UNBOXED: Reviewing the Scooch Wingman Case
With so many different variations of phone cases available on the market, it’s not often that we’re left impressed with some of the options that come across our desks. That was strictly not the case with Scooch, a smartphone accessory maker, which flooded our office with a whole host of different cases that make up their portfolio. And though they’re all different from one another in size or function, there’s one thing that connects just about every single one of the cases and accessories that Scooch sent to us—the “wing.”
A flexible piece of material that’s positioned on the back of each cases—or as a standalone accessory that can be added to your own case of choice—the wing is a versatile feature that’s usable in a number of ways: as a support bar for the user’s hand that makes one-handed smartphone operation easier; as a kickstand in both portrait and landscape modes; and as a mount for car CD players and horizontal vents.
We’ve seen similar implementations of a support piece on the back of phone cases, but what makes the wing stand out is that versatility. Additionally, others we’ve tested use a stretchy fabric that can get worn out over time, can rip, and more. From a stability and durability standpoint, the Scooch wing accessory certainly is in a class of its own.
For the purposes of this review we specifically zoned in on the Scooch Wingman, a case that has the wing piece integrated into the back of the case. The Wingman comes in three different colors—black, clear, and electric violet—each of which made my iPhone X feel like a different phone when tucked into the case. And speaking of phone models, Scooch has case options for all of the major devices you’d expect including all iPhone models back to the iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy range back to the S8, and LG’s G8, G7, and V40 ThinQ smartphones.
As for the case itself, Scooch says that the Wingman is tested from six-foot drops and meets military drop standards through EXO-D Impact technology, so it’s a product that will keep your phone safe. And, though I didn’t intentionally drop my all-glass iPhone X on purpose at any point during the review, I can admit that there were plenty of accidental instances on all kinds of surfaces—pavement, tile, wood floors, etc.—and the phone has survived without any added marks. And, despite those drops, the case itself is still in great shape. I will say, though, the black and electric violet cases do hold up better from an optics standpoint than the clear cases, which does show scuffs over time. What you do get with the clear case, however, is a slightly stickier texture, which makes the grip a little better—so there are some tradeoffs, one way or the other.
One thing the consumer will want to keep an eye on with all of the Scooch cases, though, is the dust and dirt factor. The nature of the wing is such that, when popped open, it leaves the back exposed. Dust and other particles can get in that area when it’s open, and even through the cracks around the wing when it’s popped back in place. It’s a minor annoyance and certainly a first-world type of inconvenience, but still worth noting.
At $44.99, the Scooch Wingman is slightly above where I expected to see it when checking the price. I’d feel a little better about it if it were even just $10 cheaper, but it’s still a solid value given the versatile nature of the product. The wing, at the end of the day, is incredibly fun to use and fidget with, which makes the Wingmate an easy recommendation.