TwelveSouth is known for being exclusive to Apple products, creating unique accessories. Today we have the opportunity to review the BookBook for the iPad Mini Retina, a protective hard leather case. Is it everything we had hoped for? Find out in the full review after the break!
During our time with the TwelveSouth BookBook for the iPad Mini Retina we received many comments about its unique “leather bound book” design. It really does stand out against a sea of cookie cutter iPad Mini Retina covers and protective cases. The BookBook provides a level of refinement that we have not seen in other Apple protective cases on the market.
With the genuine hard leather outer shell, the TwelveSouth BookBook ages and wears beautifully over time. Scratches and scuffs do appear but with the aged look of the hard leather, it almost appears as if it belongs. The inner part of the TwelveSouth BookBook has a suede lining that cradles your iPad Mini Retina. The one issue we did have is the inner leather sleeve which is supposed to hold the iPad Mini Retina was difficult to install. The leather sleeve was too tight to slide into quickly however after a 5 minute battle we succeeded. The only issue after that was that there was still some bowing of the outer edges of the sleeve after the install. Even after a week of use, there was reduced bowing but not completely.
The zipper worked great, without stops or kinks throughout our testing. One of the best features of the case was the built in stand for landscape use. Given that the TwelveSouth BookBook has a zipper ridge, it served as a great way to view the iPad Mini Retina in landscape without any sliding or skidding. The suede inner lining worked well as a way to adjust the angle.
The sleeve was not the only fit issue we had with the TwelveSouth BookBook, the cutouts did not seem to line up well with all the various buttons/camera and speaker cutouts. The alignment was not so bad that it hindered the use of the various inputs but it did make us feel that the quality control should have been handled better.
Overall the TwelveSouth BookBook for the iPad Mini Retina provided a refined and protective hard leather shell, but fit/finish issues with the inner leather sleeve marred the overall performance of the BookBook. If you are looking for a unique design to cradle and protect your iPad Mini Retina, TwelveSouth has essentially cornered the market on this but beware of the fit/finish issues of the inner leather sleeve. Hopefully this will be fixed in future iterations.