Grip it, Protect it, Rest it, Enjoy it.
It is rather amazing to think that there was no iPhone before June of 2007. Next, think about the cost difference between the original base 4GB iPhone at $499 and the >$1000 iPhone 12 Pro Max of today. iPhones became more than a simple telephone, adding a gaming platform, music platform, photography system, navigation system, video entertainment system, social media system, etc. Interestingly, many now have a phone/tablet as their main and sometimes only television as well. With such an expensive handheld portable, on-the-go entertainment device, it has become a no-brainer to protect the outer shell of our phones from drops. Additionally, with the increased use of streaming platforms, many look for methods to view programs in a hand-free manner. Luckily, case manufacturers stepped in to fill just such a need.
The Clckr Stand & Grip Case arrived in an attractive 4 5/16 inches wide by 7 3/8 inches tall by 3/4 inches wide hanging-style package. The cover panel provided the product name along the top left, displayed the “clckr” name along the top right, and listed six labeled feature-icons along the bottom of the panel: Portrait, Landscape, Drop Prevention & Grip, Antimicrobial Protection, Wireless Charging Compatible, Drop Tested 2.2M/6.6Ft. Some may feel that the panel was slightly one-toned, but I actually like the contrasting black on a white color scheme. For example, I particularly liked that they chose to display “clckr” within the negative space of a black rectangle. This particular subtlety, in addition to the phrase “NEW IPHONE 2020 6.1” hidden behind a turquoise rectangle, successfully grabbed my attention. If that did not successfully draw your attention, perhaps the photo-quality, obliquely-angled image of the case could do the job. The image successfully demonstrated the mechanism of installing the bumper style case upon a 6.1 inch iPhone, and the cardinal stand/grip feature of the case.
The package left, and right side provided the clckr flag along the top of the panel and a bilingual “PROTECTIVE STAND & GRIP CASE” along the middle of the panel. Interestingly, these were rotated 180 degrees with the right side clckr toward the top of the packaging to allow the user to appropriately read the font without having to crane one’s neck. The rear panel was divided into three sections and proved to be rather involved/busy. The top section showed the phone standing in landscape and vertical mode and provided a bilingual paragraph detailing the function of the case. The more useful middle section provided a four-step instruction manual: 1. Pull to open until you hear the releasing click. 2. When open, you can use it as a Grip. 3. Fold and press both sides until the Click!. 4. It can be used as a Portrait or Landscape Stand. Just above the fourth instruction, I found a small warning sticker “Reproductive harm-www.P65Waarnings.ca.gov,” which meant that California feels something in the device may cause issues. The final section provided copyright information, product recycling information, UPC barcodes, listed the clckr.com website and added a 1 YEAR Warranty Label. Lastly, the top panel housed the cardboard hanging tab, while the bottom panel had a small black “clckr” cardboard pull tab.
I gripped the lower pull tab, slid the inner tray downward, and removed the 1.2-ounce case from within the inner tray. The reverse side of the phone case had a 1 1/4 inches wide by 1 5/16 inches tall camera cutout along the top left and a 4 7/8 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches wide grip-stand with “clckr” etched into the surface. The remainder of the posterior surface had a slightly raised, textured material embedded into the plastic surface. The material added a bit of pizzaz to a standard black color and had a rather pleasing touch-feel. Turning to the side panels, you will find a 7/16 inches wide by 1/4 inches stall volume toggle cutout, and a 1-inch long by 1/8 inches stall volume up/down button on the right side and a 3/4 inches long by 1/8 inches tall power button on the left panel. Each of the features was slightly recessed into a smooth black-plastic layer. You will find a centrally located 1/2 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall at lightning port cutout along the bottom of the case. Flanking the lightning port, you will find a 5/16 inches wide by 3/16 inches tall speaker cutout toward your left, and a right-sided 1/2 inches wide by 3/16 inches tall cutout. The lightning port was the perfect size to accommodate boxier lightning cables, and the speaker ports added protection without blocking sound.
I gripped the iPhone 12 6.1”, slid the volume toggle side of the phone into the case, and then pressed my thumb along the top, power-side, and bottom of the phone. Ordinarily, I dislike integrated, rubberized buttons. However, the buttons included with the clckr case did not feel muddy or slow. The volume toggle cutout was a little small and may cause some issues for those with larger fingers. The lower lightning port and speaker cutouts, and the posterior camera cutout were precisely placed and well thought out. I loved that the case provided a good deal of protection without adding much bulk. Additionally, the material was thin enough that I was able to place the phone upon a wireless charger to charge. The smooth side panels paired beautifully with the textured back panel, even when the clckr stand was retracted. The recessed camera and the slightly raised screen bezel added even more protection. To simulate an accident, I placed my phone upon my lap and stood up. The phone dropped onto the lower corner, bounced slightly, and then rested on the screen. I repeated this process two more times and then moved to the table. To simulate my daughter knocking my phone to the floor, I propped up the phone and then let it fall to the hardwood floor. Again, I was pleased to find no damage to either the case or to the phone. Although the device had a 6.6-foot drop rating, I felt that the tests were real-world examples of how the case could protect your phone. To be sure, I removed the case to examine the phone and found no cracks, scuffs, or marring.
To further protect your phone, you could use the clckr feature. Insert your index finger under the top of the clckr stand and pull down slightly to release the mechanism. Similar to the name, you will hear a slight “click.” If desired, I could press the stand back into the case or insert up to four of my fingers into the loop. To use the case-stand for vertical or landscape viewing, open the stand and click the top half into the clckr base. Again, press the device until you hear the click. I found the base was quite sturdy in both vertical and landscape modes. When done, I was able to pull the stand back out and then press the entire stand back into the case. Instead of carrying a stand like the Nite-Ize Quickstand, this integrated stand/grip case allowed me to enjoy a hands-free viewing experience. Overall, I was quite pleased with the case, the features, and the cost of the device.