iPhone 4 Wallet Case Soay by Pack & Smooch Review

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  1. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't usually do reviews unless they are worth sharing. I was looking for a sleeve/pouch that would give some protection as well as allow me to put a couple of cards in it. I used to use the Casemate ID for my 3GS when I went to the gym but it scratched the chrome bezel on my phone so I decided I wanted something different for my iPhone 4.

    I was deciding between sfbags, hard craft, and other leather pouch/sleeves. SFbags was too thin and I didn't feel it would offer enough protection if I dropped the phone. hard craft was too expensive and so were the leather sleeves.

    I found a link in one of the threads for this case.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59023932/iphone-wallet-case-soay

    I decided to order one and found out they now also have their own website. http://www.pack-smooch.com/

    I love this sleeve. It is well designed and made. It's made out of 100% wool felt so I am confident it won't scratch my phone like the casemate ID case did to my 3GS. It is thick enough to offer protection but thin enough not to add too much bulk.

    It allows me to easily add at least 2 cards (drivers licence and a credit card). It's ideal for me when I want to travel light without a wallet like going to the gym or out to dinner.

    The fit is perfect. It is tight enough that the phone won't easily fall out, but easy to remove without too much effort. I have a skin on my phone and it hasn't caused any problems. I tried inserting it with a bumper but the fit is too perfect to allow the bumper to fit.

    Overall, I'm very happy with the sleeve and the price was right. The only drawback was shipping. Shipping was from Germany and it took about 7 business days to arrive (not bad since it was the cheapest shipping, but i'm used to much quicker delivery).

    Bottom line, if you are looking for an inexpensive sleeve that offers plenty of protection and has an excellent fit, the Pack & Smooch Wallet Case Soay is something worth looking at.
     

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  4. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I really like it. I don't use it all the time, but when I need to leave my wallet at home, I use this instead.
     
  5. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the quick review. This looks pretty cool and convenient
     
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    Very nice case. One of the best ones I've seen. Would be perfect for me if it had a belt clip.
     
  7. maniacphoner macrumors regular

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    Why does this pouch remind of me of the character, DOMO?? hahah
     
  8. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

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    This actually is something I've been looking for. I'd order one now but I need one that works with the bumper, or casemate hula actually. Think it would fit? The casemate hula is slightly thinner then the bumper..
     
  9. sarice15 macrumors newbie

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    According to the website, it "Fits your Apple iPhone® (4/3G/3GS/2G)"
    http://www.pack-smooch.com/en/shop/iphone-soay/14-soay-white

    Since, the earlier generations of iPhone were a bit thicker than the i4, it stands to reason that the thinner i4 + case should fit, especially if said case is smaller than the Apple bumper. To me, with the bumper, the iPhone 4 still seems thinner and less wide than the 3G.
     
  10. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know for sure since I don't own the casemate hula. But I tried really hard to see if it would fit with the bumper. I was able to really force it to fit. The rubber part of the bumper makes it difficult to slide in easily. If the casemate hula is thinner, there is a chance it will fit easier, but not without some effort.
     
  11. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

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    Thanks alot guys for the helpful responses, I might order one. Any alternatives?
     
  12. cwsm macrumors member

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    Hard Graft iPhone Wallet
     
  13. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hard graft is nice also but more than double the price I think. With shipping it costs €65.00, which google converts to $90. :eek:
     
  14. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

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    Anything cheaper, I just need something simple like this for when I go out.
     
  15. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

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    Looks really good. Nice review too.
    I love hard graft's stuff, but it's so damn expensive (and I prefer their older cases compared to what they offer now).
    I think this would be perfect for throwing into a bag or something like that. Currently I use an armband-type sock I got a few years ago. Good for when I go to the beach and don't want to worry about scratches.
     
  16. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've searched all around, this is one of the cheapest. Other cheaper one is the one by sfbags but it doesn't look as good and it's so thin that it doesn't offer any protection if I accidentally drop it.

    Thanks. I agree, hard graft has nice stuff but the newer ones don't look as good and they are just overpriced, especially the shipping (almost $30 just for UPS shipping).
     
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  18. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I couldn't find a case for the iPhone 4 by Portel. Do you have a link?
     
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  20. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You mean my case? yes, its a snug fit, phone won't fall out, but it's not hard to remove. I think it's the perfect balance.
     
  21. cwsm macrumors member

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    The iPhone case by Portel is significantly larger. The 2 openings at the sides allow you to have your headphone and dock cable connected to the phone while it's inside. The extra length at the sides prevent the plastic at the headphone plug from flexing.

    By the way, Byrd & Belle's new iPhone wallet looks fabulous. link
     
  22. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

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    Bryd & belle wallet looks good but won't work with a bumper sadly. Anyone know anymore wallets like this? Maybe the title of the thread should be changed to "iPhone 4 wallets!" Lol
     
  23. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Lol! I think the thread has been officially jacked. :)
     
  24. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Both of these are the ugliest hipster trash I've seen.
     

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