CardNinja review

The Card Ninja is a deceptively simple, extremely useful wallet-like pocket for your smartphone.

Sometimes an idea is so simple you ask yourself why you didn’t think of it first. For instance, since you take your phone out of your pocket at least as often if not more frequently than your wallet, why not slap a pocket on its back to hold your most-used cards and identification? Sure, you probably could do it yourself with a few dollars’ worth of craft supplies, but that doesn’t mean you should. Instead, the CardNinja ($19.95 direct), is a good-looking, well-made card pocket that’s far less likely than your own home-crafted version own to gunk up the back of your phone or let all of your cards fall out.

The CardNinja is simply a 2.8-by-2.3-inch (HW) stretchy fabric rectangle, available in black, gray, or regal purple, that you stick on the back of your smartphone or smartphone case. That might not seem like much for a $20 accessory, but it’s definitely well-made. The backing of the rectangle is rigid and has a strong adhesive that stays very securely on your metal or plastic case. The CardNinja isn’t recommended for silicone or soft rubber cases and a compatibility list on its Web site gives you an idea of what it will definitely work with, but it should be compatible with nearly all phones.

It stuck solidly to the rear panel of my Samsung Galaxy S III, and is removable (with careful peeling effort) if you want to take it off your phone or case. It left some residue on my phone, but it could be cleaned off relatively easily. You can re-apply the CardNinja and it will stick to your phone, but it isn’t quite as sticky and secure as when you first put it on.

The fabric is very stretchy, and held my credit card, driver’s license, MetroCard, insurance ID card, and gym membership card with room to spare for a few more cards and folded bills. The elasticity and texture of the fabric keeps it tight around your cards, regardless of how many are in the pocket. Even with vigorous shaking and only my flimsy insurance card in the pocket, nothing fell out.

The CardNinja is a simple, functional solution for keeping your cards together outside your wallet, secure and snug next to your smartphone so you can travel light. It works, and while it seems a bit expensive at $20, you’d be hard pressed to make a better one for less, yourself.


Verdict
The Card Ninja is a deceptively simple, extremely useful wallet-like pocket for your smartphone.
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