Accessories Digest #7. Three covers from Bellroy

I first learned about Bellroy from an article by Artem Lutfullin, time passed, Artem continued to write about their wallets, and for some time I thought: “And who needs it, to buy a wallet for 3,000-4,000 rubles?” But their wallets had a really cool video ad, and Artyom's positive feedback played a significant role, in general, I decided to order one of their wallets home. The package arrived after 10 days and I started using the wallet. It's amazing how quickly you get used to a good thing and how it never ceases to please even years later.

Relatively recently, Bellroy expanded their product range, and iPhone wallet cases appeared, and this is definitely our topic, so you can talk about them on a working day, and not just in a weekend article. Previously, I have already tested cases with compartments for bank cards, but they were, to put it mildly, not the most comfortable. It was all the more interesting to see how Bellroy did, given their attention to detail. All cases considered today are made of "vegetable tanned" leather, you can read more about it here.

Phone Case

Let's start with the simplest case - Phone Case. It uses the same leather as the Bellroy wallets, so personally I was very pleased, because their wallets were very pleasant to the touch. The back cover of the case is smooth and soft, the company logo is embossed on the bottom.

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The ends of the cover are made of smooth rubberized plastic. Thanks to this combination of materials, the case does not slip out of the hands and almost does not slip in the palm of your hand. At the ends there are compartments for all control elements. It's great that they didn't use overlay buttons like Just Mobile did.

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The interior is lined with microfiber to prevent scratches. Separately, I would like to note that the cover is easy to put on and take off, unlike the following models.

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The increase in dimensions when using the Phone Case is minimal, although slightly larger than that of the same Ozaki 0.3 mm. However, using the iPhone in this case is just as convenient.

Bellroy cases

There are six different colors for the cover on sale. Below are official colorway photos.

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For storing banknotes, Bellroy suggests using the inner wall of the case, although I don’t think that someone will really keep 100-500 rubles there “for a rainy day”. The case itself costs $50 + $12 for shipping. By the way, they send Bellroy very quickly, usually in a week or so the case already comes to you. I liked the good materials of the case, the tactile feel of the case and its thinness, I enjoyed using it for several days.

Bellroy cases

Phone Case - 3 CARD

In this model, Bellroy tried to combine the case with the wallet. Let's see how well they did.

The material of the back cover is still the same soft leather, there are still slots for all control elements, and the inside is made of microfiber.

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Первое отличие от прошлой модели — наличие слота для SIM-карты. Изначально я удивился тому, насколько маленький кармашек для неё сделали в Bellroy, а потом вспомнил, что в iPhone-то как раз и используется nanoSIM.

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На задней части можно видеть специальный кармашек для трех ваших карт. Сначала вставляем малоиспользуемую карту сверху и две часто используемые снизу. Хотел бы сразу отметить, что хотя в Bellroy и пишут, что в кармашек может влезть три карты, по факту засунуть две карты в нижний отсек очень тяжело, даже тоненькая «Тройка» с кредиткой еле влезали.

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But if you use the pocket for only two cards, then there are no problems. The bottom card is easy to pull out if you press a little on its edge, and you need to press hard on the top card and pull it up. I think in the official video it will be more clear how the pockets work.

It's interesting how Bellroy comments on the "tightness" of pockets:

We've designed the leather card slots to feel pretty snug at first. After a few days they'll give just enough to allow your cards to slide in and out easily, while keeping them secure too.
Joe, Bellroy Design Team

My free translation:

"We made the map pockets look really tight . After several uses, they will develop and will comfortably hold three cards, and they will also be easy to get, while they will not fall out on their own.

Another significant (for me) disadvantage of the cover is that it is very difficult to remove. You may break a couple of nails before you pull your smartphone out of its tight embrace. Why is it important? Bellroy writes that there is a place for a couple of bills on the inner wall of the case, but for this it must first be removed, and this is problematic.

