With people now trading in their iPhones every year, it more important than ever to keep them in great condition. If you are looking for the perfect balance between protection and style while taking advantage of the slimmest iPhone yet, the Moshi iPhone cases are worth a look.
We took a look at four current Moshi cases for the iPhone 7. Each offers its own unique style to meet a variety of user requirements.
Apple Tech Talk Scorecard
|Variety of styles||Hard to reach the mute switch|
|Military-Grade drop protection||Open area on backplate exposes part of iPhone|
|Great match to iPhone colors|
|Limited Lifetime Warranty Available|
Moshi iGlaze Case
First up is the iGlaze. This is one of the lightest cases that Moshi offers, weighing in at a mere 1.12 oz. (32 grams). But don’t let its light weigh fool you. The iGlaze case offers military-grade drop-protection (MIL-STD-810G, SGS-certified). The iGlaze has a soft rubberized interior surface that is bonded to the decorative rear outer shell. The front edge of the case is slightly raised to give protection to the screen if you lay the phone face down. The rear surface of the case extends just beyond the camera and flash which gives equal protection when the iPhone is resting on the back edge.
The iGlaze has a special surface coating to ensure the color does not fade.
The Moshi iGlaze case is available in Metro Black, Blush Pink, Mellow Yellow, Powder Blue and Clear and has an MSRP of $29.95.
For those looking for a more refined look, the Napa adds a premium “vegan” leather back, bonded to a shatter-proof inner shell. There is also a microfiber liner on the interior of the back-plate for an added layer of protection for the back of your iPhone. Add to that a brushed aluminum badge across the back and this case will make your iPhone look right at home whether at a business meeting or a late night dinner. The Napa provides the same military-grade drop protection, raised front edge and camera opening protection and still weighs only 1.16 oz. (33 grams).
The Napa is available in Charcoal Black, Marine Blue and Melrose Pink and has an MSRP of $44.95.
To paraphrase Henry Ford, when the iPhone was first introduced, you could get it in any color you wanted, as long as it was black. With the introduction of the iPhone 3G, Apple introduced a white iPhone model. Things stayed black and white until the iPhone 5s when Apple introduced gold and silver and changed the pure black to Space Gray. The iPhone 6s introduced the Rose Gold version.
When everyone’s iPhone was black or white, users wanted a way to make their iPhone unique and adding a colored case or one with a design often did the trick. With the introduction of new colors, many users still wanted the protection that a case offers but wanted to preserve the beauty of the new iPhone colors.
If you fall into the latter category, the Moshi Armour iPhone case may be just what you are looking for.
The Armour starts off with the same rubberized inner shell providing the same military-grade drop protection in the other Moshi cases. That is bonded to a diamond-cut aluminum backplate with smooth aluminum bands at the top and bottom of the case. Our sample Moshi Armour case was in what they call Satin Gold. Coincidently, one of our iPhone 7 units was also in gold and the top and bottom bands were as close a match to the actual phone color as you could hope for. The diamond-cut finish has a slight contrasting color to the top and bottom bands but is almost identical in color to the polished gold Apple symbol on the back of the iPhone and gives the iPhone a very elegant look.
If our Satin Gold Armour case is any indicator, all of these cases will be a beautiful compliment for anyone looking to preserve the original beauty of their iPhone 7 without dramatically changing its look.
In addition to the satin Gold, the Moshi Armour comes in Onxy Black, Gunmetal Gray and Golden Rose and has an MSRP of $39.95.
Sometimes you need more than just a case to protect your iPhone. Whether your iPhone is going into a pocket or purse, there are time when you want or need to carry your iPhone and not much else. For those times, there is the Moshi Overture, a wallet style case that can hold your iPhone 7 along with other essentials.
At 2.53 oz. (72 grams), the Moshi Overture is a little more substantial than the other cases we have looked at but it is hardly heavy or bulky.
The Moshi Overture starts with the same rubberized shell for the military grade drop protection. It is mounted in a folio-style wallet made of weatherproof vegan leather on the outside and a soft microfiber interior to protect you iPhone 7 screen.
When you open the top flap of the case, there are three credit card slots and a full length pocket for cash or receipts. Moshi says the case can hold 3 cards but we were able to put two cards in each slot without feeling like we were forcing them in.
The Moski Overture also has Neato ™, a detachable and washable microfiber cleaning pad.
All of the iPhone 7 controls were accessible while in the case although you may need to bend the case out of the way a little to comfortable reach the mute switch and the volume control but we would hardly consider that an issue.
When closed, the Overture still has a slim feel to it and we were very comfortable putting it in a front pants pocket although men might prefer it in a jacket breast pocket.
The Moshi Overture is available in Charcoal Black, Sahara White and Daisy Pink. The interior of the Charcoal Black Overture is also black while the white and pink have an attractive tan interior.
The Moshi Overture has an MSRP of $44.95.
All Moshi iPhone cases come with a one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects but you can increase that to a limited lifetime warranty by registering you case at www.moshi.com/register.
The Bottom Line
All of the Moshi cases we looked at are well made. They all had a high quality finish for their particular style. The cases all had a perfect fit but were easy to slip on and off our iPhone 7 and any of these cases will provide great protection.
Our only complaint is that the opening for the mute switch is a bit small and we found it difficult at times to get our finger in the opening to flip the switch. On a more personal note, many of the Moshi styles have a circular cut-out on the back to show off the Apple symbol on the back of the iPhone. While the symbol is well recessed and somewhat protected, it does leave the potential for something to scratch that part of the iPhone. We also found in the few days that we had the Armour case on our iPhone 7, that dust and dirt was starting to accumulate in the unprotected area. We love the idea of seeing the Apple symbol on the back of the iPhone but would have preferred that it was covered by some form of clear protection.
These are not the only cases that Moshi offers and if one of these doesn’t met your needs, you would be well served to check out their entire selection at their web site http://www.moshi.com.
Most of these Moshi cases are also available for the iPhone 7 Plus as well as some older iPhone models. You can order then directly from Moshi web site as well as from Amazon.
We would like to thank the folks at Moshi for providing these cases for our review.
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