iPhone cases come in all different shapes and sizes. Some can hold batteries, speakers, and more. Speck’s SmartFlex Card (Amazon) can carry up to 3 cards as well as some cash in a simple design. It’s priced at $34.95, and is available in 4 different colors. How well does it work? Continue reading to find out.
Speck’s been greedy lately by not including any extras with their cases. Most case manufacturers will include a screen protector or two, a microfiber cloth, and maybe a video stand or two. Speck? Not a single extra. So, for your near-$35, you’ll be getting just the case and some useless packaging. This is pretty disappointing, given the fact that Speck can buy quality screen protectors in bulk for just a few nickels.
Looking beyond the lack of any included extras, you’ll find the SmartFlex Card. Its “resilient polymer” gives you plenty of grip and protection from drops. Just be sure not to drop it too high up, or else your front panel may end up cracked.
This case offers easy accessibility to the iPhone’s essential features, including all switches and ports. The buttons, though, have little nubs over them that, for the most part, reduces the amount of “clickiness” within the buttons themselves, however they can still be pressed with little effort. Speck, recently, has been known for putting insanely large camera cutouts in their products, and that’s definitely evident in the SmartFlex Card. While it increases the risk of damaging that area (debris, scratches, etc), it basically reduces any chances of you experiencing any “flashback” issues with the LED flash.
So, how about the main standout feature, the card/money holder? It’s pretty self-explanatory, and works flawlessly. Simply take your cards and slide them into the slot. If you need to access one or some of them, there’s a cutout on the opposite side of the slot that helps you push them back out. This feature works without any problems whatsoever.
While I’m personally not interested in this sort of feature, I can see it being useful to some people. For example, if you’d like to just go out to the gym or go grab a quick bite to eat without having to worry about carrying a wallet or a purse, simply take some money or a card or two, and off you go.
Overall, Speck has a pretty good case on their hands with the SmartFlex Card. The case itself is made of high-quality materials, is designed nicely, and is a pretty good package overall. However, it would’ve been nice for Speck to include some basic/essential extras, such as a crystal-clear and/or anti-glare protection films. Other than that, I can easily recommend this case to anyone who’s actually looking forward to using the card/money holder.