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Aug
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You've probably seen some of those stick-on phone pouches at your local department store. It's a very simple idea: a little nylon pocket with glue on one side, intended to stick to your smartphone and carry credit/ID cards. I've tried several in a never-ending quest to banish my wallet, but they were all cheap, with poor glue and easily-torn material. Then I chanced $12.99 on the Sinji Pouch.

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This little guy has changed my daily routine for the better. It hangs out on the back of my DROID RAZR M, content to hold two credit cards, my driver's license, and another ID, gripping them in a firm yet soft embrace like the Brawny Paper Towels guy. There's just enough stretch in the fabric that the cards are held in place via friction, but not so much that it's hard to bring any one of them out. The glue comes from 3M (which I haven't seen on any competing products) and is showing no signs of relenting after a month of travel in my pocket and on my car dashboard. The felt on the back portion of the pocket helps grip the cards, so even with only my driver's license inserted, it's not in any danger of falling out.

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The Sinji Pouch holds my four cards comfortably, but I doubt it could hold more than five without gripping too tightly to easily remove the top or bottom card. Those who need more than that should probably look elsewhere. If you've got an essential daily ID that's bigger than a US driver's license, like my CPR certification card, it's a much tighter fit. You can generally add a couple of folded cash bills without issue, but anything more will cause too much stretching (and an unsightly bump). Also note that the pouch is sized for the iPhone 5: it fits pretty well on my RAZR M, but anything without a flat, smooth surface at least as big as the sticker itself may create retention issues. Phones with an exaggerated curve, like the Galaxy Nexus or HTC One, may also have trouble.

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Naturally, sticking four cards to the back of your phone is going to make it noticeably thicker. It also means that I have to remove the cards to get the phone into my car navigation mount. You could alleviate this with a universal mount, or by sticking the Sinji Pouch to one of the thinner cases available and removing it when necessary, but of course that would make the whole thing even thicker.

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The Sinji Pouch is not for everyone, but it's probably the best version of the sticky-wallet idea. What I'd really like is a full leather wallet case made for my phone like this one, but since accessory makers continuing to shun the less-popular Android devices in favor of iPhones and various Galaxies, this is a decent and economical solution.

The Sinji Pouch is $12.99 on Amazon with free Prime shipping, and comes in a wide variety of colors.

Amazon - Sinjimoru Sinji Pouch

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Eric Peterson

    As someone with the exact same problem. My issue with these types of holders is that if you go with several cards in them, the cards are firmly held. But if you were to decrease the amount of cards the fabric has stretched and the cards are no longer held. Is this the case with this...case?

    • CoreRooted

      That's accurate. I keep 2 credit cards and my ID in mine. If I add a large amount of cash (or a lot of singles), I find that it stretches out a bit but usually regains it's original form after a day or two. Mine is leather though.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I've seen those complaints before, so I specifically tried it with just one thin card after holding all four.(See the photo with the Droid prop.) No matter how much I shook it around, it wouldn't come loose. The felt texture on them back helps keep it in place.

  • papernick

    Stick-on phone pouches: The best way to also lose your wallet if your phone is stolen!

  • fonix232

    Now, for only $13, you can lose your cards and phone together, WITHOUT GOOGLE WALLET. This is truly a genius idea, the inventor should get a Nobel-prize.

    • Sebastian Kleye

      Comes right after the people who are keeping their car keys on their home key ring :D.

    • CoreRooted

      Actually, it's been said that since it's your wallet and phone, most men tend to guard it more carefully than if the two were separated. I know that in my case, my phone NEVER leaves my sight because it is both my wallet and my phone. Makes it easier and more secure in my case. YMMV though.

      • fonix232

        I was just referring to the ongoing joke that started when Google Wallet came out. Thought everyone would remember that article. It was quite funny.

  • CoreRooted

    I have a wallet/phone case already that I got for $9 on Amazon. Love it. Makes it much easier to remember to grab everything when I'm running out the door.

  • Ian Santopietro

    You guys should have a look at the STOCK wallet. It's a bit pricier, but it looks like it holds more and fits the same sort of jig.

    itsawallet.com

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Fugly!

