Incipio Stashback Dockable Credit Card Case for iPhone 5s

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When the winter layers come off, the lighter you can travel the better. So why not get a case that lets you protect your iPhone AND leave your wallet with your gloves and scarf? The warm weather is the perfect time to start using an iPhone case that can double as a wallet, and the Incipio Stashback may fit the bill.

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The Stashback, which is available in nine (NINE!!!) different color combinations is just $39.99. That means that, for under $40, you get a case that adds cool colors to your iPhone 5S AND offers great protection to your iPhone 5S AND still lets you use a dock with your iPhone 5S. Best of all, it does all that and can double as a wallet without actually looking like a case that doubles as a wallet. Yes, the Incipio Stashback looks like a standard iPhone case (read: it isn’t a bulky hunko’ plastic case), but it has room for a driver’s license and two credit cards. As the company explains:

The STASHBACK™ Credit Card Case for iPhone 5s is built to hold up to 3 credit cards, IDs, or cash. The STASHBACK™ Case’s flip-open design allows for easy access to your cards while also making the phone dockable without sacrificing protection.

Incipio Stashback Video Review

 


As you can see I’m actually rather impressed with the case. Where many wallet-style cases are big and bulky, this case looks like a standard shell case. Only when you turn it over and look closely do you see that most of the back is a bit thicker than one might otherwise expect. Of course this thickness is designed to let you slip three cards behind the phone and hold them securely in place. And once the lower quarter of the case is snapped back in place the cards are not only secured in place but also hidden from view. Only someone looking for them will know they are actually there.

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That, however, is only the beginning since the Incipio Stashback Dockable Credit Card Case for iPhone 5s is also a highly protective case that lets you dock your iPhone without the case getting in the way. The case has an impact resistant core and the same shock absorbing system we saw in the Incipio Phenom. (Read the review.) That means this case, while not intended for people who enjoy throwing their phone across the room, does offer serious protection for your smartphone investment. Add in the fact that the lower portion can be raise and moved away from the phone and the rest of the case and you have a case that is not only highly protective but also plays well with most any charging or speaker dock you might have.

Incipio Stashback Features: 

  • Rigid Plextonium shell with impact resistant core
  • Holds ID and credit cards
  • Hassle-free docking compatibility
  • Excellent shock absorption

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Of course the reason you would opt for this case over something like the Phenom is its ability to double as your minimalist wallet. Here too the Incipio Stashback stands out for its excellence. Sure, the case holds three cards securely behind the phone itself. That, however, is not why I see this case as a standout. No, the standout feature of this case is to be found in the extras. The fact that Incipio thought to include both a screen and a back protector- the back protector so your cards never come into actual direct contact with your phone and they still offer the case for under $40 impresses me. And while I don’t personally see using this case full-time I see a real use for having something like this on hand. And at the price of $39.99 it isn’t a heavy lift to get one… or two.

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You can check out all the pretty color combinations and order yours here.

MSRP: $39.99

What I Like: Protective; Lots of color options; Allows the use of a dock without removing the phone; Securely holds three cards

What Needs Improvement: Not bulky but still thicker than a non-wallet case

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Incipio Stashback

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.