Cards have become rather essential in today’s world. From credit cards, to those tiny shopper discount cards designed to dangle off your keychain, all things plastic help the world go ‘round. However, with My Wallet Cards by Giuseppe Dominoni, users can convert their physical wallet into a virtual notecase that holds all their important information, identification and documentation.
With My Wallet Cards, users can file their credit, loyalty, fidelity, visit and business cards, as well as identification documents, all within a single application on a device they already carry with them constantly. When you begin, a guide that will walk you through each component of My Wallet Cards will greet you. However, you will quickly find out that, if you wish to adjust any of this application’s settings, you must exit the application and alter them under the device’s basic Settings application. Here, you will be able to create a login password, reset the database, turn the guide on or off, adjust the sound effects, save images, and choose your wallet’s background texture (black, gray, beige or orange leather; striped; crocodile; leopard; rock; python; grass; jeans and snow).
Though some of the directions are written in slightly confusing, broken English, users will find that there are five pages of card slots, allowing the wallet to hold up to 20 cards. (The App Store description claims there are 24 spots, but that appears to be incorrect.) Simply tap the slot to see your card and tap a second time to modify the entry. With the Internal Bar Code Generator, My Wallet Cards will create a barcode for each car for easy reading by the recognition devices for cell phones and portable devices. As a cute touch, users may even add a favorite photo to their wallet as if it were the true, physical object.
Be aware, though, for once you create a password to protect your information, do not forget it, for passwords cannot be recovered under any circumstance. And though this protection makes life seem much safer, the hassle seems rather unnecessary in the long run. If you lose your phone, thieves will not be able to use your crucial information to steal your identity, but if you lose your wallet, all will be available for the taking. In that respect, My Wallet Cards seems wonderful. Unfortunately, though, you will most likely end up doing double duty, for many stores and businesses probably do not recognize such digital formats as legitimate representation, meaning you will have to carry both your device and actual wallet to be on the safe side. I have yet to ever see anyone use their phone to present a license or credit card, namely because they do not have physical proof. Inputting your information simply seems like a redundant waste of time, no matter how appealing their safety procedures may be.
My Wallet Cards [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.