These handsome leather iPhone cases replace your wallet [Review]

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Any of these Dodocases can hold your iPhone and your credit cards, driver license, etc.
Any of these Dodocases can hold your iPhone and your credit cards, driver license, etc.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay and electronic IDs are removing the need for a wallet, but why wait? Try a Dodocase that holds your phone as well as your drivers license, credit cards, etc.

We went hands on with three of this company’s leather iPhone wallet cases so we can report how they stand up to real-world use.

The build quality on all these cases is quite good. We used each of them for several days during the testing process, and all came out still looking brand new. The leather used was without blemish, and the monogramming was well done.

Dodocase All Leather Angle View

This iPhone case is designed to make it look like a leather notebook. It wraps around the front and back of the handsets, and held closed with a stretchy band. And it has a trick: the back of this case can fold up to become a stand that holds the iPhone in horizontal mode.

On the inside of the cover is a trio of pouches, each of which can hold up to three plastic cards. Or they can store cash, business cards, etc.

The DODOcase BOOKcase protects the front and back of the iPhone.
The Dodocase All Leather Angle View protects the front and back of the iPhone.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

We found the All Leather Angle View bulkier than anything we like to carry in a pants pocket, but it’s fine in a jacket pocket or purse. Plenty of storage space is handy, though having to frequently open the front flap can get tiresome.

The iPhone stand is well suited for watching video. It offers only one angle — about 150 degrees — but the handset is supported so there’s no danger of it flopping over.  

There were no issues wirelessly charging through this case, and the Lightning port is always accessible.

Dodocase makes the leather front and back of this product in black, mahogany, red, tan and white. The leather spine is available in either black or tan.

The version for Max/Plus iPhones is $74.95, while a smaller version is $64.95. Monogrammed initials add $9.95.

Dodocase Leather Kickstand Cardcase

This second case puts the slots for holding cards on a hinge so it acts as a kickstand for your iPhone.  Magnets keep the flap from, well, flapping around, and a strap keeps it from opening too far.

There’s a pair of pouches on that flap, each of which can hold three cards, folded up cash of a similar thickness, or other slim items.

Dodocase Leather Kickstand Cardcase is a bit thick.
The Dodocase Leather Kickstand Cardcase is a bit thick.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

In our time with the Kickstand Cardase, we found that it works well for FaceTime calls. It’s not quite as good for other video because of the portrait orientation. The kickstand will work in landscape mode, just not as well. The case and the iPhone together are just barely small enough to ride comfortably in a pants pocket.

The downside of this design is that the backflap is so thick that it makes wireless charging impossible.

TheDodocase Kickstand Cardcase  is available in black, brown, tanned brown, and tan. The flap is leather, while the iPhone is wrapped in a very thin black polymer tray.

The Max/Plus version sells for $69.95, while the one for smaller iPhones is $59.95. Adding monogrammed initials costs $9.95.

Dodocase Shockproof Cardcase

This third case is similar to this company’s Slim Cardcase, with a tray to hold the handset and a single pouch for cards. However, in this model, the polymer tray is thicker to be more protective. The leather is also slightly thicker.

We put three cards in the single pouch without issue. Adding another would likely permanently stretch the leather.

The Dodocase Shockproof Cardcase adds protection for the sides and back of the iPhone.
The Dodocase Shockproof Cardcase adds protection for the sides and back of the iPhone.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

We found that the ShockProof Cardcase rides easily in a pants pocket, even with multiple cards in the pouch. There were no problems with wireless charging, even with the pouch full.

This accessory is available in chestnut, oil-tanned brown, oil-tanned antique, brown, and black.  The polymer tray is always black.

The ShockProof Cardcase is available only for the iPhone XR XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR. Dodocase charges $44.95 for any version. Monogramming is $9.95.