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The Showdown of the ‘Big Four’

Posted by JT on 11th Jan 2017

In today’s day and age, we want a phone case that is compatible and has the optimal balance between fashion and protection. Today, I plan to unravel which phone case offers the perfect balance for you. Here we have four extremely reputable phone cases: EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour, Otterbox Strada Folio, Case-Mate Wallet Folio and Case-Mate Folio Wristlet.

EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour

One of the most prominent features of this case is the D3O material. This means that your phone can absorb significant amounts of shock upon drop. The molecular structure of the D30 material, allows it to be soft but flexible during impact as it locks together to absorb the energy and reduce force transmitted (D3O 2016). This innovative material meets the MIL-STD 810G-516.6 drop test, meaning that it meets the highest standard of protection (D30 2017). The EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour is a flip cover case that is very easy to insert and remove from your device. The simple, slim and sleek design makes it useable to everyone. On top of this, it is also very stylish and has three internal card slots with a magnetic lock. One of the internal card slots has a transparent window, making it suitable for an ID card. The durability of the EFM Monaco Wallet cannot be questioned, as the case is resistant to tears and abrasions.

EFM Monaco D3O® Wallet Case iPhone 7 - Jet Black

EFM Monaco D3O Wallet Case iPhone 7 - Jet Black

Otterbox Strada Folio

A well-designed case using premium genuine leather and dual protection layer which includes a screen cover. Some may argue that the Otterbox Strada Folio is the most balanced protected and stylish case in the market. However, the issue with the Otterbox Strada Folio is that it only has one card/cash slot, meaning that you cannot insert all your necessary cards such as ID, Opal and credit card in the phone case. Also, even though the protection used by Otterbox is authentic, it does not use D3O material like the EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour. If the phone case was dropped from a significant height, the shock energy will not be absorbed because it does not have D3O material, consequently increasing the chances for your phone to break.

OtterBox Strada Case iPhone 7 - Black

OtterBox Strada Case iPhone 7 - Black

Case-Mate Wallet Folio

A Wallet Folio made from premium handcrafter leather which has slots for cards and cash, whilst containing metallic buttons. The Case-Mate Wallet Folio surely is “everything you need in one place” for the gentlemen on the go (Case-Mate Store 2017). The several card slots and cash slots allows your phone case to serve both as a phone but also a wallet. The slim design of the Case-Mate Wallet Folio not only makes you look stylish but it essentially makes your phone case very portable that serves several functions. However, a major drawback is the lack of protection the case provides. With no inherent D3O or drop-tested material, your phone is extremely vulnerable if accidentally dropped on hard surfaces. In addition to this, the premium price of $89.95 makes it only affordable to some people.


Case-Mate Wallet Folio Case iPhone 7 - Black

Case-Mate Folio Wristlet

If you thought you needed a bag to bring everywhere, think again! The Case-Mate Folio Wristlet offers the perfect solution. A detachable wristlet with a purse strap snap now allows you to only bring your phone case anywhere at any time. The Case-Mate Folio Wristlet has several card slots and a cash slot to serve as a reliable wallet. In addition, the faceted metal accent and metallic buttons adds style and fashion to your phone case. Despite this, the issue with the Case-Mate Folio Wristlet is like the Case-Mate Folio Wallet. The limited protected poises an issue as your phone is vulnerable to subtle drops. Similarly, the price of $89.95 makes it only affordable to some people.


Case-Mate Wristlet Folio Case iPhone 7 - Black


The EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour has the perfect balance for fashion and protection. The D3O material used verifies that EFM is superior in providing cases with high quality protection in comparison to its competitors. The slim and sleek design with a magnetic lock not only validates its functionality, but also proves to be very stylish too.Paying $57.95 for the EFM Monaco Wallet Case Armour is well worth spending your money, especially given its features and affordability when compared to the other three phone cases!