Review: Stylish Danny P. Leather Wallet Holds iPhone 6/6s Plus, Cards and Cash

Accessory maker Danny P. seeks to give iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus users some dual usability with its new Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case, which includes seven credit/debit card slots, a rear folder for cash, and a sleeve for the larger-sized iPhone. The case, which is available through Apple’s own online store, is sized at 6.81 inches tall with a width of about 4.13 inches and is aimed to remain slim and unobtrusive even when stocked with an iPhone and various credit cards.

After a week of use, I’ve found that Danny P.’s Leather Wallet Case adheres to the company’s bullet point list of promises describing the case on its website, most notably in the satisfying quality of materials used to craft the iPhone accessory. Anyone with the pocket or bag real estate to house its vertically spacious design will easily find a lot to love in the case, especially those seeking an all-in-one housing solution for both monetary and iPhone protection needs.

Design

The left portion of the bifold holding the seven credit card slots on the inside of the Leather Wallet Case has an opening on the upper and right sides to hold a few dollars in cash, or any other slim pieces of paper or notes. The slot that actually holds the iPhone is a full sleeve, preventing access to the smartphone’s screen and inputs with the sole exception of the home button and Touch ID (if you slide it in upside down).

Like most sleeve cases, the inside of Danny P.’s product has a soft suede finish to make it easier to slide the iPhone in and out of the pocket, and prevent it from getting any scratches while housed there. The company’s logo is also admirably discreet on both the face of the wallet and at the bottom of the iPhone sleeve, although this is somewhat depending on the finish of the Italian leather used on each version of the case. Danny P. sent me the all-black option, and it’s perfect for anyone looking for an inconspicuous accessory.

When fully packed with seven credit, debit, and rewards cards, some cash, and the iPhone, the case’s thickness measured just under an inch for me on a day-to-day basis, which I found to be impressively non-bulky given the amount of content I placed inside. Danny P. also encourages the iPhone to be placed upside down as previously mentioned to access both the headphone jack and Touch ID for quick Apple Pay payments.

Size

As someone who uses a traditional bifold wallet, the Leather Wallet Case was a bit daunting initially in comparison to the smaller-sized wallets I’m used to. After using it for a few days, though, it surprised me how easily I became acclimated to the case’s size.

Of course, a lot of factors will change how much use I get out of it moving forward. For one, the Leather Wallet Case is mostly marketed to business-type people on-the-go, who have large breast pockets or bags at the ready on a daily basis. I’m not the target market there, but a few of my winter jackets and hoodies have helped the case go largely unnoticed.

Alternatively, trying to fit Danny P.’s case within the confines of jean pockets is more of a hassle. I was able to manage it, but that’s not what the enterprise-focused case is meant for, and it’s especially not recommended to have the nearly-seven-inch tall case protruding from the back pocket of your pants. I can see its size becoming a problem for me the closer I get to the warmer months, with the fewer jackets and overcoats I need to wear providing room for the case.

Leather Finish

As a company that not only trades in third-party tech products, but traditional clothing accessories as well, the Leather Wallet Case’s quality of material was easily my favorite part about using it each day. I’m normally a fan of color (the Brown/Blue version of the same case is definitely my favorite), but even the uniform black of the case sent for review won me over fairly quickly.

The leather is smooth and satisfying to touch, but tactile and grippy enough to make removing and adding credit cards a cinch. As Danny P. mentions on its FAQ page, the leather is a „living“ material that stretches out over time. So while the card slots were a bit tight at first, both the card slots and the iPhone sleeve were much easier to work with after just a week’s worth of breaking in. In regards to the space for cards, seven slots might not be enough for some, but it was actually the perfect number for me.

Those card slots feel nicely secure, but the open envelope section for cash wasn’t as reliable. A few times when I re-opened the wallet to check my phone or grab some cash, it would spill out onto the iPhone side of the case. Shoving money farther into the corner of the fold helps, but it also makes the cash harder to retrieve quickly.

iPhone Protection

The Danny P. case also provided dependable protection for my iPhone 6s Plus, even if it is overall somewhat rudimentary in execution. The sleeve housing the iPhone is expectedly tight to keep things secure, so don’t expect to fit the iPhone inside with a case on (I tried with Apple’s Leather Case and couldn’t make it past the camera).

As a result, the Leather Wallet Case provides no protection once you take the iPhone out of the sleeve, a feature I didn’t particularly love when checking my iPhone while out of the house. But as a simple sleeve, the biggest deal breaker for some might be the lack of immediate access to the iPhone’s screen while still inside the wallet.

Admittedly, this would be the the main reason for me ultimately switching back to a separate wallet and phone case solution as well, although anyone with an Apple Watch should have much of that required screen-checking alleviated. I tested notifications without my Apple Watch on and found the case does little to stifle the iPhone’s normal alert volume, but the same somewhat burdensome process of removing your iPhone just to see who is calling or texting still applies.

