Finding a case that has true style coupled with functionality these days is not easy. Twelvesouth’s BookBook case for iPhone 5, however, takes these qualities and puts them all into a wonderful, hand-made work of art. The case features genuine leather and gives the user a solution for holding their iPhone 5 and wallet contents all in one package.
There are 4 different slots for credit cards, IDs, library passes, or other credit card-shaped objects. The front-most slot is intended for an ID, such as a driver’s license, as it includes a transparent plastic overlay so you can see the ID through the slot. There is also a hole in the center to make it easy to push your ID out of the slot if you need to get it out of the BookBook case. Behind all of the card slots, there is a massive pocket where you can hold items such as money, receipts, and other thin items you might carry around in your wallet.
The actual iPhone snaps into a snap-on shell on the right side of the BookBook. It has a suede-like feel to it, however it’s as hard as any plastic snap-on case. It holds onto your iPhone very tight so you never have to worry about it falling out. You can also see that no part of the case covers the front of the iPhone (unless you close the BookBook), so you have 100% access to the touch screen, home button, front-facing camera, and front-facing speaker.
As far as your iPhone’s volume controls are concerned, the BookBook case gives you complete access to the volume up and volume down buttons, and the ringer/silent switch is also easily accessible. It’s nice how there is no part of the case covering this area at all, like in some cases where the volume buttons are covered and the switch is shown through a small hole in the case, because you don’t have to have long fingernails to get to the switch.
The iPhone’s power button is easily accessible from the top of the BookBook case as well:
Users will also find that the unobtrusive bottom of the BookBook case makes just about all of your accessories compatible. We had no problem getting any of our speakers or headphones to plug into the headphone jack, and the lightning connector is as open as can be. You have full access to the bottom speaker and microphone thanks to this open design as well, which helps with keeping sound crisp and clear.
The open edge of the BookBook case from the side (no access to SIM):
The camera also has a roomy space to shine through the case. There is a large hole that accommodates not only the lens, but also the rear-facing microphone and LED flash, so there are no issues getting the perfect picture when you need your camera most.
The binding of the BookBook case looks just like an old library book. It says "Vol V" because it's for the iPhone 5. It comes out of the box with a well-worn appearance, which gives it the aged and stylish look. It’s not actually worn, as these are just coloring effects. You can, however, wear it with use to get a more realistic well-worn appearance, and Twelvesouth applauds well-worn BookBook cases, as a slip of paper within the box states:
Scuffs and wrinkles? Great. Scratches and stains on your Book Book? Congrats! In fact, we actually like BookBook the older and more weathered it looks. Our advice on cleaning your BookBook for iPhone? Don't!
The are only two major disadvantages to the BookBook – one being that the soft interior collects lint easily (especially pocket lint), and not really a disadvantage to the BookBook, but mostly wallet cases in general, if you leave your BookBook behind somewhere by mistake, you will lose not only your iPhone, but your credit cards and IDs as well (so be careful with it!)
BookBook for iPhone 5 is not heavy, isn’t made cheap, and it adds some style to your iPhone. If you’ve been looking into wallet cases for your iPhone 5, this case is the way to go. The BookBook for iPhone 5 retails for $59.99 on Twelvesouth's Web site and you can get one in either Classic Black or Vintage Brown. Twelvesouth also makes an iPhone 4/4S version of the case.
Due to the case being hand-made out of premium materials, feeling good in your hand, offering great protection to the iPhone, and doubling as a wallet to get that lump out of your back pocket, we're giving the BookBook for iPhone 5 four out of five leaves. Four, and not five, because it's a lint magnet.