You get up in the morning, put on your VR headset, switch on the 360° view, and look around. You see a smiling barista, she's animated but looks very real. You order your latte and ask for a muffin. Your phone beeps, your card gets charged and within minutes a friendly drone delivers your order in a brown bag. That's the world we're stepping into. So, how does the humble wallet fit into this crazy tech-driven world?
Not in the distant past, a wallet for men meant a place where you could neatly place your money and cards. It was a window to a man's soul. You could tell whether he's minimalist, stylish, classy, or trendy. But wallets for men were just wallets. Not anymore. In the new tech age, most of us live in a cash-free economy where all we need is a stack of cards .. or just a phone.
So, what is a wallet in this tech-driven world? A wallet is many things. A wallet can be a physical wallet like a classic bifold, it can be a sleek metal cardholder, it can be your phone case, even just a bar code ... or it can be something invisible - a non-physical money organizer. If you know what I'm talking about, then you fit right into this world. Don't worry if you don't, you'll soon know everything there is to know about 'the wallets that rule the tech-driven age'.
Classic Bifold - The Veteran
This is the wallet for men most of us are accustomed to - the good old leather (or leather look alike) bloater that can hold it all, from your Benjamins to cards to cute pictures and paper receipts. It may sound all unattractive but a premium quality bifold is still a hallmark of class.
GRID Metal Cardholder - The Boardroom Wallet For Men
GRID's ultra-sleek minimalist wallet for men took the market by storm when it first arrived and instantly threw off all contenders. At a quick glance, it's a smart little cardholder with a money clip. Hold it in your hand for a minute and you'll see the premium quality and build in this minimalist baby. The wallet can easily hold up to 12 credit cards and enough cash in the clip for a Friday night out. It also comes with top-of-the-line RFID blocking, which protects contactless cards from skimmers.
You can't expect to talk about tech and not mention Apple. The Cupertino based company is leading the race with their digital wallet - the Apple Wallet. To describe how awesome this digital wallet actually is would require a blog on its own. You can store anything from cash, credit card to airplane boarding passes. And yes, it's more secure than Fort Knox. All you need is an iPhone. Simply add your cards to Apple Wallet and pay with your phone .. or with your Apple Watch.
Google's own digital wallet works like Apple Wallet and it's just as secure if you ask me (I use both). Add as many bank and credit cards as you want and pay with your phone at the checkout. If your Android comes with NFC and you trust the phone manufacturer, you can download their app from Play Store, and securely make payments all over the world.
Bitcoins anyone? If you've already dipped your toes in the vast ocean of cryptocurrencies, then you already know what these are. Broadly speaking, there are 2 different kinds - Hot Wallets (online wallets) and Cold Wallets (offline wallets). There are a plethora of these wallets and you should do your own diligent research to choose the best and the most secure for your cryptos.