Provides: Protection and display for the new iPad Developer:Moshi Minimum Requirements: new iPad (also available the iPad and iPad 2) Price: $55.00 Availability: Now
Moshi seems to be on a pretty good path with thier Concerti portfolio case for the iPad. Although one of my favorites with the original iPad, it wasn’t perfect, and Moshi improved the case for the iPad 2 by making it thinner and adding a strap to keep the case shut. We’re now up the 3rd gen iPad (or new iPad, as we’re supposed to call it), and Moshi has rolled out another Concerti with a couple more improvements to attract new users and to prompt previous owners to upgrade.
Before I get to those, though, let me remind you that the Concerti is a portfolio case that manages to be a bit thinner and provides a better fit than many of the leather folio cases you may ahve used in the past. A low profile silicon frame snugly holds the iPad in place, while a microfiber lining keeps the screen free from scratches. The cover opens in the opposite direction you’d expect so that it can flip back for easy access to the camera. This method allows you to use the camera while the iPad is in the case, but eliminates the need for a camera hole in the back of the case itself. In other words, when the Concerti is shut, the only openings to the iPad itself are the dock and headphone ports.
The exterior of the tyrian purple and falcon gray Concerti models is made with the same soft, Terahedron microfiber as previous editions. The sahara beige model, however, has been dropped in favor of a new cloth fabric black model that has a distinctly different feel, but is just as sharp looking; perhaps a little more professional, and certainly better at keeping clean (but I think I prefer the look and feel of the microfiber models).
There are a couple other improvements beyond the new color. The first (and biggest, in my opinion), is that the cover now contains a magnet assembly that works with the iPad’s sleep/wake function. Close the cover, and the iPad sleeps. Open it, and it wakes. The magnets don’t actually hold the cover shut—you’ll still need to use the attached elastic strap for that—they’re in place simply to make sure your iPad is off when you want it off. This is important, because when your iPad screen is completely covered, you want to make sure it wasn’t left on, continuing to drain the battery.
Second, whereas the previous cases had ridges on the cover interior to hold the iPad at the proper angle when in display mode, the new cover doesn’t. Rather, the back of the silicon frame has “grips” that hold fast to the microfiber lining of the cover interior. This means you can set the iPad at pretty much any angle you want, not those dictated by the ridges, and the grips will hold it in place. I tried multiple angles during testing, and I found that the iPad only slipped when I had it set at the far edge of the cover interior.
Moshi’s Concerti continues to be my favorite folio case for the iPad. It’s thin compared to its competition, it’s sharp and professional looking no matter which color you go with, and it’s now more functional than ever with the improved display angles and sleep/wake function support. Most importantly, perhaps, it continues to provide outstanding protection for the iPad, making it a great case for travel use. And if you don’t travel a lot, it’s still pretty great.