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Spigen Style Ring POP review: The new gold standard in phone grips

Our Verdict

Price: $14.99Bottom line: This phone grip is small, thin, adaptable, and comes in five diverse colors that can add a pop of color — sorry, I couldn't help myself — and functionality to any smartphone. Buy one for everyone you know

For

  • Compact, lay-flat phone grip
  • The ring's flat edge gives the kickstand more stability
  • Compatible with magnetic car/desk mounts

Against

  • No "safe" silver/white/plain option
  • The ring can be a bit hard to pull out when folded all the way down

It's no secret that phone grips are a smartphone accessory worth having. They help you keep ahold of your precious, pricey Android phone — and help you avoid straining the muscles and tendons in your priceless hands — so don't leave home without one!

Every phone grip on the market today seems to have a trade-off of some sort — Popsockets can't kickstand in portrait like phone rings, the Ringke Ring is bulky and has a tendency to spin when I set it down on my desk, and the original Spigen Style Ring refuses to lay flat and is a big, bulky design that doesn't look nearly as elegant as the rest of the cases and phone accessories Spigen is known for.

Well, it's taken a few years and a few hiccups, but Spigen has a new Style Ring on its hands, and not only does the Spigen Style Ring POP fix everything wrong with the original — and then some — it's also stolen my heart in just a few days.

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Not like, love

Spigen Style Ring POP What I love

Spigen's Style Ring POP follows the same basic format many of the phone rings of the last year have used: the entire base of the mount sits atop a bearing that allowing you to rotate the grip 360 degrees, and attached to that central, circular hub is a phone ring that can fold the full 180 degrees from flat around the grip's hub to flat folded away from the grip's hub.

The Style Ring POP has kept the flat edge at the base of the phone ring, which offers more stability with using the kickstand in the portrait orientation, which adds extra stability when propping the phone up next to your keyboard at work in portrait.

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Quarter sized for your convenience

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POP profile

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Kick it

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Pop in the hand

This grip is incredibly compact, coming in at half the thickness of the Ringke Ring while the Style Ring POP's central base is exactly the size of a quarter. Te grip's hinge sits up ever-so-slightly above the flat back of your phone or phone case.

This thin, flat back allows the Style Ring POP to sit flat without spinning or rattling around on my desktop, and also allows the grip to sit flush against a magnetic mount in the car or at your desk. That's right, Spigen has moved away from the proprietary pain-in-the-butt hook-based mounts that the original Style Ring used and is instead letting us all use more prevalent and consistent magnetic mounts, though that also means that the Spigen Phone Ring, like most metal phone rings, doesn't play nice with wireless charging.

This guy is super thin

Spigen Style Ring POP What could still improve

Spigen made the Style Ring POP a low-profile phone grip, and while that means less of a bulge on the back of the phone and less chance of anything snagging when putting it in your pocket, it can also make the ring hard to swing open one-handed. Since the grip is so thin and lacks the indentation many phone rings like the Ringke Ring have, the ring can be hard to get a fingernail under — especially for a nail-biter like me.

The only other complaint I have for the Spigen Style Ring POP was when I was trying to figure out when one to use with my phone case. The Style Ring POP comes in five colors — Red, Champagne Gold, Gunmetal (dark metallic gray), Orchid Blue (muted light blue), and Rose Gold, which should really be called what it is: millennial pink.

My everyday case is a dark navy and silver, and no color quite matched it on first thought. Orchid Blue was too far from the straight Satin Silver of the case, and Gunmetal was far too dark. I know that regular silver is a bit boring at times because it's the default color for so many phones and Chromebooks, but I'd rather have a boring that matched the phone instead of having to go big and bold with a flashy color.

Let's get popping

Spigen Style Ring POP

As far as phone grips go, the Spigen Style Ring POP is one of the best-looking and best-performing I've ever seen. It lays flat and stable on my desktop, the kickstand is easy to adjust and use in both portrait and landscape, and by ditching the proprietary hook-based mounts to instead support our favorite — and darn near universally compatible — magnetic car mounts makes the Style Ring POP my new favorite phone grip.

5 out of 5

Bold color options like ruby Red and an Orchid Gray that looks tailor-made for the Coral Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 can add style as much as substance to the phone or phone case the grip is applied to, but I do wish there were more color options — especially in regards to a more neutral white or straight silver. Oh, well, at least the red pops against my blue/silver Spigen Neo Hybrid case and gives it a slight Captain America vibe.

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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.

16 Comments
  • I discarded my original because I couldn't use it in a stand-up wireless charger, thus eliminating the use of the clock feature at night. Apparently this one still doesn't get it. Maybe next time.
  • If you want to use a phone grip with a wireless charger it needs to be thin and not have any metal. Some PopSockets users have theirs placed in such a way that they can still use it with some wireless chargers, and fabric-strap styles have a little more luck there, too.
  • "Style Ring"? That's what these things are called? There's nothing stylish about these. These are nothing but a necessary fix to a design problem. The only reason they exist is because phones have become too big, heavy, and slippery to comfortably hold with one hand.
  • Well, I use mine as a kickstand a whole lot, and since the Style Ring POP works with magnetic mounts, it's easier to use in the car than other mount systems (hooks on older ring grips, spring-loaded grips, etc). But yeah, I wish I didn't need one. But since I do, it might as well be a cute one, right?
  • I'm not saying they aren't useful. I'm sure they are. All I'm saying is that they aren't exactly "stylish". They don't add anything to the phone other than function. They're just something that's needed because phones are so big and heavy now.
  • I have a ring that I attached to one of my cases so I can use it when I feel its needed. I brought that case with me on my vacation to Spain, and it was basically a lifesaver. Being able to hold my phone one-handed knowing it wouldnt slip out of my hand when recording stuff like cliff jumps, boat excursions, cave tours, San Fermin festival bull runs and crowds, the list goes on... was a game-changer. When I got back to NYC, I took the case off and either use it naked or with a minimal case and no ring. These things can be so cheap, I can't think of a reason not to get one.
  • Have you seen the reviews for it 🤨 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spigen-MagTouch-Technology-Holder-Kickstand/dp/...
  • They encountered a problem with the early version of the POP, then pulled it, ironed out the bugs, and re-introduced it. That's part of why the new one has a different product page.
  • I guess this is for all the fumble-fingered people who keep breaking their phone screens? Kind of funny.
  • Ten dollar accessory or decades of nerve and joint pain...
  • Makes one handed usage much easier if you don’t have large hands. It’s also great for people with arthritis or Parkinson’s. But sure, poke fun because you don’t see a use for it yourself.
  • Oh ok, all I did was search on my Amazon app. I'm in the UK and that's the page that popped up. Either they've not updated the stock on Amazon UK or they've not bothered to state that it's an improved version on the product page.
  • They have not stated it is an improved version of the product, which is a bit odd to do, but then again they've made a new product listing for the improved one. I think they're just hoping that since so few people bought the original before it was pulled for its quality issues they can make people forget it was previously available.
  • Hopefully, this is a brand new design. I received a Spigen ring for my birthday back in May. By the beginning of June, the joint became so loose, that the ring would open on its own if I tilted the phone. By the end of June, the post that runs through that joint had worked its way out of one side so the ring started to pull away from the entral hub completely. :-( I really liked it - just didn't last. I'm now using an ICheckey Finger Ring Stand 360 from Amazon. It has a square design that took some getting used to. But, it made it much more stable when laying flat on a table as well as when using it as a kickstand. I've been using it for over a month now with no issues.
  • Ara, how would you compare it to this one? Humixx Phone Ring Holder Universal Phone Ring Stand Fit Well with Magnetic Phone Mount Holder I've been using this since March 2018 and it's been really great, including using it to attach in my car with a magnetic mount. Great grip, thin and flat, 3 colors. Edit: couldn't post the Amazon link but hopefully you can find it by searching the name I pasted in.
  • I love that you love the Style Ring! I've been an addict of the original and used the new one too. I prefer the feel of the old one better (vs. the pop where it sort of spins around into position), but agree the new one lies flat and is more elegant. A bit down to preference.. but soo much better having these on your phones than not. Great write up!