Is the Catch a Wallet, or a Case?

If you're like me, you carry your iPhone everywhere. And sometimes you just need to carry a few credit cards and some form of identification. Instead of a dedicated wallet, you could get a case with a built in slot for cards. I've tried a few such cases. But they're typically too bulky too make it worthwhile.

Enter the catch ($34.99) from STM Bags. Maybe it's because they got their start making bags, but they figured out how to make a slim case that holds several cards without adding much thickness.

If you're worried about cards touching the back of that shiny new gold iPhone, don't. They include a couple of screen protectors and a back protector.

I also appreciate that despite the slim form factor, they have a nice-sized rim above the glass that protects the screen. Too many slim cases offer no such protection, so that is a nice touch.

Despite the name, STM Bags is not just about bags. They also makes some nice cases for phones and tablets. I tried their Studio for my iPad mini and it was just as nice, with a combination of hard shell protection and a soft rubbery grip. Not bad for a bag company!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,, developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.