Everybody applauded when Apple decided to “supersize” the iPhone — resulting in the Plus series that just stays under the radar from being a tablet (phablet?). But while the bigger form factor means a bigger screen and an easier on the eyes approach, nobody took into account that upgraded one’s hand isn’t possible. So holding an iPhone 6 Plus (or 6S Plus) doesn’t just takes some getting used to, it results in frustration and annoyance when you go and try and access the screen’s icons. Hence the need for a case that helps you to “handle” a Plus, i.e., the Hirsch and Light Company’s HANDL iPhone 6/6S Plus case.
For $49.99, the HANDL will put forth the impression that you have elongated your thumb like Elastic Man — okay it doesn’t cause any mutations, but the back of the case has a unique raised platform (a “finger brace” if you will) that allows two fingers to slip through and maintain a stable and secure hold on the phone. This also enables the case to stand up on its own vertically/horizontally, but who cares about that — it’s all about being able to grip the phone in a way that lets that thumb we just talked about, and the fingers riding along with it do their tapping thing in an easier and more intuitive fashion. Best of all this can help to eliminate hand injuries occurring over time because it’s not just on computers that the hand can be aggravated through repetitive motions taking place — especially when it comes to twisting/turning the hand without thinking.
The case itself is pretty unassuming as it’s a flat matt black with squarish lines and no attempt to become a fashion statement. The phone fits inside without any special mechanism — this also means it can be removed as simply as inserted — and holds onto the phone through friction. Not militiary grade, basic protection from dirt, dust and the knocking about of everyday use is assured, coupled with cutouts for the various functions required for use — no special accessories being needed.
There’s always a learning curve when a new design takes over for an existing product that our muscle memory has to work at. But with the iPhone Plus’ larger screen size comes a physical challenge that can cause ongoing grief and just plain annoyance in users. The HANDL (also avaialble for the Samsung Note 4, btw) works at eliminating the handling problem using a form factor that is simple to use, convenient to use and highly functional. It may not be rocket science, but if you’re looking to enjoy using an iPhone Plus in as easy a way as possible, it certainly goes zoom right to the Moon.