I bought a pack of Proporta Mobile Device Socks about two years ago because I thought they looks snazzy and it would be something sun to keep my iPod and my iPhone in. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for them, but I do note that the pack of three Proporta Mobile Device Socks currently costs £10.29 - which equates to £3.43 each. I think this is an okay price, although I would like the option of being able to buy one sock at a time because I found that I really didn't need three.
The socks come in a variety of two tone colours. The three socks I have are lime green / light green, baby pink / pale pink and dark blue / light grey. The colours go really nicely together and are pretty colours that I found appealing. Essentially, the socks are pockets that you can slide a variety of electric / technological products into - such as a mobile phone and MP3 Player. The "socks" are made of a stretchy wool material and they stretch to a decent size. The manufacturers say that the sock can cover devices which are 11cm x 7cm x 2.5cm and so this is perfect for my iPhone and iPod.
While the sock will protect screens and the plastic / metal from getting scratched when in your bag or pocket, it doesn't really provide much protection if the device is dropped - although it does give a tiny bit of cushion. Obviously the pockets are not waterproof or even splash proof and this is something I would prefer to be honest. On top of that, the devices can slip out of the top of the pocket if it is turned upside down because there is nothing to ensure that it stays in the pocket.
While it a fun looking and cute looking product, I don't really feel that it's something that is very well thought out in terms of it's design. I don't really use the socks any more because I just found that the practical design wasn't good enough.
My girlfriend recently got herself an iPhone and was looking online at the various options available when protecting her phone. Now she has got herself a clear plastic cover for her iPhone, as she bought the phone in white and wanted to be able to see her phone through not cover it up. However, she started to have problems as the cover she has doesn't cover the screen, and when she had it in her pocket or in the bottom of her bag she was finding a few small scratches.
I decided to have a look online at the various options available, she didn't want a permanent solution just something for the time when the screen was liable to damage. I came across a few items, but I thought the best one for Jessica would probably be a set of three Proporta Mobile Device Socks, available on Amazon for just over £7 with free delivery.
When the 'socks' arrived there were three different colours, pink, blue and green, each one with a darker body and a trim of a lighter shade of the same colour. The socks are basically a small knitted rectangular pouch, the top is open for the device to be placed inside and kept safe from scratching. It's important to say that the pouches aren't in any way padded; they aren't designed to protect the screen from a drop or bash just simply a little novelty for keeping the screen safe.
I nabbed the pink one for my iPod touch and Jessica took the other two away to use on her iPhone. When using the sock I was surprised by how stretchy the fabric was, initially the pouches are quite small, however as the fabric is ribbed it holds pretty much any phone/ iPod. The initial small size of the sock means that whichever device you place into, the fabric snugly stretches around it and holds it inside the pouch, my iPod hasn't come out yet.
Proporta Mobile Device Socks have proven to be a great little purchase; they're amazing value with three socks for £7 where similar products are more expensive for just one holder. The socks are an effective way to protect a screen from scratches, they're best used with a hard case to protect your device from any possible damage from dropping/ banging etc. The socks are great for children because of the bright colours but suitable for anyone, very much recommended.
==Proporta Mobile Device Sock==
For Christmas this year I wanted something that would keep my ipod safe and secure in my bag and also something that would fit my iphone. Although I have a plastic type of cover on my iphone and a screen protector I still want something a little more like a cover in order to be sure that the screen or device as a whole is not going to get scratched or damaged when thrown into the depths of my bag. My last phone was victim to my nail file and the screen was nastily scratched and difficult to use after that and I am sure that I did not want this happening with my newer and more expensive items such as the ipod and iphone.
Himself purchased me this set of three socks from the internet (I know this because he did all of his Christmas shopping one evening on the computer and was rather pleased with himself). I am not too sure how much he actually paid for them and which site he ended up getting them from but having had a sneaky look myself it seems as though for £10 you can get them from a few different places.
The socks themselves are great little items and the three colours of green, pink and blue and really nice and I have had to wash them a few times and they have come up as good as new. They fit perfectly to both of the items I needed them too and more often than not I use the pink and the green colours as these are my favourite ones.
The stretchy fabric that the socks are made from can fit any device as long as it is 110 x 70 x 25mm as this is the most it will stretch to. I have had no problem getting my ipod in although himself has a small ipod which does obviously fit in there but because it is so small it gets a little swamped with the material.
The sock doesn't slip off the device at all either as the stretchy fabric means it stays put pretty well and holds on to what it is protecting very well. I would of thought that being thrown around at the bottom of my bag would cause the sock to come loose but so far they are doing a very good job at protecting both devices. Of course I already have a hard cover on my iphone as this sock won't protect the item from being dropped but is just used for the protection of scratches and of course it does keep the bag dust away from the items too!
I think because you get three in a pack and the price is pretty affordable these socks make a great purchase. The colours are bright and bold and even after a good wash this hasn't faded or really began to look old. The fabric has got a few tiny bobbles on now but I can't really complain as I use them every day and they are still working as good now as when I first got them and I should expect them to carry on working well for a long while to come.
I think that they are a great little product and well deserving of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We had a bit of a techie Chrimbo in 2010; I received an iPhone, Alice got a Blackberry and Charlotte had her iPod upgraded to the Touch version. This was all well and good, until the snow cleared and we all started taking our new gadgets out into the big wide world - complete with concrete floors and all sorts of phone-dropping chances. We all needed something to keep our expensive gadgets safe, but none of us could decide what type of case we wanted - until browsing in Maplin we spotted this three-pack of Proporta Socks.
