iPad Case Review: Twelve South BookBook for iPad Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Slim yet very protective, unique design, and the stand works well.
What's Not: Fits the iPad 2 better than the new iPad.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Twelve South has made several BookBook cases for the iPad, iPhone and MacBook notebook models. The latest Volume 2 for iPad 2 and the new iPad 3rd gen changed the design of the case, making it slimmer with a cleaner design. The hard cover case feels very thin and light and has a built-in stand that can position your iPad in many viewing angles. But the most unique and eye-catching feature on this case is the vintage book style exterior with distressed leather. The case is very functional, and if you like the look of an antique book, the BookBook for iPad Volume 2 is the case for you. The BookBook for iPad comes in three colors: Vintage Brown, Classic Black and Vibrant Red.
If you put your iPad in the BookBook next to Shakespeare plays in vintage bookbinding and covers, people might think you've got a Shakespeare Sonnet volume instead of a 21st Century electronic gadget. The hardback case has genuine leather exterior that looks distressed and vintage, a solid and reinforced book spine along with embossed corners further create the illusion of a priced book. Both the front and back covers have hard inserts that keep them very rigid, yet they don't add too much weight at 12.2 ounces. The combination of hard covers and a very strong spine means the case will protect your iPad 2 or the new iPad from any bumps and bruises, even from drop damages.
One of the best features on the BookBook for iPad case is the double zipper. They are a great way to keep the case shut securely without adding more bulk or closure tabs. And since there are two zippers, you can close the case while still using a port, such as the charging/syncing port or the 3.5mm headphone jack, with only a small opening to grand access to the port. The interior is soft micro-suede like lining. It will prevent any scratches when you handle the iPad with the case.
The biggest change in design for the Volume 2 of the BookBook leather case is the thin leather tablet cover attached to the hardback. Gone are the elastic straps that held the iPad 1, the new tablet cover gives the iPad more flexibility when it works as a stand. You can secure the cover with the iPad inside to the hardback using two strong snaps, and when you need to prop up the iPad 2 or the new iPad, unfasten the snaps and move the tablet. The soft leather cover also gives you access to ports and rear camera. The thin leather cover is form fitting for the iPad 2 and fits the new iPad 3rd gen, but cutouts aren't completely centered though you have access to everything on the new iPad.
The BookBook hardback leather case deals with ports in a clever way. The design to use a soft leather jacket that's only attached to the hard cover on one side gives you the freedom of accessing all ports with all necessary cutouts. If you need to use the back camera, just peel back the hard covers and hold the tablet in the soft leather jacket to take pictures or shoot videos. And when you are done, hide the tablet in the hard case that doesn't have to have cutouts thank to this design. As mentioned with the new iPad 3rd gen mode, the cutouts aren't lined up perfectly, but you should have no trouble using any ports or buttons nonetheless.
The BookBook for iPad offers many viewing angles with the built-in stand. Un-snap the soft leather jacket from the hard cover, you can either swing the tablet to 45-degree angle for watching movies or making FaceTime video calls, or using the short stick leather piece to position the tablet for typing with on-screen keyboard. The new iPad stands steadily in either position and if you are careful, you can position the iPad in many more viewing angles in between 90 and 45 degrees.
There just isn't another case quite like the BookBook for iPad. The hardback leather case is surprisingly slim and light, and uses good quality leather. It's easy to use and offers complete access to ports and buttons and comes with stand options. The biggest attraction is the antique book style design that looks good in all three color options thanks to the distressed leather and tasteful spine and embossed corners. If you are looking for a very protective case for the entire iPad 2 or the new iPad that looks great at home or for carrying your tablet out and about, the BookBook for iPad case is very hard to beat. Only thing to watch for if you are a perfectionist is the soft leather jacket fits the iPad 2 the best but not perfectly with the new iPad 3rd gen.