a bit monkish.
If you're like I am, you're open to anything that can simplify your life. As a pastor, I lead such a busy life between responsibilities at church, family, and with students I teach that it's all I can do to remember my keys, my wallet, and my iPhone when I leave the house in the morning.
The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus (and 6s Plus) is the latest wallet case from the friendly folks at BulletTrain. Like the previous SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5, this version contains a "safe," or hinged compartment to hold credit cards, IDs, and business cards. The concept for all models is brilliant and the execution is well done, and the case comes in several colors. The 6 Plus model even contains a small compartment (called the "secret stash") for concealing a house key, extra cash, or other small items. To my surprise, the SAFE Wallet fits in my front jeans pocket without any issues.
Before discovering the SAFE Wallet, my iPhone was safely housed in the geeky, leathery case called the Book Book by TwelveSouth. While I love the design and craftsmanship of the Book Book, I didn't like that my cards and IDs were exposed to the world when I bent the case back to speak on the phone. Not only are the cards in the SAFE Wallet closed away, during phone calls, the SAFE Wallet is so slim that prying eyes have no idea that it's a wallet case in the first place.
I like supporting quality products from entrepreneurs who are attempting to break into large markets. BulletTrain produces well-designed, functional, creative products that make me feel proud to own, and their customer service has been top notch.
With all of the positive features of the SAFE Wallet, a couple of aspects could use some improvement. First of all is the price. $70 for a plastic cell phone case seems more than extreme. Yes, a Book Book costs as much, but it's easier to justify spending that much on a hand-distressed leather case. The SAFE Wallet includes a space for their soon-to-be-released SAFE Pen, but it's an extra $10. It should be included with the SAFE Wallet rather than as an add-on item.
Another issue I've discovered after using this case for about a week is that it's a bit slippery to hold. The material is solid and feels secure, but my phone has slipped out of my hand a few times and hit the floor. Thankfully, the SAFE Wallet did it's job and my phone is still in great shape.
Availability is another factor that can be frustrating. Currently, the only place I've found to purchase the SAFE Wallet is from Bullet Train's website, and delivery for new models can be slow. The shipping is through UPS Innovations, which uses both UPS and the USPS to deliver your package. My SAFE Wallet arrived 6 days after I placed the order.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a wallet case for your iPhone and you can stomach the cost, you can't go wrong with the SAFE Wallet. My biggest fear is that if I misplace my phone, I've also lost my cards and ID, as well. Perhaps I should use that "secret stash" compartment to house a Tile!
I look forward to seeing what other innovative products the folks at BulletTrain will introduce. For now, they have a winner with the SAFE Wallet. Let's just hope they'll be able to break into new retail outlets so this dandy case can become more available.
SAFE Wallet by BulletTrain
$69.95 with free U.S. shipping
(c) 2016 Michael C. Voigts
Recently, after a long day, I fell into my recliner and began to channel surf. I remember thinking how amazing it was that I had more than 100 channels to find a show worth watching – and then I couldn’t find a single show worth watching. I continued to scroll through the channels until I finally gave up and turned off the TV. I hadn’t watched a single show, yet I’d wasted 30 minutes of my evening trying to find one.
We live in a diverse world, yet one thing everyone has in common is that we all have the same amount of time. No matter where we live, what language we speak, or what we do for a living, our watches and clocks tick at the same rate. Yet what makes time different for each one of us is what we decide to do with it. Imagine if we had a daily limited of the amount of air we breathe or the number of words we could say. We’d probably be careful with our breathing and speaking, not wanting to waste a single breath or word. In our short lives on earth, our time is limited, and we only have so much time to accomplish great things for God.
In 12th-century France, a young nobleman decided to give his life to Christ by surrendering his title and heritage and entering a monastery as a monk. The abbot of the monastery congratulated him and awaited the young man’s arrival. After several months, the young nobleman never came. The abbot wrote him letter after letter, imploring him to forsake the world and fulfill his promise to God. A few months later, the abbot received word that the young nobleman had become sick and died, his promise to God unfulfilled. The abbot would go on to use this young man’s example when corresponding with other young noblemen who felt a similar call from God to enter a life of ministry.
As we being 2016, how do you use your time? Each one of us is a steward of the time God has entrusted to us. We can use time for ourselves or for God. We need to remember that self-centeredness, even in how we use our time, only leads us away from God, not closer to God.
Serving God with our time is never a waste. It brings us blessings and joys as we serve others. How are we going to use our time this week? Will we spend our time scanning through TV channels or will we serve God? The next time you see your remote control lying there waiting for you to pick it up, you might want to look at it a little differently than you did before.
Fugit inreparabile tempus ("It escapes, irretrievable time.")
-- Virgil, "Georgics," Book III
(c) 2016 Michael C. Voigts
I'm a follower of Christ serving as an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary.