Atelier Pall Wallet Review

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by meistervu, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    This is my second wallet by Atelier Pall. I bought one for my iPhone 5 two years ago and used it everyday until I traded my iPhone 5 in last month for an iPhone 6. After 2 years of constant use, the wallet is still perfect. I wrote an extensive review of it 2 years ago in which I raved about what a piece of leather work it was. It's one of the most beautiful leather thing I have ever owned.

    I wasn't sure if the iP6 is too big for a wallet case, so I bought an Apple leather case for it. After a week, I decided that I really prefer to use the iP6 naked, so I returned the leather case, and ordered this Atelier Pall wallet.

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    My reason for a pouch wallet over a note book style wallet is simply that I really don't want anything attached to the phone when I use it. I had a wallet shell before and it bothered me for 2 reasons: 1) I couldn't carry cash with it and 2) when I am at home, handling the phone means having the creditcards attach to the back which is bulkier an uncomfortable. The book style is even worse to me because I can't stand having the flap getting in the way of using the phone. I am pretty finicky when it comes to that sort of thing. In the Palm day I put up with one for a few years and never got used to it.

    So if you are the kind of person in the same boat, this Atelier Pall may be the thing for you. It can accomodate several credit cards on one side (I have 4 in mine, and I could probably do 6 easily) and a few bills (probably 8 comfortably).

    How functional is it? For the last 2 years the older model worked as well as an excellent wallet. The phone pouch part was really protective. I have no concern with tossing it in a bag, unlike a typical phone case which only cover the back. The best thing about it is that instead of carrying a phone and a wallet, I only carry one, and the wallet part functions as well as a wallet without compromise, unlike most wallet cases I have seen. The snap buttons design is ingenious: it allows you to access the cash and cards easily, yet you don't have to open the snap to retrieve the phone.

    The iP6 version is just slighly wider than the iP5 version. In a way it's good if you use in in the US because the dollar bills now fit when folded in half. The old case I had to trifold the bills which made the wallet thicker.

    The fit and finish is still as excellent as before. As I wrote in ny review of the older version, the leather work is exquisite. I have no doubt that it will last well beyond many phones if I end up with the same size phones for the next few years :)

    I was a bit conerned with the size when I ordered it as the iP6 is bigger. Would it fit my pocket comfortably?

    So far it does. While the thing is slightly wider and a bit longer, it's also thinner. I certainly am aware that I have it in my pocket, but it doesn't feel much bulkier than the phone with the Apple leather case on. And I don't have to carry an additional wallet.

    The wallet was made it Bulgaria, and it took 2 weeks for me to get mine.
     
  2. saphir macrumors member

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    Looks really nice! The oxblood is looking really tempting...
    A question: after having credit cards and cash in it for a while, do they make an imprint on the leather? As in, you can see the outline of a card or cash on the outside of the case?

    ETA: would you mind posting some photos of what your used/broken in ip5 case looks like?
     
  3. meistervu, Dec 21, 2014
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    meistervu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I can see a bit of an outline if I put more than 4 cards in the wallet for a long time, like what you see in the photo because when I stopped using the old oxblood wallet, I put the 5 cards that I don't use regularly in there.

    Here is the photo of the 2 year old oxblood wallet for the iPhone 5. Note the difference in the back. The new version has no rivets on the hinge of the leather snap as it's a continuous piece of leather now. I think is makes the wallet a little thiner.

    The photos makes the wallet appear a bit lighter than it is.

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  4. Dino F, Dec 28, 2014
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    Dino F macrumors 68020

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    You know what, I may actually go for one of these for my 6 (didn't make the jump on my iPhone 5!).

    Quick question : does the wallet accommodate an iPhone 6 with a very thin back shell on it? Only reason I ask is because I have ordered a Spigen thin fit shell for the back of my iPhone 6 (to stop the protruding camera touching a table when the phone is layed down on its back) so would like to know if this would fit inside the wallet as well?
     
  5. meistervu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't know for sure. There is extra room between the top and bottom of the phone, but the side is kinda snug. I suspect it will be OK because leather stretches, but that is just a guess.
     
  6. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    Perfect - cheers for that ;)
     
  7. althaur macrumors member

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    I ordered one for my iPhone 6. It won't fit with a shell on the back. It's pretty tight with just the phone. I ended up throwing mine in a drawer though. With the phone in the sleeve, I couldn't place all of my normal cards in the wallet portion. Plus, it became too bulky to carry in anything other than a jacket pocket or cargo pants.

    I did order an actual wallet from the company though after deciding against the sleeve. Absolute pleasure to work with them.
     
  8. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    Do you find the wallet bulky at all (as has been suggested above)? Do you carry yours in your trouser pockets + how many cards have you in yours?
     
  9. meistervu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    At the moment I have 4 cards and 8 bills in it. It's about as bulky as my old wallet used to be years ago. I have no problem having it in my front pocket when I drive.

    When you analyze it, the wallet at its thickest part had 4 layer of leather, plus a small flap at the front with two buttons. The top 1/3 has only 2 layers, about as thin as a pouch can be. The leather Atlelier used for this wallet is about right I think: thick enough to provide structure, but not unnecessarily thick. So I would say the top 1/3 is about as thin as a leather pouch should be.

    Therefore when we talk about thickness, we should focus on the bottom 2/3. You have 2 additional layers of leather, then cash and cards. Two things that works in its favor are: a) the iPhone 6 is thinner than the iP5, and b) it's slightly wider than the iP5, so the width of dollar bills fit nicely, which mean you only have to fold it in half which make the bill compartment thinner.

    The only drawback is the increase width from the iP5 version. But the increase is pretty small, and the additional width make the wallet thinner as I explained earlier with the bills.

    The thing can accommodate a lot of cards, so if you carry 8 cards and 10 bills, I imagine it will be quite thick and uncomfortable in your pocket (just guessing). Where as if you have a separate wallet, you end up with a more distributed load.

    As for an iPhone 6 with a thin shell case, if you want to you could ask them to make one for you that would accommodate that. In the past that was an option with minimum or no extra charge.
     
  10. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    Cheers for that meistervu, appreciated.

    Might just have to order one from their website - I see they have several different designs.

    ;)
     
  11. meistervu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Here are some measurements:

    5 3/4 inch long
    3 1/4 inch wide
    7/8 inch thick (4 cards, 6 bills, and the phone).
     
  12. fultonjt macrumors member

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    Received mine today, and very impressed. A little bigger than I had imagined, but not bulky in the slightest. I have four cards and 5 bills and it fits in my pocket perfectly. I am still interested in the Portel case, but so far I am glad i pulled the trigger.
     

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  13. Petey-ed macrumors 6502

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    Do you guys carry these in your back pocket or front pockets only? Do you think you could get away with your back pocket and just take it out every time you sit down? I tend to do that with my wallet and phone right now, so kind of a chore with two items.
     
  14. meistervu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I usually carry mine in the front pocket because I don't want to sit down on it by accident. However, there have been times when I have carried it in my back pocket.

    By the way, mine has been aging nicely. The leather soften a little more, and it's not as shiny as it used to be, just how I like it.
     
  15. PublicAnimal#9 macrumors newbie

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    Based on the reviews on the Atelier Pall wallet/case, I purchased one, Oxblood. I have a thin 2mm Rigke case on my IP6 +. I sent an email and asked if this would fit in case. They were quite helpful and said they would make the pouch on the wallet a bit larger to accommodate the case-at NO CHARGE!. A real pleasure to deal with, very prompt too. The wallet shipped within a day, I am awaiting its arrival. Thanks for all the info posted. I may post some pics with IP in Ringke case after it arrives..
     

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