More and more I feel like my pre-leaving the house checklist gets longer and longer. Car keys, phone, wallet, work security pass, gum….. sometimes Monday mornings can feel like a scavenger hunt. That was the main reason why I decided to reverse this trend and buy a smartphone wallet.
As I always do, probably excessively so, I researched all of the offerings on the market. I checked the Apple store, blogs, tech sites, customer reviews, and I whittled the field down to the BookBook case from Twelve South. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with my choice.
The build quality of this case is excellent. The BookBook is made of a nice thick, durable, leather. My iphone fits snuggly in it and a red bookmark style tab prevents my phone from falling out. I can hold it upside down and shake and my phone doesn’t go anywhere. BookBook fits snuggly in the front pocket of my jeans and even better in the chest pocket of my jacket.
The wallet aspect of the case might not be enough for some, but it suites my needs just fine. The windowed slot is great for my driver’s license and the two slots above hold my debit cards. Behind these slots is a pouch for cash. You fold your bills in half and tuck them in there. It can be a bit of an inconvenience when I have too many singles because it makes the wallet a little too fat. When I can I try to avoid carrying around 9 dollars.
I’ve owned my BookBook case for six months and it’s holding up well. Since the case looks like an antique book it ages nicely. People will often take notice and I get a lot of compliments about my wallet case. Sometimes I’ll be waiting on line at the grocery store or at a deli and someone will stop and ask me about it.
The BookBook sells for 60 bucks and the latest models are even nicer looking then mine. The details on the spine of the “book” are even more ornate. I realize the price might seem a bit high for a case, but you are paying for the build quality and the materials, both are terrific.
My only complaint is the lack of a camera hole. To take a picture you have to slide the camera up out of the case and then click your photo. It’s not a deal breaker, but I think Twelve South should consider adding one. For me it’s the difference between an A rating and an A+.
If you are looking to combine your phone and wallet into one pocket take a look at the TwelveSouth website and take a peek at the BookBook.