Of all the case form factors out there, wallet cases are among the most unique and functional.
Wallet cases have been around since the early 2010s, ranging from simple affairs that use adhesive to stick to the back of a device, to fully-featured protective cases that serve many purposes
There’s a wide range of styles that could all be called wallet cases. Each phone case maker has their take on how a wallet case should look, feel, and function. Some use a band of fabric that snugly holds cards and cash. Others are more complex, employing folding panels and locking mechanisms.
Whatever the style, there’s no denying the benefits of a wallet case. But, humor us here, don’t purchase that cool case you’ve had your eye on yet.
There are a few hidden negative sides to wallet cases too. It's up to you, discerning consumers, to decide the pros and cons of a wallet phone case.
Should You Get a Wallet Phone Case?
Pros of a Wallet Phone Case
Here’s a challenge: find someone who’s never left their phone or wallet at home, at work, or sitting amongst the tortilla crumbs after leaving Chipotle.
A wallet phone consolidates the stuff you’re carrying, which can be a huge benefit whether you’re a purse-carrier, pocket-user, or fanny pack-wearer.
Having fewer individual items to carry minimizes the chance you’ll forget anything because it’s altogether. If you’ve got your phone, you’ve got your ID. If you’ve got your Amex card, you’ve got your phone. Simplicity at its finest.
Here’s another benefit to carrying a wallet case: the added bulk from the wallet element, plus that stack of credit cards adds protection for your phone. In the event of a drop, it could be that additional shock-absorbing mass makes the difference between a cracked screen and a consequence-free drop
The front flap of wallet phone cases is multi-functional. Manu phone case manufacturers design the front flap to protect the screen, and store cards and cash.
This style of wallet case tops the list of contenders if you’re considering one. However, let’s consider the negative side to a wallet case before making any final judgments.
Cons of a Wallet Phone Case
So, we’ve already discussed how handy a wallet phone case can be by consolidating all your daily items into one convenient item. However, what are you to do if that one item goes missing?
If someone steals your phone, they’ll have access to your Facebook, call log, credit cards, and more. This could mean trouble, all because you had all your important information, conveniently packed together for a thief to snatch up.
A running theme of wallet cases seems to be that their positive sides also become their negative sides
Remember a few paragraphs ago when we were talking about the added drop protection offered by the added bulk of a wallet case? Well, that added bulk also adds—added bulk.
You may have trouble fitting a wallet case into your pocket or purse comfortably.
Additionally, the fun and convenience of everyday phone usage may be sapped by the need to tote around and grip the beefy monstrosity that is your iPhone X.
Finally, if you’re someone who likes to use Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or other NFC functions of your device, those features may be hampered by a wallet case, which may block the sensors used by those applications
Ironic, isn’t it? Sorry, you can’t use Google Wallet because of the wallet on your phone.
We at SaharaCase respect the choices of everyone, so we’re not going to make a hard-and-fast recommendation on the pros and cons of a wallet phone case. We want to get all the information out there so you can make your own informed decision.
For some, a wallet case may be a great choice, minimizing the chances of loss while maximizing convenience. For others, a wallet case may be putting too many eggs into one basket.
When you’ve decided which type of case is best for you, check out our online store for a wide variety of premium options that will leave your case thanking you.