In terms of being a music companion, the design of the case allows access to the iPhone’s headphone jack, but anyone who prefers quick access to music controls outside of the inline music remote on Apple’s EarPods or other headphones will probably be more frustrated than not while using the Leather Wallet Case.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay worked essentially just as Danny P. promised it would on its site. With the Touch ID button exposed at the top of the Leather Wallet Case, all users have to do is double tap the home button with their Touch ID-approved finger and tap the case to an NFC terminal.

I tested the case out at my local GameStop, and only ran into one issue: the first time I didn’t double tap the Home button fast enough to bring up Apple Pay, and my iPhone unlocked. I had to take the iPhone out of the case, lock it, then put it back in for a second try, but when I was finally quick enough, Apple Pay registered my iPhone through Danny P.’s case like a charm. Without quick access to the screen and lock buttons, Touch ID’s blazing fast response on the iPhone 6s Plus is the Leather Wallet Case’s only potential hurdle to surpass in regards to Apple Pay.

Bottom Line

The three colors available for Danny P.’s Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case – Brown, Brown/Blue, and Black – should provide enough of an aesthetic variety for anyone interested in the accessory. And since it’s a product that is far more publicly present than traditional wallets given its size, the smooth edges and fine leather finish easily make the case a universally sleek daily companion.

The caveat of course is that it still won’t win over anyone who simply doesn’t have the pocket or bag space for its size, which was built to accommodate the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus. It might be a niche market, but if you have a large-screened iPhone, are looking for a quality wallet case, and use a bag or jacket with sizable pockets on a daily basis, Danny P.’s accessory should be high on your purchase list.

Pros

Stylish design

High-quality leather

Minimal construction helps reduce bulk

Easily accessible credit/debit card slots

Apple Pay support

Secure iPhone sleeve

Cons

Sleeve prevents immediate access to iPhone screen

Fold for cash can result in disorganized spills

Opens bare iPhone to potential vulnerability when taken out of sleeve

Pricey

How to Buy

Danny P.’s Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case can be purchased from both the company’s official website and on Apple’s online storefront for $129.95. Currently, users can only purchase the Black color option on Danny P.’s site, and the Brown version on Apple.com, while the color-blocked Blue/Brown version is available on both websites. Those interested in Danny P.’s style but without an iPhone 6/6s Plus should check out similar cases for the iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 5/5s, and a few MacBook Air and iPad sleeves sold by the company.

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Yikes! Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie is now being talked about as the year’s most disappointing box office flop, after taking a beating in its second weekend in theaters — dropping from a dismal $7.3 million opening weekend to just $2.58 million over the past couple of days. I’m guessing at this point there’s […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ Earns $2.6 Million in Limited Release, Opens Wide Today

Steve Jobs has been out in limited release for two weeks now, meaning fans in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and select other locations in the U.S. and Canada have been able to see the Danny Boyle-directed film about the former Apple CEO ahead of today’s official wide release. Since its debut on October 9, the movie has grossed $2,601,320 as of Wednesday, October 21.

With the wide release, Universal Pictures has uploaded a handful of new videos to its YouTube channel. Throughout its limited release, the company posted unique content surrounding the launch of the movie, including a video where Steve Wozniak discusses his relationship with the real Steve Jobs and new clips from the movie. Yesterday, a roundtable discussion video was posted showcasing the film’s cast and crew talking about the legacy of Jobs.

The new movie, made on a budget of $30 million, is projected to gross between $15 and $19 million on opening weekend, with its direct competitor for the top spot at the box office being the supernatural horror sequel Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (via Variety). In total, Steve Jobs will expand from its 60 previous limited release theater locations to 2,411 across the country today.



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First Impressions of ‘Steve Jobs’ Film: ‘Thrilling… an Action Movie Driven Almost Exclusively by Words’

The Danny Boyle-directed and Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs film premiered last night at the 42nd Annual Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, and the first impressions of the biopic are surfacing on the internet this morning. Although not a full review of the movie, Deadline has posted a short opinion piece about the film, noting impressive directing, well-paced editing, and a script by Sorkin that is „even more effective“ than his Oscar-winning work on The Social Network.

It’s a companion piece to Sorkin’s Oscar-winning The Social Network screenplay — but even more effective. Boyle said the script is 200 pages and it is densely filled with the kind of dialogue only Sorkin seems to specialize in these days. It’s actually thrilling to listen to, an action movie driven almost exclusively by words, a rare thing for sure in today’s visually driven cinema.

