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Review – E LV Leather Wallet for the Nokia Lumia 1520

If you’re one of the lucky ones to pick up a Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T this morning, you may be looking for something to protect it. While ranges of styles for cases on these devices varies, today we’re taking a look at the biggest one you can get, the leather wallet style.

As a throwback to the PDA days of yore, the E LV Deluxe PU Leather Wallet, which runs for a modest $10, offers solid protection and a few surprises. While its ability to make the Lumia 1520 even larger will be off putting for some, once you go this big, does it really matter?

Head past the break for some more pics and our video review.

The E LV Deluxe PU Leather Wallet has a few major benefits:

  • Low cost
  • Magnetic latch
  • Camera cut out
  • Credit card holder (x3)
  • Can awkwardly be used as a stand

That last one is true, but it’s so unsatisfying that we’re glossing over it for now. The case is fake leather, but it feels soft and plush. The front and back are reinforced and when combined with the leather (and ‘stuffing’ in between), we’re confident that this could take quite a beating.

The Lumia 1520 clicks into a plastic frame, locking in your precious device. The magnetic latch makes sure everything stays closed when traveling, and it works well here.

One downside is that the Lumia 1520 has somewhat low-profile buttons on the right side. That makes them hard to find when the device is naked, but even harder when a plastic case raises around them. Because of that, turning the device off (since you can double tap to turn on) is a bit more tedious. Same with the adjusting the volume keys.

The Wallet also comes with a rubber stylus. No, you can’t take notes with it, but you can use it to press Tiles to launch, hit interactive buttons, etc. It’s not tremendously useful, but it’s not half bad either. There’s also a removal lanyard, which is a nice touch.

Overall, the E LV Deluxe PU Leather Wallet is a massive accessory. But if you want a wallet case, you already knew that. Luckily, this wallet case is also well built, feels good in the hand and should offer some outstanding protection.

The E LV Deluxe PU Leather Wallet runs for $10 at various online stores. It comes in black, cyan and pink.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

24 Comments
  • Credit card holder is a win for me... If I could ditch my wallet forever I would be happy.
  • That is was NFC was supposed to do :(
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/master-card-coin-combines-debit-credit... this!!
  • There are alot better ones on amazon for cheaper prices go on amazon.com and search Lumia 1520 flip cove got a nice one for 8.00 dollars leather
  • I love the idea but I'm pretty sure this would take the phone from barely pocketable to not pocketable at all.
  • I'd imagine that's something you would carry in your bag/backpack/coat rather than trousers pocket. Then again, depends on how deep your pockets are ;)  
  • It looks like a small purse for ladies....
  • ...so your calling Dan a lady? :P
  • Nope just saying it looks like a pocket book/purse my wife would carry....
  • ...so your saying Dan looks like your wife?  :P
     
  • Maybe...
  • How do they get away with describing these things as being 'leather' when they are made out of plastic with not a whiff of animal hide anywhere in sight? Or are they made from the hide of polyurethane goats?
  • Plastic Leather = Pleather
  • Hahaha this^. Faux leather bothers me like nothing else. Just call it plastic or synthetic already and be done with it.
  • "It's like an Oreo cookie" LOL
  • Nice case Daniel!
  • Hate the giant logo on the back but I have to buy this. DAT price
  • If you don't have a plastic screen cover, I wouldn't recomend using something that will rub on your screen all day, my wifes phone got a scratch from 2 credit cards when she used a lady phone purse/wallet like this one.
  • There are alot better ones on amazon for cheaper prices go on amazon.com and search Lumia 1520 flip cove got a nice one for $8.00 leather
  • Cracks me up watching people put these things to their faces. Ma'am. MA'AM that's a WALLET not a phone
  • I heard the Belkin cover is nice... havent seen it yet, but I will when I come home tonight, since my wife surprised me with a red 1520 and the belkin cover after the preorder fiasco....
  • So are there any other colors available.
  • WHEN U RECTIFIY FOLLOWING DISADVANTAGE MY BUSINESS IS TOTALLY DEPEND ON MS OFFICE APP??????????????????????????? Y SLEEPING NOKIA AND WINDOWS DEVELOPER??? In any browser mail did attach any file(doc,pdf in memory card..) No pen drive connect and projector connect
      No printer connect
      Very worst office hub compare to king office soft in android
      No memory card view option...
      No send any file from memory card
      In fb apps and browser does not attach photos.
      Pdf file not attach to mail 
      Download pdf not access in pc
      Live tiles not updated if u send new emails not update...battery apps not update
      If u type word wrongly not edit any letter completely remove word then write correctly...
    If u want live tile update net is on lead to battery low soonly...
      If u use browser during loading u go menu not loading in backgroud go net again loading
      Office 365 not working properly
      No cut,copy and paste option
      If connect to laptop did not access any pdf doc
      Alram not work turned off mob
      No custome ringtones
      No call recording option
      No wallpaper set
      No timer set in cam
      No password protect doc 
      Not access password protected doc (no doc security
      No apps lock
      No direct vedio call facility
      No 3g only option in setting not 3g apps
      No app storage in memory card insufficient storage cap in phone
      No apps buying using sim balance or net banking...
      No esaily close multitasking 
      No seperate password b/w kids and personal login...
      Cannot move files b/w phone and Sdcard
      No custumised side buttons
      No HDMI port for tv out
      No dual sim
      No seperate volume control for ringtone and media files due to this u face more missed calls
      No shortcut status bar in top for net, wifi..etc
      No swipe left side in home screen totally waste that side
      No show people matching when I dial number
      No full support in landscape mode
      No call duration in history
      No call log merges same name
      No single touch answer call with optional
      No optional auto rotate
      Not running vedio so many format like mkv....
      No tem file cleaning option like pc
      No download largest game or apps without wifi.   DO SOMETHING NOKIA & MICROSOFT……. THEN ONLY NO 1 IN MARKET…… I LOOSE MY MONEY DUE TO BUYING LUMIA 625 & 620 PHONE FOR BUSINESS ABOVE THINGS R VERY BASICS ONE .MY BUSINESS TOTALLY DEPENDS ON OFFICE HUB BT COMPARE TO KING OFFICE SOFT IN ANDROID TOTALLY WASTE AND NO PENDRIVE CONNECTION…… TO PREVENT PEOPLE LOOSING MONEY LIKE ME……….. THIS LEADS TO COMPLETELY DOWN MARKETING OF WINDOWS  MOBILE
  • WOW! That was a rant.
    I wonder how much of it was true?
    I only bought the 1520 for Internet Explorer. So far, disappointed. Pages, text, do not always render properly, and it is not as fast as Chrome on my Nexus 5.
    But the N5 is not perfect either, which is why I bought both devices.