’t expand or contract, based on the number of cards inserted. They are usually on the bulkier end of the available options.

What types of material are available?

Most of these cases are made from plastic

Example of a plastic door slot wallet case with good customer reviews.

SAMONPOW iPhone X Case.Source: Amazon

 

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dan smith
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