Following up my recent post regarding the pro's of using a slim wallet, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on Twelve South's upgrade to it's popular BookBook wallet/case for iPhone. Now taller, thinner and designed to fit perfectly with the iPhone 5.
This extravagant iPhone case resembles a vintage book cover and includes the functionality of a basic wallet.
The book-like cover is made of solid genuine leather. As Twelve South suggests, the more scratches it has the better it will look. This is so true, the more I use the wallet the better it looks. My iPhone 5 survived a two-meter drop with not even a dent making me understand that this case is here to stay.
The only downside I've encountered so far was that at first the front flap didn't stay shut when lying flat on a table. This was only because it was still in mint condition, after three weeks of intense usage the issue has completely vanished.
At first, using the iPhone 5 while in the BookBook feels slightly strange. If you think about it for a moment, you're actually holding a oddly looking old book. You'll tend to use either the iPhone in one hand, gripping the right side of the iPhone in the BookBook or holding it as a priest reading his daily prayers. This felt slightly awkward in the beginning, but I got used to it overtime. And now I love it.
If you make calls using your iPhone without earplugs on, you'll look a bit stupid, since you'll seem to be talking at a book pressed on your face. Remember to fold the front cover all the way to the back cover to avoid weird looks.
The BookBook provides a nice firm grip to the iPhone, drastically improving typing and general usage in vertical and landscape position.
Despite my first thoughts, taking photos is not an issue since the case does not get in the way of the camera.
Most people will say that the case will not make a true wallet replacement, but in my case it did. My most important cards and some cash seamlessly fit all together with my iPhone. I just hope I don't get robbed.