Pad and Quill Little Black Book vs. Twelve South BookBook iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by lkingsvs, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. lkingsvs, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013

    lkingsvs macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2011
    I wanted to see if anyone on this forum had any experience with both the Pad and Quill Little Pocket Book and the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 5.

    I used the 12South BookBook as my primary iPhone 4 case and loved it, however with the new changes I have been reluctant to purchase it and have looked around. I have narrowed it to the 12South or the Pad and Quill.

    I can not find any MacRumor members with a Pad and Quill Little Pocket Book review so I am hesitant to try something new.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2010
    I have a Pad & Quill case on order that should be here by the weekend. I've been pretty impressed from everything I've read.

    You may be able to find some info here in this thread:

    I had actually asked for impressions on the Pad & Quill as well, but didn't get much feedback.
  3. fdxgnd macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2009
    I have a pad and quill for my 5 and my mini. What would you like to know about them?
  4. hsuthard macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2011
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I haven't seen the Pad and Quill yet, but I know the BookBook was updated with a cutout for the camera on the iPhone 5 model. A much needed improvement.
  5. fdxgnd macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2009
  6. cuzo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012

    The only issue is the hump that I don't like on the bookbook.
  7. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2010
    I can tell you the reason I went with the P&Q over the BookBook is because of the real wood frame in the P&Q versus the plastic in the BB. Thought the P&Q looked a little nicer and would be less likely to scratch.

    Have no idea how accurate that is though (in terms of either one scratching).
  8. lkingsvs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2011
    In general... I was looking for kind of an overview of this item and was surprised/concerned about the lack of information available on it from this forum as this is my go to iPhone accessory forum. Also I have not found a video review by any of the usual youtube case reviewers... such as larrygreenberg.

    Specifically, I am interested in hearing your opinion on the quality of the leather, the stitching/binding,and the wood. I am also interested in the strap that winds around the case and if that has proven to be of use or is more of a hindrance. Is the Pad and Quill branding very noticeable or does it blend into the leather and disappear? I am also interested on your thoughts of using this as a front pocket case/wallet and the overall feeling in your hand in relation to bulk, etc.. Any pictures, what color did you get and why did you choose the Pad and Quill over other options and have you ever owned a bookbook?

    I would love to hear from someone who also has the bookbook in regards to a comparison in quality of materials and any difference in bulk/size added.

    The reason I did not already purchase the bookbook was due to the look of the large camera cutout and the new way of securing the phone.

    The reason I am interested in the Pad and Quill is the wooden securing method, and the smaller camera cutout.

    Having said all of that, they both retail for 59.99 so cost is not a determining factor... maybe you have some insight that could help me determine what is best for me, I appreciate everyone's input and help and hope others get some insight from this thread.
  9. fdxgnd macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2009
    Ok. I'll try to sum it up. Sorry for the late reply. I was also on the fence with both cases. I ended up purchasing the pad for a couple of reasons. I ordered the brown with blue inside and blue bookmark. I have a white phone so it seemed fitting. Anyway, the Baltic birch used to secure the phone is amazing. I don't have to worry about scratching the front or back bezel as it doesn't comy in contact with anything. The bookbook seems to wrap over the bezel and be probe to scratches with dust or dirt getting in there. If u look at my case u can see the bezel is never used to secure the phone. I like that. The band used to hold the case closed is no issue at all. It's nice because it helps form the case when u have a few cards in it. No issue taking it off or on. It actually becomes a habit and not noticeable at all. The wood construction is gorgeous. It looks so good with the phone in it. I'll get some pics up tonight as I'm mobile right now. But the pad and quill is def superior to bookbook this time. I have a bookbook too and it's in my drawer now.
  10. bgl321 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Anyone else have any input on either of these cases?
  11. erric macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011
    I have the Pad and Quill Little Black Book for my iPhone 5. It's very well constructed and looks great, but I stopped using it after about a week. I have two issues with it: it doesn't hold enough cards (three cards, I think, plus a little pocket for cash or maybe you could fit another card or two in there) and it doesn't fit in my iPhone holder in my car. If you could get by with three cards, I think you'd probably love it. It looks and feels great and it's very usable.
  12. bgl321 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Thank you very much for the feedback! I am trying to reduce my wallet size so this should help :) I went ahead and ordered the black with brown inside. 30 day return policy so why not... It will just cost me shipping if I don't like it. I have never had a wallet case before but I am really hoping I like it.
  13. jayrflow macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2013
    I just ordered the bookbook yesterday from amazon and will get it tomorrow. I liked the one from my 4S and my iPad mini. Been a fan of their products for over a year now
  14. fdxgnd macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2009
    I've been using my pad and quill book case since late last year. This case has held up great. I drive for FedEx and it is holding up perfectly to all the abuse I give it. I wipe it down once a week to get the dirt off. It still looks new. No scratches or marks on my phone at all. And most of the day it sits on my dirty dashboard. I highly recommend it for those on the fence.
  15. fitnessmax macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2013
    Pad & Quill iPhone 5

    The workmanship is wonderful. However I need to use a bluetooth headset or Apple earbud with microphone for all calls. The Little Black Book is horrible if you try to talk without one of these aids. It's frustrating. I have the iPad book and it's great. If you ALWAYS use a bluetooth headset or mic-based wired headphones, no problem. Otherwise look to something that doesn't sound muffled and garbled when you hold it up to your face and talk like on a normal phone call.
  16. Antgb84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2013
    Sorry resurrecting an old thread, I just took the BookBook for my iPhone 5 back to the store disappointed by its bulkiness and somewhat lack of quality over the previous generation. :( I am seriously considering the Little Pocket Book but ain't willing to fork up $60 plus shipping :eek: for one just yet, wanted to try it out first. Anyone actually using one since they bought it? :confused:

    Cheers :cool:
  17. utee05 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread also but am thinking of getting the Little Black Book. The spine on the BookBook looks like it would bother me a bit and from the pics it does not appear to be much of a problem on the Little Black Book.

    I don't use many cards and want to reduce having to have my phone and wallet and place everything all in one. How is the one handed use on the Little Black Book?
  18. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    What makes it hard to talk on?
  19. Drummertist macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2010
    Resurrecting an old thread. As both a BookBook and Luxury Pocket Book owner I have the definitive answer.

    Best build quality: Pad and Quill

    Best features: BookBook

    Here's the skinny. My BookBook gave out after a year. The seams gave loose on the edge and the top left of the plastic case/phone holder snapped off.

    I've had the Luxury Pocket Book (not the little pocket book $60 but the luxury $90) for a couple weeks. It's build quality is heads and shoulders above the BookBook but there are things I don't like about it and here they are:

    1: The Luxury book doesn't have that distinctive spine. I haven't gotten any comments when I used to get tons on the BookBook. I liked being noticed.

    2: (BTW this will change as it wears in but...) It doesn't have extra spine width like the BookBook to compensate for thickness of adding cards/cash etc. a big over site considering I paid a $30 premium over the BookBook. This makes it always stick up when closed unless you used the band which brings me to...

    3: the band is annoying, unnecessary and in the way. They wouldn't need it if they fixed the issue in complaint 2.

    4: it has less card slots (2 + license and cash) even though it's bigger than my BookBook (3 + license and cash). Hopefully the pockets will stretch a bit because I'm strapped for space.

    That's all my issues between the two. With BookBook for iPhone 6 coming out with a detachable case and a stand built in, I'll probably go back to the BookBook when I upgrade my aging iphone 5 to the iphone 7 in 2016. Twelve south is just taking it a bit further than pad & quill. And I can forgive built quality for more useful features like that and the character that the BookBook has.

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