Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t be reviewing the Concerti portfolio case for iPad Air. This is because I reviewed the Concerti for new iPad a couple years ago, and how much could be different, right? Well, Moshi did make a couple significant design changes, so the Concerti for iPad Air is worth a look.
First, the Concerti is a portfolio style case that offers complete protection for your iPad Air and also serves as a multiple-angle display. The iPad Air sits in a plastic frame that securely holds the iPad in place but allows for easy insertion and removal. The cover interior is lined with a soft microfiber to keep your iPad’s screen scratch free. Whether the cover is open or closed, you’ll have full access to the Lightning dock, power button, rotation lock and volume controls.
The exterior is made of a splash-proof textured material that is now only available in black. In the past, you could also opt for a purple or gray Terahedron microfiber exterior, and I’m disappointed to see these options disappear (I quite liked the purple color). Still, the cover does support the iPad’s auto-wake feature, and it’s held in place with an elastic band that has a loop so you can attach a stylus to the case, provided the stylus has a clip.
The first change is that the Concerti now opens left to right like a book, which is more natural to us Americans. Previously, the Concerti opened right to left to allow it to fold under the camera opening. The drawback to the new method is that if you’re going to take a picture, you’ll just have to leave the Concerti cover hanging open below the iPad.
The other more significant change is that the Concerti now has an integrated swivel for viewing in horizontal or landscape mode. When you open the cover, you can slide the back piece against it to rest the iPad at multiple angles.
You could always do that with a Concerti, but you can now also rotate the back for viewing in portrait mode. The case ends up being a bit thicker and more rigid to accommodate the swivel, but it’s worth it; writers and bloggers will love having portrait mode available.
Moshi’s Concerti continues to be my favorite portfolio case for iPad; I’m beginning to wonder if that’ll ever change. And that they continue to seek ways to improve it with each new iPad rollout is a great indicator of what a quality company Moshi is. Apple’s never content to rest on their laurels, after all, so why should the companies that accessorize their products?
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