Moshi designs stylish iPad Pro cases that truly function
In March of 2016, I had the pleasure of trying out the VersaCover for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At the time, it was one of the few cover options in the market for the iPad Pro. This year, I upgraded to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and so it was time for an upgrade in a case as well. I was very excited to hear that Moshi had released a smaller version of the same amazing case for the newest member of the iPad line.
Just like its bigger brother, the VersaCover is light weight. It only weighs 6.77 ounces, which is barely detectable. There are some cases that seem to just weigh the iPad down when it’s installed, but the VersaCover melds into the iPad and it’s barely noticeable. The second feature I really like about the VersaCover is that the clear back is going to prevent scratches from happening on my iPad’s back. The case has a shock-absorbing frame that provides 360-degree protection. Most full covers designed like this have some heft to them and make carrying around your iPad more of a chore than an enjoyment. That’s not something you have to worry about with the VersaCover as it’s been a joy to use. Not only because of the features I called out, but also because of how versatile it truly is.
A unique feature on the VersaCover though is the cover. It supports the sleep/wake function of the iPad and it folds into a durable stand for the iPad. Users get three different options when it comes to making their iPad Pro stand up – a 40-degree typing angle, a 50-degree reading angle, or a 60-degree movie angle. These are of course Moshi’s labels – you can easily use any of these angles for other activities. When I’m sketching with my Apple Pencil, for example, I have a choice on how my iPad Pro will stand as my canvas.
In addition to the built-in features, I discovered something about the design that I really like. On the iPad Pro, there is a slight bulge around the camera lens. This has concerned me as it makes it easy to damage that area if you don’t keep your tablet in a case. Moshi actually eliminated this problem because the back on the VersaCover is actually raised enough to compensate for this bulge. This keeps the camera from touching tables among other things.
Something else that is good about this case is that the magnets are strong enough to hold your Apple Pencil on the front of the cover. I don’t know if I would trust it as I walked around town but it’s a nice way to keep the Pencil from sliding around a table when at a coffee shop.
As much as I value the design of this case, there are of course a few areas that I feel could use some improvement.
Magnets on the cover – I really like that the cover supports the sleep/wake function of the iPad, but I don’t like the exposed circles on the screen-facing side of the cover.
Metal Moshi Logo – While I definitely like seeing Moshi’s branding on their awesome products, the VersaCover has a metal label featuring the Moshi logo on the back of the case. So, the wonderful flat design of the back is interrupted by a metal bump in the back. On the plus side, this does provide a magnet for the cover to hold onto when you fold it to the back. That means that there is no flapping around of the cover.
Cannot use with Smart Keyboard – I have found myself depending on the Apple Smart Keyboard more and more since I upgraded to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Even though this isn’t really a flaw per se, it does limit the usage of the iPad when you have the VersaCover on it. This is, of course, a different style of case and if you plan on using a keyboard, you may just have to pass on it.
All in all, Moshi makes some great products. The VersaCover is no different. It’s a wonderfully designed cover that does what it says by protecting your 10.5 inch iPad Pro while looking very stylish. Just because I found a few things I would improve on, that doesn’t mean that I’ll toss the VersaCover aside. It will likely be my ‘go to’ case when I travel and don’t want my Smart Keyboard with me.
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