I do not recommend wearing a case without cards, the back pocket turns out to be empty, and there is a feeling that there is an empty space behind the back of the phone (it is). When using a cover with cards, the thickness of the smartphone increases by a couple of millimeters. It does not cause discomfort, but it feels different in the hand.

Bellroy cases

The cost of the case is $65+$12 shipping, total $77. This is a decent amount for many people, so for this money you want to get a really good product. For me personally, this case could not replace a wallet, I need more cards, and bills are often needed. Among other shortcomings, I would single out a very difficult removal of the device from the case; there were no such problems in the previous model.

Phone Wallet

The "older" version of cases from Bellroy, as close as possible to the wallet. The same soft leather, plastic with holes for controls on the ends and microfiber on the inside are used as materials.

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Below are the official photos of all three colors:

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The rear inner wall has two pockets, one for a nanoSIM card, and the other for a paperclip. A very cool little thing that will come in handy for frequent travelers.

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Removing the smartphone from the case is very difficult, as in the case of the Phone Case - 3 CARD, you can break a couple of nails before you get the iPhone out of the Phone Wallet.

This case also has two card slots, but they have a different layout. One of the slots is located on a closing cover, the company talks about the capacity of up to two cards, but I could hardly shove a Troika with a credit card into it. So you better count on one card.

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The second slot is on the left side and can hold up to three cards. Unfortunately, using it for just one or two is not very convenient, since there is a lot of space, and the cards just fall out, but three pieces just sit tight, however, the pockets in the new case are also tight, so it will be problematic to pull out the cards at first . Alternatively, instead of two more cards, you can put double-folded bills into this pocket, although I tried to do this, and I didn’t like the protruding “hundreds” at all.

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The case can work as a stand, but you need to hold it with your hand, otherwise the whole structure falls apart. This is due to the fact that you cannot recline the back of the device much, the rear pocket for cards is to blame.

Bellroy cases

Another disadvantage of this model is the absence of a magnetic latch (I was sure that there was one!), as a result, when closed, the lid can hang back and forth, which is not very good.

Bellroy cases

The cost of Phone Wallet is 90$+12$ for delivery to Russia. This is a decent amount for a regular case (7,000 rubles), while it has a decent number of flaws. For example, there is no magnetic latch, it's hard to get a smartphone out of it, cards fall out of the additional slot if there are less than three of them, and two cards can hardly fit into the main slot. In my opinion, this model turned out to be not very successful, while it is the most expensive of all three.

Warranty and durability

As I wrote in the introduction, I have been using the Bellroy wallet for three years already and in one of Artem Lutfullin's articles I saw a mention of the company's three-year warranty. My wallet by that time began to look a little worse: the skin was frayed, and the card slots were loose. He, of course, still pleased me, but not as much as before. I wrote to Bellroy support, complained about problems with the wallet, as a result, the guys offered to replace it for free, but asked to send the old wallet to their address in London, they then compensated for the parcel using PayPal. And now, 10 days after sending the old wallet, a brand new replacement has already arrived. I was pleasantly surprised by such a service, although initially I had no doubt that they would simply ignore me.

As for the quality of the leather, over time, it begins to “noble aging”, and the pockets become loose, however, you yourself may be partially to blame for this, in this case it is important not to stuff a bunch of cards into a wallet or case.

Conclusion

I really liked the regular Phone Case, largely due to the fact that it is made of the same leather as my wallet, it is pleasant to take it in hand and use it, and it does not cost such space money. Phone Case - 3 CARD seemed to me an interesting solution for those who carry just a couple of cards with them and almost do not need cash. Well, Phone Wallet still came out not very successful and expensive, given our current dollar exchange rate.

It seems to me that the problem is still in the format of the wallet case itself. It is unlikely that many users will want to have such a symbiosis. I sometimes observe what kind of wallets our compatriots have, and I understand that they are clearly not limited to two cards and a couple of bills.

