Moft MagSafe Wallet review: rivals Apple's offering with far more functionality

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in iPhone edited June 28
Apple's MagSafe wallet for iPhone 12 turned quite a few heads on release, and is polarizing for many reasons. It now has competition with the feature-packed Moft iPhone 12 wallet and stand.

Moft for iPhone 12
Moft for iPhone 12


Moft is a new alternative hitting the market that checks a lot of boxes, including a lower price tag, a vegan-friendly material, and additional features. We've been using it for the past week, and while we aren't 100 percent sold on it, it is absolutely an option worth considering.

Design

The design of the Moft device isn't all that different from the previous Moft lineup. The company has used the same material and magnetic stand functionality in all of its other products. Moft is known for slim, adhesive stands for Mac, iPad, and most recently, phones.

Moft versus Apple's MagSafe wallet
Moft versus Apple's MagSafe wallet


For the iPhone 12 Moft wallet, the design is approximately as slim as the official Apple wallet, but it is made instead from faux leather that doesn't feel as premium as Apple's but doesn't feel cheap either. On the side facing the phone is the wallet portion that houses your cards, and on the other side is the stand that angles forward.

Moft in hand
Moft in-hand


Moft uses a series of magnets for the stand portion, which helps keep it tight against the phone when not in use and hold the stand out and in position, so it doesn't snap back closed. When open, the top bends down, revealing your cards inside, and the lower half angles outwards to create a fixed wedge that can act as a stand.

Watching Mythic Quest using Moft as a stand
Watching Mythic Quest using Moft as a stand


The stand portion can support phones up to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, in either portrait or landscape orientation. The magnets are plenty strong enough, and the stand has enough grip not to slide around. It can double as a grip as well, opening up enough to slide in a few fingers behind the phone to help hold on.

Living with Moft

We were massive fans of Apple's wallet, so we were apprehensive about giving it up for a week to use Moft's wallet. We didn't think it could prove to be better than what Apple brought to the table.

Unlike most of its other mounts that require an adhesive, the new version of Moft for iPhone 12, of course, uses MagSafe. Moft included a circle of magnets in the center and the additional alignment magnet, which helps prevent it from rotating on the back of your device.

The edges of Moft don't lay flush, especially with cards inserted
The edges of Moft don't lay flush, especially with cards inserted


Like Apple's wallet, Moft can still be bumped free if you don't pay attention, but it holds on well enough that we didn't have issues with it during our testing. The magnet and material hold a bit more securely than Apple's does. However, the edges are slightly more raised than Apple's, potentially making it more likely to get caught.

Accessing card while in Moft
Accessing card while in Moft


Storing cards in the wallet is easy, and it fits two to three cards without issue. Apple would require you to remove the wallet to use the window on the back to remove the cards, while Moft lets you pull them from the front. Opening the stand gives you access to your cards -- though they can still be tight -- and you'll need to take out the top card to get access to the ones behind it.

Since the wallet has plenty of magnets, Moft created an additional adhesive magnet that can be used to hold your phone anywhere you'd like. Put these magnets on your cabinets, your fridge, your desk, or anywhere else. We found this most useful in our kitchen while we prepared dinner.

Using Moft as a grip
Moft can be used as a grip


Opening the stand/grip was where we took issue with the Moft device, as it can be fickle to open. It is a bit hard to describe how the magnets are all coming into play, but if you pull the top of the Moft away from your phone to open the stand, the magnet still holds the bottom half of the stand against your phone. This results in the entire Moft coming free rather than the stand opening.

To properly open the stand, we'd pull back the top just a bit, which made a gap in the side where we could slide our fingers and continue to pull the stand open. It's a bit tricky, and we struggled at first, but eventually, it became second nature.

Hover your iPhone 12 with MagSafe
Hover your iPhone 12 with MagSafe


While simply propping up the phone in portrait mode is cool, it was even more impressive to prop the phone up in the air in landscape mode. It creates a floating display that you can use as a mini workstation at a moment's notice.

