I spent this afternoon putting up the Christmas lights on my house. This isn’t a big project, as I don’t go all Clark Griswold with it, and because I don’t often get much help. The kids get bored pretty quickly and start chucking snowballs at each other (and me, no matter how precariously I’m balanced on the ladder), and my wife just stands back and occasionally offers a helpful “Yeah, that look great,” without looking up from Candy Crash Saga on her iPhone.
This review is actually about her and her iPhone. Because although she’s not much for stringing lights, she’s doesn’t mind being out in the cold, provided she’s dressed to handle it. Her latest gloves of choice, in this regard, are the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves. They keep her hands fairly warm, but more importantly, they allow her to use her iPhone without exposing her fingers to the cold.
There are two important features of the Digits. First, the palms are swirled with GripTack to improve your grip on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This is important, because soft exterior fabric is somewhat slick, making it easier for the phone to slip from your hand. The GripTack does a good job of keeping your hold secure.
More importantly, each fingertip is made with a conductive fiber that allows you to use your device’s touchscreen straight through the glove. The response was quite impressive on my wife’s iPhone 5c, but a little less so on my iPhone 5 because I have a screen protector on it. Still, the gloves allowed me to slide to unlock, enter my passcode, and launch apps without any difficulty.
Accuracy is a bit of an issue, of course. The Digits expand the surface of your fingers, so the precise control required to type or play games is not easy to achieve. That’s not Moshi’s fault, it’s just the way it is with gloves. You’ll be able to easily take and make calls while wearing the Digits, but don’t expect to be texting a whole lot. Of course, do you really want to expose your iPhone to that kind of cold for an entire text conversation?
Speaking of cold, the Digits are lined with a soft microfleece for comfort and warmth. They are pretty good for short trips outside, but if you’re going to be sitting through an outdoor football game or shoveling a large driveway, you might want to go with something warmer. Stronger, too. Although my wife had no problem keeping the Digits in good shape (they’re machine washable, by the way), she let our daughter borrow them for some outside play with the neighbors, and they came back a bit frayed at the fingertips. Our daughter was likely using them for more intense winter activities that many of you won’t, but it’s something to consider.
It’s also worth mentioning that the gloves don’t move far up your arm, so your wrists will likely be exposed to the cold if your coat sleeves get pulled up.
The Digits are available in small/medium (light gray) and large (dark gray). Both sizes were too small for my hands, but the large fit my wife quite well. You do want a somewhat tight fit, as it’s important for your fingertips to be right at the end of the gloves for optimal touch sensitivity.
At $30, the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves are a good value. They provide adequate warmth, and they allow you to use your phone or touchscreen device without removing them. If that’s something you frequently find yourself doing, you should treat yourself to a pair of these before we get too deep into winter…or if it takes much longer to get those Christmas lights up.
Buy the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves
Provides: Touchscreen use while wearing gloves
Minimum Requirements: Any touchscreen device