Accessories Digest #7. Three covers from Bellroy

I first learned about Bellroy from an article by Artem Lutfullin, time passed, Artem continued to write about their wallets, and for some time I thought: “And who needs it, to buy a wallet for 3,000-4,000 rubles?” But their wallets had a really cool video ad, and Artyom's positive feedback played a significant role, in general, I decided to order one of their wallets home. The package arrived after 10 days and I started using the wallet. It's amazing how quickly you get used to a good thing and how it never ceases to please even years later.

Relatively recently, Bellroy expanded their product range, and iPhone wallet cases appeared, and this is definitely our topic, so you can talk about them on a working day, and not just in a weekend article. Previously, I have already tested cases with compartments for bank cards, but they were, to put it mildly, not the most comfortable. It was all the more interesting to see how Bellroy did, given their attention to detail. All cases considered today are made of "vegetable tanned" leather, you can read more about it here.

Phone Case

Let's start with the simplest case - Phone Case. It uses the same leather as the Bellroy wallets, so personally I was very pleased, because their wallets were very pleasant to the touch. The back cover of the case is smooth and soft, the company logo is embossed on the bottom.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The ends of the cover are made of smooth rubberized plastic. Thanks to this combination of materials, the case does not slip out of the hands and almost does not slip in the palm of your hand. At the ends there are compartments for all control elements. It's great that they didn't use overlay buttons like Just Mobile did.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The interior is lined with microfiber to prevent scratches. Separately, I would like to note that the cover is easy to put on and take off, unlike the following models.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The increase in dimensions when using the Phone Case is minimal, although slightly larger than that of the same Ozaki 0.3 mm. However, using the iPhone in this case is just as convenient.

Чехлы Bellroy

В продаже есть шесть различных цветов для чехла. Ниже – официальные фотографии расцветок.

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Для хранения купюр в Bellroy предлагают использовать внутреннюю стенку чехла, хотя не думаю, что кто-то будет действительно держать там 100-500 рублей «на черный день». Сам чехол стоит 50$+12$ за доставку. К слову, отправляют Bellroy очень оперативно, обычно за неделю с небольшим чехол уже приходит к вам. Мне понравились хорошие материалы корпуса, тактильные ощущения от чехла и его небольшая толщина, я с удовольствием использовал его несколько дней.

Bellroy cases

Phone Case - 3 CARD

In this model, Bellroy tried to combine the case with the wallet. Let's see how well they did.

The material of the back cover is still the same soft leather, there are still slots for all control elements, and the inside is made of microfiber.

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You can choose from seven available colors:

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The first difference from the previous model is the presence of a slot for a SIM card. Initially, I was surprised at how small the pocket for it was made at Bellroy, and then I remembered that the nanoSIM is used in the iPhone.

Bellroy cases

On the back you can see a special pocket for your three cards. First, we insert a little-used card on top and two frequently used ones on the bottom. I would like to note right away that although Bellroy writes that three cards can fit into the pocket, in fact it is very difficult to put two cards into the lower compartment, even a thin “Troika” with a credit card barely fit.

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But if you use the pocket for only two cards, then there are no problems. The bottom card is easy to pull out if you press a little on its edge, and you need to press hard on the top card and pull it up. I think in the official video it will be more clear how the pockets work.

It's interesting how Bellroy comments on the "tightness" of pockets:

We've designed the leather card slots to feel pretty snug at first. After a few days they'll give just enough to allow your cards to slide in and out easily, while keeping them secure too.
Joe, Bellroy Design Team

My free translation:

"We made the map pockets look really tight . After several uses, they will develop and will comfortably hold three cards, and they will also be easy to get, while they will not fall out on their own.

Another significant (for me) disadvantage of the cover is that it is very difficult to remove. You may break a couple of nails before you pull your smartphone out of its tight embrace. Why is it important? Bellroy writes that there is a place for a couple of bills on the inner wall of the case, but for this it must first be removed, and this is problematic.

