When it comes to choosing a case for your iPhone, most options don’t offer much in the way of covering the screen. Ones that have built-in screen protectors like Otterbox and Lifeproof cases are often bulky and austere-looking, but a flip-open folio case provides all-around protection for your phone that is both stylish and functional. Our Moshi Sensecover review puts the clever case through its paces.
The Sensecover’s exterior is wrapped in a fiber-textured nylon that looks smooth, sleek, and modern. That extra bit of texture makes the case a little less slippery by providing some grip for your fingers. The metal accent on the side, with Moshi’s logo, isn’t just decorative — it helps keep the cover closed via a magnet.
While most folio cases require you to flip open the protective cover to to answer calls and check the time, the Sensecover has two key features that makes this unnecessary. The first is a clear window in the front of the case that displays the time, date, and caller information when you receive an incoming call. The second is a thin touch-sensitive metal bar that sits right over the call answer stripe that allows you to swipe-to-answer calls and tap the center to hang up. In practice, the window was as convenient for checking the time as any cover-less slim case; just pull your phone out of your pocket or bag, take a quick glance, and drop it back in. The swipe bar also worked well for answering calls and ending them, though the action has to be deliberate and with slightly more pressure than if you were touching the naked screen.
The microfiber lined interior gently pads your iPhone’s screen from rubbing against the cover.
As with many of Moshi’s cases, the Sensecover is military-grade drop-tested and certified to resist damage from falls several feet high, and the inner TPU shell adds shock absorption and side impact resistance making it a suitable everyday case. Inside, the microfiber lined interior gently pads your iPhone’s screen from rubbing against the cover though isn’t present where the touch strip is located, so it’s a good idea to install the included plastic film screen protector to fend off scratches to the glass from that element.
For those of you that like to show off the branding, there’s a cutout for the Apple logo, and the camera worked flawlessly without noticeable impact to the image quality. Precision cutouts for the Lightning port, speakers, and mute switch keep exposure to dust and dirt to a minimum, while still being generous enough to allow full access to these features. We found the sleep and volume buttons worked well through the case even with the cover closed, though we did have to press slightly harder than normal. The back cover even folds in half for you to use as a stand for viewing video hands-free in landscape.
Moshi manages to pack all these features into a relatively slim case that functions as great as it looks. The is available in white, pink, or black, and retails for $45 for the iPhone 7 and $50 for the iPhone 7 Plus, although we spotted it recently for less on MobileFun.com.
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