Review: iPhone 6 Plus BookBook Case by Twelve South

I am a big fan of Twelve South products. I owned a BookBook case for my iPad mini (see my review )and it was absolutely the perfect case for me for that device. My wife also uses a BookBook for her 13" MacBook Air and used to use a BookBook for her iPad as well and she loved both of these products. So it was a pretty easy decision for me to make when I got my iPhone 6 Plus to go ahead and go with a BookBook case.

Quality

The quality on the iPhone 6 Plus BookBook case is what I expected from Twelve South...exceptional. One of my co-workers has a BookBook knock-off for his work provided iPhone and it is not real leather and is wearing very poorly. The BookBook wears like a champ. The more you use and carry the case the better it looks. The material used for this case really is similar to that of the old-school leather bound books. In fact, I would argue that the look and value of the BookBook case actually increases over time. This is one case where you might actually want to consider buying the case used, much like you would pay extra when purchasing a baseball glove that has already been broken in.

New Design

Twelve South recently updated the design of the BookBook cases with these new cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. These new design changes include:

  • Re-designed removable plastic outer snap-on case for the phone (used to be integrated directly into the case and non-removable). Now it acts like its own stand alone case.
  • New softer non-leather inner material that is more pliable and works better for holding credit cards in place

Functionality

The case worked perfectly as advertised. Credit cards and my drivers license were easily accessible from the card slots on the inside flap of the case. There was more than enough room to carry all the cards I could possibly need, but that might not be the case for everyone. If you have a George Costanza wallet...

...then you might have more items to carry on your wallet than I do. As you put more cards in the BookBook, the case expands outward and becomes more bulky. I have also noticed that if you later reduce the number of cards you carry that the slots, which stretched to accommodate more than one card per slot, may be a little too loose for just carrying one card in a single slot. It is possible for a card to accidentally slide out under certain conditions, so I would recommend against keeping more than a single card in a slot unless you ALWAYS intend to carry 2 cards in that slot.

The black outer mold case that snaps onto your phone is my favorite part of this case. In fact, if I could purchase just this black shell case and use it I would (more on this later). I don't know how Twelve South did it, but they managed to make a very thin profile case that has a substantial feel with very good grip. I can't say enough good things about this black shell case. The only negative to this part of the case is that the finish is starting to wear off in spots.

Side view of the snap-on case. Some of the finish is starting to wear off.

Side view of the snap-on case. Some of the finish is starting to wear off.

Knowing the excellent Twelve South customer support, I have no doubt that they will fix this issue for me. The most important feature of this black shell case is that is contains a locking mechanism that allows you to not only fully remove your phone from the BookBook case but to also partially unattached the case from the book portion to allow the phone to be tilted away from the case and held in the landscape position so it can be used to watch videos or to make it easier to display when using it with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Case shown in the landscape holder mode

Case shown in the landscape holder mode

It does take a certain touch in order to slide the case in and out of the BookBook so you can either partially detach or fully remove the phone. Even after doing it many times I still find myself having to make several attempts to fully remove the iPhone from the BookBook. Although, I would much rather have this issue rather than having it too easily come free from the case. At least this way I know my iPhone isn't coming out of the case unless I want it to.

The last major feature of the case is the pouch behind the credit card slots that you can use to store cash and receipts. The pouch is not long enough to keep an unfolded bill, you must fold cash in order for it to fit length-wise. I have found that if I am carrying a lot of cash it is better to fold the cash in thirds only s few bills at a time and arrange the stacks of folded bills vertically along the pouch as to minimize the thickness.

Verdict

This may surprise you, but I won't be keeping the bookbook case. It's not the fault of the case design of quality, but this case just doesn't fit well with how I like to carry my phone. I really like to carry my iPhone 6 Plus in mY front pants pocket and this case is just too bulky to do that with (unless you are wearing really loose jeans or baggy shorts). I knew going in that this might end up being the case, but I wanted to see if having such a nice book-style case like this might change how I carry my iPhone. It didn't. 90% of the time I carry my iPhone around with only the black outer shell case and I leave the book portion of the case in my "man purse"

So now I'm in the market for a really good thin profile shell case for my iPhone 6 Plus. Too bad Twelve South doesn't sell a standalone version of their snap-on case...

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