I do not recommend wearing a case without cards, the back pocket turns out to be empty, and there is a feeling that there is an empty space behind the back of the phone (it is). When using a cover with cards, the thickness of the smartphone increases by a couple of millimeters. It does not cause discomfort, but it feels different in the hand.

Bellroy cases

The cost of the case is $65+$12 shipping, total $77. This is a decent amount for many people, so for this money you want to get a really good product. For me personally, this case could not replace a wallet, I need more cards, and bills are often needed. Among other shortcomings, I would single out a very difficult removal of the device from the case; there were no such problems in the previous model.

Phone Wallet

The "older" version of cases from Bellroy, as close as possible to the wallet. The same soft leather, plastic with holes for controls on the ends and microfiber on the inside are used as materials.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases  Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

Below are the official photos of all three colors:

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The rear inner wall has two pockets, one for a nanoSIM card, and the other for a paperclip. A very cool little thing that will come in handy for frequent travelers.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

Removing the smartphone from the case is very difficult, as in the case of the Phone Case - 3 CARD, you can break a couple of nails before you get the iPhone out of the Phone Wallet.

This case also has two card slots, but they have a different layout. One of the slots is located on a closing cover, the company talks about the capacity of up to two cards, but I could hardly shove a Troika with a credit card into it. So you better count on one card.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The second slot is located on the left side and can hold up to three cards. Unfortunately, using it for just one or two is not very convenient, since there is a lot of space, and the cards just fall out, but three pieces just sit tight, however, the pockets in the new case are also tight, so it will be problematic to pull out the cards at first . Alternatively, instead of two more cards, you can put double-folded bills into this pocket, although I tried to do this, and I didn’t like the protruding “hundreds” at all.

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The case can work as a stand, but you need to hold it with your hand, otherwise the whole structure falls apart. This is due to the fact that you cannot recline the back of the device much, the rear pocket for cards is to blame.

Bellroy cases

Another disadvantage of this model is the absence of a magnetic latch (I was sure that it was!), as a result, when closed, the lid can hang back and forth, which is not very good.

Bellroy cases

The cost of Phone Wallet is 90$+12$ for delivery to Russia. This is a decent amount for a regular case (7,000 rubles), while it has a decent number of flaws. For example, there is no magnetic latch, it is difficult to get a smartphone out of it, cards fall out of the additional slot if there are less than three of them, and two cards can hardly fit into the main slot. In my opinion, this model turned out to be not very successful, while it is the most expensive of all three.

Warranty and durability

As I wrote in the introduction, I have been using the Bellroy wallet for three years already and in one of Artem Lutfullin's articles I saw a mention of the company's three-year warranty. My wallet by that time began to look a little worse: the skin was frayed, and the card slots were loose. He, of course, still pleased me, but not as much as before. I wrote to Bellroy support, complained about problems with the wallet, as a result, the guys offered to replace it for free, but asked to send the old wallet to their address in London, they then compensated for the parcel using PayPal. And now, 10 days after sending the old wallet, a brand new replacement has already arrived. I was pleasantly surprised by such a service, although initially I had no doubt that they would simply ignore me.

As for the quality of the leather, over time, it begins to “noble aging”, and the pockets become loose, however, you yourself may be partially to blame for this, in this case it is important not to stuff a bunch of cards into a wallet or case.

Conclusion

I really liked the regular Phone Case, largely due to the fact that it is made of the same leather as my wallet, it is pleasant to take it in hand and use, and it does not cost such space money. Phone Case - 3 CARD seemed to me an interesting solution for those who carry just a couple of cards with them and almost do not need cash. Well, Phone Wallet still came out not very successful and expensive, given our current dollar exchange rate.

It seems to me that the problem is still in the format of the wallet case itself. It is unlikely that many users will want to have such a symbiosis. I sometimes observe what kind of wallets our compatriots have, and I understand that they are clearly not limited to two cards and a couple of bills.

