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PopSockets add to its range of smartphone accessories.

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For a number of years now I have been a regular sufferer from back pain brought on by a disk lesion forming part of my spine.  According to certain members of my family, this condition has not been helped by the amount of junk (their description, certainly not mine) I pack into my jacket pockets.  I have, of course, a different opinion.  Articles in my jacket pockets are there for the reason that I feel I might need them at some point in the future, in the same way as the variety of content in a woman's handbag, especially the almost compulsory smartphone and array of accessories, can be found as a means of providing a travelling storage facility.

Recently a new accessory has been added to smartphone with the launch of the PopWallet+.  This product, developed by PopSockets, a company well-known for making collapsible phone grips and wallets, come with a variety of patterned designs to suit the band of smartphone being used and the user's taste.  In total, PopSockets has come up with over 16 fresh designs ranging from what could be called sleek to funky including the classic black look to appeal to a wide range of user's preferences.

As its title might well indicate, the PopWallet+ is based on the original wallet design which allowed users to store cards, required by the user, on a regular basis.  To this original design, PopSockets has added a grip unit in the form of a round gizmo which is situated on the rear of the accessory and protrudes slightly.  This grip can be extended to act as a support to hold the smartphone when in landscape mode while you are watching content such as a movie while travelling by train or plane and wants to keep both hands free.

The wallet element, with dimensions of 58 x 90 mm (H x W), needs to be attached to the rear of the smartphone and will add approximately 19 mm to the thickness of the mobile device due to the presence of the slightly bulging grip feature.  Extremely limited instructions for positioning the PopWallet+ are provided.  I really struggled to attach the PopSocket product.  It was far easier when separating the PopWallet+ from the smartphone when needing to change from one design style to another. 

Depending upon the smartphone acting as the host for the PopWallet+, the presence of the PopSocket accessory does help reduce any problems that might have been encountered previously due to the mobile device slipping and sliding either when held loosely in the hand or placed on a smooth surface.  Whether this feature was considered during the design process or not, it certainly proves useful,

I do have some hesitation about the wisdom of storing credit cards within the wallet element, which can hold up to three credit cards or six business cards, to a smartphone.  If you loose, misplace or have the smartphone stolen, then you also loose the credit cards which could create a nightmarish situation of lost data while granting access to your money.  This is not a situation I would welcome but perhaps you think differently.

Since it was set up in 2014 by David Barnett, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, from his garage in Boulder, Colorado, PopSockets has sold 100 million PopSockets grips worldwide and has donated over 3 million dollars in money and products to various non-profit organisations.  The company looks to have the capability to increase that total with  the launch of the PopWallet+ which should be available at prices starting at £16.99 depending upon the type and intricacies of the decorative design.

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