iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe: Distil Union Review

Apple’s Leather Wallet with MagSafe has been a hit. But what would improvements to the handy iPhone wallet look like to make it even more usable? After testing the Wally Junior with MagSafe last month, I think Distil Union has answered that question beautifully with a real upgrade from Apple’s leather wallet.

Distil Union Leather iPhone Wallet with MagSafe Review

Wally Junior with MagSafe specifications

  • Holds up to 4 cards
  • MagSafe compatible with neodymium magnets
  • Works with MagSafe mounts and holders when wallet is attached
  • Convenient nylon tab = access to cards without removing iPhone wallet
  • Fully shielded against RFID skimming and magnetic interference
  • Quality full-grain leather
  • Available in black, brown, gray and navy blue
  • Price: $45

Materials and manufacturing

  • I’ve been using it for about a month, but I have no doubt it will last a long time and age beautifully.
  • A big advantage of the Wally Junior over Apple’s leather wallet is a pull tab which means you can pull out your cards without removing the wallet from your iPhone.
MagSafe Distil Union 2 Leather iPhone Wallet
  • It also means there’s no need for a hole in the back like Apple’s – Wally Junior features a simple, clean design front and back.
  • Wally Junior can store up to 4 cards while Apple’s leather wallet does not exceed 3.
  • Another major advantage over Apple is the magnets on the back and front of the wallet that allow you to use most MagSafe mounts and holders without removing Wally Junior.

Used

I’ve used a Distil Union Wally iPhone case dating back to 2014 and have to say the Wally Junior with MagSafe is my favorite iteration of the series so far.

It takes advantage of the convenient MagSafe system (front and back), continues the tradition of fully concealed cards with a satisfying and convenient pull tab, and functions perfectly as an iPhone wallet or standalone wallet.

A really neat touch is putting a magnet on the end of the tab so it always snaps into place when you put your cards back on.

MagSafe Distil Union 3 Leather iPhone Case

I found it to be as strong or even slightly stronger when it comes to magnetic connection than Apple’s Leather Wallet.

And putting magnets on the back of the wallet is such a great addition, making it easy to use many MagSafe mounts, holders and other accessories with the wallet attached.

But like all MagSafe wallets, including those from Apple, you must remove Wally Junior before charging with MagSafe.

MagSafe Distil Union 4 Leather iPhone Case
Using the Native Union Snap Magnetic Charger/Holder with Wally Attached

I only found two small drawbacks compared to Apple’s Leather Wallet. First, Wally Junior is a bit thicker. However, not much and you can store 4 cards against 3 with Apple.

Here’s a side-by-side preview, Wally on the left, Apple on the right:

Second, with the Wally Junior you don’t get Find My integration like you do with Apple’s 2nd generation Leather Wallet with MagSafe.

Distil Union iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe Conclusion

The Distil Union Wally Junior with MagSafe offers great advantages over Apple’s leather wallet.

A thoughtful and functional pull tab, 4-card storage, and magnets on the front and back of the wallet make it an upgrade from Apple’s Leather Wallet while offering an equally high build of range.

As long as you don’t mind giving up Find My integration and a slightly thicker design, I think the $45 Wally Junior is a fantastic buy.

You can get the Wally Junior with MagSafe from Amazon as well as directly from Distil Union.

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