Jonny Ive said that good design feels inevitable, but does that influence how we feel a device should be used? The Moshi Sensecover for iPhone 6 feels like a throwback, completely covering your phone except for a small screen that lets you view the clock, caller ID, and lets you answer calls without opening the case.
It is, in short, a case for people who make a lot of calls, which feels weird when I think about it, as I primarily use my iPhone for Twitter, Facebook, taking and posting photos, and communicating via Messages and email. The Sensecover, however, puts phone calls at the front, with the aforementioned small screen positioned to show the chronometer, or the name/number of whomever is calling you.
And when you get a call, you can answer while leaving the cover closed thanks to a small metal strip on the face. Swipe your finger along it, and the motion is translated to the touch screen, accepting the call. A small square hole exposes the ear speaker. And while this function works well, it should be noted that if you want to decline the call or use an auto-response, you have to open the flap, and the window doesn’t display the audio information for songs you’re playing in iTunes.
When you need to use the touch screen, the flap fold back and snaps to the back cover with an magnetic clasp. The cover is also segmented so you can use it a horizontal-only kickstand. The rest of the case is hard plastic that more or less covers the iPhone, exposing the mute switch, speakers, Lightning port, camera and Apple logo.
The wraparound nature of the cover provides a lot of protection for the phone, if you’re concerned about nicks or scratches anywhere on the device. I can’t imagine using this myself; I so rarely use my iPhone to make calls, and folding back the cover to get to the touch screen (and TouchID button) was just another step getting in the way of a simple process. And it covers the back camera. As for the styling, the case comes in three colors: black, beige, and a pink (pictured above) that could be best described as “Grandmother’s Church Purse Fuchsia.”
But if you are a person who has an iPhone 6 and wishes that dark touch screen would just go away so you can focus on making calls, here’s your case. You might want to check the time, though; it’s 2015.
Buy the Moshi Sensecover for iPhone 6
Provides: Scratch/scuff and minor drop protection, horizontal kickstand
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 6 (also available for iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5/5s)
For more iPhone 6 case options, see our full iPhone 6 Case Review Roundup.