SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD / iWORLD 2012 — There are no shortage of iPhone cases being showcased here at Macworld/iWorld 2012, but only one grabbed my attention at last night’s media preview. It was a case called Flygrip, and it promises to keep your iPhone in hand so you can do other things without worrying about dropping your valuable device.
Macworld/iWorld marks the launch of FlyGrip, and I was given a unit to test out.
You can either attach the FlyGrip directly to your iPhone or the company provides a snap-on case to use if you don’t want to put an adhesive on directly. Without the case, the FlyGrip doesn’t take up much room, folding away easily when not in use.
I am one of those iPhone users who doesn’t want to stick anything on to my phone, so I grabbed a case with the FlyGrip already attached. The two-part case snaps into your iPhone (and is very difficult to remove — I needed a knife to pry my device from its clutches) and then you slip two fingers into the grip. I found that the best fingers to use are your middle and ring finger for the most comfort, although the grip I was given had a small piece of the wire protruding at first. I pushed it back underneath the grip so I wouldn’t cut myself and started to give the case a shot at letting me do more with one hand. The FlyGrip comes in small, medium and large sizes — I have smaller hands and the large was actually the better fit for me, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to pick one up.
I certainly had a full range of motion while using the FlyGrip, and its minimal size is a plus. I generally don’t keep a case on my phone, so if I was totally sold on it I would probably attach it directly — which would be a first for me. But the amount of time I need to be using the phone with one hand and am in fear of dropping it is rare, if ever. The FlyGrip can also act as a kickstand, which makes it more versatile than a lot of other cases on the market.
The FlyGrip is now available for $29.95 and there are a variety of case colours to choose from: Mighty Magenta, Warrior White, Prosperous Purple, Ravishing Red, and Bold Black.