Moshi is a good example of a company that puts some thought into designing its iPad and iPhone products, without charging haute designer prices. That doesn't mean that every thought process that makes sense on paper makes sense in the hand, but all in all, the Concerti iPad case for Apple's new iPad and the iPad 2 -- which comes in Falcon Gray, Tyrian Purple, and Metro Black colors -- has some interesting design features in a comfortable, functional package.
At first glance, the Moshi Concerti looks like a typical case with a fold-over flap. A second look tells you its construction isn't as typical as it seems. First difference from the pack: you slip the iPad into a lined silicone holder that's affixed to the back cover. The rubbery material holding the iPad in place is flexible and seems strong, but I do wonder if it will stretch or tear over time. For now, it seems pretty rip-resistant. You'll also notice that the portfolio-style cover orients from right to left, not from left to right. The reverse opening motion is a bit disorienting for people who are trained to read from left to right.
Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.