islim Wallet Case review

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Daremo, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    I have been searching for a wallet style case for my iPhone for awhile now. I've wanted the BookBook, but I have a few features that are a must for me, and the BookBook falls short. I'm my many hours of searching, I came across the islim, and decided to give this a try.

    For my needs, I wanted a wallet case to carry the many cards I have, and the full use of my phone, with the ability to plug it into my automobile charging cradle. Since I would handle the phone so much out of the wallet, I wanted to be able to keep it in my Switcheasy Vulcan TPU case for added protection.

    That's when I found the islim wallet case. I paid for this case, and it was not sent as a review piece.

    I ordered this directly from for $44.99 plus shipping. It arrived in only a few days, so their shipping is very fast. It arrived in a manilla envelope, with a hand written return address and mailing address. Inside the envelope, was a plain black box, just large enough for the wallet to fit inside. The box was crushed, but since this is only a leather wallet, it didn't harm the product at all.

    The wallet itself was wrapped in a white onion skin style paper to protect the surface further. The case smells of real quality leather. To the touch, the leather is very soft, and again, quality. You can feel there is a slight padding on the outside to help protect the phone and the wallets contents.

    When open, the left side of the wallet has 4 credit card slots, and 2 pockets for currency, paper, or more cards. On the right side, there are 2 more slots for credit cards, or a drivers license as the front window is a window. Behind those slots is where the iPhone slides in. The phone pocket opens with a slight accordion fold, to accommodate difference sizes, or different phones.

    I am able to fit the iPhone 4S into the pocket, while wearing the TPU case, and it just fits, pretty well. The accordion fold is completely open, and it's about as wide as the wallet can go. In the card slots I have (on the rights side with the phone) A drivers license, State ID, FOID card, Starbucks card, Auto insurance, Medical insurance, Auto warrantee card and an HID gate key, about the thickness of 2 credit cards.

    On the left side I have 2 debit cards, one credit card, and a PayPal card. The 2 pockets below have some folded currency, about 5 to 8 bills in each pocket.

    All together, this makes for a bulky wallet, but I think for me, the trade off, not having to cary a wallet and a phone is worth it. To be fair, I never carry my wallet or phone in my pants pocket. It's always in an inside pocket on a leather vest, so the bulk is less cumbersome for me. I don't think I would be comfortable with this in a pants pocket, it's just too much. For those of you, who don't need to carry so many cards, this will be slimmer.

    The leather is very soft. It's so soft, I worry about how well this will hold up to the daily wear and tear. With the extra case on the iPhone, the leather inside the accordion fold is much thinner, and I can see it wearing out quickly. I may be completely wrong, so I'll update this over time.

    For now, I'm going to try this solution for awhile. I'm quite impressed with the material quality, and stitching. This Wallet seems very well made. I love the real leather smell and feel, and I was able to put every card I needed inside the wallet. The only cons, the leather may be too soft, and rip or wear out easily (time will tell) and this is very bulky when fully loaded.

    With all that said, I recommend the islim Wallet Case if your looking for this style, with your iPhone easily removable while using a second case.

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  2. Stormy05, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011

    Stormy05 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2011
    Nice review. When visiting the site My antivirus nod32, always gives me an alert for "JS/Kryptik.BM trojan" and terminates the connection. I sent them a message maybe it's a false positive. But they should defiantly fix whatever is causing it . It is a very nice wallet though, just what i was looking for. I don't think a wallet needs any type of snap closure or magnet closure that looks like it would get in the way.
  3. Daremo thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    I agree. BUT, I have this so stuffed with cards, it doesn't close on it's own, and likely never will with cards in it. I need to seriously evaluate what i NEED to have with me, to try to get this thinner.
  4. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Nothing slim about this.
    Wish there was a well made wallet for the phone.
  5. Sp3cialsauce macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2011
  6. Mr. G macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Why do you have a Starbucks card? You own an iPhone .... get the Starbucks app and scan your screen for coffee. Just saved you some space in your over-stuffed wallet!
  7. MrRon macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Really too bulky .. just like a regular wallet.. and hard to take the phone out when i use...
  8. Daremo thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    I use the drive-thru, and there's no way I'm handing over my iPhone to take the chance of them dropping it, and not being responsible for it.

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