BookBook Vol. 2 is a BYOD trojan horse

BookBook Vol. 2 is a BYOD trojan horse

Summary: This case for the iPad 2 is the best way to roll stealth-mode and a great way to Bring Your Own Device into unfriendly corporate territory.

TOPICS: Apple, Reviews
BookBook Vol. 2 closed - Jason O'Grady

BookBook Vol 2 ($79.99) is a cover-case for the iPad 2 that makes it look like its wrapped in a rich leatherbound book. And it is. The best part about keeping your iPad 2 in a BookBook case (besides the obvious 360 degree wraparound coverage, yadda, yadda) is that it doesn't look like an iPad case, in fact it doesn't look like an anything case -- it looks like a book, a 100 percent convincing book.

Easily the best BookBook feature is its low profile. You could easily take it onto a subway in the worst part of town and no one would give it a second glance, let alone thing about mugging you for it. You can even use it, opened, book style without drawing the attention of anyone in the immediate vacinity.  

BookBook Vol. 2 open 1 - Jason O'Grady

The other nice feature of a stealth case like BookBook is that you can bring it to the office without drawing the ire of Corporate IT goons that forbid non-authorized computer hardware. While it might be hip to use Apple products on some corporate campuses, there are still many that frown upon anything the isn't corporate issued, remotely administerable and locked to a rigid policy.

Vol 2, as the name implies, is the sequel to the original 2010 BookBook for iPad (see my review). It's a totally new installment that improves on the original in many ways. Vol 2 holds the iPad much more securely than the original, and it also flips open (see photo below) such that you can still use the iPad 2/3 to take photos and videos while in the case, a feat not possible with the original BookBook.

Thanks to it ingenious new enclosure design BookBook can be used flat, at a slight angle (perfect for typing) and even propped up on a table in moving-watching mode.

BookBook Vol. 2 open 2 - Jason O'Grady

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is huge right now and more and more people are bringing Apple products into the workplace. Some companies tolerate it, others allow it and some even reimburse employees for using their own machines. But if your company is more rigid about BYOD, BookBook allows you to bring your iPad to the office without any questions. You can even use it on the DL.

BookBook pays dividends even in offices that tolerate iPads. Because it's so stealth, BookBook saves you from those ackward "is that an iPad?" moments that steer the conversation from the topic at hand to who's-using-what gadget. Work is supposed to be about work after all, right?

TwelveSouth makes BookBook in black, brown and red, and if you don't have an iPad, you can get similarly cool-looking BookBooks for everything from the MacBook Pro to the Air to the iPhone 4. BookBook isn't inexpensive, but like the iPad itself, quality items rarely are.

BookBook is one of the few enclosures worthy of holding an iPad. Case closed.

Topics: Apple, Reviews

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  • Jeez, I hope your company's IT department ...

    ... isn't relying on physically seeing devices in order to know what's on the network. If anybody is able to add any device to the WLAN, IT is really not doing their job.

    That being said, it is a really nice looking case.
  • Because you REALLY want to lose your job when your boss discovers it . . .

    Because you REALLY want to lose your job when your boss discovers it's not a book.

    If your workplace has a policy against bringing your own device, don't try to circumvent it.

    But I'll point out that while BYOD isn't catching on everywhere (and IMO it's a fad anyways), it's also not the case that most workplaces have been hostile to personal devices. Most places *have* allowed you to bring your own devices.

    That's never really been the problem. The problem has always been the case where a device is needed, and businesses have to choose whether to buy a device for their employees or fire their employees. I'm against the idea of firing the employees.
  • Really?

    "You can even use it, opened, book style without drawing the attention of anyone in the immediate vacinity. "

    Because nobody will notice the bright glow of the screen, right?
  • Ipad mini case

    Check out Proporta. I bought a great no nonsense slimline synthetic leather (would have preferred real but still...) case for £25. It has a soft suede lining which completely protects your iPad from scratching. Just four small bits of elastic to secure it in the corners does a great job. It just folds back and you have an understated functional notepad which will slip easily into a pocket or handbag, when flipped closed. It stands up on its own too if you want to watch a film.