The Callet Lets You Leave Your Wallet Behind And Protect Your Phone

I have a wallet filled with stuff. It’s packed full with probably 7 cards, some business cards, a ton of receipts, insurance information, a couple coupons, and sometimes actual money – but usually not. Of all these things, I usually only use a couple cards, so having a The Callet seemed like a pretty good idea.

Callet

What is The Callet?

The Callet is the love child of a wallet and a phone case. It protects your phone like many phone cases, but it includes a feature that you don’t see in other phone cases. On the back of this case, there are two pockets for credit cards and the like. The idea is to provide the convenience of an iPhone case with features that replace the most basic need of the common wallet. I mentioned above that I don’t usually have cash in my wallet, and I think that may be more and more common in a society where we’re all in the habit of using credit or reaching for our debit card.

The Callet is available in pink, blue, black, and white for most iPhone and Blackberry devices. It’s also cheaper than a lot of iPhone cases I’ve reviewed, coming in at $19.95

My Wallet-Free Week

OK, ok. I actually carried my wallet, too, but I spent a week with this case around my phone and mostly ignored my wallet. In that time, I noticed a few things.

The Callet mostly nailed it with the two primary functions it was created for. It kept my phone protected and it served as a wallet. The unique feature as a wallet was perfect for holding my debit card and driver’s license, one in each card pocket. I did try to squeeze two cards into one of the card pockets and they fit, but it was a really tight fit. When I was out, I adjusted pretty quickly to pulling out my phone rather than my wallet to pay the bill at restaurants we went to. There was no problem at all with the intended features of this case.

While The Callet handled the basics well, it leaves room for at least one thing I’d like to see. Some people carry cash at all times or at least most of the time. The Callet leaves these people to find their own solution for cash. Now, I’m not sure I want my cash visible on the back of my phone every time I make a call in public, but the option might be nice. I would have also liked space for a third card, but this case had to be a little thick for two cards as it is, so perhaps they were right to stop there.

Conclusions

In the end, I switched back to my old case. The Callet is great, but I often have my phone out in a restaurant in case a server goes down and having my ID and debit card in there makes me more nervous about someone swiping it. That may just be me, though. In general, it does what it should and for about 20 bucks, the price is just right. I would pay more for a hard case, though.

id America’s Brushed Aluminum Gasket iPhone Case Reviewed

I have reviewed a bunch of iPhone cases on this blog, but today, I have one that stands out from the crowd in many ways.

id America - Gasket

id America provided me with their Gasket Brushed Aluminum iPhone Case that you see above and it didn’t take long for me to love it. When I opened up the box, I got a peek at the design and got a little excited. The real joy, though, was seeing it hugging my phone. From the back, it looks like… Well, just look at the picture above. It exudes more of that “Ooh! Shiny!” feeling in the flesh, but the picture should give you some idea. Sadly, because this is brushed aluminum, it would be a bit cold and uncomfortable if id America had wrapped the design around to the front of the phone, so they opted not to. It’s a good choice, but I honestly find myself setting my phone on my desk face-down to show off the Gasket case design. This is just one of the reasons I applied the included clear screen protectors that came with this case.

I don’t much believe in having a case unless it will serve some non-aesthetic function, and the Gasket case meets that requirement with its hard exterior. Although I didn’t drop it on purpose to test it out, it only took a couple days before I handed my phone to someone at a party to take a photo and it dropped to the bricks below while I gasped. This case really does nothing at all to protect the fragile iPhone screen, but as is usually the case, the phone bounced on one of its corners and lived to complete it’s photography side job. The Gasket design wraps completely around the side edges and corners while leaving much of the top and bottom edges open in order to not obscure the charging port, speaker, mic, headphone jack and power button. As well, id America left the vibrate switch and volume buttons unobscured and was sure to not even get too close to covering the camera lens and flash.

Unlike silicone cases, this one is extremely rigid, making it a little more difficult to wrap around my iPhone and a little harder to remove. An interesting side effect of the Gasket’s design is that any dust that collects on the parts of the phone that the case does not cover seems to be more visible and leaves that same cool gasket pattern on the phone when I remove the case. Another unexpected side effect of the material used is that the edges feel a little sharp. They’re not law suit sharp, or even enough to worry about much, but it’s something to get used to. A side effect of this case that is a definite plus as far as I’m concerned is that it slides in and out of my pocket very easily. My biggest complaint about silicone cases is that they bring my jeans pocket out with them. Conversely, this case does not sit still on my lap. Put it in your pocket or on a flat surface, but don’t try to balance it on your leg.

At the end of the day, this is my favorite among all the cases I’ve used personally. It’s cool, functional, durable, and at $29.95, it’s priced well for the materials and design. I have the Titanium on my iPhone now, but I’m torn between that and the Silver. Which is your favorite?

Win A Ballistic HC or SG iPhone 4 Case

Feeling Lucky? Ballistic has given me two iPhone 4 cases to give to a couple lucky readers, so it’s time for another contest. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my Ballistic HC iPhone 4 case review from June. While I am normally very gentle with my iPhone, I trusted the HC case enough to throw it around for the review video, and Ballistic went a few steps further and tried everything to destroy an iPhone in their own video. I can’t see buying another case if my number one priority is durability.

Ballistic iPhone Cases

About The Cases

Ballistic: Ballistic HC for iPhone 4
Ballistic HC iPhone Case
Premium protective case for your AT&T or Verizon iPhone 4 offers durability with style to fit your everyday life
– Ballistic HC (Hard Core) design comprised of five dependable layers of protection for your mobile device
– Includes an interchangeable outer gel skin layer, front facing inward holster and built in screen protector
– Advanced rugged case engineered to ensure long-term survival against drops and scratches
– Advanced shock absorption material isolated vibrations to protect your device
– Sleek, edgy appearance adds a fashionable and unique appeal
– Available in: Black, Red, Pink, White and Yellow
– Compatible with both the AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4
Price: $49.99

Ballistic: Ballistic SG
Ballistic SG iPhone Case
Durable case for your iPhone 4 provides maximum protection and optimal pocket-ability
– Ballistic SG (Shell Gel) case offers ultimate durability in a slim form factor
– Outermost layer is made of soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) for shock absorption
– Middle layer is made of tough impact resistant polycarbonate to provide a formidable defense against everyday damage
– Inner-most layer is made of soft silicone, with strong Ballistic Cornersâ„¢ to absorb the shock of any drop
– Available in two color combinations: black/black and black/red
Price: $29.99

Win A Ballistic iPhone 4 Case

The contest is simple. From now until 8:00AM MST September 24th, you can earn one entry for each of the following actions completed. Each can only be earned once. For any entry to count, I have to be able to see it and contact the winner, so add me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter first.
– Post a link to this contest on Twitter
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– Post a link to my Ballistic HC Review video on Twitter
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– Comment below to tell me what your favorite product from goballisticcase.com is.

For Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ posts, you must let me know either by tagging me or with a message of some sort. Remember, if I don’t see it, you don’t get an entry. Each of the actions above is worth 1 entry, so you can enter 8 times this week! I will randomly draw TWO winners on September 24th and announce them here and by private message.

If you don’t want to wait for the contest to end, you can buy both cases from goballisticcase.com and AT&T Retail Stores.