Review: Marware Stash iPhone 5 Wallet Case


Wallet style cases are a great way to lighten your load.  Whether it’s simply for a night out of the town or a quick trip to the gym, slimming down what you carry is always a good idea.  There are several iPhone 5 cases on the market which offer a spot for credit cards, ID or other items.  In this review we’ll take a look at one such case offered by Marware.  The Stash Case offers a unique take on not only the wallet style case, but the iPhone case in general.  It’s made up of three different sections and incorporates the ability to stand up in either portrait or landscape modes.  Ready to see the Stash in action?

Click on through for my full review.


Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along one crystal clear, front screen shield.

Here’s what Marware has to say about the Stash iPhone 5 Wallet Case.

The patent pending Stash iPhone 5 case wallet conveniently stores your credit card or ID and stands your smartphone for hands-free viewing. Its slot safely secures up to two credit cards or IDs so you enjoy a night on the town without a bulky wallet weighing you down. It’s more than a case.

  • Patent pending design
  • Securely stores up to 2 credit cards/IDs
  • Stands at portrait or landscape position by sliding credit card into slot
  • Protects against scuffs and scratches
  • Complete all-around protection and push-through button coverage
  • Raised edges protect screen when lying face down
  • Full access to all ports, buttons and cameras


While it might look like a one piece case in the mage above the Stash case is actually made up of three different parts.  A top piece, a middle section and then a bottom.  Each part is coated in a soft touch material for added grip.


The inside of each of the sections of the case is ultra glossy.  This helps with installation and removal of the sections.  The three sections lock together with a tongue and groove style system.


To place the case on your iPhone 5 you first slide the top and bottom sections on.  Then you place the middle section on as you would a snap on the back style case.


Once all three sections are on and joined together it’s hard to tell this isn’t a one piece case.  The Stash case has all the cutouts you’d expect for access to the iPhone ports and buttons.  Along the bottom of the case there are three individual cutouts for access to the speaker, lightning port and microphone.  On the side another cutout allows for access to the mute switch.  The volume buttons get replaced with a plastic rocker switch, which offers good feedback.  Along the top you’ll find the sleep/awake button also gets replaced, like the volume buttons, with a plastic button that also offers good feedback when pressed.


On the back the case, in addition to the wide cutout for the iPhone 5’s rear facing camera, you’ll also find the storage area.  You can slide up to 2 credit cards, debit card, ID etc. into the slot.  The cards slide in easily and come out the same way.



A long slit along the left side of the back of the case allows you to insert one of your cards and then prop up your phone in either portrait or landscape.

Check out my full video review below…

The Stash case will not fit with a tempered glass screen shield.  If you’re using one, such as the BodyGuardz Pure, or Spigen GLASTr, you’ll need to remove it before using this case.  If you’re not a tempered glass screen shield users then the Stash is a great fitting, very functional choice when it comes to protecting your iPhone 5.  The soft touch material offers a good amount of grip and the ability to stand up your phone is a welcome addition.

You can learn more about the Marware Stash iPhone 5 Wallet Case by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $34.99

PROS:  Soft touch.  Stands up in portrait and landscape.  Comes with screen shield.

CONS:  Difficult to remove.  Only holds 2 cards.






Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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  • Brittany

    Nice case, but I would recommend the Pong Research iPhone case over this. Studies conducted by numerous scientific teams in several nations have raised concerns about the possible association between heavy cell phone use and health problems. That’s why I did research and found a case that can reduce radiation exposure. I read about Pong Research cases, Pong technology is custom-designed for each mobile device and works to redirect radiation away from your head and body. I hesitated about it, anyway, I bought a case Pong because is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.