Review: BookBook Case for iPhone 4/4S

Over the next few days, I will be taking a closer look at multiple cases available for the iPhone 4 and 4S alike. As the second case review in our numerous amounts that are still to come, we’ll be reviewing Twelve South’s BookBook case – a high quality reproduction of a worn book that serves as an alternative to your wallet as well as protects your iPhone reliably.

Obviously paying its due homage to technology’s predecessor, the BookBook case offers a slick, polished and unique way to store your pocket contents. However, other than the annoying sound of the repetitive name, there is one other caveat that needs to be addressed before this case becomes perfect – it’s almost there, though, keep in mind.

The BookBook case comes with a nice design included. Rather than a simple case with an exterior flap, like much of its competitors offer in terms of presentation, the BookBook is exactly what is depicted by the name: a book. Folding open to reveal a holding area for your iPhone as well as multiple pockets to house your various credit cards, cash and other wallet belongings, the BookBook aims to reduce pocket clutter. Instead of having a wallet and your phone in your pocket, the case combines the two and consolidated everything within into one good-looking package.

This idea isn’t new. There are a plethora of other cases available online that provide you with a case/wallet combination, but BookBook does it while also maintaining a very polished look. If you’re not bothered by the fact that the whole exterior looks a bit like the Bible, it comes off to be a well-crafted product that boasts an old, worn aesthetic.

While soft to the touch, the two covers that house your phone are hardy shields that you’ll learn to depend on. Even though your iPhone is left vulnerable inside, dropping your device wouldn’t incur much damage thanks to the design of the case. However, the tops and bottoms of your iPhone, meaning your dock connector, headphone jack, speakers and mic are all open to hazards. However this can’t be avoided in anyways because of the design of the case; leaving them open allows you to listen to music/charge when the case is closed as well.

My only gripe with the case was that it doesn’t close how it should. Manufacturer, TwelveSouth shouldn’t included either an elastic band or better yet a built in magnetic, both of which would hold the front flap closed when needed. Right now, it kind of stays halfway open and bobs up and down, if you know what I mean.

Regardless of that issue, the BookBook is an absolute killer of a case. The magnificent and satisfying presentation makes the case’s $59.99 price tag almost irrelevant if you’re looking for a case worthy of your money. Check out our score below.

[easyreview title="Our Score" cat1title="Appeal" cat1detail="Unless you're bothered by the fact that the case looks somewhat the the Bible, it should appeal to most people." cat1rating="5" cat2title="Protection" cat2detail="I'm not going to drop my phone intentionally, but I can guarantee that the BookBook will do a fine job in protecting your phone." cat2rating="5" cat3title="Design" cat3detail="There are other cases that function in the same way, but this is unique in comparison. However, I need to dock the design because of that one issue I had." cat3rating="4.5" summary="The BookBook case is slightly expensive, but it's worth it."]