The Moshi VersaCover Mini Origami Case for iPad Mini Retina Review

GearDiary The Moshi VersaCover Mini Origami Case for iPad Mini Retina Review

Since returning from CES, my iPad mini has been inside a green Moshi VersaCover Mini Origami Case. Why did I set aside my leather Orbino for a much less “fancy” case? Simply put, the VersaCover Mini Origami case offers the lightest and most versatile protection I’ve yet found; it also makes my iPad mini easier to use.

The VersaCover Mini Origami is composed of a reinforced yet foldable microfiber cover attached to a polycarbonate shell.

The iPad snaps into the shell, at which point its entire back, sides, and screen are protected. I should mention that I have a clear BodyGuardz skin on my iPad’s back, and it still fits in the shell. I also have a Spigen GLAS.t screen protector installed, and there seems to be no issues. When in this extremely low-profile case, all of my iPad’s buttons, switches, ports, and cameras are easily accessed.

When opened, magnets in the cover trip the iPad’s sleep/wake function, and those same magnets also hold the “origami” folds of the case in place so that it can be used as an easel for landscape and portrait viewing.

GearDiary The Moshi VersaCover Mini Origami Case for iPad Mini Retina Review

Most important to me is that when I am reading or playing games, the cover folds flat across the back of the shell, where it is held in place by magnets (so thee is no flopping).

When the Moshi VersaCover is on my iPad, I don’t ever worry about whether or not my device will be protected, and I don’t feel like my iPad mini is heavier than it should be. Nothing is climbing up the sides of the iPad’s screen, and I don’t have to work around any cutouts or other decorative annoyances. And although I don’t find myself using the origami stand feature that often, I do like that it is available should I want it.

I’d be the first to admit that it’s odd for me to enjoy a case like this so much, because my usual preference is to go with something “fancier”, but this is a situation where function has truly won me over. With case covers available in aloe green, Sakura pink, denim blue, and velvet gray microfiber, the color selection isn’t half bad. Even so, I’d be willing to pay extra for a soft bomber jacket brown leather, but that’s just me trying to get all “fancy” again. 😉

 

The Moshi VersaCover Mini Origami Case is available directly from the manufacturer and from other retailers.

MSRP: $50

What I Like: Protects the iPad mini’s back, sides and screen; lightweight and non-bulky; origami screen cover can be folded to allow landscape or portrait orientation viewing

What Needs Improvement: I do wish that this exact style case was available in a soft bomber jacket brown leather

Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit

Bonus: Here’s a video from Dan’s and my Moshi booth visit at CES, where Jennifer Kutz gave us a demonstration of Moshi’s new iVisor for the iPhone 5C. Enjoy!


About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area ... or not.