[Boyle’s] direction is flawless and really keeps this thing moving, avoiding the static pace it might have been in lesser hands. The result is well worth it, and those magical words provided lots of opportunity for great acting performances led by Michael Fassbender’s spot-on and relentless portrayal of the not-very-likable computer genius.

Notably, Deadline also caught up with Steve Wozniak at Telluride to get his opinion on the film, which partially portrays Wozniak’s own life as well with Seth Rogen in the role of the Apple co-founder. Wozniak was enthusiastic about the movie, calling it „authentic“ and particularly praising Kate Winslet’s performance as Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

When I caught up with him Wozniak told me that, unlike the Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher, this one is totally authentic. “I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others (including Rogen’s dead-on portrayal of Wozniak), not actors playing them, I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right,” he enthusiastically told me, He adding that of all the actors in the film he thinks Winslet might be the most likely to garner awards attention.

The movie was portrayed as a „work in progress“ to the attendees at Telluride, due to the fact that Boyle and his workers are still tweaking and editing parts of the movie. With just about a month to go until the film’s wide release, it’s likely small details like sound cues and other small edits that will make the Telluride screening largely similar to the final movie.

Other sites have begun posting full-length reviews, including Variety, who compares Sorkin’s three-act, multiple time period structure to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also of note is a neat detail that Boyle shot each time period on era-relevant formats, a fact along with Boyle’s uncharacteristically restrained direction that Variety particularly liked.

Working with d.p. Alwin Kutchler, Boyle sometimes sends the camera hurtling after the characters in lengthy, down-the-corridor tracking shots; elsewhere, the brief transitional snippets between acts feature some fairly aggressive stylization, in line with his usual m.o. But for the most part, this is the filmmaker’s most reined-in picture in some time, as if a too-kinetic approach would interfere with the verbal energy of Sorkin’s script.

Besides Guy Hendrix Dyas’ unobtrusively excellent production design, the picture’s major visual coup is the decision to shoot the three acts on three different formats: grainy 16mm film for 1984, lustrous 35mm for 1988, and sleek, high-definition digital for 1998. The distinctions may well be lost on the vast majority of viewers, but it’s just the sort of nicely understated aesthetic flourish that Steve Jobs himself would have surely appreciated.

Indiewire gave the film a B+, pointing out good performances from the cast and the movie’s decision to focus on three highly stressful points in Jobs’ life to showcase his true personality, ultimately calling it „a kind of „Birdman“ for the tech sector,“ thanks to its real-time accounts of some highly dramatic backstage moments prior to a big show. The website also noted, however, that Sorkin’s dialogue can suffer from „constant overstatement“ and some foreshadowing to Apple’s future feels „unnecessary.“

The movie currently sits at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but still has just five reviews collected at the time of writing. Although it’s still just a handful positive opinions, it’s a bit more encouraging as we enter the final stretch before the October 9 theatrical debut, especially for a film that’s been a large source of speculation and rumors for so many years now.



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‘Steve Jobs’ to Premiere at Telluride Film Festival This Weekend Ahead of October Release

Although it was believed that Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs film would see its world debut as the Centerpiece for the New York Film Festival on October 3, today it was announced that the new movie is actually set to debut this weekend at the 42nd Annual Telluride Film Festival in Colorado (via Entertainment Weekly).

Scheduled around the Labor Day weekend, there is no date set for the premiere of Steve Jobs as of yet, but the festival runs from September 4 through September 7, so it will air for festival attendees sometime this weekend. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also headed to the festival.

“We are thrilled to present such an exhilarating, diverse program for the 42nd Telluride Film Festival,” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “This year was an abundance of riches, particularly within the documentary category, and we feel privileged to celebrate these films and their artists with our audience in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”

It was also announced that director Danny Boyle would receive one of the 2015 Silver Medallion Awards, which are „given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema.“ Although the caliber of talent behind the scenes is impressive, there have of course been little to no rumblings as to how the Aaron Sorkin-penned version of the former Apple CEO will compare with 2013’s jOBS. With the premiere set to happen sometime this weekend at Telluride, that could begin to change as word of the movie begins to come out of the festival screenings.



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First Poster for Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’ Film Debuts

With just over a month to go until the October 9 release of Danny Boyle’s „Steve Jobs“ bio-pic, Universal yesterday released the first official poster for the movie. A simplistic one-sheet, the poster showcases a profile of Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs along with a brief list of the leading cast including Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen.

Over the summer, Universal began the movie’s advertising campaign after a year front-loaded with image leaks from the set and massive casting calls. The first official trailer was released in early July, and the movie was even chosen as the Centerpiece film to play at the New York Film Festival beginning in late September.



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Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie is around two months from its U.S. release, and to keep up the momentum, Universal has just dropped a new trailer on us. While the Official TV spot doesn’t show us a whole lot that’s new — and once again confirms that actor Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Steve Jobs […]

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