I’m hoping the answer is that you’re allowed to be very excited about a really good one – because I’ve found a really good one and I am very excited about it.
When the folks from Mobile Cloth approached me touting their microfiber cloth as being a cut above the rest and asking if I’d like to see a ‘review unit’ I was as skeptical and unexcited as the next guy. I mean seriously, a cleaning cloth is a cleaning cloth right? I ended up saying yes, go ahead and send me a sample – but as always, with no promise of any coverage and in this case feeling like no coverage was very likely going to be the outcome.
Well, color me pleasantly surprised, and well impressed with a cleaning cloth for the iPads and iPhones in our house.
Here’s a slice of the sales pitch for the Mobile Cloth at its site:
MOBiLE CLOTH is made of a unique high tech material consisting of microfibers 100 times thinner than a human hair! It is woven into a special pattern which we call "nubs". Each nub acts like hundreds of tiny suction cups to pull fingerprints smudges, and all kinds of other junk away from the surface of your device and into the cloth with one or two swipes. No water or cleaning solution is needed. (You may want to dampen the cloth if you have dried on material.)
And a little bit about the reported health benefits of using this type of cleaning cloth on your devices:
In independent studies such as those published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by Dr. William Rutala, extremely fine (.37 micrometer diameter) microfiber was both laboratory and clinically tested and proven to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals). In comparison, traditional cotton fibers have been shown to only remove 30 percent of the bacteria and 23 percent of the viruses from a contaminated environmental surface.
1. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities: Using Microfiber Mops in Hospirtals. November 2002.
The iPad in particular is such a smudge and fingerprint magnet that mundane items like screen protectors and cleaning cloths become far more interesting. The iPhone (whether it’s my iPhone 4 or my wife’s 3G) is just as bad, it just happens to have a smaller screen.
I’ve used plenty of microfiber cloths on my iPad – slim little ones, larger ones acquired from Apple for cleaning my MacBook, and various others. All of them work just fine. The thing is, the Mobile Cloth just seems to work better, and certainly a fair bit quicker than any others I’ve come across.
I have found it extremely challenging to get a decent set of Before and After pics of my iPad (I’m a lousy photographer across the board, which doesn’t help) – but I’ve stuck with it and got these two shots that I hope are almost passable:
After a typical night’s use messing with review apps, playing some games, and reading a lot …
And after around 10 seconds worth of cleaning with the Mobile Cloth …
Again, any microfiber cloth does the job on cleaning your iDevices. The Mobile Cloth just does it better and faster. I’ve used it for a week or so now, on a number of our iDevices round the house – and it honestly just keeps impressing me.
My only gripe with the Mobile Cloth is that it’s a fair bit bigger and thicker than most microfiber cloths you come across. This makes it impossible (or far less easy) to tuck into a pocket in an iPad case, for example. So it’s not easy to take with you on the go – and I like it quite a lot and would like to be able to take it with me.
Overall though, this is a microfiber cloth worth getting excited about if you own an iPad or iPhone (or most any device with a touchscreen display). It’s an accessory that’s never far from reach when I’m at my desk.
Here are the pricing options for it:
MOBiLE CLOTH – 2 pack
MOBiLE CLOTH – 2 Pack White & Blue
MOBiLE CLOTH – 4 pack
MOBiLE CLOTH – 4 pack White & Blue
MOBiLE CLOTH – 6 pack
MOBiLE CLOTH – 6 pack White & Blue
For more detail on the exciting Mobile Cloth, or to place an order, go here: