The CM4 Q Card Case is a wallet-case hybrid that keeps your iPhone up front and your cash and cards tucked away in the back. The whole package is well padded and protected thanks to the soft-touch silicone finish, and its flexibility allows you (though the case wreaks havoc protective skins). There are cut-outs that […]
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Review: CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 4S

CM4 Q Case 3

The CM4 Q Card Case is a wallet-case hybrid that keeps your iPhone up front and your cash and cards tucked away in the back. The whole package is well padded and protected thanks to the soft-touch silicone finish, and its flexibility allows you (though the case wreaks havoc protective skins).

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There are cut-outs that provide proper access to the hardware controls, earphone jack, and charging port. The camera is also fully usable at all times, since the cards are stored well away from the lens. The thickness and texture of the case provide a good no-slip grip, but the Q Case also tends to diminish the magic of the iPhone 4 design. It covers all of the stainless steel band, ceramic back, and even the svelte form factor. Inside of a Q Case, my iPhone 4S reminds me a bit of a figure-skater-turned-hockey-goalie with all of the padding around it.

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I’m not terribly happy with this because if I’m going to combine my beautiful smartphone and my current leather wallet into one item, certain core characteristics should be preserved. There are always going to be compromises when you combine two different items into one, but the priorities on this case just feel off to me. The Q Case protects the phone, doesn’t change usage habits much, and provides a card and cash pouch along the back of the device – but it isn’t elegant, and it doesn’t look futuristic or hi-tech.

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It also doesn’t feel quite as secure as my wallet either. The faux leather houses the cards well enough, but it also makes me a little uneasy, since they’re never completely covered, and there are no dividers between the cards. This means that you need to loosen *all* the cards to remove the second or third card, and the lack of a divider means that the magnetic strip of one card could be scratched by the surfaces of the other two.

All told, I think I like the concept of the $40 Q Case (a rugged yet accomodating wallet case combo) more than the finished product (a thick iPhone case that functions as an OK wallet). I do appreciate how easy it is to operate the iPhone while inside the Q Case, but the case needs to be a little more svelte and the wallet portion more significant (divided pockets, better masking of important card details) before I’d considering using it on a day-to-day basis. Little extras like the included screen protector and cleaning cloth are nice, but the Q Card Case ultimately ends up being OK, when its price dictates that it should be so much more.

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