iPhone 4 Case Review: Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 4 Review Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Elegant design, high quality material and very well built.
What's Not: No rear camera cutout, need headset to make phone calls.
No matter how many electronic devices we use, we still love the elegance of an old book. Twelve South put their love for vintage books and electronics into one case and brought us the BookBook case for the iPhone 4. In an old pocket-sized book style, the Twelve South BookBook case is beautiful on the outside with a vintage book design in a hand-distressed genuine leather. On the inside, the BookBook offers a functional case for the phone, 2 credit card holders, one photo ID slot and a cash pocket. The case is small, and it's very well built to protect your phone. The BookBook case for iPhone 4 is a great case for a night around town and also for guys who forget where they put their wallets often. Now as long as you have your phone, you will have your credit cards, ID and money, all in one place.
First and foremost, the Twelve South BookBook case for iPhone 4 is designed to please the love for antique things in all of us. The case has an incredible resemblance of an old book with book spine that looks just too real. The case is made with genuine leather, complete with hand-distressed treatment, and it feels soft and nice in hand. When you open the BookBook iPhone 4 case, you will find the phone holder on the right side and it?s form fitting. Slide your iPhone 4 inside, shut the holder with the pull-tab on top that?s both convenient for opening the phone holder and it also provides the illusion of a bookmark in a book. Soft, chocolate brown suede lines the interior of the phone holder, and the edges of the leather are smoothed out, so nothing will scratch the surface of your iPhone 4.
On the left side of the BookBook case, you will find two card slots, one clear ID slot and a money pocket underneath the slots. As in a well-made wallet, the card slots in the BookBook case use soft leather that makes it easier to put in or take out your credit cards or business cards. The photo ID slot has a clear cover and a cutout in the middle to help you push the card out or in more easily. The Twelve South BookBook case for iPhone 4 doesn?t have magnet or strap closure; and the leather cover might not shut completely when the case is new, but once you break it in, it will keep the cover shut better. This is one case that you won?t have to worry about wear and tear since the more you use it the better it will behave.
The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4 case has excellent stitching that?s sturdy and subtle. The side of the case looks very much like a ?book spine? with ribbed lines and gold colored prints. Combine that with stressed leather, it completes the convincing illusion of an old pocket sized book. The BookBook case for iPhone 4 measures 4.74 x 2.75 x 0.81 inches and weighs only 1.6 oz.
The Twelve South BookBook case for iPhone 4 is a functional case as long as you use headphones or Bluetooth headset to make and receive calls. The case has cutouts for the 30-pin connector and speaker and mic grill on the bottom of the iPhone 4. The top of iPhone is mostly exposed except the pull-tab covering the middle, leaving the power button and the audio out jack for easy access. The leather case has a cutout for the silence button, and should fit either the AT&T or the Verizon model. The two volume buttons live under the cover, but the case offers two raised buttons that make it easier to use the buttons on the iPhone 4.
The BookBook case for iPhone 4 covers the top and bottom bezels of the display, but has cutouts for the earpiece and front camera on top, and the Home button on the bottom. The only thing on the iPhone 4 that doesn?t have a cutout is the rear camera. The case designer wants you to raise the phone out of the case when you need to take a photo.
Twelve South has made a very unique case that?s also very protective of your iPhone 4. Though it doesn?t have hard inserts, the case is very sturdy and protective. It should protect your phone from bumps and pokes in your bag, and since the case has a strong structure like a well bound leather hard cover book, it can absorb a lot of shock and impact force if you drop your phone. The case is quite functional, but you will likely need to use headset for phone calls, and you will definitely need to pull out the phone enough to expose the rear camera to take a picture. But for those who love the look of an antique book style case, these aren?t that big of a price to pay.