In my previous reviews I talked about tough strong tradie style cases, today I’m reviewing two cases that go head to head in the wallet case division.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Leather Style Wallet
Samsung Galaxy S5 – Spigen Slim Wallet Case
Size & Weight
Both cases are great for their size considering it needs to try hold some of your wallet contents. It’s a big difference coming from a tradie style protective case that weights so much and is a bit larger than your average case. The S5 case is larger due to the phone being larger but otherwise between the two they are, what I think is a perfect size for a case that is pratical and protective. In terms of colour range, the S4 has two black & purple, as the S5 has black, brown & white. Dead rubber between both cases here in regards to size & weight.
Straight out of the box, there is a one important thing to consider. When putting your cards in, ensure that the cards have the black stripe facing the inner side of the wallet case. This is due to the magnet on the case that will latch on to the outter side. Otherwise your phone will just click into place with a snug fit. The actual slim fit inner case is quiet tough and I found will protect any minor drops and provide sufficient protection.
Look & Feel
The S4 case I find perfect, it’s good a touch of leather look to it and it feels great in your hand. The S5 made by spigen is traditionally a little more plastic which I assume is due to making it a bit more protective and last longer in the elements over time. There isn’t a huge difference if you were using it day to day, but side by side. The S4 definitely feels better and looks a bit sharper.
Both cases are fitted with three slots for cards with an additional pocket. The S5 having such a large case makes his pocket usable for almost anything. I actually store noted money in this section and leave my wallet behind and just use the phone case.
Buttons & Cut Outs
No buttons on this case since it essentially just wraps around your phone. The cutouts are rather important with the S4 only having the two cutouts for your camera and speaker. The S5 on the other hand will cater for the same cutouts but with an additional one at the front for your front earpiece. One of the minor drawbacks of having a wallet style case is that when answering or talking on the phone, you need to open it up and either put up with the case flap hitting your face or holding it open therefor exposing contents and possibility of losing your wallet contents. This added feature in the S5 is a huge bonus and just goes to show the manufacture is listening to reviews and critics.
The S4 does have an additional extra the S5 doesn’t – which I found a bit useless but someone else may find it cool. There’s an extra hole on the middle part of the case to tether it to a keyring or key chain or something. I’ve just ignored it.
The last feature that I guess was a version 2 improvement, is the fact that you can now stand your case up to watch movies/videos. In the S4 case the slim fit inner case is completely glued on to the wallet case. But in the S5, they’ve allowed for movement which double as a stand. The amount of times I’ve watched videos/movies and needed to find an object sufficient enough to help stand the case up annoys me beyond belief. This is another killer feature that just completes the phone.
All up, between the two cases. They are both standouts compared to other cases in the market, for such a cheap price you must try one! To date, these case is the one I’ve been using the longest, as it meets your every day needs and gives you piece of mind with the protectiveness and stylish look. The S4 case builds the solid foundations of a great overall case, but the S5 upgrade knocks it out of the park.