Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case vs Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case

incipio carnaby esquire card folio case vs speck presidio impactium folio case for galaxy s9 comparison

If you’re looking for a stylish wallet case that suits your jeans with protection, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been using the Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case and Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case for a week now, and I have a lot of things to tell you before you buy it.

Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case

incipio carnaby esquire card folio case for galaxy s9 review

The touch of the fabric on this case is very soft and the design is like real jeans on the case. The wallet case can carry two cards, there’s no cover for the cards so it might scratch your screen phone. The flap cover seals tightly when I close it and won’t open by itself unless you open it.

Although the case has no drop protection but the clip is very sturdy especially the sides so there’s a small possibility to damage your phone as the sides are thick and tough. The slots for the card is made very precisely, but It’s hard to take out the cards on the upper slot, and there is no raised bezel to protect the screen.

Another downside is that the flaps on the magnetic closure doesn’t lay flat, so you need to fold the magnetic flap to the back. However, life can be so simple with this wallet case from Incipo. The case is so soft, slides easily through my pocket and even if I spill my coffee on this case, I can just brush it with a toothbrush.

Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case

speck presidio impactium folio case for galaxy s9 review

The design is like jeans just like the Incipio case but the Speck has a wax coating covering it. This makes it slick but not slippery on the hand. The wax on the case makes it hard to slip it in the pocket, and not as fast as to slip it in as the fabric design case without wax. The stylish design wallet case is also packed with protection.

The cover for the cards in the Speck’s case really helped me to protect the screen and the material of the cover is very smooth. However, you can place three cards but it will be too full and the cover won’t close properly.

I love the pattern for the buttons to let me know where the button is so you don’t need to open the case when pressing the buttons but I’m concern about how it closes as there is no magnetic closure so it won’t close properly.

The raised bezel for the screen is too short and could damage the screen in case you drop it. The ridges inside the case and a small rubber on the sides are there to withstand impacts until 3 metres.

The difference

Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case

From the cover, we can see that the Speck case has a logo in front while the logo for the Incipio case is at the flip cover at the back. Both case is a fabric design case, but what makes it different is the wax coating on the Speck.

When you open the case, you’ll see both case have card slots. There’s a magnetic closure on the Incipio while the Speck has no magnetic closure which makes it not fully closed when you close it.

In terms of protection, the Speck has more protection since the clip is all covered while the Incipio doesn’t cover the buttons and ports. The flap with the magnet is annoying on the Incipio case when you make the phone stand horizontally, so you need to fold it back. The Speck will be easy to remove liquid because of the wax cover while the Incipio will be hard to remove as it absorbs the water.

The similarities

Both case is a folio design case. Although the Speck case can fit up to three cards but it’s best if you just put on two cards because if you put in three cards the flap cover will look like it's too full. The card slots for the Incipio also fits two cards.

You can also watch movies or place it horizontally on both case and the best case for media viewing is the Speck case because the stand is more sturdy. Both of the raised bezel are too short so becareful not to crack the screen.

Comparison

  Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case
Advantages
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Easy to slide it in your pocket Looks and feels nice ( suits your jeans)
  • You can easily brush it with a toothbrush if it’s dirty
  • The holes on the camera cutouts can be used as a holder for your finger
  • Very small possibility to crack your screen as the case holder is extremely strong
  • The sides are very tough so when you accidentally drop it, the sides are nicely protected
  • Cover for the buttons are soft
  • Smooth cover for the cards
  • Nice touch on the case, slick but not slippery
  • The rubber on the sides and ridges on the inside is to absorb impacts
  • Speck logo is located at the top which looks cool
  • Buttons are covered and easy to reach from outside
  • The hole on the camera cut-out can be a holder for your finger
Disadvantages
  • Easy to get dirty since it’s made out of fabric
  • Only fits 2 cards and the upper slot is hard to take out the card
  • When you close it, it feels like the case is too big because there’s a gap in the case
  • Turning the case into vertical makes it very weak to stand
  • You can’t slide it straight to your pocket when it’s open. You need to close it first
  • The flap with the magnet is annoying when you make the phone stand horizontally so you need to fold it back
  • The case holder inside the case only protects the edges but not the ports and buttons the phone may fall out
  • Wax coating on the fabric so it won’t absorb fluid
  • Raised bezel for the screen is too short so it’s not safe for the screen
  • No magnetic closure so it doesn’t stay sealed when you close it
  • Back cover on the top is thin and fragile as it’s trying to hold the clip
Protection
  • Very strong clip especially on the edges
  • Impactium shock barrier to withstand 3 metres drop
  • The clip covers the buttons and ports
Price A$59.95 A$54.95

Water test

  • Speck Presidio Impactium Folio Case
  • Dries very fast

  • Incipio Carnaby Esquire Card Folio Case
  • Long time to dry

    Conclusions

    I never had a case with such nice cover buttons as the Speck. It’s not only soft to press, but the button cover is so precise. Another beautiful thing about the Incipio is the fabric design. It's soft and slips easily in your pocket while the Speck is a bit hard to slip it in because of the wax. 

    In terms of protection, the Speck offers 3 metres drop protection with all the buttons and ports all covered while the Incipio has less drop protection and not all covered. Incipio has no drop protection, and the buttons and ports are not covered, but this makes it easy to press the button since there's no cover but be careful because the buttons might press by itself when you close the case.

    Life can be so simple with the Incipio as the case is so soft, and slides easily through my pocket. Although the Speck will absorb water will take time to dry, but I can just brush it with a toothbrush. So, I can say that the Speck is the winner for the highest drop protection, impactium shock barrier, the strongest for media viewing, and the price is $5 less.

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