  • Zach Dunton
  • alex

    Am I the only one to fear that the massive radiation coming from a phone that's being called will completely wipe my cards?

    • CoreRooted

      Pretty much. I've been using a wallet case on my S3 for months now and my cards (including my NFC enabled smart card) haven't had any issues.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Magnets can wipe your cards, but your phone doesn't have magnets inside. Not ones of any meaningful strength anyway.

    • David Becker

      Yup

    • chris

      no you're not alone.
      I always avoid to put any magnetic card in the same pocket with my phone.

      remember, phone SPEAKER has magnetic field.

      of course, different phone has different speaker, so the effect vary.
      if your magnetic card is not affected, it's probably because it has 'redundant'/duplicated/ backup information spread on its magnetic stripe.

      just google if you don't believe me.
      to be safe, never put magnetic card close or in same pocket with mobile phone.

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        "In practical terms, usually low coercivity magnetic stripes are a light brown color, and high coercivity stripes are nearly black; exceptions include a proprietary silver-colored formulation on transparent American Express cards. High coercivity stripes are resistant to damage from most magnets likely to be owned by consumers. Low coercivity stripes are easily damaged by even a brief contact with a magnetic purse strap or fastener. Because of this, virtually all bank cards today are encoded on high coercivity stripes despite a slightly higher per-unit cost."

  • mikebel3

    Keeping multiple cards in one pouch is a quick way to wear out the magnetic strip. Especially if you use your cards often.

  • themckoy10

    I'm more interested in the RAZR m bumper case, where's that from?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I am on board with the idea of having a card case to consolidate a few cards and my phone for trips to the gym or jogging (not day-to-day activities), but having looked at this pouch that attaches with 3M glue, no way in hell would I ever go for what I can only describe as a smartphone fanny pack, and such an ugly one at that. Yikes.

  • Christopher Robert

    Let make our super thin awesome phone look thick and like a cheap card table. sign me up... /sarcasm

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    Ig Nobel Prize for this genius inventor.

  • Justin W

    I've been looking to combine my Wallet and Phone so I don't have to carry both around, but I was hoping it would be in a digital manner. Bought this since it does essentially the same thing, but hoping for more progress towards not needing to carry cards around anymore.

    • CoreRooted

      If Google Wallet was available, I would only carry my ID and phone with me. But, given that I'm on AT&T, that's only going to happen if ISIS *ever* rolls out. Thanks AT&T (and other carriers) for keeping us mired in the 20th century. :-

      • Justin W

        I don't have enough paypass terminals around to use Wallet solely on it's own yet, but I have a feeling we are moving in that direction, but it's going to be a long drawn out transition.

  • Leraeniesh

    I've seen you on /g/ before...

    • Kosan

      Holy shit you're right.
      http://db.tt/ln4BjtC2

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Guilty. Is it so surprising?
      Also: the fourth card is a permit. Nobody panic.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Hey look its an option for us Verizon Wireless customers! We no longer need Google Wallet!!! /end sarcasm.

    • CoreRooted

      And AT&T and Sprint and (insert US carrier name here)... Ugh.

  • Wayne Randall

    ahhhh.. no.

  • r0xp0x

    I've been tempted to buy one of those for quite some time to have my credit card, ID and local traffic card, but NFC reacts to the local traffic card which I think might become a problem. Sure, I can just turn off NFC, but I use it quite alot.

  • CreativeHead

    So we're supposed to buy slim phones at extra cost first then throw $13 more to make that slim phone look pregnant... also flaunt all cards while talking every time.

    Silliest example of paid blogging. I love AP but this is sic.

    • Jörgen Pettersson

      I think there are a lot of people out there that aren't interested in the thinnest-phone race. I for one prefer a bigger battery, or slap on a few cards on the back...

  • Dipish

    Because using a wallet is no cool anymore?

  • meelyg

    There are 2 types of people in this world.

    The type who have a phone & separate wallet.
    & Those who have an all in 1 wallet / phone

    You may know them more commonly as: "Men" & "Women"

  • bean12345

    With phone battery's getting warmer and rumours of exploding ones why would you want to insulate it even more and if the worst happens melt your cards.