sonivo premium wallet stand case review
hello everyone. i saw the video review of this same case a while back and i found it just a little lacking, so i figured id fill in some details with my own photo review.
First of all, delivery came out of england instead of the usual china or hong kong or whatever, so it was comparatively short (and in royal packaging none the less
opening the plastic packaging unveils a fairly nice, faux leather wallet case. it doesn't feel overly cheap to the touch, but you can definitely tell that it isn't real leather.
on the outside, it has Sonivo printed in the lower right hand side and closes with a magnetic flap that does not sit flush with the case. it sticks up from the surface a bit and from what i found, tended to get caught up in my pocket.
the back is plain, with just a cutout for the camera and flash. i have not noticed any distortion in my photos with this case, which was one of the complaints for a few of the other wallet cases out there.
on the inside of the cover, there are two extremely thin credit card holders. i could barely fit one card in each at the same time and they were very hard to pull out, but i suspect that they will break in after a while. there are also two sim card slots on the very front which i can not see a use for unless you are travelling with the phone. behind everything and facing the spine of the case is a pouch for cash. it is an odd shape because of the phone and is still very thin, so i had a hard time fitting any US dollar bills inside of it. because of the weird shape, you have to fold the bills width-wise and either way you slide them in makes them stick out the side. i could also fit only two bills inside the case with my cards before i had trouble closing the case properly. this isn't a deal breaker for me because i usually use my debit card anyway, and nfc payments are getting more popular as well.
on the other side is what i think is a tpu snap cover which is only attached on one side, which allows the whole things to bend into a rudimentary stand. the case fits snugly and allows access to all of the buttons, speakers and the sim tray. no problems here.
nfc and qi charging also work with this case, but i will get to that later. it also has a hall effect sensor, which allows it to turn the screen of the phone on and off. very cool and very useful.
now my main complaints about this case are as follows.
-when the case is folded into its "stand mode," the phone sits at an odd angle, which may make it uncomfortable to see. i wont be using this much anyway, but you might.
-the magnet on the flap is VERY weak. it holds the case closed well, but when it is folded backwards for when you take a call or something, it will not hold itself closed. this does get a little annoying for me, but oh well.
-The flap does not sit flush with the case when it is closed, so it may get hung up on things. this i can understand though, because making it sit flush would make the case much thicker than it already is, which isnt bad for a wallet.
-the small capacity
-the site advertises a white, version, but when i ordered that, they delivered a black one. i dont know if both cases are the same or what, but it doesnt make a difference to me. the black case gives a nice contrast to the white phone.
-finally, qi charging may be problematic for you. this case creates a pretty large space between the qi charger and the phone, which may slow down charging. it may also block the magnets in some of the charging pads that hold the phone in place. most importantly is the odor though. as many of you know, qi charging warms the phone slightly, and with it the case. because of the synthetic leather and the tpu case and whatever the hell they put in it, heating creates a terrible, sweet, plasticy, resinous scent that lingers around the case. if you are using it indoors shortly after charging, you will be able to smell it at texting distance.
overall, even with my many complaints, this is still a very nice case and fits my needs quite well. i do wish it was a little bigger, and that scent can get pretty annoying, but this is probably one of the best wallet cases currently out for the nexus 5. it has a premium feel and is not very expensive.