Review: PopSockets Are a Simple & Stylish Way to Secure Your Phone

My kids are crazy for PopSockets ($10–$15) and I understand the appeal, especially now that the company has come out with a car vent mount option ($15). You have likely already seen these on the back of someone's phone. You attach the adhesive back of the PopSocket to the back your iPhone case and then can pop it open and use it as a stand for your device or a means to get a better grip on your iPhone. 

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Aside from its use as a stand or finger grip, a PopSocket is also a great way to decorate your phone with an image or design or even logo of your liking. PopSockets even offers a very reasonable $15 custom option where you just upload a photo, select colors, and even add text in your own font. There is also an option for corporate branding. And now the car vent clip adds a new element of usefulness. You simply slip the phone into the mount and let gravity keep it in place. 

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, PopSocket showed off tons of designs including licensed images from franchises like Harry Potter. They even have a higher-end Swarovski® Crystals options. My only concern is that they aren't compatible with some silicone or waterproof cases. Plus, the device itself might interfere with Qi-based wireless charging.

Pros

  • Tons of designs including licensed images
  • Customize your own
  • Swarovski® Crystals options
  • Vent mount option
  • Collapsible
  • Corporate logo options

Cons

  • Might interfere with Qi-based wireless charging
  • Not compatible with some silicone and waterproof cases

Final Verdict

If you want to dress up your case, and add a finger grip, PopSockets has a lot of designs to choose from. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.