Col. Littleton No. 50 Wallet for iPhone Review

Here at The Gadgeteer, we have a thing for wallets and several of us are equally enamoured with the iPhone. So what could be better than the No. 50 Wallet for iPhone from Col. Littleton, which combines a leather wallet and an iPhone case into one front pocket holder? Let’s see. Note: Some of the images in this review can be clicked to view a larger size.

Col. Littleton makes some wonderful leather products. I fell in love with their No. 5 Pocket for iPad sleeve that I reviewed a few weeks ago.

The No.50 iPhone Wallet uses the same dry milled leather that other Col. Littleton bags and cases use. It has a gorgeous grain and a buttery soft feel. The leather is American vegetable-tanned steer hide. The wallet is only available in one color, which is a very rich reddish brown.

The design is pretty simple. There’s a pocket in the back that is large enough for the iPhone 3, 3GS or 4. I was hoping my Droid X might fit, but no joy.

In front of the iPhone sleeve part of the wallet are 2 other slots. One for credit cards and one for folded money.

As you can see, this wallet has been personalized with my initials. Three letters can be added to any wallet for an extra $8.00.

The back of the wallet is a stamped with the Col. Littleton logo and product info.

Here’s a side view of an empty wallet. You can also get a good look at the nice even stitching around all the edges, for extra reinforcement.

Here it is with the iPhone 4, a couple plastic credit cards and folded money. In this image, you can see that the iPhone sticks out slightly from the top of the sleeve. The credit cards really don’t stick out. I just left them partially out for the picture. The folded money does stick out as shown though.

The folded money slot is open on one side to allow you to easily insert or remove the folded bundle of cash. I was a little worried about the fact that the money slot is open on 2 sides. My worries were unfounded though. Friction from the leather keeps the folded bills from falling out even when you only have one bill in the slot.

The No. 50 Wallet isn’t overly bulky as far as cases go. But it can’t hold a full wallet’s contents. It’s really designed for 2-3 credit cards and around 5 US sized folded bills.

This wallet is meant to be carried in your front pocket. You definitely don’t want to put it in your back pocket and sit on it. That wouldn’t be good for your bum or the iPhone. It also means that most women probably will not carry this wallet in their front jeans pocket. We tend to wear our pants tighter than men do, so it won’t fit well… and even if it did, it would feel really uncomfortable. I like to carry this wallet in my jacket pocket or side cargo pants pocket.

As far as materials, construction and overall beauty, Col. Littleton really knows how to make a quality product. This is a very nice wallet that has been constructed to last a long time and I could find no defects in workmanship. The only problem that I have with the No. 50 wallet is that it’s difficult to remove credit cards if your phone is in the case. The iPhone causes the leather to stretch and tighten, so that you have to use your fingertips like tweezers to retrieve a card. Removing folded money is also slightly more difficult while the iPhone is in the case also more difficult to put the money back in the slot once you’re done. Having to remove the phone each time you need access to cards and / or money can become tiresome. A remedy to this probem might be to make the phone sleeve a bit larger and include a snap tab to prevent the phone from falling out. This would also allow larger phones like the Droid X to fit in the sleeve. For this reason, I would probably not use this case as my primary wallet and phone case. I’d be more likely to use it for a quick trip to the store or during a lunch break at work, so I could combine my phone and wallet into one handy package.

What is your favorite way to carry your iPhone and wallet contents?

 

Product Information

Price:$80.00
Manufacturer:Col. Littleton
Pros:
  • Well made
  • Classic looks
  • Will hold folded money, credit cards and an iPhone
Cons:
  • Hard remove money and credit cards when iPhone is in the case
Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Wallets

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Mike January 31, 2011, 6:39 pm

    Holds many, secures nothing ! lol

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  • kjalcordo February 1, 2011, 12:54 am

    I keep my wallet in the back pocket of my pants and my phone on on of the side pockets. This might be something I’d pick up as a case for my phone and some petty cash.

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  • bgood February 1, 2011, 11:25 am

    I use a Belkin Grip Vue case for my iPhone 4 – it’s minimal and looks good. When I need a bit more protection, nothing beats the waterproof and super low bulk of the Seal-a-Meal custom sized plastic bag that I’ve made. It’s very tough plastic (way tougher than zip-lock bags) and doesn’t cling, so getting the phone in and out is a breeze – and you can make it any size you want so it will fit over a case you may already have. Good for those rainy bicycling days in Portland OR.

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  • Ant February 3, 2011, 3:00 am

    I wonder…

    Do you think the credit cards will get deactivated because of the cellphone? haha i remember some credit cards or room keys won’t work right after they have been in the same pocket as my cell.

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  • bejonline February 15, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I really like this case. My only concern is that the iPhone hangs out slightly? Doesn’t this seem like a problem if your reason for having a case is to protect the phone? Won’t the end that is sticking out get scratched?

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  • Geoffrey Harris August 5, 2011, 9:44 am

    Check out NoWalletPhoneWallet.com
    I think it’s a much better solution for those of us carrying too much in our pockets

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  • Julie August 5, 2011, 11:01 am

    @Geoffrey I would disagree with you. The product you mention requires you to put velcro on the back of your iPhone…. ick.

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  • Chris January 3, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Love mine. Thin, secure and classy. Leather feels like its been broken in for years already. iPhone 4 fits all the way, no sticking out. Great for the weekend when you only need the basics.

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