Apple MagSafe the wallet had some competition months after its release. Labodet has launched a fashionable alternative that includes exotic skins and fixes for the most frustrating of wallet design flaws.
House of Fashion
Labodet wallets are crafted in the high-end Parisian fashion tradition, with a focus on quality materials and workmanship. We chose traditional Italian calf hides, but there are many other, more exotic ingredients to choose from. Labodet also offers python, ostrich and crocodile skins in the MagSafe wallet. This is not our preference, but we understand its place in the world of fashion. Exotic leather is also a big difference from traditional Apple leather.
The Labodet wallet is honey brown in color compared to Apple’s Saddle Brown wallet
All skins are green, blue, brown, black, gray, honey, orange, pink and red – with honey as our preferred color. Each color is self-explanatory and looks good, although we chose a color that wasn’t too flashy. It fits best with Apple’s Saddle Brown iPhone 12 leather case.
On the front of the wallet is a small metal badge bearing the Labodet logo. This is steel hand-polished, 18K gold, or black PVD plating. The logo looks pretty good, but stands out too much for us. This creates a hint of sharp lips that can possibly be rounded off in just one more hair.
There are many customization options between skin type, skin tone, and metal jewelry color. 108 of them to be exact.
The key to this wallet is MagSafe connectivity which keeps it plugged into the back of your iPhone when you need it, and sits at your waitress table when you don’t need it. Your normal wallet-style iPhone case has a card slot that is sewn back and permanently installed. By using a magnetic wallet, the wallet can come off when not needed but can snap into place when you walk out the door.
We have used Apple’s MagSafe wallet and very happy with its convenience. It was very easy to grab the wallet when we needed it but still had the ability to use our MagSafe charger and Belkin MagSafe car mount.
Microsuction pad on the back of the Labodet wallet
Apart from the exotic skin, there is one major differentiator between the Apple and Labodet approaches. The Apple wallet has leather on the back. When bumped against the glass back of your iPhone, it could slip slightly if impacted. It’s better to hold a leather or silicone case, but it’s still a concern. Labodet instead uses a piece of microsuction material.
Labodet wallet in Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max leather case
This microsuction material has been previously used in accessories such as battery packs or docks that help keep your phone in place. Here, it helps the wallet maintain its position on your phone. Even though it doesn’t stick too hard, it holds up better than Apple. It does get dirty and dusty when we remove it from our cell phones, but the good part is that it can be cleaned with water or a damp cloth.
That little extra stickiness is even more important because this wallet doesn’t belong to the whole MagSafe setup: an extra syncing magnet. Apple has a lower magnet towards the Lightning port on the phone which is used to help keep the wallet oriented properly and from rotating on the back of the phone.
Pay the price for convenience
The MagSafe wallet is very convenient, assuming you can customize your essential needs with just two cards. We can’t overstate how nice it is not to have to worry about separate wallets and keep everything at our fingertips. We always have our ID and credit card ready whenever Apple Pay isn’t accepted.
The MagSafe wallet does not have to be an everyday carry-on, but rather is used for going out of town at night when you want to avoid large items or items that are easily forgotten.
Assuming you agree with the MagSafe wallet, the question becomes about what options you have. Today, their numbers are few and far between. Apple offers mid-range solutions with its official leather wallets, and Moft offers a budget solution with a wallet and combo stand. Labodet is present in the premium class, fulfilling a good, better, best offering.
- Fantastic quality
- Micro cushions on the back for better adhesion
- Exotic leather options
- Some colours
- MagSafe support
- No alignment magnets
- High price
Grade: 4 out of 5
Where can we buy it
That Labodet MagSafe leather wallets start at 250 Euros which converts to just around $ 300, but goes up to 400 Euros for the alligator, or around $ 500 US