• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product: well thought out

    First day of having this wallet/case, I had a few gripes:
    -The wallet would not close all the way unless I put the phone face up and the weight closes it. It really bothered me.
    -Very uncomfortable talking on the phone. Wasn't sure how anyone could hold the phone.
    -No place for cash. It's too big and won't let it close on me.

    Having the case for a month, I can say I like it!
    -The wallet fully closes now whichever side I put it on.
    -I learned that I needed to fold back the case with the credit cards and such sticking out. The case gave grip to the phone and now I feel uncomfortable without it.
    -Still no place for cash, but I feel like it grew on me. I carry 3 credit cards, my license, and a couple receipts and it's more than enough.

    Overall, I would recommend the case, but it does take getting a little use to. I'm the type of person that always forgets either his wallet or phone, and having two in one makes forgetting both much harder. It is a little thicker in my pocket, but I've gotten use to it, and I don't need to worry about having my keys in the same pocket as my phone anymore!

    A++ would recommend!

    291 of 331 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Review for all the Canucks out there

    Just received the Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 5, literally. I have had it for less then a day and here are my first thoughts:

    The Specs:
    - The spine measures about 2cm wide, and the front/back measures 13cm x 7cm.
    - As stated it has spots for 3 cards and your ID (or another card I suppose)

    The Good:
    - Initial quality appears excellent, the comments about being able to smell the leather are true
    - Yes, you can use both cameras with the case
    - I have a black iPhone 5 with the brown case and it looks great, I have seen the black on black as well and it looks very sharp as well. Have not seen a white phone in this case.
    - Yes you have access to all buttons / ports on the phone
    - I like the idea of having my wallet and phone all-in-one

    The "On the fence"
    - I am still trying to get used to the size, it is bigger then the wallet I used to carry and is much bigger then just having a phone in your pocket. I wouldn't say you would carry this around in your front pocket of your jeans. (Wondering if overtime it will get worn in and be a little more compact).
    - Holding cash, when you have say 10 bills, seems to be a bit of an issue, there is a place for cash behind the cards, but CDN money (different size then US) when folded in half still sticks out the edge and over part of the spine, and with 10 bills folded that way the case does not close well. If you are someone that rarely carries cash (or very little), then this is not an issue. I am still trying to figure out a good way to store more then 4 or 5 bills in it.

    Like I said, this is just my initial thoughts, I will update in a month or so.

    236 of 277 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twelve South does it again

    I love this latest BookBook. The snap in case is an improvement over the old slide in type of the 4s version. I also like the camera hole and the fact i can hold more cards is a plus. You can't go wrong if you get this. It eliminates the need for a phone case and a wallet. I have one on my MacBook air and my New iPad, awesome!!!!!! I get a lot of complements when people notice it.

    187 of 211 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Case with one exception

    I tried numerous cases for my iPhone 5 before buying this one. I will say upfront that this case will not replace your wallet if you still carry a lot of credit cards and cash. On the other hand, if you're a minimalist like me, then this case is perfect for you.

    Like others have stated, the case doesn't close all the way at first. The problem is even worse if you put cards in all 4 credit card slots, or put money in the space underneath them because bill have to be folded to fit there. I carry two cards and my drivers license in mine and lay the case down with the camera side up to keep it closed. I tried putting money under the phone like another user suggested but the phone wouldn't seat properly. I put a folded bill in one of the credit card slots and that's working well. This problem seems to be resolving with use (I've had it for 3 weeks now) as the leather softens.

    I haven't had problems with callers hearing me like other users have. I use earbuds most of the time, but also hold the phone in case to my ear without problems too.

    Overall, the BookBook for iPhone 5 is a great case and I'm keeping it. It looks good, is made of quality materials, provides great protection and I expect it to last for the lifetime of my iPhone. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5-star rating is the problem with the case closing when fully loaded.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blocks the mic, difficult to hold

    I got my BookBook case from the Apple store in Albuquerque. I thought it would be just what I wanted: one case to hold my iPhone 5, driver's license, credit cards, and cash. I like to keep it simple. After 3 weeks I am utterly disappointed due to multiple flaws.

    First, the inside surface of the case is leather, which at first I thought was cool, but then I noticed that that the leather rubs up against the iPhone surface, smudging the glass and leaving a cloudy film that is hard to remove. Not much later, I discovered the microphone problem. I had several phone calls in which the person on the other end had difficulty hearing me. Later I was told by an Apple Genius that the bookbook case blocks the microphone on the back of the iPhone! Now, this only happens if you wrap the front of the case around when you talk. But that is the obvious way to use the case, because otherwise the front just hangs there like an open door, making it very awkward and difficult to hold while you talk. So evidently, Twelve South never actually experimented with using their case with an actual iPhone, bc they should have seen this coming.

