Mapi improves on Apple's iPad SmartCase design, and brings it to the iPhone

I've written about Mapi's iPad cases before, and I'm a fan of their materials and quality. They make cases for iPads that learn from Apple's SmartCover concept and take it a step further.

Like Apple's SmartCover, the flap folds in a triangle, to offer a couple of viewing angles. But you can rotate the stand to use it in portrait or landscape mode, which even Apple's case doesn't do.

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I was pleased to see they came out with a similar version, for the iPhone 5! The Orion case comes in assorted colors for all types.

In landscape mode, the phone is elevated about an inch and offers a great angle to view videos, on an airplane tray table for example. I've been spoiled by this case concept on my iPad so now I can bring it with me all the time, as my iPhone is my constant companion.

The flap even has a magnet, to stay shut and protect the iPhones screen. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't have a mechanism to automatically wake or sleep, as the iPad does, but that's not the fault of Mapi.

As with their iPad cases, the Mapi Orion iPhone case uses high quality leather for a luxurious feel. The swivel mechanism adds a little extra depth, so it's a bit bulky in my pocket, but in a purse or briefcase, it shouldn't be noticeable.

The Orion is far for the only case Mapi makes for the iPhone. Indeed they have a huge selection of styles, in a wide variety of colors, too. Check them out at
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