A Mobile Device Sock is basically a knitted pouch which you slip your phone or iPod into while you're out and about to protect it from knocks, bangs and even the junk in the bottom of your handbag. It's scary what a rogue door key can do to the screen of an iPhone!
These particular socks come in a pack containing one blue sock, one green and one pink - I nabbed the pink one and left the kids fighting over the other two. I have other phone cases and socks, but have found myself using this one on an almost daily basis as it's so simple and looks great when I have to take my phone out while shopping or whatever.
The socks have a ribbed design which makes them extremely versatile and means they'll fit a wide variety of handheld gadgets due to the stretchability factor, despite how it looks in the piccie above they are all the same size but this will give you some idea of just how well they stretch to fit different products. The top edge being a lighter colour is for decorative purposes only, when they were packaged I had expected this portion of the sock to be thicker to act as cuff. This isn't the case and the socks have the same thickness all the way down to the end. Stitching is good, none of it has been pulled or come undone on any of the three socks we have in this house - which is great as a previous Scooby Doo one I had came unravelled within two weeks and I paid more for that than all three of these socks cost!
To use them you simply pop your gadget in... and that's it! Simplicity itself. There are no fastenings on these socks but the ribbed design helps to keep your phone snug and secure. The only time a sock hasn't done it's job properly was when Charlotte took her old iPod Shuffle out with her, these things are pathetically small and it dropped out of the sock into her bag - just as I expected it to when I saw her sliding the iPod into the sock on the morning before she went out. Larger items will be kept safe and clean though, with the inside of the sock working as a polishing cloth to keep your phone spotless and completely free of dirt and dust.
To be honest, I'm not sure how much protection these socks would provide if you dropped your phone as they're definitely not the thickest I've ever seen or used. Myself I'd want to use something a bit more robust if I was going somewhere where I knew my phone would be in danger, but on a day to day basis I'm more than happy to use my cute pink sock to keep my phone safe. One issue I have is that I'd like to see some sort of strap added to these socks as I don't always carry my handbag and can usually be found with my phone in my hand, a strap would make me feel more comfortable about this and would also stop the panic when I feel the phone slipping slightly inside the sock as I worry that it's about to fall out when this happens.
£9.95 (pack of three) from Maplin.
I drop my phone. There, I said it. It doesn't matter if I'm drunk or stone cold sober I manage to drop my phone at least once a day! Back in the day when mobile phones were B&W and involved little more than a game of snake and perhaps a calculator this wasn't a problem. My current phone, a Nokia C5 however is a touch more sensitive and doesn't appreciate concrete as much as I'd like. With this in mind I decided to purchase a protective case for my phone, and being a colourful sock afficionado I settled on the Proporta Mobile Device socks.
I picked up a packet of 3 socks from my local Maplin for about £10, I didn't want 3 socks but I guess it's useful to have spares or different colours if you are so inclined. The socks themselves are about 5 inches long with 1.5 inches of contrasting colour at the open end. They exist in three colours; blue, green and pink. The blue and green are pretty subtle and shouldn't raise too many eyebrows at work however the pink would make even Katie Price turn and comment.
A previous reviewer commented on the quality of the socks and while I would agree that they're reasonably well made and shouldn't fall apart too soon, they're just not amazing. They feel more like the fabric used in beanie hats than socks. I was hoping for a smooth feel but instead I'm left with a semi-rough woven effect. I realise it sounds like a trivial complaint but it just isn't as comfortable in your hand. This however could just be me being weird so don't treat it as a dealbreaker!
The socks themselves should accomodate most modern smartphones including all models of blackberry and the illustrious iPhone 4. They fit my C5 nicely and have so far blocked any scratches appearing on the screen. True to form I have continued to drop my phone, the sock has worked nicely in protecting the plastic corners and the screen from my clumsiness. Also, the colourful sock is a nice break from the leather covers that you see everywhere nowadays and lends the whole thing a playful air.
Overall I'm quite happy with my purchase, I'm not sure how important mobile phone covers are to people but if you are looking for one then you could do far worse than the Proporta Mobile Device Socks.
Most of you will be aware of mobile phone socks - especially the Apple ones that are designed for their iPhone. When looking at buying a 'sock' to put my mobile phone in I didn't want to buy an Apple product (I am a Blackberry user, as far as I am concerned Apple sell inferior products!). Instead, I opted to look elsewhere and found a very favourably priced set of mobile phone 'socks' priced at £9.95 for a set of 3. They are widely available for this price, whether it be through the manufacturer Proporta themselves, or through Ebay. The trio of socks come in different colours, pink, blue and green. Each one has about a 1 inch strip at the top which is in a lighter shade of the colour of the rest of the sock. You may think that all these socks are the same and that it is best to find the cheapest manufacturer possible from Ebay or Amazon but this simply is not the case. There are a lot of rogues out there, selling inferior products which are poorly constructed and made from cheap materials. When you think about it £9.95 is a small price to pay for quality, and who wants to have to buy a new set every few months when their 'money saving idea' failed to pay off?
Each sock looks and feels the part, they are well designed and put together and they feel very soft which is reassuring considering they will be rubbing against your mobile phone screen most of the day. I do personally like to see my mobile phone screen when carrying it, but these socks offer ample protection against scratches and it is an idea I am coming round to. They are designed to accommodate most mobile phones as the lightweight material is super-stretchy. The socks are suitable for all mobile phones and items such as mp3 players, PDA's and smartphones. Their vibrant colours will add a smile to any mobile phone.
The Proporta device socks are not a product to get too excited about but they serve their purpose well and stand up well the the Apple offering. You can stand out from the 'sheep' that buy all things Apple and be driven to find products that make sense rather than buying for the branding. Apple is now the 'norm', break the mould and look elsewhere.