PopSockets and MagSafe Are a Match Made in iPhone Heaven


I’ve a love/hate relationship with the common PopSocket PopGrip. I really like what they do — make my cellphone simpler to carry and use with one hand — however I hate that it needed to be caught to the again of my cellphone or case. When Apple launched MagSafe, PopSocket confirmed it was engaged on a suitable product, and my curiosity was properly and really piqued. It appeared like an ideal match, because the sticky pad was now not wanted.

The PopGrip for MagSafe and PopWallet+ for MagSafe are actually right here, so have they lived as much as expectation?

PopGrip for MagSafe

The PopGrip for MagSafe is a tackle the acquainted PopGrip however with out the sticky pad, or any of the permanence related to it, and in my eyes, that makes it significantly higher than ever earlier than. Possibly the PopGrip’s want to stay to your cellphone is an issue for me as a result of I modify telephones most weeks, nevertheless it’s additionally an issue for anybody who modifications cellphone circumstances usually too. All that is (principally) gone with the MagSafe model.

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Relatively than simply being the “grip” half, the PopGrip for MagSafe has a big baseplate part containing the magnets wanted to connect to your iPhone. The extendable grip is unchanged from earlier variations. PopSocket recommends utilizing the PopGrip with a MagSafe case, presumably to extend magnetic energy, that means you’ll must get one in case you don’t have one already, and while you change circumstances sooner or later it must be a MagSafe suitable one once more.

Is the PopGrip firmly hooked up? Sure, it has a limpet-like grip when used with Nomad’s Rugged MagSafe case, and the leather-based again helps hold it centered too. It feels rather less safe when used with Apple’s clear MagSafe case, nevertheless it has a extra exact means of “clicking” into the middle place. I’m not fully positive why you shouldn’t use the PopGrip for MagSafe with no case, because it nonetheless feels simply as safe on the again of the cellphone.

The grip part is positioned centrally on the again of the cellphone and there’s no technique to alter it, so in case you choose the PopSocket to be set on the decrease half of your cellphone, you’re out of luck right here. The PopGrip for MagSafe should even be eliminated earlier than utilizing a MagSafe charger, and it ought to go with out saying that you just shouldn’t maintain your cellphone by the PopGrip for MagSafe both, though I’m impressed by the quantity of maintain it really has.

There are 4 colours obtainable, the Nebula and black variations seen right here, plus an Opal and Gold Lutz Marble. All value $30.

PopWallet+ for MagSafe

The PopWallet+ for MagSafe is similar to the PopGrip, because it incorporates the PopGrip half with a flat baseplate containing the magnets for MagSafe attachment. Besides this time the baseplate accommodates a pockets giant sufficient to carry three playing cards inside. It’s lined with a stretchy elastic, which is uncovered on the backside of the pockets part so you possibly can push the playing cards out the highest.

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Playing cards are fully hidden contained in the PopWallet+ which is nice for safety as an off-the-cuff look doesn’t shortly reveal there are playing cards caught to the again of your cellphone, and the case is magnetically shielded so your playing cards don’t get ruined. Though three playing cards match contained in the case, it’s simpler to push them free when solely two are positioned inside.

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Just like the PopGrip it’s really helpful you utilize the PopWallet+ with a MagSafe case, and it’s worthwhile to take away it from the cellphone to make use of a MagSafe wi-fi charger. It prices $40 and is available in black, Blush Pink, Floral Bohemian, Deep Periwinkle, and Rose Gold Lutz Marble. Each it and the PopGrip are suitable with all interchangeable PopTops and PopMount merchandise, and work with the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Professional, and iPhone 12 Professional Max.

Value it?

MagSafe provides flexibility to the common-or-garden PopGrip. For those who don’t need to use it, it’s shortly eliminated, and in case you change your case it doesn’t imply you need to purchase one other PopGrip. Nonetheless, this comes on the expense of having the ability to place the PopGrip within the location you need on the again of your cellphone. It’s mounted centrally, and the placement of the MagSafe magnets contained in the iPhone imply that’s the place it should keep.

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This did influence how useful I discovered them. I couldn’t use the PopGrip to face the iPhone up in portrait orientation for video calls, nevertheless it works superb for panorama video viewing. The central placement makes one-hand typing a bit of awkward, particularly you probably have small arms, which is commonly a cause for getting a PopGrip within the first place.

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Curiously, I discovered each these issues have been solved by one other new PopSockets product: the up to date PopGrip Slide Stretch. It doesn’t use a sticky pad or MagSafe expertise. As a substitute, it grips the perimeters of your cellphone, and might be slid up and down the physique giving extra management over its placement. It suits many telephones, even a case-less Google Pixel 5, is less expensive than the MagSafe merchandise at $15, and might be eliminated while you don’t need it. Use it with an iPhone 12 and it acts as a stand when utilizing the MagSafe wi-fi charger too.

PopSockets MagSafe merchandise use Apple’s new magnetic characteristic very successfully, however are barely compromised by the restrictions of the system itself, taking away a number of the advantages of the pure, primary PopGrip product. Nonetheless, in case you’re pleased with the compromises, the PopGrip for MagSafe and PopWallet+ for MagSafe are sometimes helpful, enjoyable, customizable, and well-designed merchandise that use MagSafe in an fascinating means.

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