Wednesday, August 8, 2012
It happens to me all of the time, especially when traveling. I'm scrambling to catch a flight, my hands are filled with my carry on, blanket and purse when my phone rings. Lots of fumbling and dropping of stuff usually follows before I can grasp my phone. It never occurred to me that there might be a solution to this not-enough-hands quandary until I was contacted to check out Flygrip. I'm not typically a huge gadget fan but the name alone intrigued me--Fly girl using Flygrip!
Cute name aside, I was interested in how this accessory would make traveling and multitasking easier. The colorful clip attaches to smart phones, e-books and tablets with detachable adhesive strips. Secured to your hand, the device allows you to text, read, tweet or take photos without worrying about dropping your phone.
Flygrip clips your phone to your fingers so that you still have your thumb and other hand free. I tried it out during a walking tour of Chicago's Gold Coast. My hands were clutching a parasol (100 degrees in the shade) and my bag filled with water, camera and sunscreen. Flygrip allowed me to tweet photos without worrying that I would drop my phone. I have unfortunately experienced the horror of hearing my screen shatter on the cobblestones of a Montreal street after I dropped it while attempting to take a photo. So I know firsthand the importance of securing your phone while multitasking. You can also use the attachment as a kickstand to stand your phone up for photos or videos. Flygrip comes in eight colors with three sizes to accommodate different sized fingers. I'm not sold on Flygrip's $30 price tag but I think it's a clever and useful addition to any travel arsenal.