Dual-layer, foldable protection for your Nexus 5 that stores everything your wallet can.
It's been a little over a week since I've had any kind of real protection around my Nexus 5, that is until I got my hands on this new Intelligent Wallet. These foldable cases are a new line from Cruzerlite that feature some unique color combinations and user-friendly accommodations inside that allow you carry around one less thing in your pocket. Jump past the break for the complete lowdown.
Upon dropping in my Nexus 5 into the Intelligent Wallet Case I was pleased that I didn't have to fight to get a proper fit. That's mostly thanks to the fact that the TPU Bugdroid Circuit Case is what's holding the device. These cases have always proved to be better than the run-of-the-mill skins that you find for next to nothing on eBay and even have some cool circuitry designs on the back.
The case as a whole is a little firm at first, so it took some bending to really get it to open and close properly; to be expected with similar cases right out of the box. What surprised me was how slim the Intelligent Wallet Case actually is with my Nexus 5 inside it. At a mere half an inch in width with it closed, it's completely manageable to take it in and out of my pocket.
Since the case is made of a type of synthetic leather, you don't get that 'authentic' feeling of quality, but that's not to say its unique texture isn't comfortable in the hand. The top flap has an arm that reaches around to the back of the case with a built-in magnet; ensuring the case stays shut and the phone inside secure. What I'm particularly fond of with this material is that it's not a fingerprint magnet. Using it day after day I haven't noticed a single blemish. That said, I wouldn't mow down a pizza without washing my hands and expect it to be spot-free.
The stitching around the Nexus 5 Intelligent Wallet is extremely well done and there's even an imprint of Andy on the bottom half of the front cover surrounding the Cruzerlite logo. A little hard to see depending on the lighting, but a cool accent that gives the case some extra personality.
On the inside you'll find two slots for storing anything you might keep in your wallet including credit cards, cash, business cards, ID, etc. In addition there's even a wide pocket for extra storage, which I haven't found a use for yet. The other side is where the transparent TPU Bugdroid Circuit Case is permanently attached by glue, it seems. What I find unfortunate is that the designs on the back of the TPU case are rarely seen since it's covered with the synthetic leather. I assume you could separate the two with some force, but would leave you with a fair amount of sticky residue to remove.
An added bonus of this Nexus 5 wallet case is its ability to fold into a stand, providing a convenient way to watch movies or browse the web. I've found myself utilizing this feature multiple times so far, just showing some friends YouTube videos.
Accessibility is far from sacrificed with this case on the Nexus 5. With it completely closed I'm still able to plug in my charger, auxiliary plug and take pictures without it effecting lighting or quality. The power button is accessible as well, but the volume requires you to open the case to adjust.
I've never used a wallet-style case in the past with any device, so having to fold the front cover behind the N5 when answering every call took some getting used to. Although it's an extra step, I'd say it's worth it given the extra protection you're provided compared to just a skin or hard case.
The Nexus 5 Bugdroid Circuit Intelligent Wallet has all the necessary features I look for in a case, plus some. The double layers of protection combined with convenient storage and a slim form factor make it a no-brainer. It's currently in-stock at ShopAndroid.com for just $18.95 and available in several color combinations.