Moshi Overture wallet case for iPhone review

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Provides: Protection from scuffs, scrapes and drops, card slots for credit card / ID access
Developer: Moshi
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5
Price: $44.95
Availability: Now

I’m generally not one to combine my wallet and my iPhone case into one accessory. If I lose my wallet, I like knowing I can still call for a ride home. If my phone gets stolen, at least I still have the bank card so I can get a new one. Also, my wallet is stored in my back pants pocket, and I’m not about to spend the day sitting on my iPhone.

But I’ve come to understand the value of a wallet case, depending upon the situation, like those annoying times when I have to wear a suit. Maybe you’ve found even better uses, and are equally confused by my need for a separate wallet. The iPhone, after all, can become your bank, your member card organizer, your photo album, even your medical and government ID, so why not get wallet functionality out of your iPhone case? If that sounds good to you, the Moshi Overture wallet case for iPhone is exactly what you need.

Moshi Overture iPhone 5 case

First of all, the Moshi Overture is a great case. The iPhone sits in a polycarbonate frame that provides full access to the top and bottom ports at all times, and to the volume buttons and mute switch when open. It’s very easy to get the phone in and out, but you won’t need to do so very often because the open bottom allows full docking access to the Lightning cable and adapter.

Moshi Overture iPhone 5 case

The exterior material varies depending upon your color choice: metallic black, sienna orange or falcon gray. My review unit was the gray model, which features a professional looking texture accented by sturdy stitching and a metallic Moshi nameplate.

The inside cover holds the leather card slots. There are three, appropriately sized for credit cards, member cards, a driver’s license, etc. You can also store other cards or cash behind the card slots, although it can bulk up pretty quickly if you’re not careful.

Moshi Overture iPhone 5 case

A great feature here is the inclusion of Moshi’s Neato microfiber pad for cleaning the iPhone screen. It’s held in place with adhesive that also holds the Neato to your fingers when you’re using it (and you’ll be surprised how much more effective it is than the microfiber cloths you’re used to using). Moshi points out that the Neato’s adhesive will get grimy and wear off with time, but you can wash it to increase its lifespan.

As for use, the Overture does add a lot of extra material to the iPhone 5. The cover flips back nicely for a comfortable hold when you’re on the phone, and it rests flat when closed, which some wallet cases don’t do. However, when texting or playing games, it can get in the way. That’s just something you’ll have to deal with to get the wallet functionality.

If you can find them in stores, I suggest you take a look to see which material you like best. If not, the colors will point you in the right direction.

Moshi Overture iPhone 5 case

I’m still not completely sold on wallet cases. But I am sold on excellent protection, quality craftsmanship and sharp looking designs, and the Moshi Overture for iPhone 5 offers all of that.

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  • Harrison

    Nice case, but I prefer the Pong Research iPhone case. I read that the cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held. That’s why I investigated ways to cell phone radiation protection . I read about Pong Research cases, Pong technology is custom-designed for each mobile device and works to redirect radiation away from your head and body. I hesitated about it, anyway, I bought a case Pong because is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.