MADE: iPhone Case Mod - I bought this great iPhone 4 wallet/ phone case from the Apple Store. It’s made by a company called Twelve South (twelvesouth.com). It’s called the BookBook. I saw my brother’s a week or so ago & loved it.
It’s a really handy little wallet. It doesn’t hold a ton of stuff, but then who wants to carry a bulky wallet? It holds my driver’s license, a few other forms of ID, but not much else. I carry way too much in my wallet anyway, so for me this is great.
For me, a great iPhone case keeps your phone safe and looks good doing it. So when you introduce a few pockets and a place for bouncers & gas station attendants to admire your ugly mug (and my birthday), I’m sold.
The case is styled just like an old beat up, leather bound book. It doesn’t sound like much of a gimmick, but if you read e-books or emails or do most anything where you need to view the screen for a prolonged period of time, the sturdy “book” can be held very comfortably.
I really liked the case. Then I remembered the third, and MOST IMPORTANT requirement: The case MUST HAVE A CAMERA HOLE.
It was when I went to use the camera that I realized the only way I’d be able to take a picture would be if my phone suddenly had x-ray capabilities or… I could mod it myself.
So I took a very new X-Acto knife and carved an the opening using the cardboard iPhone 4 that comes with the BookBook.
The outside back is made of soft leather. It’s best to use a new blade to get the best cut. Otherwise you might get ragged edges. The inside back is also easy to get through. It’s the cardboard between them that is tough. But like I said: new blade!
I used a lighter at the end to burn off threads or any other small imperfections.
You should pop your phone into the case and snap a pic to make sure there’s sufficient room for the burst. Otherwise you’ll end up with pictures that look like the fog just rolled in. Plus, the phone has some play in the case. A big enough opening will keep the area clear of obstructions when you take your phone out for impromptu picture taking.
I’m pretty happy with my mod. The block could have been straighter, but it serves it’s purpose. I can still go in and clean it up more.
This simple mod really makes a really great iPhone case even better.