Accessories Digest #7. Three covers from Bellroy

I first learned about Bellroy from an article by Artem Lutfullin, time passed, Artem continued to write about their wallets, and for some time I thought: “And who needs it, to buy a wallet for 3,000-4,000 rubles?” But their wallets had a really cool video ad, and Artyom's positive feedback played a significant role, in general, I decided to order one of their wallets home. The package arrived 10 days later and I started using my wallet. It's amazing how quickly you get used to a good thing and how it never ceases to please even years later.

Relatively recently, Bellroy expanded their product range, and iPhone wallet cases appeared, and this is definitely our topic, so you can talk about them on a working day, and not just in a weekend article. Previously, I have already tested cases with compartments for bank cards, but they were, to put it mildly, not the most comfortable. It was all the more interesting to see how Bellroy did, given their attention to detail. All cases considered today are made of "vegetable tanned" leather, you can read more about it here.

Phone Case

Let's start with the simplest case - Phone Case. It uses the same leather as the Bellroy wallets, so personally I was very pleased, because their wallets were very pleasant to the touch. The back cover of the case is smooth and soft, the company logo is embossed on the bottom.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The ends of the cover are made of smooth rubberized plastic. Thanks to this combination of materials, the case does not slip out of the hands and almost does not slip in the palm of your hand. At the ends there are compartments for all control elements. It's great that they didn't use overlay buttons like Just Mobile did.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The interior is lined with microfiber to prevent scratches. Separately, I would like to note that the cover is easy to put on and take off, unlike the following models.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The increase in dimensions when using the Phone Case is minimal, although slightly larger than that of the same Ozaki 0.3 mm. However, using the iPhone in this case is just as convenient.

Чехлы Bellroy

В продаже есть шесть различных цветов для чехла. Ниже – официальные фотографии расцветок.

Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy

Для хранения купюр в Bellroy предлагают использовать внутреннюю стенку чехла, хотя не думаю, что кто-то будет действительно держать там 100-500 рублей «на черный день». Сам чехол стоит 50$+12$ за доставку. К слову, отправляют Bellroy очень оперативно, обычно за неделю с небольшим чехол уже приходит к вам. Мне понравились хорошие материалы корпуса, тактильные ощущения от чехла и его небольшая толщина, я с удовольствием использовал его несколько дней.

Bellroy cases

Phone Case - 3 CARD

In this model, Bellroy tried to combine the case with the wallet. Let's see how well they did.

The material of the back cover is still the same soft leather, there are still slots for all control elements, and the inside is made of microfiber.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases  Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

You can choose from seven available colors:

Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy Чехлы Bellroy

The first difference from the previous model is the presence of a slot for a SIM card. Initially, I was surprised at how small the pocket for it was made at Bellroy, and then I remembered that the iPhone just uses nanoSIM.

Bellroy cases

On the back you can see a special pocket for your three cards. First, we insert a little-used card on top and two frequently used ones on the bottom. I would like to note right away that although Bellroy writes that three cards can fit into the pocket, in fact it is very difficult to put two cards into the lower compartment, even a thin “Troika” with a credit card barely fit in.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

But if you use the pocket for only two cards, then there is no problem. The bottom card is easy to pull out if you press a little on its edge, and you need to press hard on the top card and pull it up. I think in the official video it will be more clear how the pockets work.

It's interesting how Bellroy comments on the "tightness" of pockets:

We've designed the leather card slots to feel pretty snug at first. After a few days they'll give just enough to allow your cards to slide in and out easily, while keeping them secure too.
Joe, Bellroy Design Team

My free translation:

"We made the map pockets look really tight . After several uses, they will develop and will comfortably hold three cards, and they will also be easy to get, while they will not fall out on their own.

Another significant (for me) disadvantage of the cover is that it is very difficult to remove. You may break a couple of nails before you pull your smartphone out of its tight embrace. Why is it important? Bellroy writes that there is a place for a couple of bills on the inner wall of the case, but for this it must first be removed, and this is problematic.

