Most men are loathe to give up their wallets, and so end up sticking them in one front pocket (or back), with the other designated for use by the phone. The reason not to combine the two previously has been based on the fact that the resulting combo might look as ugly as it was bulky. None of which is true with Silent Pocket’s iPhone Fold Over Wallet.
The Fold Over Wallet is made from a smooth and supple Napa leather that can take abuse and actually become more attractive with age, the dark brown stippled pattern stubbornly retaining its grain. This wrap around envelops the vertical wallet inside and out; moving the flap out and to the left doesn’t reveal any plastic interior — it’s more like a Smart Cover. With this “flap” open, the right side reveals a rigid case that perfectly fits an iPhone 6/6S and which allows for all its functions to be accessed through cut out spaces (placing the flap over all the way makes for a slightly thicker iPhone that can be handled in the normal fashion as if it was in a bumper-style case). So that takes care of where the phone is, but what about the wallet functions, where are they?
On the inside of the “flap,” is where they are. There’s a series of 4 slits meant for credit cards to “live’ in, but that also means other cards fit here too, like a Driver’s License or a Hallmark rewards card. There’s also 2 billfold spaces behind the slits where paper money can be inserted — it’s a good place to stash that emergency $20.
Now there’s nothing wrong with having a wallet that doubles as a smartphone case (or if you prefer, a smartphone case doubling as a wallet), but how’s about some added protection against the bane of today’s digital life — the ability of someone standing nearby sneaking digital looks at what you got through radio frequency identification (RFID) or Near Frequency Communication (NFC). This fold over wallet doesn’t let that happen because it’s shielded against both of these technologies — meaning if you want to let these tech’s function, you’ll have to remove the iPhone from the wallet. That’s a mild inconvenience compared to the alternative, most would agree.
In addition the shielding protects the owner’s body from thermal radiation (a.k.a., heat) or extremely low frequencies (ELF). Some say these two have no effect while others disagree. Better to be safe than sorry is an old saying, but for sure it applies here — especially since we’re talking about carrying a phone day after day after day. But the wallet’s shielding doesn’t affect any of the normal wireless functionality of the iPhone like WiFi or cellular or GPS or Bluetooth. If it did it wouldn’t make it out of the plastic overwrap, you can believe that.
The iPhone Fold Over Wallet also has one last benefit that doesn’t rely on technology one whit: it looks good, fits snugly into a pocket and functions efficiently as a wallet. All this makes the $79.95 price tag seem like a bargain.