iPhone Golla Bags -- Or, iPhone Cases I'd Want on Judgement Day


Why did I choose the iPhone Golla Bags for iPhone [$19.99 - iMore Store link] for my first TiPb accessory review? Well, I have tried a wide variety of cases. Being active, I need a case that can withstand life's little brutalities (includes being dropped, kicked, drooled on by a baby, or just plain surviving a day in my purse). So, when choosing my first review item the question that came to mind was: which iPhone case would Sarah Conner use?

Well, she would probably have a triple-lined Kevlar pouch with extra ammo clips, but if she was stuck with stock, I think she -- like me -- would go for the iPhone Golla Bag. Here's why...

These soft, padded pouches come in a variety of colors and designs, from flowery pink to camouflage chic and so can blend in with whatever you are wearing, and are affordable enough that you can justify getting a few and keeping them around to mix and match.

On the less fashion, more function side, Golla pouches allow for easy access for your phone in any situation. Small enough to fit into your purse, convenient enough to attach to a belt loop via the carabineer (D ring), and flexible enough to offer a strap and a lanyard (for those who, like me, have no clue what that is, it is a looping rope with a spring clip), you have all the carry options you'll need.

In the heat of battle your Golla Bag may be subjected to various terrains and elements, and luckily the Golla pouches are easy to clean. Most stains will come out with a wet cloth, and that includes blood, dirt or anything else you may encounter (just short of Judgment Day).

The inside of the pouch is soft and will protect the phone from scratches, though it comes at the price of having to take the phone out of the pouch each time you need to use it. There are two strips of Velcro on the front of the bags which keep the iphone secure so you don’t have to worry about it becoming unattached and having the phone fall out. The pockets are great in that you can go jogging and bring your phone and have space for some cash and keys.

If you are like me and lose your iPhone ear buds and accessories all the time, the Golla pouch has two extra pockets in order to keep all of your iPhone items in one place when you need them. The side pouch has a zipper for extra security.

Though I love the D-ring for its versatility. The downside to using the D ring is that I worry about getting my precious iPhone caught on something as it dangles. (I also managed to damaged the D-ring on one of the cases during my first week of testing -- don't ask).

Overall Golla bags are a fun versatile pouch that is affordable and comes in a wide variety of looks. Not yet tested against the T-1000.

The iPhone Golla bags were provided for review by TiPb's iPhone accessory store.

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Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector, Review, and Isometric podcasts, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Dow.

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iPhone Golla Bags -- Or, iPhone Cases I'd Want on Judgement Day


It looks like a cool case for what I call my "life center". I carry a round a jumbo bag full of everything except my phone. It would be nice to just be able to toss into the bag and go. I think I may take a look at it. Do you find the padding thick enough?

So far, the only case that I've found to be wife-proof (my wife drops her phone all the time. Don't ask how, I have no idea.) has been the OtterBox Defender. The drawback to the case is that the screen cover can stick to it, causing the iPhone to think that you want to rearrange the icons.

Nice review, Georgia! I love how you "themed" it (especially the pics at the end). I'll have to look into one of these for my wife for Christmas.

@Dorthensensens Your wife better not find out !
@MaeMatherson Yes there is quite a good deal of padding and I have dropped mine down a flight of stairs and it survived without a scratch.
@Bob I will have to look into that one.
@AarontheRed Thanks !

I've been wanting the Smartphone Experts PocketPouch, but Black is always out-of-stock. :(
Don't care for Velcro.

@Dorthensensens = You could get in trouble for that.
Awesome job, Georgia! The pouch looks like it could almost survive my lifestyle. Forget t-1000! Great review.

Love these bags! I have the one you featured in the article as well as a purple one. I have an ifrogz case on my phone but keep it in the bag when I'm traveling so it's extra protection and the case still fits inside the case nicely.

@Susie Which ones do you have ?
@Nicole Would love to see a pic of the ifrogz case in the bag.

My wife LOOOVVVVES her new Golla bag! She said it was exactly what she had been wanting for her iPhone (apparently one of her friends has one that she has been coveting for some time now). Thanks again for the helpful review, Georgia - you have helped make my wife's Christmas even merrier!

@AarontheRed So happy she enjoys her bag. It is quite a beautiful bag. Just reviewed a hard case I love, will let you know when it gets published!

I have a Eris Droid and have totally fallen for the Golla bags. I have not ordered on because I don't know if my phone would fit in with a crystal case on it. I was thinking the case would help with drops while I am using it and the Golla would help with defending my phone while in my purse...Any insights?

That Judgment day stuff is so laughable. Trying to predict the date of the rapture is silly. My sis actually sold a bunch of her property because she thought it was true and she wasn't going to need them. This entire fiasco just makes Christians look insanse since people are going to associate this kookie with Christianity.