Review: The iPhone XS gets longer life and camera lenses with the Moment Pro Photo battery...

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Moment's Pro Photo case is an Apple-certified battery case for your iPhone X or iPhone XS with enough tricks up its sleeve to please most anyone.






After being on the market a year, the iPhone X has no shortage of cases available. There is, however, only one with a built-in battery and boasting Apple's coveted MFi certification and the "Made for iPhone' logo on the back of the packaging.

Moment Battery Photo Case


Moment is known primarily as a photography company, with all their products designed first and foremost with photographers in mind. That doesn't mean if you aren't a photographer you should leave now, though. Moment's offering is so well designed that almost anyone could find something to appreciate.

Nailing the basics

Primarily, this is an iPhone case. It needs to protect your phone. Crafted largely from a soft-rubberized material, it does a good job at this. There is a slight lip on the front which helps the screen not make contact with a table or other surface.

Moment Battery Photo Case


Inserting the phone is simple, and similar to Apple's own iPhone 8 battery case. Just bend the top of the case back, and slip the phone in. It slides down until the Lightning connector plugs in and the top of the case is able to fold back into place. Be advised that there's a high chance of screenshots and Siri being triggered in the process.

Along the bottom, you find two anchors for attaching a strap, a female Lightning port, and two grills angled forward. Both the microphone and speaker ports are angled forward which actually helps the speaker sound louder when playing back video.

The buttons can be a bit stiff to press but aren't bad. They work well enough to do their job while continuing to protect the phone. A nice texture also surrounds the case, providing a bit of extra tactile grip.

Power up!

Moment says this case should double the battery life of your iPhone X. When out and about for a long weekend or shooting endless photos/videos, that added battery life and can quite useful.

Moment Battery Photo Case Charging


To charge the case -- and your phone -- you can plug in a Lightning cable to the bottom. Same as you would without a case. That means you don't need a micro USB or USB-C cable lying around.

Even better, the iPhone X or iPhone XS case is able to charge wirelessly using any Qi charger. Just set the phone down and power both the case and your phone together.

Photography first

Moment Battery Photo Case


As a lens manufacturer, it goes without saying that this case supports their full lineup of lenses. That includes the new anamorphic lens, as well as the existing wide angle, tele, superfish, and macro lenses. These excellent pieces of glass can attach to either the wide or tele lens of the iPhone. That means you can achieve stuff like extremely wide shots, or even 4X optical zoom.

Moment Battery Photo Case Shutter Button


The shutter button resides on the lower right side, slightly recessed so it isn't accidentally triggered. It is a vivid red piece of anodized aluminum but has a tendency to move around a bit in its slot. A half press of this button will focus the shot, and a full press will snap the picture, just like on a DSLR.

Moment Battery Photo Case Strap


The bottom of the phone has a pair of anchor points to attach a strap. Since there are two, you can put something like a neck strap, or you can connect a single one for your wrist. If you've ever shot photos in a precarious location such as on a boat, leaning over a bridge, or on a cliffside, this adds some much-needed sense of security.

The Moment app

All of this comes together in the Moment app. It is the best place to shoot photos with all the necessary manual controls. If you are shooting with any of Moment's lenses, it can even adjust the EXIF data in the photo to include the lens used -- those this does need to be manually set.

Moment Battery Photo Case App


The app is also where the case settings can be viewed and the software can be updated.

There are many DSLR-like manual photo apps on the App Store, but Moment's happens to be free to download and works seamlessly with all of Moment's accessories.

Conclusion

We love Moment's battery case. It does add quite a bit of heft to the phone, but it has a ton of functionality. Just having it on your phone extends the battery life without any extra cables or work.

Moment Battery Photo Case


The only downside is it doesn't work with external audio accessories through the Lightning port because of a restriction by Apple -- and this includes CarPlay. Basically, Apple only allows charging and syncing, but audio cannot pass through the connector. This limitation is seen on all third-party battery cases.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Where to buy

You can pick up the Moment Pro Photo battery case directly from Moment for $99 -- well worth it for the additional features not seen on other announced battery cases we've seen.

Note: we tested out the iPhone X model of the case, though it is also available for the iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus.

