• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    attractive and nice, but doesn't close

    • Written by from Berkeley

    This is a very attractive case, which is why I bought it. The leather feels very nice in my hand.

    The major issue with this case is that it doesn't close--there's no closure or clasp on it at all. Which means that the display always shows, and, it just has a not-closed look to it, all the time--not something you want to hold your money and credit cards in, along with your iPhone. I used two hair bands to hold it closed--one along the spine, one attached to that to loop around it, and that helps, but I don't understand why they did not include some sort of clasp/closure.

    Also, the plastic holder for the phone itself does not quite hold the phone in tight enough, and my phone did fall out once, so I'm not completely faithful it will be protected if I drop it.

    I do like it though in many ways, especially aesthetic, as most holders on the market are either very ugly, or provide almost no protection. I'm not sure yet whether I would buy one again or not. If they add a closure/clasp, then, yes. Otherwise, not sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls apart in less than a year

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used it for less than a year. First the leather wears off the hard plastic, then the stitches come undone and now the everything is delaminating. The 4s version was ok with some faults and lasted 2 years ... this version for the 5s.. in one word.. BLOWS.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Seattle

    I used to have the BookBook for iPhone 4S and that case was great. However, I didn't like this case because of the following reasons:
    1. It blocks one of the microphones on the iPhone and therefore creates distortion/blocks my voice when I use my iPhone to talk. I have to use a headset or remove the phone from the case. I don't talk a lot on my phone, but this issue is really annoying nonetheless.
    2. It's been almost a year since I've started using it and it is already tearing apart. Maybe it's because I need to remove the phone so often from the case.

    I would not recommend this product to anyone.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    16 months later, falling apart.

    • Written by from Gainesville

    This is my second Book Book. I had one for my iPhone 4 that I used for 6 months before upgrading to the iPhone 5 in July of 2013. I was so happy to see that Book Book added a hole in the back for the camera. What I didn't realize was that this would be the first place where the glue comes undone on the case. The second place the glue started coming undone is where the plastic piece that holds the phone in place is. I'm a man and take this phone case in and out of my pocket several times a day. The leather holds up well, however, the glued sections do not

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Substandard product.

    • Written by from Geelong

    WE have many apple products with which we have been very happy. Very little to complain about, the exception this dud of a product.

    1 Fold it back and the sound is muted and caller cannot hear you.
    2 Took less than six months for it to start falling apart - other cases we have had lasted for years. The case of our 3gs is still in good condition 4years+. iiphone 4 same. Otterbox defender case for ipad 3 still as new 3yrs+. Bookbook case for iphone 5s ready for the bin after six months - says it all. Nice looking product but an absolute waste of $70.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    should have made the move long before I did.

    • Written by from Fairport

    Had my concerns. With a little conditioner(five bucks) this wallet/case has become amazing.
    Leather always needs work in the beginning. Ask any horse person(saddles, bridles). I am waiting for my 6plus and hope
    that the book book for that come out before I get it. For those staying with the 5s or even he 6 I highly recommend this case.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hirise for iphone 5

    • Written by from Dedham

    poor workmanship.
    assembled unit and found one of threaded holes was not threaded!.
    Poor quality control

    1 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Two years of use and it still works and has more character too!

    • Written by from Evergreen

    This case has been perfect. I love the style and it receives many complements. It's practical too. It can hold my cards, my id, my cash, and my phone together and I only have to grab one thing out the door. Now I'm waiting for one for the iPhone 6!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Girl-y accessory for my iPhone 5s

    • Written by from Bossier City

    I have this case in both the black and the ledger brown. I alternate between cases, and have exclusively used just the BookBooks for 7 months. I am a legal assistant and these cases match the BookBook for my MacBook Air 13", so I like that. The leather smells heavenly and after using them for 7 straight months, the leather has gotten some wear, ergo giving both cases a vintage look, character, if you will. And they are sturdy.
    I use my iPhone 5s for *every*thing so I have had opportunities to accidentally drop it. The BookBook protects it. Also, I love that it holds my driver's license, a debit card, a credit card, and my health insurance card. The "hidden" pocket holds cash, or my parking card.
    All in all, this is an awesome case/wallet combo! Ladies, this is a girl-y accessory. If nothing else, this is a great conversation starter at the check out line or at my local Starbucks!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!

    • Written by from Alliston

    I've been using this case with my 5S for the past three months and absolutely love it! The build quality is excellent. It's stylish, durable and highly functional. My iPhone is held firmly in place, yet is easy to remove when I want to set the phone in a charging dock. All of the buttons are easily accessible. It's very convenient to have my wallet and phone, two items I never leave the house without, all in one.

