Review: Egrips for the iPhone 3G

Let me start off by saying I'm not usually a fan of any protective skins for any cell phones that are currently on the market. I've found that Egrips for iPhone 3G have to sway me in a different direction, however, and I've found they can be quite valuable. If you'd like a more confident grip on your iPhone 3G, then Egrips available from The iPhone Blog Store for the price of $14.95, just may be what you are looking for.

For a more in depth look, keep reading after the break!

Design

Egrips are made from a specially formulated silicone elastomer that has an extreme amount of friction that prevents your iPhone 3G from sliding around on almost any surface, as long it is dry. You name it, it will stick -- things like car seats, center consoles, counter tops, desktops, laptops and even your shirt sleeve. Egrips are only 0.5mm thick so if you decide these are for you, the days of bulky silicone skins and cases.

In the package you get 4 separate strips to apply to your iPhone 3G. The back piece, two pieces for each side of the home button, and one last piece for the upper right hand corner next to the handset speaker. You may be wondering, where is the piece for the left of the handset speaker? Well that's an easy one to answer: there is none (it would cover the light sensors). Don't fret just yet, you can still place your phone face down without it getting scratched. The three pieces do a fine job. Something else worth mentioning here is that Egrips comes in two variations: black (what I went with), or clear.

Usability

How many times have you set your iPhone 3G down on the passenger seat while you were driving only to take a turn and see your precious phone go flying off of the seat and crashing into the door or onto the floor? Scary moments, I know. I was a bit skeptical when I first received my Egrips but I put it to the test by placing my my iPhone 3G on the leather passenger seat in my car and took a nice quick ride. While I was nervous that my phone would go flying, to my surprise it didn't move an inch. Success!

While some of you who don't use a case may really enjoy Egrips on their own, I can understand there may be a concern for those who do use a case. I have eight or nine cases for my iPhone 3G, with the Egrips applied to my phone I was able to still use all of my holstered cases. Vertical or horizontal, it did not make a difference. For those of you who use hard cases or silicone cases, I am afraid you are out of luck. That add extra thickness of .05mm is just a bit too much for those types of cases.

A few more questions I had were: how long and how well would it stay on my iPhone 3G and would it stay clean? Honestly, I've only been testing out Egrips for about a week and I can say that I see no signs of them coming off anytime soon. None of the corners have peeled up or are showing any signs of that happening, which is a good thing. If you do want to remove it for whatever reason it does indeed come off without leaving any residue or damaging the phone in any way shape or form. Now the other all-important question: how clean would this sticky material actually stay over a period of time? Again, Egrips did not disappoint. What I expected was something similar to a silicone case. You put it in your pocket and when you remove it, it's covered in lint. Not the case with Egrips, which was nice to see.

Conclusion

So if you are someone who likes the whole "naked" look of your iPhone 3G but you want a little more reassurance in terms of grip, Egrips are just the sort of product you should consider trying out. If you are someone who loves a hard case or simply wants the best protection you can get, you might want to pass on Egrips.

Pros

  • Gives you excellent added grip
  • Does not add much extra bulk to your iPhone
  • Fairly cheap

Cons

  • Does not offer the overall protection that a normal case can
  • Hinders your ability to use some cases while Egrips are on iPhone

TiPb Rating

The iPhone blog 4 Star Review

Jeremy

Community editor. Tech enthusiast. All-around geek.

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

iphonemilk says:

Ok here is my only concern has anyone used these yet?
How is it like when putting the iPhone into your pocket? you know like jeans or something... is it a PAIN in the a$$ ? or is it just right.

Jeremy Sikora says:

It's not like the phone is in it's "naked" state obviously but it's not like you have it in a full rubber case either. So it's somewhere in between. If that helps you.

andre says:

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llofte says:

Wow... this is the first time I'm considering purchasing something other than a slider case. I love the nakedness of my iPhone when I use it, and it seems as though this won't ruin that experience. I also love that it doesn't cover the whole back. I have a white iPhone and I want people to see that's it's white! At only $15, I may just get this!

Barry says:

Reminds me of the grip tape we used to put all over our skatboards. :-)

Mark A Sadowski says:

So Jeremy...why is your phone pink?
On another note, I may have to try this since my dis likeness with my Bodyguard (the back did not last long on the corners).

Jeremy Sikora says:

@Mark, I'm assuming you are letting the wood from the table reflecting off of the White iPhone play tricks on your mind.

Alex says:

I used one of these for a while, it looks cool but a little akward sometimes :S.

Mich says:

Does anyone know where "Retail" you can purchase or is it online only

Sherri says:

I may have the older iPhone 2G, but I love egrips, my 6yr old son pulled mine off and my phone felt naked for a week until I got my new set. The whole pocket question someone had earlier... well I ride a Honda 929 and I totaly trust my iPhone sticking out of my back pocket while I am flying dow the freeway, when I need it, I just grab it and slide it out of my pocket with no issues. Havent lost it yet. Im also a crazy driver, and my phone sits on the seat next to me... no worries about launching it to the door... egrips should be in stores sooner or later I would hope...I want more, I want to stick them to everything!!! :)

Jes says:

egrips(R) for iPhone are great, they dont stick, it looks fantastic and people can see that you actually own an iPhone, YEAH no more bulky covers and slippery scares! I love the iPhone 3 egrips(R) and I'm really chuffed they now do the iPhone 4 egrips(R) - http://tinyurl.com/2utnxjc, I love 'em and I'm soooo excited that South Africans can get them too, the only problem is that you have to get them from GreenStone Mall, the datacall Vodacom Shop. But hey at least they are on sale for us here and we don't have to worry about our iPhones getting damaged! Thank you egrips(R) :)