Yesterday, the folks at tmbr sent over a couple of iPhone 6 Plus cases for my inspection. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reviewing cases unless they do something particularly well. In fact, I’ve received tons of cases over the years, but I can count on one hand how many I’ve actually taken the time to review.
In other words, if you see me reviewing a case, then it must be pretty special. I wasn’t exactly sure if I’d even bother reviewing the tmbr case, but after testing it out for just five minutes, I just knew I had to share the experience with you.
First and foremost, this is a wallet case, not unlike the BookBook case, and the BookBook case rip-off that I reviewed last month. This particular case is for the iPhone 6 Plus and is made of real walnut wood and vinyl. I’m not a huge fan of vinyl, but tmbr insists that it is of the high quality variety.
Like other wallet cases, this case is actually made of two parts: an inner shell, in which the iPhone snaps into, and the outer wallet portion. All you need to do is snap your iPhone into the shell, and you’re in business.
This case has two slots for a credit card or identification, and a pocket for cash or other essentials. The case also features a crease to allow the iPhone to stand up in landscape mode, which is good for watching Hulu, Netflix, photo slideshows, etc.
As you would expect, this case features all of the necessary cutouts to operate your iPhone with no restrictions. In fact, it includes a special feature—a cutout for the headset—that allows you to talk on the phone with the case completely closed. This is a great feature that shouldn’t be glossed over if you’re a heavy phone talker. It makes using this case way less awkward when talking on the phone.
Another nice thing about this case is the way the cover locks in place when closed. This is possible due to the fact that the cover features magnets to keep it closed. The cover closes with a reassuring *snap* when it gets close to the edge of the case.
Sadly, that brings me to the main flaw with this case. The magnetized cover won’t work properly when the wallet is filled with a couple of credit cards and some cash. In fact, I found that the case struggled to stay locked into place when only using a single credit card.
That may not be a deal breaker for most, but it is unfortunate since this is a wallet case made to hold credit cards and the like. Most of the people purchasing this case will want to use its wallet features, and when you do, the magnetized cover doesn’t have enough clearance to stick to the case.
If you can live with that single flaw, then the tmbr wallet case is a great case. In fact, I’d recommend using it as a standalone case and simply ignore the wallet features except where necessary.
What do you think about the tmbr case? You can find this particular one for $35 on tmbrs.com. Sound off down below in the comments section with your thoughts and opinions.