Every Lightning cable starts with the same three parts: a Lightning plug, a USB plug, and a wire to connect them together. The thickness and materials differ, and there may be questions about the reliability of the parts, but the general rule is: if you’ve seen one Lightning cable, you’ve seen them all. Yet Moshi’s USB Cable with Lightning Connector ($25 retail, $22 Amazon Black and White) doesn’t look like any other cable you’ve seen. Although it’s functionally nearly identical to Apple’s standard Lightning to USB Cable, it’s also unique in three ways…


Unlike Apple’s all-plastic version, the USB and Apple-licensed Lightning plug housings are made from really solid-feeling, attractive metal, tapered to nearly the same ultra-case-compatible thinness as Apple’s.


Second, you can choose from handsome gold metal with white cabling, silver metal with white cabling, or a black-cabled gray metal that’s somewhere between Apple’s slate and original space gray in color. 


And finally, a Velcro tab is permanently attached between the connectors, wrapping around itself to manage the resilient-feeling cable’s length. This feature is quite rare for a Lightning cable, and preferable to the coiled cables we’ve tested.


From our standpoint, the choice between a Moshi or Apple Lightning cable is a no-brainer: they work exactly the same way, but Moshi’s cable looks and feels considerably better for a small premium; Amazon’s price is nearly the same as buying an Apple cable. Are there cheaper options? Yes, but you’re getting what you pay for. Moshi’s USB Cable with Lightning Connector is a very good choice.

MSRP: $25 (via Moshi) Street Price: $22 (via Amazon) Compatibility: All Lightning iPads, iPhones + iPods

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