Review: Vaja Wallet LP for iPhone XS and XS Max

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While I have used a few wallet cases on previous iPhones over the years, I’ve never been a big fan of the category, by and large. I don’t usually prefer to carry my cards and money with my phone unless I am traveling by plane, so the added bulk of the card pockets on the inside flap of a case doesn’t hold much appeal. However, I understand that this is just a personal preference of mine. Wallet cases are both plentiful and popular for a good reason- plenty of other people DO like them.

You may be wondering why I am reviewing a wallet case if they aren’t really my thing, Again, plenty of other people are interested in them. I caught my wife and father both drooling over this case, so it really is just me. Also, I do think it’s important to try new things, even if you aren’t sure you will like them. Since I have never tried one of Vaja’s wallet cases, it seemed like a good choice for this review. I’ve also never had the opportunity to try out one of Vaja’s LP combination leather designs, either. Whatever my reservations about added bulk of a wallet case, the two-toned combination of Vaja’s Bridge and Floater leathers was enough to make me come out liking this one.

Function and Form

Who says you have to have one over the other? In the case of Vaja’s Wallet LP, you get both in pretty equal measures. The leather is soft and the color pairings attractive, but this case’s design is just as good.

The inside of the cover has room for your ID, plenty of cards, and cash.

As you can see, loading it up will add a bit of bulk to the case, as expected.

However, that won’t be major concern for those who prefer a wallet case. One thing I appreciated is that the case isn’t overly thick if the wallet section is empty.

Bulk is my biggest pet peeve with most wallet cases. However, since the Wallet LP is manageable in this regard, I didn’t mind using it at all without cards and cash.

One good thing about a little extra bulk and material- more protection. The Wallet LP will definitely give your iPhone some solid drop protection.

I also appreciate the durable construction of this case.

That double stitching that attaches the front flap isn’t going anywhere. The Wallet LP is built to last.

Soft as butter

One of the standout features of Vaja’s Bridge and Floater leathers is the feel. When it comes to feel, the Wallet LP definitely doesn’t disappoint. The Blue Floater leather feels smooth, but the Tan Bridge leather really does feel almost like butter when you run your fingers over it.

I have always believed that you can tell the difference in quality materials. In this case, you can feel it. If you like the feel of fine leather, you definitely won’t be disappointed by this case.

Looks are not deceiving

As I said before, the look of Vaja’s LP cases is what drew me to this model. I love the look of natural tan and brown leather and blue is my favorite color, so this version of the Wallet LP was a natural choice for me.

The Crown Blue Floater leather and the Bridge London leather are a perfect match for each other. I think they come across as a distinctive pairing and look very attractive together.

A standout feature of every Vaja case I have reviewed is the stitching. You can see their attention to quality and detail here.

The tan stitching on the exterior blends with the Bridge London leather and contrasts beautifully with the Floater Crown Blue. The blue thread on the inside mirrors the exterior quite well, blending with the Crown Blue and contrasting with the London.

While I love the modern look and feel of Vaja’s Grip Rider case that I reviewed a few days ago, I did miss the classic texture of the leather’s grain that comes through with most of their cases. It is on full display here with the Wallet LP, enhancing both the look and feel.

Vaja’s branding always adds an extra touch of class, in my opinion. The chrome nameplate on the back shows the Crown Blue color through the stamped Vaja logo.

The embedded metal Vaja logo on the front cover is also beautifully understated.

I really like its simplicity, as it suits the look of the case very well.

Then there is the very familiar diagonal Vaja branding stamped on the interior leather.

While I did love this pattern on the black interior of Vaja’s Grip Rider case, the more traditional London has a classic look that will age and change the way you normally expect with fine leather.

Conclusion

If you love a good wallet case and appreciate fine leather, then Vaja’s Wallet LP is a perfect choice for you. It has plenty of room to hold your cards and cash. It fits the iPhone to a tee and will provide plenty of protection. As for form, this case is almost impossible to beat. It feels smooth and buttery in the hand and the grain and texture of the leather give the case a classic look.

What really sets the Wallet LP case apart is its distinctive color combination. The Crown Blue Floater leather and London Bridge leather are a perfect pair that really compliment each other. Vaja’s fine stitching just adds a nice touch of distinction and visual interest. And if blue and tan aren’t your thing, Vaja has other color combinations that you may find more appealing, including a custom case option that lets you choose both colors and some other details. Vaja also has LP and GP designs available on other case models, so if you aren’t interested in a wallet, you can get these color combos on other cases, as well.

The Vaja Wallet LP is the best looking and most functional wallet case for a smartphone that I have reviewed. Considering my past experience with Vaja’s fine leather cases, this isn’t a surprise. Wallet cases may not be my favorite, but this case looks and feels so good that I had no problem spending time with it for this review and beyond.

The Wallet LP case is available from Vaja for $169. You can also Build Your Own from a wider variety of colors for $199.

The Wallet LP was provided for review on iPad Insight by Vaja. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the About page.


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