I do not recommend wearing a case without cards, the back pocket turns out to be empty, and there is a feeling that there is an empty space behind the back of the phone (it is). When using a cover with cards, the thickness of the smartphone increases by a couple of millimeters. It does not cause discomfort, but it feels different in the hand.

Bellroy cases

The cost of the cover is $65+$12 shipping, total $77. This is a decent amount for many people, so for this money you want to get a really good product. For me personally, this case could not replace a wallet, I need more cards, and bills are often needed. Among other shortcomings, I would single out a very difficult removal of the device from the case; there were no such problems in the previous model.

Phone Wallet

The "older" version of cases from Bellroy, as close as possible to the wallet. The same soft leather, plastic with holes for controls on the ends and microfiber on the inside are used as materials.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases  Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

Below are the official photos of all three colors:

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The rear inner wall has two pockets, one for a nanoSIM card, and the other for a paperclip. A very cool little thing that will come in handy for frequent travelers.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

Removing the smartphone from the case is very difficult, as in the case of the Phone Case - 3 CARD, you can break a couple of nails before you get the iPhone out of the Phone Wallet.

This case also has two card slots, but they have a different layout. One of the slots is located on a closing cover, the company talks about the capacity of up to two cards, but I could hardly shove a Troika with a credit card into it. So you better count on one card.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The second slot is on the left side and can hold up to three cards. Unfortunately, using it for just one or two is not very convenient, since there is a lot of space, and the cards just fall out, but three pieces just sit tight, however, the pockets in the new case are also tight, so it will be problematic to pull out the cards at first . Alternatively, instead of two more cards, you can put double-folded bills into this pocket, although I tried to do this, and I didn’t like the protruding “hundreds” at all.

Bellroy cases Bellroy cases Bellroy cases  Bellroy cases Bellroy cases

The case can work as a stand, but you need to hold it with your hand, otherwise the whole structure falls apart. This is due to the fact that you cannot recline the back of the device much, the rear pocket for cards is to blame.

Bellroy cases

Another disadvantage of this model is the absence of a magnetic latch (I was sure that it was!), as a result, when closed, the lid can hang back and forth, which is not very good.

Bellroy cases

The cost of Phone Wallet is 90$+12$ for delivery to Russia. This is a decent amount for a regular case (7,000 rubles), while it has a decent number of flaws. For example, there is no magnetic latch, it is difficult to get a smartphone out of it, cards fall out of the additional slot if there are less than three of them, and two cards can hardly fit into the main slot. In my opinion, this model turned out to be not very successful, while it is the most expensive of all three.

Warranty and durability

As I wrote in the introduction, I have been using the Bellroy wallet for three years already and in one of Artem Lutfullin's articles I saw a mention of the company's three-year warranty. My wallet by that time began to look a little worse: the skin was frayed, and the card slots were loose. He, of course, still pleased me, but not as much as before. I wrote to Bellroy support, complained about problems with the wallet, as a result, the guys offered to replace it for free, but asked to send the old wallet to their address in London, they then compensated for the parcel using PayPal. And now, 10 days after sending the old wallet, a brand new replacement has already arrived. I was pleasantly surprised by such a service, although initially I had no doubt that they would simply ignore me.

As for the quality of the leather, over time, it begins to “noble aging”, and the pockets become loose, however, you yourself may be partially to blame for this, in this case it is important not to stuff a bunch of cards into a wallet or case.

Conclusion

I really liked the regular Phone Case, largely due to the fact that it is made of the same leather as my wallet, it is pleasant to take it in hand and use it, and it does not cost such space money. Phone Case - 3 CARD seemed to me an interesting solution for those who carry just a couple of cards with them and almost do not need cash. Well, Phone Wallet still came out not very successful and expensive, given our current dollar exchange rate.

