Over the last month or so, my wife and I have been trying out a hands-free accessory simply called “the dop.” Designed for everything from content creation to taking that Facetime call when your hands are occupied, the dop resembles a PopSocket but with many more functions.
The dop kit is a two-piece set of products that can be used in tandem to secure your device to any surface, including your own hands. Perfect for everything from makeup tutorials, you can mount the dop to a mirror without it moving, freeing up your hands so you can focus on showing off how you “beat your face” (a term I just found out describes putting on makeup thanks to Jess’ students at school). I find I use it the most in the kitchen, thanks to its non-adhesive, twist-to-secure function that allows me to check off recipes as I cook.
With the kit, the included dop ring allows you to swing at various angles. This for me comes in handy when I’m recording our podcast and need to read show notes at a whim. Easily connecting the dop to the mount via ring, it will swivel 360°, which is great for sharing content, or even if you opt to pick the phone up, it doubles as a kickstand to watch movies and clips. If you’re wondering if you have to completely do away with your existing PopSocket, the short answer is no. The dop mount works completely fine with that product.
After spending more than 10 years as a producer, I witnessed first-hand the mobile content boom and the challenge of getting that perfect, simple shot from a phone, and I knew there had to be a better way,” said dop creator Luke Frydenger. “dop was born from the fundamental need for a single gadget to easily provide a seamless way to turn your phone into a hands-free device. There are so many useful scenarios for every single mobile user out there – don’t drop it, dop it!
Overall I feel like the dop is a great device if you’ve grown tired of your existing PopSocket, or if you are a content creator that wants to go hands-free for those Youtube and IG Lives. Great for FaceTiming a friend as well, this solves a problem not everyone might have, but the ones who do will enjoy.
The full dop kit, consisting of the mount and dop ring, sells for $24.99, and the dop mount sells for $16.95; you can get dop products directly from the manufacturer.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: A suitable kickstand or PopSocket Replacement; Works with all cases
What Needs Improvement: Nothing