Aircraft grade wood, elastics and silicone, what more can you ask for in a iPhone case?
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Today we’re doing a review of the Jimmycase for the iPhone 6. This is a wallet iPhone case that uses real aircraft grade wood.
JimmyCase is a successful Kickstarter product that wraps your iPhone in a silicone bumper which has a wood back whose back has a elastic to keep all your cards safe. In general, the JimmyCase feels well-built and has enough functionality to make it unique when compared to other wood and wallet cases. With that being said, Aaron_The_Ho did have a couple of issues in terms of using it as his everyday case which we’ll elaborate in a bit.
For this jimmyCASE review, we’ve given this iPhone wallet case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. It’s a slightly above average case and in my opinion, fare better than other wood cases such as the ones from Carved and the LAX gadgets because of the added functionality of the elastic.
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- Unique looking case
- Elastic portion works well for plastic cards
- Lots of grip
- Elastic portion doesn't work well with sharp-edged cards (business cards)
- Cutouts aren't large enough for 3rd party lightning cables
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- Will double the thickness of your iPhone if there's 6 cards in the case
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- Stays together well
- Great materials
|General Protection||General Protection (1.5/5):|
- Not drop rated
- No screen protector
- Low clearance from edges
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Larger than average lightning cables will be harder to use
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (5/5):|
- No issues with the iPhones screen functionality
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Design – So many different materials but it works
In terms of design, the JimmyCase is pretty simple. There is a silicone bumper with a piece of aircraft grade mahogany glued to it. There is a super tight elastic band which according to Jimmycase will not stretch out attached to the wood back. Parts of the bottom of the band are attached to the back of the case so there’s almost no way for your cards to fall out. JimmyCase was smart as they didn’t attach the entire bottom which means there’s a bit of give for you to push your cards out of the elastic.
The case itself isn’t terribly thick but due to the elastic and once it gets loaded up to a maximum of 6 cards, you’re going to be doubling the thickness of your iPhone but you’re going to be leaving you wallet at home so what’s the compromise going to be? Add a bit of bulk to your iPhone so that you can free one pocket?
Protection – Nothing tough here
In terms of protection, this isn’t a tough case. It will protect your iPhone from minor bumps and scratches. The edges of the case aren’t terribly high but are far enough away to install a screen protector on it.
Functionality – It’s bulky but handles better than thinner cases
In terms of accessing your iPhone inside the Jimmycase, the only thing we noticed was that the lightning port cutouts wasn’t big enough to accommodate larger 3rd Party cables. Our Amazon basics cable and Awesome cables didn’t work with this case.
There are no issues with the screen usability of the case.
At the beginning of the review, we mentioned that Aaron_The_Ho couldn’t use this as his everyday case because the maximum number of cards that it can hold is 6 (very tightly). Because of all the business cards and business banking cards he has to carry, the smaller wallet doesn’t work well when he goes through 6+ cards a week.
Aaron_The_Ho thought that JimmyCase would be great as a business card holders but the sharp corners of his business cards got caught on the inside of the elastic so its really suited for cards with rounded corners. Now this is a personal situation so if you only have a couple of cards to carry around at any given time, the jimmyCASE will definitely work for you!
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