Twelve South Journal for iPhone
- Made with full-grain leather
- Looks exclusive and professional
- Protects the phone
- Side buttons hard to press
Case for iPhone is in a class by itself.
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With the next iPhone release right around the corner, I thought it was a good time to revisit one of my favorite cases — the Journal from Twelve South.
Twelve South designs accessories exclusively for Apple products — and nothing else. That’s why they were one of the first partners we had here at MacSources. Six years ago, we published our first review of a Twelve South product and they have been my personal favorite place to turn for cases for my new phones.
For the longest time, the Book Book was my favorite case from Twelve South — and then they rolled out the Journal, which is a stylish, more exclusive-looking wallet case than the Book Book. The case is a folio-style case and is made with full-grain, hardwearing leather. There is an internal composite shell that encases the iPhone and protects it from serious impact damage. Twelve South has an entire product line based around the Journal. It includes cases for the iPhone, MacBook/MacBook Pro, iPad/iPad Pro, and the Caddy Sack. I’ve had the opportunity to work with all of these product and think that any user would find them luxurious and worth the investment.
The Journal for iPhone is a case that “writes the book on iPhone cases” according to Twelve South’s product page. The case allows you to carry several cards and phone together so that your everyday carry is slim and streamlined. One of my favorite things about the Journal is that even though it’s a wallet case, it doesn’t seem to add too much bulk to the phone itself. I held the iPhone XR up to the case and it looks to be about twice as thick as the phone’s shell. Considering that you are adding a wallet onto the phone, that doesn’t seem too bad to me.
The inner shell of the Journal has the side buttons of the phone covered with leather from the outside of the shell. That does make them a little hard to press into the phone. I had a little trouble getting button presses to register unless I really pressed hard. The card slots were easy to use, but I wouldn’t recommend packing it too full. I carried my ID and two cards around with me most of the time while I was testing this case out. That seemed to be the correct amount because anything more than that prevented the case from laying flat. I was also able to get a few folded bills stored in the cash pocket located behind the card slots. Again, don’t expect to be able to store a ‘wad’ of cash there. It will simply make the case too bulky to close.
One of the benefits of using the Journal over the Book Book is that the Journal includes a built-in viewing stand for FaceTime calls or video viewing. The stand seemed to work pretty well as long as the phone was in the case. When I tried to prop it open without the phone inserted, the stand wouldn’t stay open.
I do love the way the Journal looks and its functions for the iPhone. It’s a gorgeous case and even though there might be some look-alikes out there the Twelve South Journal for iPhone is in a class by itself. Journal for iPhone is currently available for $79.99 in Cognac or Black colors for the iPhone 7/8, 7 Plus/8 Plus, X/XS, XR, and XS Max.