Skip to main content
So many grips, so little time
So many grips, so little time (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

School is a dangerous environment for most tools and tech, but none more so than phones. Phones are essential items always in arm's reach but often bumped, dropped, or banged in the hustle and bustle of changing classrooms or running to meet up with friends at lunch. The best phone grips for students are a lifesaver for slippery fingers. And considering how affordable these are, they're well worth the investment.

Why the best phone grip for students is a PopSocket

PopSockets rule

Now that PopSockets come in swappable varieties that allow you to swap between styles to match your kid's wardrobe (and are removable for wireless charging), the reasons not to use one are becoming few and far between. They're affordable, recognizable, and with the Pop Culture collection finally updated (Hello Baby Yoda!) to swappable PopTops, they're cool, too.

PopSockets are also as much a toy as they are a tool. I often pop one of my spares up and down when I get bored during staff meetings. I'm sure there are some easily distracted kids (like me) out there who could use a fidget toy to help them avoid drifting into a daydream during a lecture.

Kickstands are cool, but you know what's really cool? Vertical kickstands

Vertical kickstand on the Scooch

While the best phone grips for students to use with their Android phones provide a secure hold of the device, there's more to a phone grip than in-hand use. While most non-fabric phone grips double as landscape kickstands, like Popsockets and Spigen's Style Ring 2, the number of phone grips that allow you to set your phone upright next to your computer, so you can scroll through Twitter or reference notes while rushing through some last-minute homework, is few and far between.

Among the select group that can do both, the three I recommend the most are the Scooch Wingback, the Spigen Style Ring POP, and the CLCKR. The Scooch's springy mechanism is the most resilient among phone grips outside the classic PopSocket accordion, but if you want something less bouncy, the CLCKR is a bit less of a balancing act. None of these three support wireless charging — two have metal components, and the CLCKR is too thick for it — but I'm more than happy to plug in at night if it means I can use my phone as a note-stand during my work.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.