How much would you expect to pay for a genuine leather wallet?  I suppose the answer to this will vary based on the brand, but I would venture to incase10guess a good leather wallet will set you back anywhere between $50 – $100.  Is a good leather wallet worth it?  What if that wallet was also a protective case for your phone?  What if you could get said wallet and phone case for $69.95?  Keeping in mind that this is genuine leather, I feel like that is a deal.

This is exactly what you get with the INCASE LEATHER ZIP WALLET FOR THE IPHONE 6 PLUS.  I prefer this style wallet opposed to some of the other wallets that stick to the back of your phone causing the need to flip the case open and hold a sandwich style case to your ear while you are talking.  The Incase is much more simple, just unzip the wallet and pull the phone out and use it as normal.  I am going to review some of the qualities of this wallet/case below, including things I like and things I don’t.  My hope is that this review will help one of you decide if the Incase Leather Zip Wallet is right for you.

SIZE

As you would imagine, being designed to fit the iPhone 6 Plus, this is a rather large case.  That being said, I hardly noticed a difference in size because I was already using a vertical checkbook style wallet by Fossil.  The height of this wallet case is almost identical to that of a vertical leather wallet.  You will notice a difference in the width though, but not uncomfortably so.  I prefer to carry it in my front pocket as I don’t want to forget and sit on my phone too often, but the most comfortable way to carry it is in an inside suit pocket.

I feel that it is also very important to point out that even though this case is sold for the iPhone 6 Plus, it will basically fit any smartphone.  It will comfortably hold a Note 4, a Nexus 6, an HTC One M9, and even my Amazon Fire Phone, which I am currently using with it now. Overall size rating: 8 out of 10.

incase2LEATHER QUALITY

The first thing you notice when opening the package of the Incase Leather Wallet is the overwhelming smell of the leather.  Not overwhelming in a bad way, rather, in an “I know that is the real deal” kind of way.  There is no doubt that it is real leather.  The next thing you will notice is the stitching that borders the case.  Very nice quality stitching.  The color of the stitching is also a nice subtle contrast in color compared to the wallet.  This stitching is even extended to the zipper tab to add a nice accent. Finally you will see a nice embossed INCASE branding on the front.  This does not distract from the wallet.  It actually adds to the presentation.

I have used this wallet every day for two weeks now and I am impressed with how well it has worn already.  I actually look forward to seeing how great it wears in a couple months.  You will not be disappointed. Overall Leather quality: 9 out of 10.

BUILD QUALITYincase3

As stated above, the leather is a very good quality leather.  It holds up and wears very well.  The stitching as well has held up great, with not a single fray so far.  Again, it is important to note this is only after 2 weeks of full use.   Although the wallet is holding up well, I have found one flaw.  The paint on the zipper has already chipped a bit.  Nothing terrible, but definitely noticeable.  Is this a deal breaker?  To me it isn’t, but I will have to wait and see how it looks at the 2 month mark. Overall build quality: 8 out of 10.

FUNCTIONALITY

incase5The Incase Leather Wallet has all the functionality you would expect from a wallet.  It has 4 credit card slots in the back panel, which I use to hold two cards each.  It comfortably holds my 8 cards with no issues.  I do want to also note that the card slots open to a blue fabric accent, which adds a bit of class if you ask me.  Refer to the picture as a reference.

There is a middle pocket that can hold folded cash, receipts, business cards, notes, etc.  This adds a nice touch and a leg up over some other cases.  This extra compartment is exactly what is needed to make this qualify, at least in my mind, as a real wallet.

The front of the wallet is designated for the phone.  As I said, there is plenty room for whatever phone you decide to use.  This keeps it nice and safe while you have it zipped up and in your pocket.

This wallet does exactly what it is supposed to do, eliminate the need to carry two items, allowing you to leave the house with just your wallet and having all you need. Overall functionality: 7 out of 10.

CONCLUSION

This is the part of the review where I am the most torn.  I am going to keep this as honest as possible.  We have all been through items, tech and otherwise, that we want to make ourselves think is better than it actually is.  Or we want to make ourselves like something more than we actually do.  Where do I stand with this case?  Being honest?  I don’t exactly know yet.  I love the look and feel of this wallet. I have always looked for the perfect solution to marry my wallet and phone without making it an inconvenience.  This, in my opinion, is the closest I have seen.  Above I mentioned all the things I liked, here are a couple I do not.

I don’t like that it is not comfortable to carry in the back pocket.  I realize this is not the fault of the wallet.  It is a flaw in general to the thought of marrying a phone case and wallet.  So I do not fault this wallet at all and this does not sway my appreciation of this case.  This only determines if I am going to be able to keep using this every day as my daily wallet.

I don’t like that it zips.  This is a tough point to make as I also like that it zips.  Here is my best explanation.  I feel that all the items in this wallet are secure with no worries of losing a single receipt.  However, this security causes a little inconvenience when needing to quickly get to your phone to answer a call or message.  I have learned to overcome this by keeping my phone out of the wallet and sitting on top of it when I am at my desk, or keeping the wallet unzipped and ready to access when in my car.

Finally, do I recommend this case? ABSOLOUTLY! If you are reading this article, you are probably on the hunt for a nice wallet case for your phone.  As I mentioned, this is the closest I have seen to accomplishing the perfect combination, wallet and case.  The leather is excellent, the look and feel is excellent, and the functionality is ok.

I hope you enjoyed this review.  Should you have any more questions about the INCASE, just leave me a comment below and I will do my best to answer!

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