Bullstrap MagSafe Wallet review: Same as Apple’s but with better leather
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MagSafe debuted with the iPhone 12 lineup and later rolled into the iPhone 13 lineup. With MagSafe, users can mount wallets to their phones, attach their phones to holders, connect a magnetic battery, or charge from ‘A power socket.
Accessory makers have continued to innovate in this area, releasing wave after wave of compatible accessories. Bullstrap has an excellent range of MagSafe compatible cases, but here we check out the company’s portfolio.
Great leather, cloned design
Bullstrap uses high quality leather for its MagSafe wallet. Full grain leather is the highest quality leather, while full grain leather is the second highest quality.
What makes it different is that the outermost layer of skin is removed allowing it to be thinner. For such a small accessory, a thin piece of leather is needed to reduce bulk.
It has a luxurious patina and will age beautifully with use. We’ve seen how Bullstrap’s leather case ages, and the wallet will be the same.
The leather is sewn around the perimeter, leaving the opening at the top to insert the cards. Bullstrap has an internal tension peg to hold cards down, so even if you only put one or two cards in it, they won’t fall out.
Around the back is a hole used to slide cards freely. Of course, it has the internal magnets required to connect to MagSafe on the back of an iPhone or MagSafe-enabled case.
If the design looks familiar, that’s because it’s an almost exact copy of Apple’s MagSafe wallet, but with better leather.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with mimicking Apple’s wallet design, and Bullstrap is certainly not the first to do so. We just wish it offered something to differentiate itself.
Bullstrap could have increased the thickness a bit and made it possible to store three cards. Perhaps he could have adjusted the design to create a more seamless, seamless look.
Everything to make it more unique other than the leather used.
This iPhone 13 Pro camera bump…
Once again, the massive camera bump on the iPhone 13 Pro causes issues.
The wallet can’t lie flat when paired with an iPhone 13 Pro compatible case, like the MagSafe compatible one from Bullstrap. It hits the bump, leaving a small gap between the wallet and the case itself.
This gap can weaken the magnetic pull slightly, increasing the likelihood that it will inadvertently release.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this problem, and we can’t blame Bullstrap for the problem. It’s the same dimensions as Apple’s wallet, so whether or not it’s flush will depend on the case you’re using.
You can also use the wallet without a case. In such cases, it fits perfectly and has no problems.
We tested a few cases that had this problem, but it seems particularly egregious that Bullstrap doesn’t guarantee compatibility with its own line of cases.
As a reminder, this problem is only present on the iPhone 13 Pro. MagSafe wallets are one of the many accessories that sometimes have issues with the oversized camera module.
Should You Buy the Bullstrap MagSafe Wallet?
This is a difficult recommendation to make. The wallet itself is exceptionally nice, with high-quality leather that surpasses Apple’s offering.
At the same time, it offers nothing unique other than the material used.
Apple’s MagSafe wallet costs the same as Bullstrap’s but has the added integration with the Find My app. This integration is weak, however, and probably isn’t a compelling selling point for most users.
Be confident picking up the Bullstrap MagSafe Wallet if you prefer its “rough and tumble” leather look to Apple’s waxy finishes, but don’t expect it to offer anything we haven’t seen before.
- Superb premium leather
- Appearance sturdier than Apple’s wallet
- Full MagSafe support
- Just copy Apple’s design
- No support for Locate
- Fit issues on the iPhone 13 Pro
Rating: 3 out of 5