Are you carrying the extra size of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Then it might be a good idea to read this review, since the two products I'm reviewing here are designed to let you do away with carrying a wallet since they provide that functionality in addition to protecting your phone. What I'm looking at today are the DODOcase VegTan Slim Wallet for iPhone 6/6 Plus (US$49.95/$59.95) and the Durables Wallet for iPhone 6/6Plus ($49.95/$59.95).
VegTan Slim Wallet
Weight: 0.7 ounce (19.8 grams) for iPhone 6, 1.0 ounce (28.3 grams) for iPhone 6 Plus
Material: American-made vegetable-tanned Logger's Leather from Pennsylvania, with exterior slash pocket for cards and cash
Weight: 1.7 ounce (48.2 grams) for iPhone 6, 6.4 ounce (181 grams) for iPhone 6 Plus
Materials: Waxed canvas exterior, cotton twill interior liner, recycled felt for padding, mahogany leather accents, two pockets for cards and cash.
Colors: Sage, midnight, navy
DODOcase is known for its durable and beautiful book bound iPad cases, and has been stretching its flightless wings recently with some different leather goods and other designs that do everything from protect your iPhone to turn your iPhone into a virtual reality viewer.
The VegTan Slim Wallet is a minimalist iPhone 6/6 Plus sleeve that's stitched together of thin vegetable tanned "Logger's Leather". Slide your iPhone or iPhone 6 into the sleeve, and it's protected from the outside world. On the outside of the sleeve is a "slash pocket", basically a nice little pocket into which you can stuff ID, credit cards, even some cash.
The Durables Wallet uses a similar design, except that the materials are different. Rather than leather, DODOcase uses waxed canvas for the main sleeve, with two mahogany leather exterior pockets for the cards and cash.
Plain? Somewhat. Durable? Definitely. Better looking with age? You can be sure of that - I have other accessories made of both the thin, pliable leather used in the Slim Wallet and the waxed canvas, and they get a nice, worn-in, comfy-shoe look to them after a while.
Um, not much to say about function here, other than your iPhone will slide comfortably in and out of the sleeves and you'll be able to carry cards and cash at the same time. It just works[TM]. Do understand, though, that these sleeves are not going to provide the same level of protection as some of the dual/triple layer polyurethane/silicone MIL-STD cases that we review. But if you treat your iPhone with the respect that it deserves, the Durables Wallet and VegTan Slim Wallet can help keep your iPhone looking new.
They're a bit pricy, but DODOcase's VegTan Slim Wallet and Durables Wallet will last for a long time - probably for much longer than you'll own your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. And if they keep you from needing to carry a traditional wallet, you can still wear your not-too-skinny jeans without having bulges in all of the pockets. That's a win anyway you look at it.
Rating (for both products): 3-1/2 stars out of 4 stars possible
All of our favorite reviewed items get new homes here at TUAW, and that's the case with the two VegTan Slim Wallets (one for iPhone 6, the other for iPhone 6 Plus) and the iPhone 6 Durables Wallet we're giving away. Here are the rules for the giveaway:
Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
The entry must be made before October 11, 2014 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.
You may enter only once.
Three winners will be selected in a random drawing. One will receive a DODOcase VegTan Slim Wallet for iPhone 6 valued at $49.95, one will receive a VegTan Slim Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus valued at $59.95, and one will receive a DODOcase Durables Wallet for iPhone 6 valued at $49.95.