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Cruzerlite Intelligent Wallet Case for Nexus 5 – Review

Protection for your device is very important – no one would deny that. With so many choices out there between glass screen protectors or even bumper cases, folks may even want to go the extra mile and cover up their Nexus 5 completely. The case we are looking at today is the Intelligent Wallet case from Cruzerlite, a case/cover that won’t have any troubles protecting your precious device from drops and scratches. 

Overall, the case features “two layers of protection” – the first being the outside which is a synthetic leather which folds over the display of the device. Inside the case itself is a full-size TPU Bugdroid case which your phone fits snuggly into. With the protection covered, you won’t need to worry about dropping this bad boy.

The next feature we need to showcase is the wallet aspect. On the inside left fold there is a slot for credit cards, as well as a slot for cash or whatever else you can fit in there. The case can essentially allow you to leave your regular wallet sitting at home, as this case looks to take over its job. Finally, the folds on the case are magnetic, which means the flap won’t go dangling around at unwanted times. The magnet is strong too, and since you would use it as a wallet, we don’t need to concern ourselves about our cash falling out all over the place.

As a delicious cherry on top, the front of the case features our adorable Android mascot for everyone to know which team you’re reppin’.

The case will run you $20, and when you consider the build quality and the protection it offers, isn’t too bad at all. The only thing that would keep me from sticking my device in this case every day is that the volume keys are too unaccessible for my liking. While I’m on the go, I like to be able to control my device’s volume without to much struggle. Other than that, it’s a well-made product.

To grab your very own Intelligent Wallet case from Cruzerlite, check out their online store right here.


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  • sproketz

    Adds too much bulk. Just want a wallet back for the phone that holds like 4 cards. Keep it simple ftw.

  • joshkay

    Does anybody know if wireless charging will still work with this case?

  • J Dub

    I have one similar I bought on Ebay. My main grip with all of them is that the front cover is solid at the bottom. This blocks the notification light so you can’t just look over and see if you have messages.

  • Rob

    Much cheaper than a Dodo case! Not real leather but I’d much rather have this. Now if only they’d make one for the G2 on Verizon…

  • Ray

    Hey tim (or anybody with this wallet case), does NFC work with this wallet case? Thanks

  • John Hillers

    I want this for my X!

  • Kyle Lehman

    Something about magnets and credit cards in the same place doesn’t some good to me.

  • Lincoln Daniel

    Great article, but if you want to go the opposite direction in protection, check out the Ace Plate at http://AcePlate.com. A phone case that lets you enjoy your phone in its full functionality and enjoy its beauty. The Ace Plate might even come with an offer to permanently waterproof your phone.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Now you can lose your phone *and* your wallet at the same time… BRILLIANT !

    • Jack Thakar

      This is actually better for me because I tend to misplace my wallet more often than my phone, and my phone has GPS tracking.

  • mechaphil

    I love the idea of a wallet case but only Incipio uses an elastic band closure which really does it for me. I hate these magnetic flaps. Looks good tho.

    • J Dub

      Look for the Nillkin brand on Ebay. It uses a magnet, but it’s not a flap. I have one and actually like it a lot. I have the lock screen turned off so when I open the front flap I am ready to go. My only gripe with all wallet cases like this is that they block the notification light. I wish they would design a small hole like they do with the speaker, but over the notification light.

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Hey tim, Does it have the sleep/ wake function? No mention of that in the article. Planning to buy this case for my dad.

    • Yes, it does have a sleep/wake function, which is what makes it “smart” 🙂

      • Patmw123

        Tim, what clock widget is it that you use again? I don’t remember the name of it.

  • ChrisCorp

    That case/wallet combo looks really nice. I had a cruzer case on my GNex and loved it. Maybe a Moto X variant coming soon?

  • Jeff718

    I see a Nexus 5 with a wood cover in a case in a case. Such protection.

    • So beauty.

    • Jared Tau

      I was thinking the same thing…caseception

  • John Legere

    Cruzerlite makes some great cases. Customer Service is top notch also.

  • Alex

    Can we get a link to that wallpaper Tim?

    • Ej McCarty

      just download Backgrounds HD and look at the universe category. There are a lot that are similar to this as well as many other cool ones.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i swear to you i scrolled up and said out loud “damn where did he get that wallpaper?”

      • Orion

        Thanks for posting that, Tim! Love that wallpaper.

        • Avril111

          my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle
          Convertible by working parttime off of a home computer… Look At This

      • MichaelFranz

        Thanks bud. This wallpaper makes me love my phone again. Just an fyi.to make it “pop” a bit more and add some nice color. Use snapseed and the HDR filter. About 40-50 percent. Do a before and after. Very awesome

      • My God, it’s full of stars!

      • meijin3

        Might as well steal your whole look. What clock widget is that?

  • Ej McCarty

    I tried incipio’s watson case for my note 3. It’s nice because you can detach the wallet portion from a hard shell case that stays on the phone, but if you have 3 cards in there it can potentially scratch your screen because they don’t leave enough room for three. It left little marks all over my invisible shield.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Good review. Good looking wallet case, i’ve always hated them. How does it fit in your back pocket? or does it feel like it belongs in your back pocket?

    • It can fit in there, for sure, but it’s a little too big for my pockets. Depends on the types of pants you wear. JNCO jeans will handle it just fine.

    • saimin

      Wallet phone cases are designed to put in your purse, not your pocket. This thing is way to bulky for most men.

  • Ryan

    “The magnet is strong too”. Sounds like something I wouldn’t want to rub my credit cards up against.

    • Strong, but probably not that strong. Good point, though.

    • Mark Aaron Collado

      Unless you are using Google Wallet

      • starnovsky

        If you using Google Wallet exclusively (which is hardly possibly considering the current state of POS terminals) then you don’t need a wallet case.

        • Mark Aaron Collado

          True. You can always carry your I.D.

          • Rob

            Which more than likely has a magnetic strip on the back as well. Surely the fine folks at Cruzerlite thought of this though.

    • Rob

      I was wondering how strong as well, hopefully if it stays out of the way when opened it shouldn’t be an issue.