You know what sucks? When it’s cold, you’ve got gloves, but have to take them off to use your phone. Gloves have been popping up that work with today’s smartphone screens, and other tech including nano-particule liquid coatings for gloves.
So when Mujjo asked us to try out their set of touchscreen gloves, even in sunny southern California, I said absolutely.
Mujjo’s Leather Touchscreen Gloves are a high quality set of unisex gloves that retail for roughly $100 (€74.34). I’ve warn them on and off for the last few months thanks to some lovely cold weather in SoCal, and am impressed with the pair. It’s not a perfect solution; the problem with gloves is that unless they’re custom-made to fit your hand, they’ll always be a little too big or a little too small, which for a touchscreen makes the difference between making three to six spelling mistakes when typing. Then again, if you’ve got Android and use Swype, no problem.
The gloves are made of Ethiopian lambskin, a gorgeous leather that is extremely smooth and light while retaining the strength you’d expect from typical leather (though it does feel flimsier since it isn’t so thick). The wool on the inside is comfortable and warm; if you’ve got cold hands, the wool and thinness of the gloves won’t warm your hands up, though with a little blood flow they’ll warm right up. This set is made for cold climates, not sub-zero or colder; it’ll work fine if on a warm day your hands aren’t already chilly.
The light frame is especially convenient around the city. Thin gloves are easy to throw in the pocket if you don’t need them or when you grab a bite. And with the current fashion of skinny jeans and pants, it’s easier to grab your phone from a pocket with this pair than bulkier sets.
Typing and general use of my iPhone with the Mujjo gloves was okay to good, depending highly on the situation. It takes time to get used to typing with the gloves mainly because it took many of us time to adjust to typing on a flat screen; with gloves there’s a layer between your finger and the glass. Furthermore the iPhone reads finger presses slightly above where they are actually placed (meaning if you tap slightly under the object you tap on, it’ll be selected properly). The glove makes it harder to do that; Android has the reverse problem by receiving taps dead-on, which means you’ll have to tap a little under where because of the thickness of the glove.
Once I got used to typing with the gloves, it was easy and quick, though leather gloves restrict smaller movements slightly, so it isn’t perfect. On the iPad it’s much easier because of the bigger screen and larger swiping gestures. I was comfortable using the iPhone 4S with the Mujjo gloves because the glass on leather is a little stickier than the aluminum, which needs a tighter grip to not slip. Slippery-ness was a little troubling at first, but you get used to it. With any set of gloves this is going to be an ongoing issue; for plastic and aluminum phones, leather will be a decent solution, though glass is the best for grip. Cloth gloves are slippery on anything.
An important note: if you use gloves with a smartphone, you will need two hands to type. Typing one-handed is extremely difficult with gloves because of that extra layer.
For the price, the Mujjo gloves are excellent. I’d use them daily provided the climate called for it. Since using them, I haven’t had a need to take off the gloves to use my phone or tablet. The only issue I had was with difference between my actual fingertip and the fingertips of the glove, which is a subtle but dramatic change when using a smartphone. I guarantee that if you tried this set out in the store and thought they didn’t work for you, they didn’t work yet. Given an hour or so, I was able to acclimate to the difference and type and tap comfortably.