I'm starting to think that I'm a bit of a phone case whore, always on the lookout for a new one and perpetually dissatisfied with the one I've got. I recently cracked my phone screen pretty badly (the glass actually fell out and there are now holes in it!), so with that in mind, I set out to look for a case that would give my phone more protection. When I came across this black leather wallet iPhone case from Mobile Madhouse I was extremely happy. A lot of my friends at university have this style of phone case which is much more useful than the standard plastic shell case.
About the case
This iPhone 5/5S case is made from real leather in the colour black. It is a 'wallet' style case, meaning that there is a sort of 'flap' that wraps around the phone screen as seen in pictures. The case shuts with a magnetic clasp that is easy to open and close. Inside, the material is a soft, brown leather material and there are two card slots and one bigger one along the side for cash. On the right hand side is a hard phone case into which you slot your iPhone. There is a hole on the back of the case for your camera lens.
What's good about it
Being made of real leather, this is definitely a high quality case. I feel confident that this case isn't going to disintegrate after a week's use and that the leather will remain undamaged (subject to good use). In terms of protecting the phone, I'd say that this case has got it covered. As the wallet wraps around the entire phone, except for a thin strip top and the bottom of the phone, it would be pretty damn difficult for you to damage your phone in any way. The screen will almost certainly not crack within this case and the leather is both a shield and padding against this. The fact that there's a hole on the back cover of the case means that you can take photographs without having to remove your phone from the case which is excellent as a lot of wallet-style phone cases don't accommodate this.
It's easy to insert and remove your phone from this case so if you ever need to remove it for, perhaps, easier use, then you can do this within a few seconds and there's no fiddly business. The inside case fits snugly around your phone so there's no risk of your phone falling out either. The magnetic clasp is extremely easy to undo and redo so even though the screen of your phone is covered, it's very easy to check your messages quickly. I thought that having to clasp and unclasp the wallet to access my phone would be extremely bothering, but the truth is, the additional effort is minimal in comparison to the benefits. The option to carry some cards and cash around with your phone is undoubtedly an asset. For example, if you are young, a frequent clubber and tired of carrying a bag around, just bring this with you. Your phone, your cards and your cash are all safely stored in this tiny little case and there's no risk of anything falling out of the case.
What's not so good about it
This case does look a 'little' mature and given that I'm a teenage girl it's not exactly the snazziest thing to have wrapped around my phone. That said, all the benefits mentioned above make this point redundant in my opinion. When you have to pay £119 to get your screen fixed at the Apple store, it's definitely better to be safe than sorry! It takes a bit of getting used to as typing is a little bit restricted what with the flap being attached to the left hand side of your phone; however, you quickly get used to this. The only real problem I have with this case is that there are only two card holder slots inside when there is definitely room for three. Again, this isn't a deal breaker or anything, I just feel like the case would be slightly more useful with the addition of another card hole. It could possibly be slightly dangerous to carry around all your valuables in one case but I guess if you're careful there's no risk of you losing your things.
All in all, this is a nifty little case that will make your life so much easier. Being able to carry around a few essentials, e.g. credit cards and cash, along with your phone means that you know where everything is and you can quickly grab your phone as you leave the house. This case is very secure so you don't have to worry about any of those things accidentally falling out and it's a massive bonus that it's practically impossible to damage your phone whilst it's inside the case. I would highly recommend this case to everyone, no matter what your age or what you use your iPhone for.
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*Product was received for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.