    Finally, the bookbook card holders are very tight, and if you're like me, you want quick access to your debit card. I'm tired of struggling with the case, pulling and coercing my card just to get it out.

    So basically, this case has a cool look and potentially useful design, but it was implemented poorly and so it fails pretty badly. I no longer use it, and at $60, that's extremely disappointing!!!

    38 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this case wish i hadn't bought it

    This case looks great but it's a real hassle to use when you're using the iPhone as a telephone.

    When you're not using the phone, the cover doesn't close all the way, it stays 1/4 open. If you want it to lay flat you have to put it down so the camera lens faces up so the weight of the phone closes the case. I have to use a rubber band to keep the cover closed. Also the cover is in the way when your making calls or receiving calls.

    When I make and receive calls when the phone is in the case, everyone i talk to says, "I can't hear you, we must have a bad connection, i can't hear a word you're saying, let me call you back". I respond, just hold a second, and i remove the pone from the case and then they can hear me clearly.

    This case somehow blocks the transmission of the phone or possibly the microphone and I have to remove my phone from the case every time I get or make a call. It would be better for an iPod touch but not the iPhone 5.

    I have had this case 4-days and HATE it. I would love to return it, but I never received my email receipt and i didn't get a printed receipt from the Apple Store Boca Raton, FL. I also had them throw the box away while I was in the Apple Store setting up my new iPhone.

    The case looks great but it needs a different type of hinge or a more flexible hinge.

    I am going to contact the Apple Store and see if there is any way I can exchange it or return it.

    It's good looking and the leather is nice, but it not functional for the iPhone 5.

    49 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ruins sound on iPhone 5, cool look

    I had a bookbook for my iPhone 4s and absolutely loved it. couldn't wait to get the new one for my iPhone 5. Looks cool but it muffles the sound even when you hold it open. I don't know if the reviewers who like it have the same problem. Very very disappointed because I love the case but it makes my phone unusable. When I contacted 12 South, they said no one else had the problem and would not give a refund. Obviously thats not true as seen above. It probably just needs a bigger hole for the back microphone but 12 south just seems to ignore it.

    32 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful case. Beautiful functionality.

    This case has exceeded my expectations.

    The Good: My iPhone 5 snapped right in and is held very securely. I have my drivers license plus 3 credit cards in it and it doesn't feel stretched at all. The case is incredibly attractive and looks like on of those little field notebooks. When I show it to people they all comment on how beautiful it looks and feels. Some of complained of call quality going down but after making several test calls I was told that my calls sounded great. This newer version also has the camera hole in the back unlike the one for the iPhone 4/4s.

    The Bad: If you use hands free accessories to talk (e.g. car connection, Bluetooth earpiece, or headphone/speakers included with phone) then this case is ideal. If you speak by placing the phone to your ear a lot, then you might be a little inconvenienced as it is slightly more bulky and you have to flip the one side of the book to the back.

    The Ugly: None. This case is absolutely beautiful.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Muffled Voice

    I love the product line and have book book cases for my ipad and air. I bought the iPhone 5 case and it causes my voice to be muffled when on the phone. I am very disappointed with this one product.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly distorts the microphone on phone calls

    I'm having the same issues as well.

    1st was an iPhone 5, I got it replaced as it could be a BAD MIC

    2nd is now an iPhone 5S, and still the same audio issue.

    I also love the case, I just wished that Book Book has advertised the issue.

    Took me hours of wasted time and lots of frustration till I find the issue with the case.

    Just DONT BUY IT.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful way to store the essentials together

    I'm thrilled with this iphone wallet! I previously had a knockoff version that wouldn't close and could only hold two cards, which just didn't work for me. I'm glad that I took the chance on ordering this, even though it was more expensive. The leather smell is wonderful, but the most important part for me is that the spine is crafted like an actual book. It is stiff and already made to account for a full wallet, so it will lie closed even when it has cards and cash in it.

    The full wallet fits in the breast pocket of my coats and the back pocket of my jeans, so I can always carry the essentials without needing an entire purse.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as 4S

    I loved my 4s case. Normally don't take the time to write a review. But the iphone 5 version of bookbook case blocks some of the sound when speaking into the phone. I was disappointed and the person on the end of the call was always asking me to repeat myself. Don't waste your money on this product.

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with iPhone 5

    Same story - loved it on my iPhone 4, but it ruins the sound quality on the 5. Do NOT buy if you have the 5. All your friends will keep asking you to call them from a land line.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Half-baked design

    The bookbook is a really cool concept. Ditching my lame wallet is so enticing and overall, the bookbook presents the most compelling product on the market today. The sales videos are interesting, but I still hesitate. Here's my take:

    The phone is on wrong side. Why on earth would you want the volume buttons on the inside where they are not accessible? This also makes it awkward to use the iPhone to take photos since the book will fold over only to cover the lens. DOH! Half-baked design in my bookbooks.

