Stanley David Murray is an attorney in Arizona whose practice areas include personal injury and family law at both the trial court and appellate level. He is also the author of Time Limitations Applicable to Civil Actions and Procedures in the Arizona Superior Courts, published by the State Bar of Arizona. Stan and I have recently been trading emails to discuss iPhone 6 cases. Stan was particularly interested in a case that can also serve as a wallet. I reviewed the iFlip back in 2011, which does this, but I don't believe that there is a model for the iPhone 6. Stan ultimately bought the INVELLOP iPhone 6 wallet case which is sold on Amazon for less than $13. Stan was nice enough write a review of the case and let me share it with other iPhone J.D. readers. Take it away, Stan!
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I have always used a case to protect my purchase of the latest iteration from Apple of its iPhone products, starting with my first acquisition of an iPhone 3G. I have seen too many scratched, cracked, and shattered smartphones from my friends and colleagues to know better than to operate an iPhone, or any other smartphone, without some protection.
But iPhones are just another gadget that we attorneys must carry with us whenever and wherever we travel, be it to court, meetings and even social events with friends and family. When I go to court, I can use my trusty briefcase (more of a man purse) to stash my iPhone, iPad, wallet, car keys, reading glasses and maybe a client file for easy access while in court. However, when it comes to social events, such as lunch, happy hour, or an evening out, carrying a briefcase so I can cart around all of these necessities is just not the right thing to do.
On social occasions, I can usually limit my load to keys, wallet and iPhone, but I have to carry them as I am not a back pocket type. Wallets are too thick, with all the credit cards, cash, licenses, insurance cards, etc., that are in mine, and cause a protruding back pocket that can look ridiculous. And iPhones simply were not meant to be put in back pockets ("Bendgate" notwithstanding). Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a product that could cut out one of these necessary items yet still allow me to access them when I am without my briefcase?
Enter the iPhone wallet case, for lack of a better term of art description. A wallet case is an accessory that allows you to protect your iPhone, just like any other case, but has the added feature of providing you with room to store your driver’s license, dollar bills, credit cards, etc., alleviating the need to carry around a separate wallet. Only problem, once you got all those cards and cash stuffed into the wallet case, and put your iPhone in, your wallet case was now so thick that even if you could fold it closed, it still was too thick to handle, let alone try to put it in your pocket.
But the iPhone 6 has renewed my interest in wallet cases for the reason that Apple Pay has now arrived. With Apple Pay, you can store up to 8 credit/debit cards on your iPhone 6, so before long you may not need to carry around those cards in your wallet, or wallet case. As a result of storing my credit/debit cards on my iPhone, I have been able to return to using a slimmer wallet case even with my iPhone 6 included. I have plenty of room to put my driver’s license, State Bar card, health and auto insurance cards, along with some dollar bills, in the wallet case without the awkward and clumsy looking wallet cases of the past. Now when I go out socially, all I need to carry are my keys and iPhone wallet case, and at least I can put my keys in my front pocket. Much better.
The wallet cases presently on the market for the iPhone 6 are not that expensive either. I purchased an Invellop iPhone 6 wallet case for $13.00 on Amazon and it has all the features I need.
This case even has a kickstand so that you can place your iPhone 6 in portrait mode for easier viewing.
Even though it is made with some kind of fake leather product, it still looks svelte, cool and impressive. Other wallet cases from different makers can be found in a range of prices and features, on Amazon, such as the Caseology wallet case for only $9.99, the Spigen wallet case for $16.99, and the i-Blason Case for $19.95. I was surprised to see that most of these wallet cases sell for a lot lower price than the non-wallet cases; the last one I bought cost over $35.00, for basically a plain rubber cover case.
I have found a renewed interest in wallet cases with the new iPhone 6 and Apple Pay and hope you too can avoid those awkward moments of juggling your phone, wallet and keys just to go out and have good time, without your briefcase in tow.
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