In recent weeks, I’ve gained an unhealthy obsession with magnets and smartphones. Basically, my problem is this: I think the iPhone’s MagSafe feature is really clever and innovative, but not to the point where I would actually buy one.
So, when I got my OnePlus 9 Pro recently, I decided I would take steps to recreate it. For folks that use iPhones: You should be aware that most Android phones only have a handful of options for cases, rather than the bevy available for iOS devices. So being able to use magnets would offer a lot of utility for us.
And the case I liked for my OnePlus 7 Pro, which had a wallet stand, was not available for the OnePlus 9 Pro, so I was looking for an option B. After a lot of looking, I was intrigued by case I spotted that used a magnetic wallet attachment.
But then I got the case and realized it was designed by someone who had never apparently used a case with a wallet before. So the wallet was immediately on the out.
My next thought—hey, since I have this case with a magnet in the back, I can use the actual MagSafe accessories for the iPhone! And there’s a neat stand on Amazon that would be perfect for this! Clever idea, but the placement of the magnets in the case was strangely incompatible with the stand.
So eventually, I put magnetic strips on the back of my cases (two, for variety). That finally stuck—it allowed me to both use my phone with a case on the back, take said case off when it’s not needed, and not be so huge that I can’t use the phone with my wireless charger. It was magnetic phone nirvana, no Apple needed.