    I've noticed a few complaints from previous reviewers here...since Apple moved the noise cancelling mic to the back of the phone, calls can sound muffled if the cover is folded all the way over. There is a dead simple fix for this: don't fold it all the way over!! Simply leave a slight gap, which is easy to do, and problem solved. Since the case is made of leather, and is stiff at first, the cover won't fully close when laid flat. Like anything made of leather it will soften and become more flexible over time. After about two weeks of use mine closes completely, even while holding six cards.
    I highly recommend this product to any iPhone user.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    By far, the most functional and fashionable iphone case out there

    • Written by from BOCA RATON

    This case is exceptional. I've tried many cases and they all break. You CAN NOT break this case. I've dropped my phone tons - the phone has NEVER gotten a scratch. It is gorgeous leather and the phone is framed in unlike the earlier versions which I also loved. I read the review where the customer said their leather got too worn but that's a little hard to believe. At any rate, Twelve South will happily replace the case _ i have dealt with them for other issues. They are a good company. I can't wait to get the iphone 6 and the new case!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for everything but making calls

    • Written by from London

    This is my second book book case. I had one for my iphone 4 and it was great - apart from the photo taking problem everyone talked about. However this one is fine for taking photos but no one can hear me when I make calls. I can't work out why this is and am very intrigued that the various magazine reviews do not comment on this. Did none of them try to use the case for what it is intended for - a telephone?? I have had the case for 5 months so far and it is a consistent problem so I am about to abandon the case and get another. I cannot work out how to hold or use the phone in the case to alleviate the problem.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Cambridge

    This wallet case has been perfect for me. I can carry iPhone, cards and folding money all in one unit and it fits snugly in rear jeans pocket. I have dropped the case several times on hard flooring and sustained no damage to my iPhone which is a great feature. Would also recommend this company's Hi-rise stand as it charges and displays phone even with the case attached.
    Although a little pricey I have tried quite a few cheaper cases but none come close to receiving the favourable comments this one receives from friends and family.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wallet case ever!!!!

    • Written by from rydal

    I just got this case for my B-Day and it is awesome by far the best case i have ever had. It is not that thick and has a decent amount of protection. The BookBook case get high praises. If you want a wallet phone case this is one of the only ones with ID slot and and pocket for cash. This is defiantly the one to get.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for making Phonecalls

    • Written by from Vantaa

    You cannot make phonecalls with the case on because nobody hears you. It totally blocks the mic or something. I have had it for 3 months and it's starting to break from the corners and the color of the "leather" has come off.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product. Outstanding Customer Service!

    • Written by from Harrow

    This is my very first review that I'm writing!

    I've had my case for about 9 months now and I'm sad to say that I'm experiencing the same problem as others have mentioned here. On the right top corner near the camera hole, the stitching that joins the plastic part together is un done. I can't really say if this is down to normal wear & tear but paying £49+ you shouldn't really be facing this issue.

    However, I must say that Twelve South Customer Support is amazing!! No hassel what so ever. I contacted them via e-mail regarding the defect in my case. I wasn't expecting a reply on the same day let alone in 30mins. They apologised for my inconvenience & offered to put it right. I supplied them with my receipt and got a confirmation within 10mins that my replacement is on its way with DHL. I have to say that I was absolutely surprised and very pleased with the way they handled my complaint. 40 mins from the time I reported to receiving confirmation of replacement. AMAZING!!!!

    Overall this case is absolutely stunning, very unique, ID window is great feature, carries the most essential cards and most importantly, it does protect my phone! I would recommend this case to anyone regardless of the issue I've had as I'm rest assured that if anything goes wrong with it, Twelve South will put it right.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from ADH

    my boss has the same cover , it's amaizing when i saw it i felt that i have to buy it

    thank you apple

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the Bookbook, but not the quality!!!

    • Written by from Calexico

    I first came across the Bookbook on a website for a Men's fashion magazine. I love the look and idea of it so much, that I changed to an iPhone, to go with the case. I purchased both at the local Apple store and went ahead and picked up a Bookbook for my sisters' laptop. She's a professor at the local university and she loved the hi tech/traditional irony of the case. My phone case was a great way to keep my phone and essential credit cards, safe and handy. Within months of normal wear and tear, the leather started to show significant wear. By the first summer heat wave, what looked to be a mostly sewn/stitched case, became unglued to the point of being useless. Sadly, I was underwhelmed with the quality of the case and was forced to replace it with another wallet case from a different vendor. Great concept and style, but poor quality!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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

    5 of 6 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.

    6 of 10 people found this useful