Disclosure: I received a free sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own and based on my experience.
Do you have a huge phone? A small hand? Or both? Is your phone so slippery that you have a hard time keeping it from slipping from your hand? If so, then you have experienced the Phablet Syndrome – the inability to hold your phone due to a variety of reasons including the phone being too large or too smooth and slippery. Once I experienced PS I knew I needed to find a solution to this problem. Luckily, Utomic has already done so by introducing the Utomic Loop.
What is the Utomic Loop?
The Utomic Loop is part one-finger grip and part kickstand. Both the mounting plate and the ring are made out of strong plastic. The special adhesive used for sticking it onto the phone is reusable allowing for reapplication. The ring is size 11 (21 mm diameter) which should fit most fingers. The ring rotates 360 degress and swivels 180 degrees. While rotation is loose allowing for moving your hand around the phone, the swivel is stiff convenient for using it as a kickstand.
When I first put the Utomic Loop on my matte black iPhone 7 Plus I put it towards the center of the phone and experimented with letting my hand grasp the phone however felt right. It didn’t feel right. Because my grip on the phone was so low, my index fix could not go into the ring far enough to hold it. I removed the Utomic Loop, observed my normal typing handgrip, and slipped the Loop into place. It turned out that moving it lower to where my middle finger sits when typing with one hand was the best position.
It took me about 2 days to figure out what type of grip I would be using with the Utomic Loop, then another 3 days to get comfortable with the process of having to stick my finger in the ring before I start using the phone. It seemed inconvenient at first but as time passed it became routine. I started to see the benefit of using the Utomic Loop and wasn’t concerned with dropping it anymore. Without the Loop I had to place my pinky finger under the phone and tilt the phone towards my palm. With the Loop I could leave all four of my fingers on the back of the phone, no grip, and my thumb free to tap the screen. This product has even reduced the pain I was developing from having to grip the phone so strongly.
Let’s talk about using it as a kickstand. It works! Because the swivel part of the ring is stiff, using it as a kickstand makes perfect sense. At first I was positioning the ring parallel to the phone for maximum support. It was fine but sometimes I wanted the phone to be a bit more vertical. I then learned that I can place the ring perpendicular to the phone for more height. Great!
Unfortunately, because I placed the Loop lower on the phone for gripping, it ends up offset to the right (or left) when placing the phone horizontally and using the Loop as a kickstand. This leaves the phone unstable and can easily be toppled over when I tap the screen on the opposite side from the Loop. Ideally for the kickstand the Loop should be in the center but having a proper Loop grip is more important.
Lastly, let me briefly mention the additional piece included in the kit, the mount for the Utomic Loop. It is a piece of plastic specifically shapen to hold the Utomic Loop while on your phone (aka phone stand/hook). Because the ring on the Loop rotates so freely, placing the Loop anywhere other than the center or higher on the phone will allow the phone to rotate upside down. As I mentioned before, I left the Loop offset lower on the phone for proper grip since that is more important.
The Utomic Loop definitely solves problems most people have with their large phones: hard to grip, slippery, and painful to hold with one hand after some time. It is made out of good quality material, thoughtfully engineered, and all around a useful product. Although I am not as fond about the mount for the Utomic Loop, it is still a nice addition to an already great product.
Supported phone models and Utomic Loop colors
The Utomic Loop is universal and can be used on any phone that has a smooth flat back. Although the ring will always be a matte aluminum color, the mount plate comes in a few different colors:
- Slate Gray
- Rose Gold
So if you are interested in trying out the Utomic Loop or other products, check out Utomic.com.
Let me know what you think about this product. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below.