A travel gear review of the Flygrip (www.flygrip.com) for smartphones and smarter travelers – Is the Flygrip one of the best travel accessories ever?!
We review the Flygrip ultra-thin collapsible smartphone accessory so you never drop your phone again – Is it the best travel accessory ever?
Company/Manufacturer: Flygrip – Offers three sizes and a multitude of colors on their grips/stands for iPhones, iPads, smartphones, phablets, and more
Product(s): Flygrip one-handed ultrathin foldable grip and stand for smartphones and devices
Cost: $29.95 from Flygrip with free phone case, replacement adhesive, custom foam cutouts for custom fit
Availability: Purchased directly online at www.flygrip.com
Our Travel Gear rating: ***** (Five stars out of five) Highly Recommended
When running through airports or taking pictures overseas, especially with newer, larger smartphones and tablets, the opportunity to drop your device has never been higher. And that means a cracked screen, a lost phone or several hundreds of dollars in repairs, not to mention any lost photos or data you have on your phone. In response, Flygrip has created an amazing, and amazingly simple device that attaches to the back of your phone, or even onto a case if you prefer.
The Flygrip is easily opened and is designed to be slipped onto your fingers beyond the knuckles. Once the flygrip is on your hand, it is almost impossible to drop it or cause it to accidentally slip off. And slipping the flygrip on your hand is very easy. From a pocket or holster, one simply begins to pull out the phone, flick gently the magnetic catch and slip in your fingers as you are puling the phone out to look at it or make a call – No more dropped phones! Because Flygrip realizes that there are many different sized hands and fingers, they have three sizes of Flygrip and also include foam pads that can be used to tightened the finger space. I have never needed the foam although it makes the grip even “stickier” and the possibility of dropping the phone even more remote. I like the “looser” feel of the large Flygrip (I wear medium Men’s gloves) and have never felt the loose grip endangers my phone, or might cause me to drop it.
The Flygrip attaches to your phone or case using a very strong, yet removable adhesive tape. And Flygrip includes an extra adhesive pad in case you decide to remove the Flygrip from one device (or case) and use it with another. Since I upgrade my phone every two years and cases even more frequently, this is a nice feature since it can stay current with your latest phone. And once you have a Flygrip, you will quickly grow dependent on it being on your phone. Whether running to a plane, checking email in a jacuzzi/bathtub, fumbling with your phone in the cold, you will never feel like one-handed texting or picture taking may cause you to fumble or drop your device.
Update: After two years or so my little magnet that keeps the grip closed when not in use popped off and got lost so the grip wouldn’t stay closed. Sure I could still fold it and slide it into a pocket, but I emailed Flygrip and explained the problem and they offered to fix it/replace it free even though long out of warranty. Great customer service for a great product. Some might question the “hefty” price tag for a small item. I did too. But once you’ve had it for a week, you’ll never think the $29.95 was wasted money. I buy a lot of accessories and other useful items to extend the use of my phone and its productivity, and nothing compares to the Flygrip.
A quick look online at Amazon shows the way some people are trying to get the same (yet much poorer) results, without buying a Flygrip. These may work, but I guarantee they won’t work as well. The only time I can think of where the Flygrip will not outperform every other one-handed solution might be if you are required to wear heavy gloves due to work or weather and have to keep switching indoors and outdoors, gloves and no gloves. even with the largest Flygrip, this might cause you trouble. In most every other situation, the Flygrip should satisfy.
Since the Flygrip collapsed is only about a 1/4″ thick, I haven’t had any trouble with it slipping into my smartphone holster, a phone pouch, or my pocket, including the slim case. Flygrip even offers you a free case (lots to choose from) that are slim and of decent quality, although I am partial to the Ringke SLIM brand and NEKEDA bright yellow/orange cases purchased for cheap on Amazon. I have only had to ever replace a Ringke once due to age/cracking. Flygrip includes a case for those who would rather not attach the Flygrip directly to the back of their phone. Personally I have had to remove the Flygrip a number of times as I upgrade cases or phones and it has never damaged my device or case. (Please follow their instructions carefully however as the adhesive panel included is VERY sticky and cannot be torn off or pried off without some determination.
If you attach the Flygrip correctly, you may still be able to use a dashmount or accessory like the UniGrip Pro (or SmartMount XL pictured) and other tripod attachments like the Joby ultra-mini tripod without removing it. This of course depends on the size of your device.
The Flygrip also works well as a phone holder either horizontally or vertically for watching movies, propping up the device, or reading texts. However, since it is not adjustable, due to the angle, it will probably not work for you for taking pictures or using your timer to take pictures of yourself at a distance. That is a shame because that is just about the only other drawback I can think of for the Flygrip. Still, it is stable and can be propped up almost anyway including your car’s dashboard as long s you use a slip-proof dash mat.
Did I mention that Flygrips come in many different colors? In fact, they probably have a color for just about everyone, incl. black for business and for nights out on the town.
I have held the Flygrip one-handed on roller coasters, recording video, as well as in many other situations where you wouldn’t want to let go of your phone or accidentally drop it. In fact, people often notice when I have my hand hanging down as I walk, with phone attached. You can also reverse your grip on it, so that instead on in your palm, it is on the backside of your hands. This is important if you are carrying things or keep your hands free, but want to be able to turn your wrist to see a text or check an email – This works especially well with speech to text and spoken commands.
Lastly, the Flygrip can help you take better pictures and video. It provides additional security when trying to use your thumbs etc. to navigate setting screens, and provides a much more steady platform than holding your phone/camera by it’s four corners. Try it once and you’ll see what I mean. People are always amazed that I can get such great low-light photos using my Flygrip.
In this Travel Gear Review of the Flygrip, we realize it isn’t the solution to every problem, but when you need a hand free, are carrying something, or want the extra guarantee to not accidentally drop your phone – The Flygrip performs simply and elegantly.
We’re currently in training for the one-handed flygrip “quick draw” – We use a discontinued Palm PDA Pocket which is the best adjustable phone holster ever made.
This video is a bit old – Newer Flygrips do not have a”clip” but use a small magnet making this process of one-handed drawing of your phone even easier and faster.
Looking for more videos or reviews about the Flygrip? Here are some sites:
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/11/21/flygrip-gravity-2013-review/ who like me, like to switch cases a lot and need to either settle down or buy more Flygrips!
Not sure why C|Net didn’t like it.
Check them out on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/FLYGRIPinc/featured