Unless you’ve been living under a rock, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger and the ultimate one-handed operation device is slowly fading away. The need for something to assist with not dropping your rather expensive investment is on the rise. In stepped Flygrip, the small and popular solution for all things large. Flygrip allows seamless one-handed operation without the fear of dropping your phone or tablet. However, there’s the small little matter of price which doesn’t happen to be small at all. The popular mini mechanism will run you a whopping $29.95 ea. That’s a bit steep if you ask me. $19.99 seems a little more reasonable but the folks over at the Flygrip team may not share my opinion. So, coveting the functionality I began to look for alternatives that wouldn’t break the bank for techs on a dime. Surprisingly, there’s quite a few options for you if you’re interested. We’ve covered three that caught our attention for style, ease of use and of course its cheap price tag.
In my search, I came across this little guy dubbed the “WiseFinger” by a company called SmartX. It’s simple yet effective and may even sit flatter against the device than the Flygrip model does. It has all of the same functionality when outside of your grip such as allowing you to place the device in both portrait and landscape on a flat surface for optimal viewing. The dual ring action rotates to take the shape of your liking to fit nicely on any flat surface. This device ranges from $11-$12 dollars on Amazon and comes in quite a few different colors to mix and match with your smartphone.
Bunker Ring, to me, seems a little less intrusive on the backside of your device as well. As opposed to the dual finger action offered by WiseFinger, Bunker Ring offers a smaller single fingered ring which also swivels 360 degrees to meet the necessity of portrait or landscape viewing. And like WiseFinger, it too will not burn a hole in your wallet. Available colors are black, white and pink. There’s been a few iterations of the model but they all pretty much work the same. The only exception is that the ring got thinner for less added bulk. Overall, it’s a great piece and can be easily added or removed from the back of any smartphone with ease. As far as pricing goes, we’ve seen this thing run as low as a buck on Amazon, believe it or not.
Rotating Two Finger Phone Grip
Last but not least, a cool contemporary looking design which surprisingly doesn’t really have a name. I came across it looking for alternatives to Flygrip but have yet to discover its manufacturer. Nevertheless, it’s pretty cool and looks great on any device. It has a modern gear like look to it and also can seamlessly be added and removed from a smartphone without marking your device up. You can search for it online using the phrase “Rotating Two Finger Phone Grip” and goes on Amazon for a mere $7 not including shipping. You can’t beat the price for the functionality that’s for sure. And in my opinion it’s the better of the three as far as design and style goes.
Bottom line is, there are plenty of alternatives for those looking to gain Flygrip’s functionality, you just need to know where to look. I personally have a Galaxy Note II and look forward to picking one of these up to alleviate the constant fear of dropping it when trying to use the device one-handed. What do you think of the up and coming new way to hold your smartphone? Great idea or added bulk? Feel free to drop a comment or two below and let us know what you think.