The stand has proven quite useful for us, as well as the grip, in day-to-day use. You can pop open the stand to lean your phone back on the couch to watch a video. It also allows you to prop it up, functioning as a stand that doesn't take up any space on your desk.

iPhone 12 mini versus iPhone 12 Pro Max with Moft
iPhone 12 mini versus iPhone 12 Pro Max with Moft


One criticism we had around the stand will depend on the phone you have. On the iPhone 12 mini, the stand comes down to the bottom of the phone. When propped up, it gives you a great angle for viewing your phone. However, on larger phones, the case is positioned higher up, changing the angle that the phone is held at. So, while we love the angle on the iPhone 12 mini, on our iPhone 12 Pro Max we felt it leaned too far back. This angle yielded an unflattering angle for FaceTime, which meant we had to prop things under the stand to make the angle shallower.

Should you buy the Moft MagSafe wallet and stand?

Despite the online debate around Apple's MagSafe wallet, it has been challenging for users to get. Some find it too expensive, don't like the leather material, or would rather have a stand and grip rather than just a wallet. For whatever the reason, Moft is now a real-world alternative to what Apple has released.

Moft is a great Apple Wallet alternative
Moft is a great Apple Wallet alternative


It doesn't feel as polished or premium as Apple's MagSafe wallet, but functionality is far more improved to create a floating display, a stand, a grip, as well as a wallet in a slim device. Not to mention, it is far less expensive than Apple's.

If you want the simplest, most premium choice -- go with Apple's MagSafe wallet. But if you would prefer more functionality at a lower price -- check out the new Moft for iPhone 12.

Pros
  • Slim design

  • No animal leather

  • Acts as a wallet, stand, and grip

  • Affordable

  • Floating display is very cool

  • MagSafe connectivity

  • Wall mountable
Cons
  • Edges don't lay as flush as Apple's

  • Material and design don't feel entirely premium

  • Stand can be finicky to open

Rating: 4 out of 5

Where to buy

You can grab the new Moft MagSafe wallet and stand direct from the company's website for $29.99

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,740member
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    edited December 2020 razorpitjony0
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Cesar Battistini MazieroCesar Battistini Maziero Posts: 198unconfirmed, member
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    ikirJapheyjony0
  • Reply 3 of 8
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,251member
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    Except for the part that gives you steaks. That part's great!
    iOSDevSWErazorpitwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    ikirikir Posts: 111member
    MplsP said:
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    Except for the part that gives you steaks. That part's great!
    Not for the victim. Animals live a short and terrible life, they can feel the same pain and fear. Animals are not objects or utility. 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    ikir said:
    MplsP said:
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    Except for the part that gives you steaks. That part's great!
    Not for the victim. Animals live a short and terrible life, they can feel the same pain and fear. Animals are not objects or utility. 
    We'll have to agree to disagree - that's why it's called a food chain!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 1,796member
    ikir said:
    MplsP said:
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    Except for the part that gives you steaks. That part's great!
    Not for the victim. Animals live a short and terrible life, they can feel the same pain and fear. Animals are not objects or utility. 
    Fake news. They are both. And best of all they are extremely tasty!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,725member
    razorpit said:
    ikir said:
    MplsP said:
    mike1 said:
    Use of fake leather is both a pro or con depending on your point of view.
    For me it's a big pro!

    It baffles me that Apple the industry leading tech company in environmental policies, uses actual leather.

    Leather is TERRIBLE to the environment in every single step of production.
    Except for the part that gives you steaks. That part's great!
    Not for the victim. Animals live a short and terrible life, they can feel the same pain and fear. Animals are not objects or utility. 
    Fake news. They are both. And best of all they are extremely tasty!
    Human traffickers and cannibals would say the same about you.  Since you insist on delivering it in such an obnoxious way, I give your opinion the same amount of regard as I give theirs. 
    jony0
  • Reply 8 of 8
    Makes for very pretty pocket pickings by some of Fagin's light-fingered boys, doesn't it, eh, Nancy darling?
    edited December 2020
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