This Vena vCommute fanâ€¦.is a little disappointed.
I’ve been using vCommute cases for my iPhone for the past 4 generations of them. Maybe 5â€¦. Every year, when I upgrade my iPhone, I buy the updated vCommute for it. There’s no better option out there in my opinion than these. The biggestâ€¦.maybe even the ONLY downside I’ve had with themâ€¦is the inability to use MagSafe wireless charging with the caseâ€¦.for obvious reasons. The leather wrapped metal backingâ€¦..and the cards it holdsâ€¦.makes it impossible to use for wireless charging, without taking it out of the case. Honestly, the convenience of having my cards on the phone as my wallet was enough to live with plugging it in directly to charge. Along comes this oneâ€¦.I was thrilled when I looked on Vena’s site shortly after the iPhone 14 was announced, to see this new generation of vCommute. A detachable magsafe wallet so the phone can be charged on a wireless charger. Absolutelyâ€¦.fantastic design! I pre-ordered mine directly from Vena’s website with an expected delivery date of late Octoberâ€¦but that got pushed back a little due to supply issues. It arrived today. So for my reviewâ€¦.my initial impressions left me, franklyâ€¦..pretty let down. The wallet itself doesn’t have a very strong hold to the phone. It’s very easy to separate it. I wouldn’t want it to be super hardâ€¦.but I have doubts I’ll be able to use it on the magnetic mount in my car because a bump will likely cause the wallet to come off and the phone to drop. Mind you, I haven’t tested itâ€¦but that’s how weak the magnetic attraction feels. Secondly, as you can see from the pics, the wallet doesn’t sit flush with the case. There’s a profound difference between the back of the wallet and the back of the phone case. It feels awkward in my hand and it catches my jeans as I slide it into my back pocket. It also wobbles a bit at the bottomâ€¦..as it doesn’t seem to sit flush on the phone. This is true when it’s empty and when there’s cards in it. The last pic I’ve attached, I’m pushing down on the bottom corner. Mind you, these aren’t complete deal breakers for me. I’ve had it on and I’ve been using it as normal all day today and it’s been a 3 star kind of experience. The only mishap I had was when I attached it to a magnet I have mounted in the bathroom (Don’t judgeâ€¦it’s convenient), I had to catch it when the MagSafe wallet let go. I just need to be a bit more deliberate in how I attach it to a mount with this case, to make sure it doesn’t bounce the phone off the wallet while the wallet sticks to the magnet I’m putting it on. I’ll be giving it a solid chance and I’ll put it through its paces through the next few weeksâ€¦..If I remember, or if I have more to say about it, I’ll post an update. I’m looking forward to using MagSafe chargingâ€¦.and maybe I’ll buy a MagSafe charger for the car too, so it’ll be less likely to fall off because of the weak magnets on the wallet. If MagSafe isn’t that important to you, they also have the more traditional version of their vCommute case without the detachable MagSafe wallet, which is stellar! I pre-ordered that one too and it arrived a couple weeks ahead of this one. ZERO complaints about that one. Solid, excellent case, just like the previous models.