Moment says that the case does support the iPhone XS, but they must complete the MFi program again for the new device before they can advertise it as such.
watto_cobra

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    jbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Was very tempting until you said the audio port doesn’t work with the case on. Was sold on it until that point. Such a shame. 
  • Reply 3 of 9
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,302administrator
    gutengel said:
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    Because the company says it does. If they lied, we'll update on Friday.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    gutengel said:
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    Because the company says it does. If they lied, we'll update on Friday.
    Marc Barros wrote that it is compatible with iOS 12 but they haven't adveertised the case as being XS compatible yet for the need to test it as part of the MFI program. They advertise the battery-less case as being XS compatible though. With todays reports about the bump quite a few of us Moment lens users are worried about the bump interferring  with the lenses and if the X case truly is compatible with XS.
    edited September 19 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    I have one of the "bending" battery cases from Apple and after 3-years the battery is still in great condition but the fucking case is falling apart. the edges of the phone are no longer protected. So what, I should get a new one and throw the good battery out? I'd rather have a two-piece that snaps together. Because even after the battery dies, I'd still like to use the case.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,856member
    gutengel said:
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    Because the company says it does. If they lied, we'll update on Friday.
    Marc Barros wrote that it is compatible with iOS 12 but they haven't adveertised the case as being XS compatible yet for the need to test it as part of the MFI program. They advertise the battery-less case as being XS compatible though. With todays reports about the bump quite a few of us Moment lens users are worried about the bump interferring  with the lenses and if the X case truly is compatible with XS.
    It works, but even I could see there in a brief second that the holes for the camera's were slightly off to the side. It's off just like my current case I have on my XS. It was made for the iPhone X, and they added XS into the Amazon ad like I'm sure most companies have done. You'll notice that not even Apple is marketing their new iPhone XS cases for the iPhone X.

    The case is just a bit off center. How much that actually affects the pictures you take with the lens you're mounting to the case? It is a slight difference. I don't see how Apple would certify that case to also work on the XS. I just don't see that happening. They need a updated version for the XS. Which also wouldn't be compatible with the X. Why Apple did this?
    edited September 22
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,302administrator
    jbdragon said:
    gutengel said:
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    Because the company says it does. If they lied, we'll update on Friday.
    Marc Barros wrote that it is compatible with iOS 12 but they haven't adveertised the case as being XS compatible yet for the need to test it as part of the MFI program. They advertise the battery-less case as being XS compatible though. With todays reports about the bump quite a few of us Moment lens users are worried about the bump interferring  with the lenses and if the X case truly is compatible with XS.
    It works, but even I could see there in a brief second that the holes for the camera's were slightly off to the side. It's off just like my current case I have on my XS. It was made for the iPhone X, and they added XS into the Amazon ad like I'm sure most companies have done. You'll notice that not even Apple is marketing their new iPhone XS cases for the iPhone X.

    The case is just a bit off center. How much that actually affects the pictures you take with the lens you're mounting to the case? It is a slight difference. I don't see how Apple would certify that case to also work on the XS. I just don't see that happening. They need a updated version for the XS. Which also wouldn't be compatible with the X. Why Apple did this?
    Andrew has tested ours, and it doesn’t have this alignment issue you’re talking about.
    watto_cobralimjian85
  • Reply 8 of 9
    jbdragon said:
    gutengel said:
    Why are you guys claiming that this case works on the Xs? All the review indicate that the Xs has a slightly bigger camera bump. If you're gonna be attaching lenses over the camera they have to be perfectly centered on the phone lens to work. This is misleading, specially since Moment hasn't gotten the MFi certification and is not yet selling the cases for the new models...
    Because the company says it does. If they lied, we'll update on Friday.
    Marc Barros wrote that it is compatible with iOS 12 but they haven't adveertised the case as being XS compatible yet for the need to test it as part of the MFI program. They advertise the battery-less case as being XS compatible though. With todays reports about the bump quite a few of us Moment lens users are worried about the bump interferring  with the lenses and if the X case truly is compatible with XS.
    It works, but even I could see there in a brief second that the holes for the camera's were slightly off to the side. It's off just like my current case I have on my XS. It was made for the iPhone X, and they added XS into the Amazon ad like I'm sure most companies have done. You'll notice that not even Apple is marketing their new iPhone XS cases for the iPhone X.

    The case is just a bit off center. How much that actually affects the pictures you take with the lens you're mounting to the case? It is a slight difference. I don't see how Apple would certify that case to also work on the XS. I just don't see that happening. They need a updated version for the XS. Which also wouldn't be compatible with the X. Why Apple did this?
    Andrew has tested ours, and it doesn’t have this alignment issue you’re talking about.

    I have reached out to Moment previously and their comments were that while their existing iPhone X cases are usable with the new iPhone XS, due to the raised camera sensor there is some image degradation. Am pending their further clarification; e.g.: vignetting, etc.

    Shall keep all posted once I get more details.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    I got the same response, but I did not see any vignetting. The issues that I have with this case revolve around Qi charging. It seems to only take in 1A and output 1A, so I am not sure how it could both charge itself and charge the iPhone simultaneously let alone charge at 7.5w. Most Qi chargers don't really work with it. Only Samsung Qi chargers seem to work so far. Belkin and Mophie don't.
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