• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Twelve South BookBook Case

    • Written by from bronx

    I got this amazing case for Christmas 2013, it's now mid June 2014 and even though this is literally a great case (I haven't lost, broken, or cracked my phone since I got this case) ONE major issue is that where the actually phone sits is already coming apart. I mean $60 for a case should literally last a few years. Sad thing is I wish Apple could replace the item but they can't. Over all great case but cost to much if its already falling apart.

    NYC/ TJ

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nobody can hear you

    • Written by from Alexandria

    What most reviews say is true: the way this case is designed prevents for the iPhone microphone to work properly. You can't use the phone without headphones. I can't believe how such an expensive case could be so defective. I tried cutting the bottom part of the case to eliminate any potential blockages to the mic, but still it does not work properly. Do not buy this very expensive and low quality case, please... you'll regret it.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea!

    • Written by from MAULDIN

    This wallet/case is great! In addition to the comfort of not having a wallet in your back pocket it also allows a more comfortable ride on my motorcycle. After about 2 years it has finally started to dhow some wear & tear, but as much as I use my phone this is to be expected. I have had many complements on the case and a few people have bought it because they liked mine so much. I would recommend this wallet/case to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Book Book iPhone 5s case

    • Written by from Salem

    I had this case for a little over a year and the stitching is coming undone on the front of the case. On the inside where the phone attaches the leather is separating. I had one for the iphone 4 also with no problems. I wonder if they are not monitoring quality control. $60 dollars a year is a lot for a phone case. I'm going to look for something other than this product. I loved it when it worked, but it's just not well made.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Book Case Iphone 5 Cover

    • Written by from Nr Wakefield

    Loved this case, liking the old book style of the case. Another family member wants to buy one now after seeing mine.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved previous version

    • Written by from Montague

    Before I bought this for my I Phone 5, I read all the reviews. I should have headed the many, many people who said that this newer version messes, somehow, with the sound quality. But, I wanted this so badly that I ignored those reviewers. I now thoroughly regret it. People I am talking to on the phone say it sounds like I'm in a tunnel . When I take the case off, it's fine. An Apple Store I went to denied this to be true (since Apple sells this product) but all the employees had to agree with me, once they tried it. In order to talk on the phone I have to quickly pop the phone out of the case. This new, improved model holds the phone nice and securely, so this quick pop-out maneuver is not easy or quick. It requires a little force. This back-and-forth has caused the case to become unglued. I feel rather unglued myself, about the whole thing. Grrr. Don't bother.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twelve South BoobBook Case for iphone 5s

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I bought this case to protect my new Apple iphone5s from getting scratched or dropping it and having it crack. I will say it does do both (so far so good!) The iphone5s does fit perfectly in the case. The front cover doesn't want to stay down so at night I turn it upside down. I think it will become more flexible as I open and close it 20 times a day! It's a nice quality leather and has that 'vintage' matte finish. I wish it didn't have the title down the spine. I hope it wears off soon.
    There is NO problem with the Ringtones sound not sounding like your volume settings. I have my Sound all the way UP in the setting and it sounds the same as not being in a case. Basically, I'm very happy with Twelve South BookBook Case for iphone 5/iphone5s. ~

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had High Hopes

    • Written by from Bloomington

    At first glance, the look, the feel, and functionality we're just what I had hoped for. But after a few months, I find myself searching for a replacement product. First problem was the mute issue when the case is folded back on itself. People cannot hear you. Second is the quality of the product. The addhesive used to laminate the book together degrades over time and the product just falls apart. To bad, because both of these problems could be resolved with a little thought and ingenuity.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ALMOST Perfect....MAJOR Flaw

    • Written by from Groton

    This "case" is awesome but with a MAJOR flaw. The look, feel, even smell is great. The classic leather book look comes with the classic leather book smell which is pretty cool. Phone fits firmly with no wiggle room so you can feel safe the phone won't pop out. The cards and ID slot hold firmly, almost too firmly but once they are broken in works great. No need to worry about the plastic ID spot scratching your screen but most people use a screen protector now a days anyway. The MAJOR flaw is no one can hear you when you talk on the phone! I read the reviews before purchasing and thought to myself "how can a case effect how people hear you?" but once I used it I knew exactly what they were talking about. I only used mine for a week and had to return it because no matter who I talked to, which phone or carrier, cell or land line was on the other end, they couldn't hear me. That is really disappointing because otherwise this would be the best "case" out there. I loved not carrying a wallet with me and only needed to bring this but back to the search I go. If 12 south can figure out this issue some how then I will be buying another one guaranteed! If you don't talk much or use a headset mostly then this will be just fine for you.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON'T BUY!

    • Written by from Toronto

    As of iphone 5, the noise cancelling mic is on the back by the camera. When you open the bookbook to talk on your phone, the mic is covered and everyone you speak to will complain as they can hardly hear you.

    12 south advice is to speak on the phone without folding the case completely back on it self OR disable the rear mic in settings. I've done both and people still complain. I asked bookbook what other ideas they had for the issue and even supplied them with a copy of the receipt. I won't say what they told me but I'm teetering between laughing, crying and feeling insulted.

    This case looks good, has great features but really kills the main function of the iphone which is to be used as a phone.

    Apparently any case that folds back like the bookbook will have the same result.

    Apple should stop selling this product and 12south should stop manufacturing it. Or at least honour the warranty to us poor sods who have purchased it.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not built to last...

    • Written by from Winston Salem

    Good product, but will not last. mine has cardboard and plastic exposed at the corners after 15 months of normal use. Given the price, a leather product should last longer. Sadly, I could not even get the support department of Twelve South to acknowledge that their product should last 15 months with normal use. If you want a few months of use, this is highly functional, but it is not a longer term solution.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Step Up and Step Out

    • Written by from Cornwall

    This is a 5 star rating, of course, after having used it for a half dozen months and having had a 4 Book for a couple of years or more. This one is perfect. Thank you! Why? Not really bulky, when you think it can carry your major card or two, your medical information, fishing license and an emergency $5 bill, plus a cash card and a drug card, if you're in to drugs.

    Bonus factor for those who always complain about how hard it is to take their phone out a case to insert in to some other specialty item, like a bike ride system or a music system such as Bose has to offer: it's a very simple thing to do, you just take it out and press it back in to the binder. It's a miracle, and a very useful one at that, as opposed to other miracles, which do not seem to move me much, having no utilitarian value at all. This case is excellent. I would buy it for you if you loved me.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Case!!

    • Written by from Rocky River

    I have have this case with my iPhone5 for a year now and absolutely love it!! However, there are a couple of things to mention after reading some of the other reviews.

    I have heard that the case won't close all the way. This case is leather and just needs broken in. It easily holds my 6 Cards, License, a couple of receipts and some cash and lays flat without issue. It fits nicely in my back pocket without any discomfort.

    As for all of the comments of people not being able to hear you or your voice being muffled while using the case. It is not a case issue, it is a phone issue. There are three mics on an iPhone 5. When you open the case and flip it back to use the phone it covers the little mic between the camera lens and flash. I think it is to help with noise cancellation. When it is covered it cancels out part of your own voice making it sound muffled. It took me a while to figure this out, but once I did, I just don't fold the case all the way back when talking. I now have no issues.

    I used to misplace my wallet all the time, forget my license, forget cards or cash. Since getting this case I am never without these necessities! I actually got on today to buy one for my wife. I can't imagine any other case being as functional and looking so good in the process. I more than recommend:)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this case

    • Written by from Sylmar

    This thing is great! I love it.. only problem is that it takes time to wear in… But when it does its great. I wish there was more credit card slots and room for cash. other than that great product

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Case

    • Written by from Cambridge

    Great case, very handy too. Have had for about a week and is holding up fine. Takes some getting use to when texting/calling as the the front flap does not completely bend back (at least I won't bend it all the way). i find that it holding 4 cards is more than enough for when going out. It does look like you are reading a little bible when using...maybe that is a good thing and people will leave you alone when using. I did purchase an extra screen protector to use as well.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    so difficult to type words!

    • Written by from Hk

    this is so dame expensive but when you using it, you couldn't type using both hands! only right hand!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Form over function

    • Written by from Mequon

    Anyone looking into this case should know one important con! There is a significant loss in cellular signal strength if you attempt to talk on the phone with this case. If you have five bars where you live, then disregard this, but I often have to remove the case (a cumbersome process) to have a decent quality phone conversation in my house. Now I love the looks of the 12South cases - I had the BookBook 4 for my IPhone 4s, and I bought this 5s case too. Now, I spend more time online and texting than I do on the phone, but anyone who does do a lot of talking should be wary of the case's drawbacks. Other than the reception issue, this design has some big plusses - RFID chips (like your subway card or your ID) can be read through the front or the back of the case, which makes swiping onto public transportation a snap. The simplest convenience of all is having your necessary cards, your cash, and your iPhone all in one easily accessible place. Three stars, of five.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to like this so much..

    • Written by from Shrewsbury

    But sadly after two from the Apple shop and a replacement direct from Twelve South all have failed with the same results.

    Firstly the plastic coating around the phone 'holder' rubs away, then the rest of the coating peels off. The corners that form the shape of the wallet then break away, meaning that the leather cover them loosens and comes away. The final straw was when on holiday - the Canary islands c28C - the adhesive holding the cover together started to melt and the phone came away from the wallet whilst still in it's holder.

    Sadly the most disappointing case I have yet owned, but I will say I emailed the guys at Twelve South who were lovely and replaced the second one FoC all the way from their offices in America - now that is customer service!!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Quality Materials: Faulty Design

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    I've had mine for a day and it's looking like it will fall apart within the month.

    As other reviewers have mentioned you can't talk on the phone while the phone is in the case.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great case if you don't use your phone for talking

    • Written by from Cameron Park

    I loved this case the first week I had it until person after person would complain they couldn't hear me. So frustrating! Turns out it's a flawed design. Twelve South and Apple went opposite directions and if you use this case it interferes with Apple's new noise cancelation canceling your own voice.

    DON'T BUY IT

    6 of 6 people found this useful