Few iPhone cases offer more than protection. If anything, they might prop your iPhone up such that you can watch it on a plane while placed on the fold out table.  But none offer more utility than the PopSockets iPhone case.

Now, we’re not totally wowed by the design, and in fact we sort of hoped that its maker, David Barnet, had incorporated suction cups into his Kickstarter project.  Nevertheless, it’s still a highly useful case that solves a many a problem.

First off, it can stand in landscape or portrait mode.  Thanks to the expanding sockets you can manipulate the angle at which they rest.  They can also double as a wrap for your headphone cord and from the looks of the video still maintain a slender enough form factor to slip into your pocket, that is provided your pants aren’t of the super tight cut.  But that’s not all they’re good for.

The sockets can act as a shoulder stand, you know, for when you have the iPhone wedged between your ear and shoulder – no easy feat thanks to the iPhone’s svelte build.  Lastly, expand one socket and it can acts as a clip, allowing you to hang the iPhone from your pants, though this seems like a precarious way to store your iPhone since it doesn’t have any built-in tension.  And finally, when the sockets aren’t being used, you can simply pop them back inside the case and walla, you’ve got a standard iPhone case, that protects the iPhone from scratches and the occasional drop.

As mentioned the PopSockets iPhone Case is a Kickstarter project.  It’s already funded, but you can still get in on the action for just $25, which will get you your own case.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."