It seems to me that the problem is still in the format of the wallet case itself. It is unlikely that many users will want to have such a symbiosis. I sometimes observe what kind of wallets our compatriots have, and I understand that they are clearly not limited to two cards and a couple of bills.

Accessories Digest #7. Three covers from Bellroy

I first learned about Bellroy from an article by Artem Lutfullin, time passed, Artem continued to write about their wallets, and for some time I thought: “And who needs it, to buy a wallet for 3,000-4,000 rubles?” But their wallets had a really cool video ad, and Artyom's positive feedback played a significant role, in general, I decided to order one of their wallets home. The package arrived after 10 days and I started using the wallet. It's amazing how quickly you get used to a good thing and how it never ceases to please even years later.

Relatively recently, Bellroy expanded their product range, and iPhone wallet cases appeared, and this is definitely our topic, so you can talk about them on a working day, and not just in a weekend article. Previously, I have already tested cases with compartments for bank cards, but they were, to put it mildly, not the most comfortable. It was all the more interesting to see how Bellroy did, given their attention to detail. All cases considered today are made of "vegetable tanned" leather, you can read more about it here.

Phone Case

Let's start with the simplest case - Phone Case. It uses the same leather as the Bellroy wallets, so personally I was very pleased, because their wallets were very pleasant to the touch. The back cover of the case is smooth and soft, the company logo is embossed on the bottom.

The ends of the cover are made of smooth rubberized plastic. Thanks to this combination of materials, the case does not slip out of the hands and almost does not slip in the palm of your hand. At the ends there are compartments for all control elements. It's great that they didn't use overlay buttons like Just Mobile did.

The interior is lined with microfiber to prevent scratches. Separately, I would like to note that the cover is easy to put on and take off, unlike the following models.

The increase in dimensions when using the Phone Case is minimal, although slightly larger than that of the same Ozaki 0.3 mm. However, using the iPhone in this case is just as convenient.

There are six different colors for the cover on sale. Below are official colorway photos.

For storing banknotes, Bellroy suggests using the inner wall of the case, although I don’t think that someone will really keep 100-500 rubles there “for a rainy day”. The case itself costs $50 + $12 for shipping. By the way, they send Bellroy very quickly, usually in a week or so the case already comes to you. I liked the good materials of the case, the tactile feel of the case and its thinness, I enjoyed using it for several days.

Phone Case - 3 CARD

In this model, Bellroy tried to combine the case with the wallet. Let's see how well they did.

The material of the back cover is still the same soft leather, there are still slots for all control elements, and the inside is made of microfiber.

You can choose from seven available colors:

The first difference from the previous model is the presence of a slot for a SIM card. Initially, I was surprised at how small the pocket for it was made at Bellroy, and then I remembered that the iPhone just uses nanoSIM.

On the back you can see a special pocket for your three cards. First, we insert a little-used card on top and two frequently used ones on the bottom. I would like to note right away that although Bellroy writes that three cards can fit into the pocket, in fact it is very difficult to put two cards into the lower compartment, even a thin “Troika” with a credit card barely fit in.

But if you use the pocket for only two cards, then there is no problem. The bottom card is easy to pull out if you press a little on its edge, and you need to press hard on the top card and pull it up. I think in the official video it will be more clear how the pockets work.

It's interesting how Bellroy comments on the "tightness" of pockets:

We've designed the leather card slots to feel pretty snug at first. After a few days they'll give just enough to allow your cards to slide in and out easily, while keeping them secure too. Joe, Bellroy Design Team

My free translation:

“We made the card pockets look very tight at first glance. After several uses, they will develop and will comfortably hold three cards, and they will also be easy to get, while they will not fall out on their own.

“We made the card pockets very tight at first glance. . After several uses, they will develop and will comfortably hold three cards, and they will also be easy to get, while they will not fall out on their own.

Another significant (for me) disadvantage of the cover is that it is very difficult to remove. You may break a couple of nails before you pull your smartphone out of its tight embrace. Why is it important? Bellroy writes that there is a place for a couple of bills on the inner wall of the case, but for this it must first be removed, and this is problematic.

