What the Heck is a PopSocket?
A PopSocket is a rubber grip you attach to the back of your phone. You can expand it and hold the grip between two fingers, freeing up your thumb to hit the camera shutter. They have lots of designs available, including solid colors; I got this cute stylized giraffe’s head:
How Do They Work?
The PopSocket comes with a plastic film on the back of it. You peel that off and stick it on your phone or tablet. The adhesive is very strong; I’ve never had mine come off accidentally and I use it multiple times a day.
In addition to helping you take selfies, you can use it as a kickstand for your mobile device by popping it out twice. The makers even suggest you can use one or two of them to wrap your earbud cords around, although I’ve never tried that.
My Two Cents
I love my PopSocket. It really does make taking selfies sooo much easier. But even without that, I often keep the PopSocket expanded just to give me a better grip on my phone, especially if I’m walking around with it. I don’t use it as a kickstand a lot, but I’ve considered getting another one for my tablet (it would be really handy for propping one up on a airplane seat’s table tray).
As I mentioned earlier, the adhesive keeps it solidly attached to my phone. At the same time, I can still remove it if I want to move it to another spot or if for some reason I needed to not have that extra little thickness it adds to the device. Just make sure if you’re going to remove it, don’t pull it by the grip. Instead, slowly pry it up from where it’s attached or you can pull a piece of dental floss between the grip and the phone to separate it. And if you’re not going to reattach it to something else right away, you should cover it with plastic so air doesn’t dry the adhesive out.
Finally, it makes it really easy to pick your phone out of a crowd!
As with anything, there are a few cons to go with all the pros:
Tip: All the options are not available on that page, but if you click through to an individual PopSocket, you’ll see more variations. Also, you can search on PopSockets plus another term (e.g. animals) to see if there are any related ones available.