When it comes to PopSockets, the classic PopGrip: Swappable Grip was by far our favorite option, offering a combination of simplicity, style, and affordability, which most of our testers could get behind.
During testing, we were impressed by how quickly this phone grip and stand hybrid transformed the way we used our phones, helping improve grip and reduce the risk of drops. We also noticed a significant difference in how easy the PopGrip made texting and taking selfies, and keeping corded earbuds tangle-free.
The PopGrip: Swappable Grip—which is essentially the model for all other PopSockets—features a thin plastic base with an adhesive back and an accordion-style stem made from a combination of polycarbonate, TPU, and polyurethane, which pops in and out when it expands. It’s addictive and also makes it super functional as a kickstand, which made it easier for us to watch videos on our phones.
But of course, the thing that stands out the most is the decorative disc at the top, which comes in a variety of funky colors and patterns. Swapping the disc out was easy too: just press the accordion stem down flat, twist the decorative disc to the right, and remove it. To fit a new one into the plastic base, all we had to do was line it up and twist it to the right, which was also remarkably easy.
Touted as reusable and easy to reposition (more on that later), the PopGrip: Swappable Grip is everything we were looking for from a phone grip. Some testers—notably, those who had never used this style of phone grip before—disliked the sensation of having it between their fingers, but we chalked that up to a personal preference. For almost everyone who tried it, the PopGrip: Swappable Grip seemed like the ideal choice.