Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

img_0179Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3G is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $14.95. If you are looking for an attractive side pouch at a very affordable price, check out this case! Let’s see how it measure up after the break!

Design

The SPE Side Pouch Case is made of genuine leather and  slips into a protected felt-like pouch. The outer flap closes via a magnetic closure and the case has a single clip to attach to your belt. The clip is metal but it has leather wrapped around it to give a consistent feel, but it is still a solid clip underneath.

Daily Use

img_0175I have used a wide variety of cases, but I still like the hip/side or holster-style cases the most. I like this style because they all have some sort of clip to attach to you belt or hip. Sometimes I have to wear scrubs (they don't have a belt or loops) and this case in particular was comfortable, lightweight and stayed on my hip during a full day's work in scrubs. That may seem like a silly statement, but some clips don't have the same level of resistance in their clip. The SPE side pouch case does! I also found the magnetic closure to work well too.  Some cases have a button here that can make closing the pouch tightly difficult. This case has a full magnetic closure, so it is a simple matter of flipping the cover closed and it is done. Again, opening is just as easy; just flip it open.

The felt-like interior of the case is soft to the touch and does not scratch the iPhone at all; the parts of the iPhone that touch the case are fully protected. The edges are exposed to give you access to the miscellaneous iPhone ports such as speaker and the headphone jack.

A really nice option for this case is the multiple colors it comes in. I am reviewing the Cocoa Brandy color, but I am also partial to the Cream Brandy color too.

Conclusion

Color casesThe case is fantastic and work well for its purpose. It is secure on the belt, lightweight and attractive. If there was an issue with this case, it would have to be the long-term viability of it . Not that the case is of poor quality, it is that this type of case (with me anyway) seems to get a lot of abuse hitting objects while on my hip such as the corner of a desk, carrying items, etc. However, at the excellent price point of $14.95, you really can't go wrong. Most cases of this caliber are $30 dollars!

Pros:

  • Attractive with multiple colors
  • Lightweight
  • Solid belt clip
  • Great price!

Cons:

  • Rigidity over time might be an issue

TiPb's Rating

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

12 Comments

Is the magnetic closure not a concern? I read that most pouches are made with velcro closures due to the fact that magnets can affect the stability and integrity of the flash memory.
Looks like a nice case for the money but not if it wipes my info.

Any review of a side belt clip case should include whether or not the case itself is capable of holding an iPhone with a case(skin) on it or is the case only capable of holding a naked iPhone.

Just don't this near water. My friend has one of these and his iPhone is sleeping with the fishes at the bottom of the atlantic ocean. The material gets soft once it's worn in and if you sit down the phone will slide out pushing the magnet open. When you get up the phone will slide all the way out hitting the water or the ground, whichever comes first. This applies if you wear it in front on your belt.

Great! The iPhone's corners are exposed! So if (when) I drop it -- or it falls accidentally -- the iPhone's corners will get all banged up. I can't wait!

It is good feather case to protect your beloved iPhone, and easy to bring iPhone in you belt, but it is easy to be stolen!

I have this case.. its fits nice and snug with the iPhone and actually fits with my hard plastic case, its a tight squeeze but still does it. No problems with magnetic flap at all.

@ evilhomer,
only hard drives and floppy discs have magnetic issues. Which is one of the reasons apple switched from hard drive to flash memory. Only problem is flash mem has a finite life span. Hard drives unless damaged for the most part will in theory last "forever". Or at least until the moving parts break. Which is prob long after your flash mem stopped working.

I have had a couple of these cases. I have always been happy. As others have stated. I can use my protective case with the holder and after a few days the leather stretched out a little and the phone slides in and out without issue.

DO NOT USE MAGNETS! IVE HAD HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES WITH MAGNET CASES AND IPHONES! SAVE YOURSELF THE TROUBLE AND BUY VELCRO