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The BookBook from Twelve South has actually long been the very best and most glamorous leather wallet case for iPhone, however it’s a brand-new contender from Acase that wishes to steal its crown. It’s called the Collatio, and in numerous means, it’s extremely similar to the BookBook.

Collatio by Acase
Category: Cases
Works With: iPhone 5
Price: $39.90

As well as holding your iPhone 5, the Collatio holds up to 3 credit cards, and features a bigger wallet for expenses, receipts, and anything else you ‘d such as to things in there. It provides access to all of your iPhone’s buttons and ports– though you’ll need to open it approximately use the volume buttons and mute switch– plus its front- and rear-facing cameras.

The biggest distinction between the Collatio and the BookBook, nonetheless, is the rate. While Twelve South’s offering will cost you $60, the Collatio is simply $40. But is it as great?

The Good

The Collatio is definitely just as rather– if not prettier– than the BookBook. I am really a huge fan of the BookBook’s vintage book look, but if you are not, then that’s one indicate the Collatio. It can be found in brown and it’s made completely from real leather.

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The Collatio looks great from every angle.

The front and back covers are glossy, while the spine is a softer chamois-like leather. It looks smart and advanced and precisely how you ‘d like a leather pocketbook case to look. There’s a small Acase symbol on the bottom corner that I want was not there, however it doesn’t look too bad.

The Collatio feels comfortable in your wallet, as well as more comfy in your hand. It’s soft and smooth, and its spinal column offers lots of grip. It’s also extremely pliable, so you can fold the front cover around to the back when keying in or taking a call, and when you close the Collatio’s front cover it remains closed– it does not stick up like the BookBook tends to.

Inside the Collatio you’ll find three credit card wallets, plus a larger wallet for money. You might probably cram even more cards into those pockets if you wish to, however it makes them harder to get rid of, so it’s much easier to just stick one in each.

Your iPhone is held inside a leather frame that covers the sides of your devices, plus the bezels above and below the screen– though the house button, speaker, and front-facing camera are left exposed. Nothing secures the iPhone in place, however the leather is tight enough to stop it eloping.

The Collatio’s build quality is fantastic … a lot of care has actually plainly gone into its manufacturing.

On the back of the case, you’ll discover one cutout for your rear-facing camera. It’s practically huge enough, and I did not observe any reflection concerns when taking pictures with the flash.

The Collatio’s develop quality is great. It’s made from top quality leathers and a great deal of care has actually plainly gone into its manufacturing. The sticking looks spick-and-span, and it’s super strong. The Collatio is not really immune to a couple of scratches, however they include life to the case, and you’ll find a made use of Collatio looks better than a brand name new one.

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The Bad

Although the Callatio stays closed on your workdesk, the front cover is not taken care of down, so if you drop your iPhone there’s a chance it will flap open and leave your display exposed.

The cutout for the mute switch is nowhere near huge enough– my mute switch is mainly covered.

This was not a major problem for me. Having magnets inside the case to keep it closed, or some kind of fastener, just includes bulk and weight and makes it more challenging to get to your gadget. However it’s something to keep in mind.

One thing that did bother me was the leather frame that holds the iPhone inside the case. It works well for the most part, but the cutout for the mute switch is nowhere near big enough– my mute switch is mostly covered, and it’s truly difficult to use.

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The back.

In fact, I have gotten utilized to just folding the leather back at the side to obtain to the switch, however in time that’s triggered it to stretch and go a little slack, as you’ll see from some of the images revealing the inside of the case.

The various other issue I’d with this leather frame is that it’s difficult to obtain your iPhone out as soon as it’s in there. There’s no pull tab like the initial BookBook had, so you’ve to put your iPhone up from its base … just there is not really adequate space to obtain your thumbs in there.

Removing your iPhone from the Collatio once it’s in there, then, is a bit of a struggle. I’d have much liked it if Acase used the same plastic real estate that Twelve South used in its newest BookBook case. Not just is it much easier, however it’s not as large, either.

The Verdict

I have mentioned prior to that I such as iPhone wallet cases, and the Collatio is one of my favorites. It looks fantastic, its build quality is terrific, and it does every little thing you desire a pocketbook case to do.

I ‘d much choose a plastic iPhone holder rather than a leather one, but then once again, I think I ‘d gladly put up with the leather for the $20 saving the Collatio brings.

If you are trying to find an excellent leather wallet case for your iPhone 5, definitely have a look at the Collatio.