I do not recommend wearing a case without cards, the back pocket turns out to be empty, and there is a feeling that there is an empty space behind the back of the phone (it is). When using a cover with cards, the thickness of the smartphone increases by a couple of millimeters. It does not cause discomfort, but it feels different in the hand.

The cost of the case is $65+$12 shipping, total $77. This is a decent amount for many people, so for this money you want to get a really good product. For me personally, this case could not replace a wallet, I need more cards, and bills are often needed. Among other shortcomings, I would single out a very difficult removal of the device from the case; there were no such problems in the previous model.

Phone Wallet

The "older" version of cases from Bellroy, as close as possible to the wallet. The same soft leather, plastic with holes for controls on the ends and microfiber on the inside are used as materials.

Below are the official photos of all three colors:

The rear inner wall has two pockets, one for a nanoSIM card, and the other for a paperclip. A very cool little thing that will come in handy for frequent travelers.

Removing the smartphone from the case is very difficult, as in the case of the Phone Case - 3 CARD, you can break a couple of nails before you get the iPhone out of the Phone Wallet.

This case also has two card slots, but they have a different layout. One of the slots is located on a closing cover, the company talks about the capacity of up to two cards, but I could hardly shove a Troika with a credit card into it. So you better count on one card.

The second slot is located on the left side and can hold up to three cards. Unfortunately, using it for just one or two is not very convenient, since there is a lot of space, and the cards just fall out, but three pieces just sit tight, however, the pockets in the new case are also tight, so it will be problematic to pull out the cards at first . Alternatively, instead of two more cards, you can put double-folded bills into this pocket, although I tried to do this, and I didn’t like the protruding “hundreds” at all.

The case can work as a stand, but you need to hold it with your hand, otherwise the whole structure falls apart. This is due to the fact that you cannot recline the back of the device much, the rear pocket for cards is to blame.

Another disadvantage of this model is the absence of a magnetic latch (I was sure that it was!), as a result, when closed, the lid can hang back and forth, which is not very good.

The cost of Phone Wallet is 90$+12$ for delivery to Russia. This is a decent amount for a regular case (7,000 rubles), while it has a decent number of flaws. For example, there is no magnetic latch, it is difficult to get a smartphone out of it, cards fall out of the additional slot if there are less than three of them, and two cards can hardly fit into the main slot. In my opinion, this model turned out to be not very successful, while it is the most expensive of all three.

Warranty and durability

As I wrote in the introduction, I have been using the Bellroy wallet for three years already and in one of Artem Lutfullin's articles I saw a mention of the company's three-year warranty. My wallet by that time began to look a little worse: the skin was frayed, and the card slots were loose. He, of course, still pleased me, but not as much as before. I wrote to Bellroy support, complained about problems with the wallet, as a result, the guys offered to replace it for free, but asked to send the old wallet to their address in London, they then compensated for the parcel using PayPal. And now, 10 days after sending the old wallet, a brand new replacement has already arrived. I was pleasantly surprised by such a service, although initially I had no doubt that they would simply ignore me.

As for the quality of the leather, over time, it begins to “noble aging”, and the pockets become loose, however, you yourself may be partially to blame for this, in this case it is important not to stuff a bunch of cards into a wallet or case.

Conclusion

I really liked the regular Phone Case, largely due to the fact that it is made of the same leather as my wallet, it is pleasant to take it in hand and use it, and it does not cost such space money. Phone Case - 3 CARD seemed to me an interesting solution for those who carry just a couple of cards with them and almost do not need cash. Well, Phone Wallet still came out not very successful and expensive, given our current dollar exchange rate.

It seems to me that the problem is still in the format of the wallet case itself. It is unlikely that many users will want to have such a symbiosis. I sometimes observe what kind of wallets our compatriots have, and I understand that they are clearly not limited to two cards and a couple of bills.