Texting gloves are the new hot thing, no pun intended! Really, it’s just a new name for fingerless gloves, which have been around since Charles Dickens made them stylish and functional for his scrappy crew in Oliver Twist. But as I froze my bajingies off this morning at the dog park while trying to tap out a few critical emails and text messages, I decided my fist order of business would be to find a pair that would meet my criteria: A) Keep my fingers from turning blue, B) Look reasonably cute and stylish, and C) Hold up to a New England winter. While I have not made an actual purchase yet, this is what I have found so far:
Agloves Touch Screen Gloves for cold weather use. According to their web site Agloves.com, “You can text with these gloves on! Agloves touch screen gloves are lightweight, soft, warm, stretchy and slightly fuzzy knitted gloves. Made in the USA, these seamless, knitted gloves have high quality workmanship. Agloves are compatible with any and all of your touch screen phones, cameras, multimedia devices, game systems, and eReaders. Two unisex sizes S/M or M/L Color is black with silver flecks to produce a charcoal grey coloring. Hand washable in water. (XL’s available in January). Agloves work on all touch screens including: iPhone, Droid X, Samsung, Tom-Tom GPS system, Nook, ATM, iPad, iPod Touch, MP3 player, Palm Pre, Blackberry Storm, Zune HD, Flip HD and other cameras, and many more.
I like the fact that I wouldn’t have to expose my fingertips to the cold, but it seems like you might lose some accuracy while trying to use your touch screen device – which would make me nuts, especially while standing out in the cold!
These gloves from FreeHands look like they are warmer, and possibly a bit more functional, but there is the exposed fingertip issue and they seem a but bulky. But I like the hot pink/black combination, and they look like they might hit the “C” criteria of holding up in a New England winter.
If you are skeptical and just want to add some functionality to your existing hand wear, Amazon.com sells texting dots. The product description says texting dots “… are made of firm polyurethane rubber with light adhesive on the bottom. They are the shape of a small blister on your fingertip, round bottom with a crowned top for precise contact when using a touch screen. It sticks to both fingertips and gloves. They work great with pressure sensitive touch screen cell phones: Samsung Rogue, Samsung Solstice, Samsung Mythic, Samsung Impression, Samsung Flight, Samsung Omnia, LG env Touch, LG Versa, LG Chocolate Touch, LG Vu, LG Xenon, HTC Imagio, HTC Pure, HTC Tilt, T-Mobile Tap, grocery self check-out touch screens, airport self check-in kiosks, picture photo kiosks, cashier touch screens, HP Touch Smart Desktop computer, TomTom GPS devices, Magellan GPS devices, Garmin GPS devices, Insignia GPS devices.”
FreeHands micro fur gloves and texting dots are available at Amazon.com. I’m going to Bloomingdales and Macy’s to see what they have. Have you purchased a pair of texting gloves that you like or think work well? If so, send us a comment and let us know!