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Can you find the iPhone case in the picture to the left?
With the Book Book for iPhone 6/6s, Twelve South continues their respected collection of leather book cases for the iPhone. This version of the Book Book has some new enhancements that make this the best cell phone case I've ever owned.
For several versions of the iPhone, the Book Book has provided solid protection for the device while adding the convenience of a wallet - all in a hand-rubbed leather "book" that looks like an antique devotional book when it's sitting on a desk.
In my Book Book I'm able to carry four credit cards and two ID cards. The thickness of the case isn't really a problem for me, and it fits very nicely in the front pocket of my pants or in the inside pocket of my suit coat. The headphone and charger slots are easily accessible. In the few times I've dropped my phone, the leather protected it. I must confess that not having to remember both my phone and my wallet is a great convenience.
Some have questioned the look of the the Book Book. Since each one us hand rubbed (making each one unique in all the world), there's not a consistent look from device to device.
To me, that just adds to the reason someone houses their phone in a nerdy, almost hipster case like this: The uniqueness is an extension of the uniqueness of each individual. Who wants a cell phone case that looks like every other cell phone case? I don't want to go all philosophical here, but to me, that each one is different from the other is one of the triumphs of this case.
With this version of the Book Book, Twelve South has added a feature not available on previous models.
With previous Book Books, the cell phone sat in a locked, non-removable dock. A new feature of this model is that the phone's dock is removable, keeping the case on the phone, but releasing it from its leather cover. I like this design change, and I've already found it useful at a college football game in the pouring rain. I simply removed the phone and left the leather jacket behind at the house. The phone is removed by sliding it off of six plastic tabs that hold it in place. It seems easy enough, but I've found that they stick a bit. Putting the phone back in the leather jacket is simply (kind of) sliding the phone back onto the tabs. This can be a bit frustrating, I admit, but absolutely not a deal breaker. I love this case.
By removing the phone from just one row of plastic tabs, the case serves as a phone stand, handy for watching movies, playing games, or as an alarm clock.
To be honest, the first time I put the phone in this configurement was to take the photo for this review. For me, working with those plastic tabs is just too frustrating.
Since everyone takes pictures with their iPhones, Book Book has designed this case with a cutout for the camera lens, sensor, and flash. Taking a picture is easy enough, although you have to hold the phone with two hands to take a picture. It's kind of clumsy, but it is what it is.
Another issue Book Book owners need to remember is that when talking on the phone, your credit card and IDs are on the outside of the device when you fold the cover back to talk. Since my hand is covering these cards and IDs, it's not a big issue for me, and when I'm using the speaker phone, I keep my Book Book closed.
These issues aside, I'll repeat it again: I love this iPhone case. It's well-constructed, unique, and practical. The antique 'book' nature of it just adds to my proud geek identity. The folks at Twelve South have terrific customer support, and each Book Book comes with a one-year warranty. This things isn't cheap ($60), but if you have the money, it's well worth it.
(c) 2015 Michael C. Voigts
I'm a follower of Christ serving as an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary.