Today we take a closer look at the new collection of Smartish cases for iPhone 14 and, more specifically, at the Purse Killer Vol. two. the company delivers low to mid tier pricing in its range of iPhone cases Starting since $15 with a series of unique designs, materials that we don’t see very often and the option to customize your own. From models with integrated wallets to transparent MagSafe solutions with colorful trims and the finger grip version it has been offering yearly for the latest Apple phones, it’s time to take a hands-on look at the new Smartish iPhone 14 case collection like part of the most recent Tested with 9to5Toys feature.
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Get practical with the Smartish iPhone 14 case collection
The Smartish iPhone 14 case collection features six distinct models ranging from the basic MagSafe-ready slim case to the latest version of their Gripzilla with a kind of fingerprint treatment on the edges. From there, you’ll find the Dancing Queen Crossbody Wallet and the Wallet Slayer models. The latter of which seems to be the standout option here, but we’re going to work with every model in the lineup and can confidently say you’re getting what it says on the box.
The Purse Killer Vol. 2 model would have to be my personal favorite. Made of some kind of textured plastic material throughout, it features a grippy matte finish around the sides and edges with hidden protective air pockets in the corners. A Saffiano-textured back panel houses the wallet slot that has enough room for up to three cards and some cash along with what Smartish calls credit card holder. (More on that below.)
The Smartish iPhone 14 Wallet Slayer vol. 2 comes in four different patterns (black, a floral pattern, Spaced Out, and an almost psychedelic option known as Groovy Baby) with the option to customize and add your own. a $29.99.
Here’s a closer look at the spec sheet:
- Secure three cards, plus cash
- credit card support
- High-grip textured sides
- Protective corners with air pockets
- Not compatible with wireless chargers or MagSafe
The materials used in the Smartish iPhone 14 Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 are the highlights for me. While I typically gravitate toward more natural constructions (leather, canvas, and fabrics), Smartish has struck a nice balance here. The sides feature a kind of grippy plastic treatment that feels like a canvas that certainly stands out from the basic matte TPU vibe found in a lot of other cases – it has an almost gritty feel, reminiscent of a rough canvas with subtle finger grooves. . The Saffiano-style back panel and wallet provide an almost denim or lightly grained leather look and feel that stands out against the sides but also feels right at home. It’s certainly not the highest-end material usage out there, but it seems to beat the cost of entry slightly here.
The actual wallet is built into the back panel with satisfying visible stitching, a full-width opening to slip your cards and/or cash in, and a large enough opening at the other end that you can stick your finger or thumb in there. to persuade them when necessary. You can get three cards and some cash in there, but it adds some bulk and it becomes increasingly cumbersome to get everything out in an organized fashion. I’d say it’s designed for your two most used cards; anything after that looks a bit messy.
Along the right side of the wallet unit is a card slot embossed in the same canvas-like material used for the edges of the case. This is where the credit card kickstand comes into play. Basically, it’s a small, shallow indentation in the back of the case that offers a kickstand action similar to what you can do yourself: you can swipe almost any ID or bank card (a business card or a piece of paper). ). of thin, hard cardboard does the trick) there to create a temporary vertical or horizontal kickstand to position your iPhone at a couple of different viewing angles. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s able to accommodate this temporary kickstand setup without interfering too much with the overall look of the case. It offers an interesting option for people who can make use of the feature but don’t want some kind of folding solution that makes the case experience bulkier or requires them to carry an additional accessory. I probably wouldn’t use it, but some will appreciate it.
The Smartish iPhone 14 case collection, which costs between $15 and $30 for standard cases, seems to be one of the brands that is priced right. There’s enough detail in the construction of the case for Wallet Slayer Vol. 2, for example, to warrant anything over $20 or $25, while the more basic minimalist options sit nicely in the $15-$20 range. .