Wally Wallet iPhone Case Is A Minimalist’s Dream [Review]

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I hate thick wallets. I carry mine in my left front pocket most of the time, and I really don’t need something huge and bulky in there to both look dorky and hurt.

Wally Wallet iPhone Case by Distil Union
Category: iPhone Cases
Works With: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s
Price: $49.99

I’ve spent some time paring down the stuff in my wallet, too, making it as minimal as possible. I usually carry my driver’s license, my Visa debit card, a bit of cash, and a couple of shopping club cards, like Costco and Safeway. I rotate a credit card in on occasion, too, if I need the extra buying power.

Usually, and especially when I go out on the town for an evening, I only need the ID, some cash, and my debit card.

That’s exactly what fits easily in the new Wally Wallet iPhone case, making it a dream come true for this wallet minimalist.

The Wally comes in a cleverly designed package that opens via a easily accessible plastic tab. Simply grab it, and open the package. No need for scissors or a knife like most other packaging these days.

DSC05152The case itself is a plastic sheath that holds an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s well without being too tight or too loose. It’s easily removed, too, because who only has one iPhone case?

The Wally comes in black, brown, or red leather, each able to pair with a clear or black plastic case (except the red, which only comes attached to a plastic case. Distil Union has a Wally that sticks on the back of your iPhone as well, getting rid of the plastic case in the process, but I like being able to take this off when I want to switch colors or cases.

It’s a nicely supple leather; it only gets better with use, too, aging like a baseball mitt. Sliding the two credit cards plus a folded bill or two is easy, and you can even loosen it a bit with some water if you need to stuff it with an extra credit card.

The Wally Wallet iPhone Case is a fantastic way to slim down the pockets.

DSC05153The wallet compartment is stitched precisely with a matching color heavy-duty thread; the sewing is going to stay there for a long time.

To get the cards and cash out, you simply pull on the red cloth tab and out they pop. It’s all very well designed and I had nary a difficulty using it in the week or so I’ve had it.

The leather wallet only adds a bit of thickness to the overall iPhone 5, which was a bit of an adjustment when I slid it into my front right pocket as per usual. I carried the red Wally Wallet case around with me for a week and quickly adjusted to its minimal thickness change. The leather slides easily in and out of my pocket and fits well in my Breffo Spider car holder without any adjustment. If you’ve got a tight fit in your car holder, you might have a bit of trouble, though.

DSC05159The other issue I found was placing the iPhone 5 into my bedside dock. The back of the Wally Wallet is enough of an increase in thickness that I’ve had to turn the dock around to be able to see the iPhone from my bed. Not a deal-breaker, but something to consider.

I love being able to grab my iPhone and head out, secure in the knowledge that I have the essentials in there. If I need to carry more stuff with me, I’ll grab a thin wallet, like the upcoming Wally Bifold or Wally Sleeve, both of which meet my minimalist requirements while allowing me to have just a bit more stuff with me when I travel.

Overall, the Wally Wallet Case is utterly perfect for most every day. It’s even better for nights out, since I don’t have to worry about having an extra thing in my pocket when I leave from the bar or party. While it won’t fit every bit of plastic and cash I might need in every situation, the Wally Wallet iPhone Case is a fantastic way to slim down the pockets.

DSC05161Product Name: : Wally Wallet iPhone Case
The Good: Extremely well made and designed, supple high-quality leather and solid stitching; keeps me minimal on the go.
The Bad: A tiny bit of thickness can make some docking or car holders obsolete.
The Verdict Worth every penny.
Buy from: Distil Union



Cult of Mac rating: Excellent

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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