See my iPhone on the wall above my monitor in the image above? Is it stuck there with magnets? Nope. Velcro? Nope. Tape? Nope. Magic? Kinda. It’s the GOATcase Anti-Gravity iPhone 7 Plus case. Let’s find out more.
What is it?
GOATcase is a weird name for an iPhone case. It actually stands for Greatest Of All Time case. It’s a case with grippy nano-suction material on the back that has been designed to stick to smooth surfaces like glass, finished wood, smooth metal, plastic, ceramic tile, and more.
Design and features
The case is made of flexible black plastic with a rigid back panel that has the GOATcase brand printed on it.
The back of the GOATcase has cutouts for the Apple logo and camera and a thin film over the nano-suction surface.
My iPhone 7 Plus was easily inserted into the case which provides a slightly raised edge around the display to protect it when the phone is positioned face down.
Don’t pay any attention to the glass screen protector that’s on my iPhone 7 Plus. It’s a glass protector from ZAGG that was installed at the Verizon store when I bought the phone a few weeks ago. Yes, the protector is insanely thick and looks hideous because it doesn’t stick around the edges. I just haven’t replaced it yet.
The GOATcase has a cutout for the mute button on the left side of the case. The sides of the case cover the volume buttons and while there are etched representations of the buttons, they are flat and not as easy to press/activate as cases with raised buttons.
On the bottom edge of the case are cutouts over the speakers and lightning connector.
On the opposite side is a flat area over the power switch. Again, this type of button design isn’t nearly as nice as cases with molded/raised buttons.
The back of the case has a circular cutout for the Apple logo to show through and a cutout for the camera.
The left and right sides of the case are knurled to add a nice grip which I like.
To use the anti-gravity features of the GOATcase, you have to peel the film off the back surface of the case.
Once the film is removed, it reveals the tacky feeling nano-suction surface.
You can then stick the case with your phone on most flat smooth surfaces and it will stick there. So I tried it on the painted wall above my desk, which worked fine, but I was a little worried to remove it because it really sticks securely when the nano-suction surface is clean.
It also worked well on smooth finished wood…
As well as a painted steel door.
And a mirror which seemed to work the best.
I also tried the case on a stained wooden door, but it did not stick there very long before falling off.
I tested the GOATcase on various surfaces and in between each test, I’d stick the phone in my pocket.
After only an hour or so, this is what the back of the case looked like. Click the image for a larger view. As you can see, the nano-suction surface is a magnet for lint, cat hair and other fuss. This causes the stickiness of the case to become compromised quickly.
You can clean the surface by just running it under some water.
Does the GOATcase have anti-gravity properties? Yes, as long as the nano-suction material on the back of the is clean and you’re sticking it on very smooth surfaces like glass and finished wood, it works really well. But once it gets dirty, the suction is not as reliable or safe. Cleaning off the lint and other dirt from the back of the case does restore the stickiness, but that action will become a chore very quickly.
The GOATcase is a good idea in concept, but I don’t think it’s that useful as an everyday case.