Pretty Fly for an iPhone accessory? We think so
Today we’re going to a quick review on the FlyGrip. This is an attachment that you can get for any device to improve its 1-handed usage which also doubles as a kickstand for your device. It generally does much better than those tiny kickstands on other cases.
Now we only have a couple of these types of accessories so it’s hard to create a numeric scoring system for them but we’ll give the FlyGrip two thumbs up. If you’re looking for a way to safely use your iPhone in one-hand, do consider getting a FlyGrip. In our arsenal of iPhone cases, there’s only one other case that offers 1-handed usage which is the Loopy Case. We’ve done a quick comparison at the end of our video review which can be seen above.
(out of 5)
iPhone 6(s+):29.95 USD
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- Securely use your iPhone with one-hand
- Usable on any device (any sized smartphone & tablet)
- Stand setup is solid
- Adds a bit of bulk to the back of your device
- Sizing of the handle isn't as flexible as other similar products
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- Will add a bit of bulk to the back of the device
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- No issues with the build quality
|General Protection||General Protection (2/5):|
- No chance of dropping device if fingers are in the clip
- Doesn't offer any sort of additional protection
- Pairing this with a screen protector/case is recommended for maximum protection
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Doesn't get in the way of the access anything on the iPhone
- iPhone is very stable when used properly
- Can't easily flip iPhone onto the exterior of your hand
- Can easily/safely use the Flygrip as stand for your device
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Screen access is a little more difficult due to how the fingers sit in the clip
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Utility – The FlyGrip is pretty damn useful
In terms of design, the FlyGrip attaches semi-permanent through an adhesive. The adhesive is strong as none of the cases or iPhone came flying off the Flygrip and the company was awesome enough to include 2 in each package. We did try to install the FlyGrip on a more flexible case like the Tech 21 Evo mesh which we would NOT recommend as the edges of the FlyGrip began to split.
In terms of utility and for this review, which we’ll define as how useful it is, I found that using the FlyGrip makes more sense for larger devices such as the iPhone 6 Plus, a iPad Mini or a iPad Air as it allows you to basically 1-hand the large device. People with smaller devices such as the 5 and 6 might not appreciate the FlyGrip as much.
Using the FlyGrip is fairly simple as all you have to do is apply a bit of pressure to the clip and it pops off. There is a satisfying click when the clip opens up as there is a magnet in the clip and the only reason why we knew that is because of a metal bracket that fell out during a removal.
There are two sizes to each FlyGrip, a medium and large and my fingers felt the most comfortable in the large version of the case. If you have smaller fingers are think the FlyGrip’s edges are a little too sharp, you can install foam padding that (they provide) to ensure the proper fit.
During my review period, I found keeping the FlyGrip in the middle of my iPhone offered the best finger reach as I was able to cover the full screen. On my application on my Griffin Survivor Core, I kept it towards the bottom of the case which made it harder to reach the top of my iPhone screen.
Again, the utility of the FlyGrip is pretty great but there’s something you can’t do with the FlyGrip that you can do with a similar accessory, the Loopy case which I’ll elaborate in a bit.
The FlyGrip also doubles as a stand for both landscape and portrait modes which is really nice, especially for people who like to cook and stare at recipes on their iPhone’s while they do so.
Practicality – Use the FlyGrip as a stand!
In terms of practicality, the only thing I noticed was that it does add a bit of bulk to your iPhone. You’re basically adding an awkward shape to the back of your iPhone which has been designed with all these smooth curves.
Every once in a while, the FlyGrip will snag on a pocket and release but this is a pretty small but still something that we felt was worth noting.
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