    My next criticism is more subjective: The design includes an extra slot for a card, which is great, but for me personally, I still need more storage for cards/receipts to be truly practical - license, health, insurance, payment and loyalty cards. The digital wallet era is not mainstream/perfected to conveniently use these cards, directly from my phone. The digital wallet needs to reasonably compete with the time it takes to swipe a physical card. So today, I'd rather a smartphone wallet that is a thicker so that i can still carry most of the junk from my lame wallet.

    I think this wallet can be improved several ways:
    - Perhaps a trifold design to increase storage
    - Perhaps an integrated stand like the HEX iphone wallet but add receipt storage slot directly under the phone
    - Perhaps a single card/receipt slot on the exterior of the bookbook for quick access to a frequent item
    - Perhaps a quick connect/disconnect clip for the (phone+case) so that I can still mount the phone to my car dash, etc...
    - Perhaps a better video to teach me how to effectively use it (in conjunction with some sort of traditional wallet??)

    I hope a manufacturer reads this and does something to either improve on the product or marketing. I want to buy something like this!

    35 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly distorts the microphone on phone calls

    It is bizarre to think that the little tiny bit of leather that hangs below the phone makes it impossible for the person you are talking to to hear you. BUT IT DOES. The second you take the phone out of the case they hear you fine. Love the case, but this one defect makes the case impossible for me to use. I am going to return it today.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!

    I was a little unsure about purchasing the Book Book for my new iPhone 5. However, due to me enjoying a case that held just two cards (id), I figured I'd give it a go. I have had it for well over 2 weeks now and couldn't be more happy with my purchase. The edges are wearing well and it definitely looks like an old book, yet it is now the only "wallet" I carry. It has even been a conversation piece at a recent party; friends thought it looked like a little Bible. I do have to admit, the book book does not hold cash well which only allows you to keep a couple bills that must be folded twice to fit. Also, when the case is full it will not stay completely closed unless laid on the screen side, depending on the number of bills you try to put in it. However these two issues are such a small problem that I would never return this case. It was made to show age and looks great doing it. I 100% recommend this for anyone!

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO ONE can hear you!!!! Rear mic gets covered up while on the phone.

    Opening the case to talk results in the rear-noise-canceling microphone getting covered up. This causes your voice to become completely muffled to the person on the other end. You will not be able to use the case while you talk on the phone. This didn't happen on my iPhone 4 with this same case but that is because apple moved the mic location to the back of the phone. I loved twelve south and have many of their products. However, I am very disappointed with the company as a whole. They know about the problem pretend that it is possible to fix it by trying to use your pinky finger and index finger to try and hold the back page of the case up off the back while talking. SERIOUSLY? What a cowardly way out! I want to buy your new hi rise for my iPhone but I didn't want to support your company any more after this. Frustrating!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Goodbey purse, Hello Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 5.

    I fell in love the moment I saw it......purchased it within 5 min of that. The leather is great quality, it's made very well and will last without falling apart.....and the convenience of it.....well, need I say more?? The best thing to have when running an errand and you don't want to drag along your 20lb purse. An evening on the town?....just stick it in your pocket. Men that goes for you too.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Looks...Unusable Sound Quality

    I love Twelve South and have used the BookBook cases since they first came out. This is a high-quality beautiful case with one serious outstanding fault. This case ruins the sound quality of the microphone and will consistently cause your contact on the other end of the call to ask you to repeat yourself. I don't know what is causing this but after buying a second case to see if it was just an anomaly of the first one I am sad to report it is not.

    If you don't use your phone for telephone calls then this case is perfect...but if you ever have to hold a phone up to your ear DON'T BUY THIS CASE.

    Hopefully this issue will be resolved with the next iPhone model.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent case, especially if you've owned a BookBook before!

    This is my third BookBook for iPhone, and I've loved every one of them. They're cool looking, useful to carry your ID and a few cards, and after dropping them on concrete more than once, surprisingly protective!

    This is in no way a replacement for your wallet-at best, you can fit your ID, a few cards, and maybe a bill or two. It is a fantastic ADDITION to your wallet, especially if you don't feel like digging through your wallet every time you need your credit card.

    Only four stars for one problem-I keep getting complaints from people I call that I sound muffled. I believe this is due to the design of the BookBook itself and Twelve South recommends holding the covers of the case very loosely while making a call. It's a bit of a pain, but it can be done. Not a deal breaker for me.

    15 of 17 people found this useful