OtterBox and PopSockets made a new case, and it needs to come to Android right now
I've been an avid user and abuser of phone grips over the last year and a half, and when PopSockets (opens in new tab) teamed up with OtterBox (opens in new tab) last year to bundle Swappable PopGrip trios with certain styles of OtterBox Symmetry cases (opens in new tab), I could tell it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. And that friendship has now produced the next evolution of the OtterBox + PopSockets case bundle, and this one is going to be great news for anyone who wants a phone grip without dealing with the way it bulges out from the phone in your pocket and laying flat on a table.
Meet the new Otter + Pop case (opens in new tab), which allows your PopSocket to sit flush with the back of the OtterBox Symmetry Series case into which a recessed Swappable PopGrip base is installed. Since this is a Swappable PopGrip, you'll be able switch out the PopSocket for any style PopTop you have, or gain in the future, and OtterBox tells me "the case itself is still very thin, so it's still compatible with wireless charging with standard PopTops."
The Otter + Pop Symmetry Case will be available for $60, but for now, it's only available for iPhone. When asked, OtterBox told me "We'll announce more devices this spring and will be creating product for top Android devices as well."
It's a crying shame we'll have to wait to see which top Android devices the Otter + Pop will be arriving for — not unexpected, as OtterBox often releases new series and collections for iPhones-only, but still a shame. The Otter + Pop looks like it'll be one of the best grip cases to hit the market yet; a flush back will keep it from sticking out in your pocket or rocking back and forth on your desk, but the case isn't arduously bulky the way many grip-integrated cases are. It's something Android phones the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3 XL need, but something we'll have to wait for iPhone users to buy in decent quantities first.
Until then, I'll just dream of the color and PopTop combos that I could be rocking. That Otter + Pop Blue plus the Flow Water (opens in new tab) PopTop would be nice on a Coral Blue S9+, wouldn't it?
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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.
I'm dying for a good grip case for my Pixel 3 XL. Sounds like it's time to get a high volume Twitter campaign going. If someone can get Weezer to cover Toto's Africa, we should be able to get this case for Android.
speck make a candyshell grip for the pixel 3? if so, there's your case. I love mine on my iPhone 8. EDIT: I just looked and it's called the presidio grip case. Worth the money.
I like the idea for the Note 9.
I'm 6'2" with big hands... This case would make a mess of one handed use.. I know, it might be great for all you average sized humans. Ie. My Note 8 isn't too big for my one handed use.
Cool concept but I feel like having the pop socket flush with the phone will make it hard to actually hold the pop socket?
I think the pop socket expands and collapses