An iPhone needs a case — sorry, but if you don’t want to take chances with a phone getting damaged, you use a case. But if you aren’t getting a transparent one, then any case is going to cover up the color of the iPhone. So the case might as well do more than just provide some bumper protection. STM’s Atlas Wallet Case for iPhone 6S or 6s Plus succeeds in doing that admirably.
The Atlas Wallet Case starts by being attractive — it’s a solid color (red, charcoal, denim blue) but breaks that up by being composed of a textured fabric material having a faint linen thread-like pattern running throughout. It’s a rigid design composed of a combination of polycarbonate and polyester so it’s fairly lightweigt but not like silly putty soft.
So you push the iPhone into the Atlas Wallet Case till it’s snug and then expect there to be some kind of credit card-like slot on the back? Nope — that’s all wrong. The Atlas Wallet Case is more like one of those iPad smart covers in that there’s a flap that goes over the phone when it’s been positioned inside the case. This flap covers the touch-screen without causing any damage because it’s built with a micro suction cup closure that keeps it in place over the phone so that there’s no movement. No movement=no marring the touch screen. The fact that there’s a cover also means that you can angle it so that the Atlas Wallet Case will stand on its own horizontally for viewing hands-free.
There’s also a microfibre lining that helps to keep the iPhone from picking up scratches or nicks from being inserted/removed from the case. Think of this as the equivalent of one of those cloths that you get for use with cleaning spray for glasses so that it doesn’t scratch or mar the lens. It also cuts down on vibrations which can be helpful when taking pictures. Of course access to the various buttons and the camera are taken care of by having cut-outs for accessing them directly.
Now it’s that cover that’s key to the Atlas Wallet Case liviing up to it’s name. There are slots that will hold credit cards and similarly sized cards (business, etc.) snugly and in such a way that they don’t impinge on the touch screen’s surface when the cover has been closed. One can even put a bill or two in the slots, provided they are folded up very neatly. And no, the 6S Plus version does not add additional card slots — it’s the same number as that found on the smaller 6s.
The Atlas Wallet Case comes from down-under (Australia), but the thought behind implimenting that design is right on top. STM who makes it speaks right in not calling it a “flip cover” or some variation thereof, because Atlas Wallet Case says it all. At least that’s true as far as the physical usage is involved, but to see how attractive the fabric construction looks once placed on an iPhone 6S/6s Plus, you’ll have to part with $34.95.