Early this year, I posted a review of the MOBiLE CLOTH, a microfiber cleaning cloth made by Hartigan Industries that does an amazing job of cleaning an iPod or iPhone screen, not to mention other surfaces such as a computer screen or eyeglasses. The MOBiLE CLOTH is thicker than other cloths and has a special weave that allows it to quickly clean surfaces even without any cleaning fluid. It is by far the best cleaning cloth that I have ever used. My only reservation about the original MOBiLE CLOTH was the size. 9 x 9 inches is a fine size to use at your desk, but if you are traveling and just want something small to stick into a pocket, because the MOBiLE CLOTH is somewhat thick it is rather large when you fold it up. The solution is a brand new 4 x 4 inch version of MOBiLE CLOTH called the MC Nano. It goes on sale next week and the manufacturer sent me a free MC Nano to review.
I've been using the MC Nano for a few weeks and I really like it because of its portability. It is easy to fit into any small pocket in a briefcase, purse or even just the pocket on your pants. As you can see from the below picture, it is about the same size as the length of an iPhone. It is made of the same material as the large MOBiLE CLOTH so it does just as good a job.
For the iPhone screen, the small size works great. For the larger iPad screen, when I use the MC Nano I miss the larger size of the original product because it takes a little longer to clean the whole iPad screen with the small MC Nano. Nevertheless, the trade-off is worth it to have something that fits into any small pocket. When I am at my desk and have both to use, I always prefer using the full size MOBiLE CLOTH, but the MC Nano is great for traveling.
My only complaint is that it would be better if the MC Nano came in a nice carrying case of some sort. It comes in a Ziploc-style bag, which you can certainly reuse but it is not very durable. Most microfiber cloths that I see come in a thick plastic pouch. You certainly can just toss an MC Nano into a pocket without anything around it, but it seems that there should be some protection for something that you will use to clean your screen. About 10 years ago, I put a regular microfiber (without a case) in a pants pocket that apparently had some sand in it. I used the cloth to clean my glasses without knowing about the sand and I quickly scratched the surface of my glasses, requiring an immediate trip to the store to purchase new lenses. I suppose the same thing could happen to the MC Nano, and because the MC Nano is made to be portable it is more likely to be accidentally exposed to something like sand.
Having said that, it is easy to find something small in which the MC Nano will fit (such as the case that typically comes with a normal microfiber cloth). I'm using one such case for this MC Nano, and with a case I really love the MC Nano.
The cost is the same for either the full size MOBiLE CLOTH or the MC Nano: $2.99 for one, $5.99 for two, $9.99 for five and $13.99 for seven. If you want to use a premium product to keep your iPhone or iPad screen clean, than you'll want to do what I do and have a few on hand to have one at the office, one at home, an MC Nano in a briefcase, etc.
You can purchase the original MOBiLE CLOTH directly from the manufacturer at the MOBiLE CLOTH website. The MC Nano starts shipping next week and can be pre-ordered now on that website.