Fingerprints.  facial oil.  Sweat.  We don’t want ‘em, but they are a way of life when you own one of Apple’s touchscreen iDevices.   Keeping those screens clean is a never-ending task, so it’s always nice to find an easier or better way to do it.  Enter the Toddy Smart Cloth. Unlike other cleaning cloths, the […]
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Review: Toddy Smart Cloth for iPod, iPad, iPhone

imageFingerprints.  facial oil.  Sweat.  We don’t want ‘em, but they are a way of life when you own one of Apple’s touchscreen iDevices.   Keeping those screens clean is a never-ending task, so it’s always nice to find an easier or better way to do it.  Enter the Toddy Smart Cloth.

Unlike other cleaning cloths, the Toddy Smart Cloth features a plush microfiber cloth surface on one side and a silk microfiber surface on the other.   Most cleaning products recommend that you use a plush microfiber cloth for initial cleaning and a silk microfiber cloth for buffing and polishing, this combines both in one handy cloth.  

 

But the Toddy doesn’t stop there.  According to the manufacturer, Toddy Gear, the cloth “is also protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology — a durable, environmentally friendly way to wipe away dirt and smudges without messy sprays or wipes”.    In my testing, I found this claim to be perhaps a touch exaggerated.  While I can’t speak to whatever antimicrobial germ killing properties the Toddy has (nor, quite frankly, am I truly concerned about my iPhone harboring illness-inducing bacteria), I can safely say that by itself, the Toddy does a good job of cleaning screens – but not a great job.  

In several head-to-head tests, I cleaned evenly-smudged screens on an iPad and an iPhone – half with the Toddy cloth (by itself or with a cleaning solution) and half with cleaning solutions and normal cloths.    The results were clear (so to speak); when used without any cleaning solution, the Toddy cloth removed most smudges, but left the more stubborn ones behind.   The cleaning solution and dual-microfiber combination never left anything behind – indeed, neither did the Toddy when used with the cleaning solution.   

That said, the Toddy Cloth still merits consideration because it does give you two cleaning surfaces in one cloth, and did indeed clean the screen to a very acceptable level by itself.   Given the not-so-expensive price of $9.99 for the 5”x7” or $14.99 for the 9”x9” sized cloth, it is well suited for on-the-go cleaning.   In fact, those who keep unprotected iDevices in their pants pockets could add a level of protection by simply wrapping it in the Toddy before putting it away.  

If I have one qualm about the Toddy – and it pains me to say this – the patterns it comes in are simply too much for me.  Whatever happened to solid colors?  While there are dozens of styles that will undoubtedly satisfy many buyers, I can’t help but wonder why Toddy Gear doesn’t include some less flamboyant patterns.

Basic black, basic blue, heck, license an Apple logo – and I’d be much more willing to part with my cash.   Even so, the review sample has earned a place in my tech bag for an extended review period.

 

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