• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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:)

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  • 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

    0 of 1 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.

  • 1.0 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!

    4 of 5 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.

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  • 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!!

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  • 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.


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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unique and practical iphone case

    • Written by from WEST HAVEN

    This is my 3rd BookBook Case for my 3rd iphone. This case works for my iPhone 5S. One HUGE improvement is that they added an opening for the camera -- my BookBook case for the iPhone 4 did not have one. I have had lots of compliments on this case. It also holds your driver's license and a few credit cards. It is Leather, so it takes a little break-in, but gets better with age.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Book Book for iphone 5

    • Written by from Lubbock

    Love the design and it protects my iphone like nothing else I have had. I have had it since March and it looks like I have carried it through a world war combat assignment. The color has all rubbed off to a dull gray. I didn’t expect it to stay shiny and brand new looking, I just didn’t expect it to look shabby this quickly.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality. Nowhere near as good as the 4s version.

    • Written by from NORTHAMPTON

    I personally loved the 4s bookbook. I much preferred the ability to remove my phone when I wanted it rather than having it stay in the case permanently.
    The plastic clip approach in the 5 case is not a good idea. Firstly it is coated in some kind of leather, but that didn't last long before it started peeling off.
    The leather on the outside also started showing wear very quickly. This is fine if you like the "aged look" but it doesn't bode well for the life span.
    It has plenty of space for cards and cash, but the added length of the 5 makes this quite a large bukly case.
    My advice, get the toffee wallet cases instead.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok. Leather comes of near camera.

    • Written by from Woolooware

    + Looks nice
    - Leather comes of near camera. Need to get a replacement now.
    - Doesn't need much money before it no longer closes flat.
    - Camera hole is too large and ugly.

    Generally it's ok, a bit "meh".

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted a few months.

    • Written by from Eastchester

    and then fell apart. Completely. This case is probably good if you want to replace it every few months with a new one. Otherwise, not so much. The idea is awesome and the wallet attached to the phone provides great function but the execution is simply not good.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the same quality as the 4s BookBook Case

    • Written by from DONCASTER

    this is now my 3rd replacement of this case the first one the case kept coming out of the corners, the second one the leather was coming un stitched... will have to see what the 3rd one brings when it arrives... not a patch on the 4s case and I prefered the design of that case as well..
    Not worth £50 anymore, I had my 4s case for 18 months with no issues...
    Come on 12south ...

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, poor assembly and user experience

    • Written by from Leander

    This is my second BookBook for iPhone. I'm disappointed in the quality of this product. It seems that while they look nice on the outside, there are many shortfalls that aren't caught in the QC process. 2 specific examples: after less than a week the glue around the phone holder began to melt and the leather behind it began to separate. This is most likely caused by the heat that the phone puts off (something that obviously should have been taken into consideration). The second issue I had was that you could not talk on it without a headset. When you bent the wallet back to bring it to your ear it covered the noise cancellation microphone which led to me sounding muffled on the other end. This is most likely going to be a problem with all wallet phones. Ultimately, I'm taking this product back and purchasing a 'regular' phone case.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with sound

    • Written by from BYRON BAY

    Loved the look, feel and purpose built quality of the BookBook for my 5s. Unfortunately and surprisingly, everyone i called complained of a "muffled" sound quality. They just couldn't hear me. The case was impeding my calls. Tried holding the case in many positions. No luck. So phoned Apple tech support and we tested my 5s with and without the case. Case off and my voice was crystal clear. Case on and I sounded like I was calling from a tin underwater. They confirmed it was a problem. Very weird as the BookBook does not appear to impede the microphone in any way. So baffled and disappointed because I wanted a solution to replace my wallet.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    must have!!!

    • Written by from Halifax

    really love this case....just bought it recently....
    all i can say is,this case has done a pretty good job for protecting my iphone....

    i think this is the best wallet case out there......no one does it better than TwelveSouth....

    dont think twice...just grab it....
    i bought the black one...it just looks nice and neat.....

    1 of 4 people found this useful