BOOKBOOK FOR IPAD
Try & Byte, $99.95 tryandbyte.com.au ★★★★
APPLE tablets are like dolls: iPad users dress them up to look their very best. But not all tablet cases are of the same quality and few stand out as much as the BookBook from TwelveSouth.
The Apple-only accessory company makes some striking cases, many of which look like old encyclopedia volumes ( you can Google what those are, kids).
This second-edition BookBook for iPad looks just as good and just as authentic as the first, though it comes with some important modifications.
Users can choose a black case over a brown one. Its surface appears just a little bit more scratched, watermarked and altogether aged than the last model and has a truly convincing old-book likeness.
But by far the biggest enhancements are in its form.
This case is significantly thinner than its predecessor, making it easy to carry and less easy to recognise as something with an iPad inside. Its zip is also better designed, with less slack, so it’s less prone to catching on its own lining.
Inside, the new BookBook also hugs its tablet just a little closer. Rather than keep the iPad in place with elastic straps, this edition features a built-in leather slip for the tablet that surrounds it, leaving space for its cameras, volume, home and sleep controls.
This insert is held in place with clips but can swing out to form a triangular stand— a big improvement and a comfortable way of using the iPad on a desk.
The BookBook will not suit every iPad costumer — it’s not waterproof, it does add bulk and its zip can stick sometimes.
But this unique cover is more practical than ever and just as good-looking.