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Best Wallet Cases for iPhone 11 Pro Max for iMore 2019

Wallet cases for iPhone serve two useful purposes. They both protect your handset and give you a place to store your bank and ID cards. Our favorite wallet case, the BookBook vol. 2 from Twelve South, also has room for some cash. We've included other cases here that may better match your needs.

Best Overall: Twelve South BookBook vol. 2

twelve south bookbook

Twelve South's BookBook case lineup has been around for many years, and with each new release, a tweak here and there make them even better. The BookBook vol. 2 case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max makes your handset look like a mini leather book. Inside, you'll find room for bank cards, IDs, and cash. There's also a window slot that provides edge-to-edge protection. It's here where Twelve South suggests putting your titanium Apple Card or ID since it offers a stain-free environment while also protecting your phone from the card's metal edges.

Uniquely, the BookBook case also includes a removable magnetic leather iPhone shell for those times when you don't need to carry your cards or cash such as a trip to the gym. It's like having two cases in one! Another BookBook benefit is the cutout for the iPhone's three-camera system. You can use the camera and never remove the iPhone from the case. The accessory also includes a viewing stand. You can get the BookBook in brown and black leather.

BookBook's biggest negative is its price. There are less expensive leather cases on the market. You'll need to decide whether everything BookBook has to offer is worth the extra expense. In our book, indeed it is!

Pros:

  • Camera cutout
  • Fully removable magnetic leather iPhone shell
  • Holds bank cards and cash or receipts
  • Special room for Apple Card

Cons:

  • Pricey

Best Overall

Twelve South BookBook vol. 2

Long-running winner

The BookBook remains a popular choice for iPhone buyers who like its ease of use and high-quality design.

Runner Up: Nomad Rugged Folio

Nomad Rugged Folio

Leather cases aren't necessarily the strongest ones around, although we like this one from Nomad. Built with a high-grade polycarbonate body and bonded to a raised TPE bumper, the Rugged Folio offers protection for your screen while preventing damage from drops at all angles. Offering six-foot drop protection, the Rugged Folio for the iPhone 11 Pro Max features Horween Leather that creates a patina over time. Inside you'll find enough slots for some cash and up to three bank cards.

The Nomad Rugged Folio is available in also available in brown and black. The biggest downside: Like our favorite case, this one is pricey.

Pros:

  • Develops a rugged patina
  • 6-foot drop protection
  • Three card slots and one cash slot

Cons:

  • Again, it's the price

Runner Up

Nomad Rugged Folio

Beautifully designed

Look for other Nomad Rugged cases for iPhone, including a tri-fold model.

Best Value: Spigen Slim Armor CS

spigen slim armor cs

If you need to store a few bank cards alongside your iPhone 11 Pro Max, but rather not go with leather, consider the Spigen Slim Armor CS. Lightweight and economical, the case features a TPU interior and polycarbonate exterior. Available in black, gunmetal, and rose gold, the Spigen Slim Armor CS only holds two banking or ID cards with no room for cash.

Pros:

  • Good price
  • Shock-absorbing TPU and polycarbonate

Cons:

  • Room for only two bank cards
  • No room for cash

Best Value

Spigen Slim Armor CS

Leave the wallet at home

Here's a simple iPhone case that offers proper protection and a slot for your cards.

Best Premium: Apple Leather Folio

apple folio

The Apple Leather Folio has been designed to be seen and provide adequate protection for your iPhone. Throw in a little bit of room for cards and cash, and this is a luxury item, for better or worse. Available in only aubergine and black at launch, the Apple Leather Folio uses specially tanned and finished European leather for a comfortable feel and snug fit. The built-in magnets guarantee that the case also shuts when not in use, while the soft microfiber lining keeps your phone's textured matte glass backing in great shape.

Pros:

  • Snug fit
  • Soft microfiber lining
  • Magnets for closing

Cons:

  • Limited color selection
  • Expensive
  • Limited space for cards

Best Premium

Apple Leather Folio

Leave the wallet at home

Here's a simple iPhone case that offers proper protection and a slot for your cards.

Best Color Selections: Pad & Quill Bella Fino

Bella Fino

When it comes to leather cases for your iPhone, there usually aren't a lot of color choices. Not so with Pad & Quill's Bella Fino case, which is available in five different versions. These include Chocolate/Deep Sea Blue, Galloper Black/Plum, Galloper Black/Slate Gray, Whiskey/Deep Sea Blue, and Whiskey/Forest Green. Each case comes with either a black or brown strap; for added customization, you can add any of the three straps that make up the add-on color pack, Calvin Blue, Vision Orange, and Yellow.

The Bella Fino includes room for six-to-eight credit cards, cash, or IDs, plus a clear viewing window for your primary ID. There's also a satin-finished snap-on interior case to protect the edges of your phone while in the case.

Pros:

  • Available in five color combinations
  • Enhance with different color straps
  • Lots of room for cards

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive

Best Color Selections

Pad & Quill Bella Fino

Leave your mark

When customization is important, consider the gorgeous Bella Fino case.

Bottom line

When it comes to wallet cases for your iPhone 11 Pro Max, there's nothing better than the iconic BookBook case from Twelve South. Always a favorite, the case has plenty of room for cards and cash and a removable magnetic leather iPhone shell. There's also a window slot, viewing, stand and more.

There are already a lot of great cases for your iPhone 11 Pro Max. If there's a wallet case in your future, be sure to check out the BookBook case.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Bryan M. Wolfe is a dad who loves technology, especially anything new from Apple. Penn State (go Nittany Lions) graduate here, also a huge fan of the New England Patriots. Thanks for reading. @bryanmwolfe

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