Phone cases serve a basic purpose in that they hold a phone, but when adding features they often go overboard in favor of “sizzle instead of steak.” So while the Monk Magnet Wallet Case for iPhone 6/6S isn’t the first case that holds more than a phone, it has the distinction of being the first phone wallet to make sense of what having an iPhone 6 combined with wallet stuff is all about.
The Monk is brown and made from material covered in leather so that means a better survival rate over time and in pockets and put down on tables or other surfaces. At first glance it fulfills the efficiency of having a vertical wallet that opens up so as to reveal credit card (or compatible) slots on the inside left plus space for some cash and an I.D. window and the smartphone facing on the right. Close the Monk and you can still shoot (blindly) the camera as it faces out through a cutout in the back of the wallet the phone is lying against (assuming a side button on the phone’s right side doubles as a shutter button). But as useful and workable this wallet phone case is, what’s so special about it over another’s version?
That specialness comes from how the iPhone is being held in the Monk. Rather than inserted into some slot or held via straps, the iPhone is actually inside of an separate of its own. This case employs magnets that perform two tasks: the first being to hold the iPhone in position inside the case and the second to hold the case itself in position inside the wallet. Get the picture? You open the wallet and there’s the iPhone. But instead of having to fold the wallet over or awkwardly attempt to maneuver around it in order to use the phone; just pull the iPhone off the wallet and have at it. Then when done, return the iPhone (case and all) back to its position inside the wallet. Close the wallet and return it to its pocket. Or stick the phone on some metal surface like the side of a refrigerator in case you want to take a selfie without having to stretch your arm. End of story. And no, the magnets won’t affect the iPhone or the credit cards either: Sewell Direct isn’t so inept not to have made sure of that.
So let’s recap. For $24.95 you get a svelte wallet that also doubles as an iPhone 6 case without forcing you to always be stuck holding the wallet when using the phone. Plus you’ll never lose your wallet because you’ll always have it on hand because you take your iPhone everywhere you go. And if you should “lose” your wallet (leaving it at Starbucks being a fav for many), just use the Apple website for locating your phone and there you are. That should do it.