Personally, I find the concept of strapping an entire wallet to your iPhone to be a questionable one. It seems a little like tempting fate and making lives easier for pickpockets, and really, screw those guys. On the other hand, it would be nice if you’re ducking out quickly for coffee or to pick up a six-pack to leave your wallet at home and not have cards floating in your pockets, which is where the Remora comes in.
Despite being named after a shark’s annoying sidekick, the Remora, unlike its namesake, is actually quite useful. You simply attach it to your iPhone, creating a natural clip-like setup. Then, slide down up to two cards into the clip and push them left.
The Remora has a very clever latching action that gives you a nice, chunky click. The cards are firmly seated; so firmly, in fact, that you’ll need to slide them out with both thumbs. But that way, of course, you know that they’re not going anywhere.
It’s a clever idea not least because, as we’ve noted, most iPhone wallets on Kickstarter are a little too enamored with encasing your phone in leather. Really, if we want our phone to be our wallets, we’ll just start using digital wallets exclusively. But this is ideal for situations where you need to run a quick errand, especially if you’re waiting on a call or might need to call somebody for an opinion. The only downside, really, is that if you’re prone to dropping your phone, the Remora probably won’t offer quite the protection of a full case.
But consider that you won’t need to find your wallet to go get a bagel, and the time saved alone on that end will probably make the Remora worth it. Currently you can find the Remora on the official site for $17.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.