Three years ago, my first winter with my iPhone, I quickly realized I could not answer it while wearing gloves. I lost three right hand gloves that winter.
Then I realized I could answer the phone with my nose. (Go ahead, try it, I know you need to see it for yourself. I wont laugh, promise.)
That trick got old fast, and I eventually went in search of a glove that would give me phone functionality without cold fingers or lost gloves.
Currently on the market you've got a few options; the pricey leather Touch Tech, entry level is $99, cashmere lined, $195. Only in black.
There are the super affordable merino wool Dots Gloves, all gloves are $20, and come in a handful of colors.
And third, the Echo Touch which come in cashmere or a wool blend, $30 to $78. They have a few different styles, including a driving glove, and a cute ruffled one. They also come in every color under the sun.
(There are a few other gloves out there, but I filed them under too ugly-manly-utilitarian to even consider)
Since I liked the price and style choices of the Echo Touch the best, I chose it.
I got the simple $30 wool blend in bright pink and have been using them for the past month.
The gloves feature what Echo refers to as eLink fabric on the thumb and index finger of each hand. These are the only parts of the glove that will interact with the phone. The gloves must fit snugly and the fingers must go all the way to the tip to function properly.
I mainly use my thumb to type, but my thumbs are slightly shorter than the gloves which occasionally gives me trouble. I also can not type nearly as fast as I can with bare hands.
But I can indeed type and use all the functions of the phone with gloved hands. This is perfect for when you are on the move and can't be fussing with taking off your gloves. It was especially nice while I was in NYC, since I had to check my map a ton of times while I was navigating the streets. (Remember when we used to have paper maps and didn't have GPS? Hahaha.)
Gloves in Action (I apologize, my movie is kind of awful)
The thin wool blend has been keeping me warm enough in the current weather, which has been about the mid 30°s F, though I haven't been spending a whole lot of time outdoors. These would not work for a day spent in the snow. For my usual commuting to work and errand running, they are adequate.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase; and would definitely recommend them and give them as Christmas gifts. Especially since everyone and their mother now has an iPhone or an iPod Touch, and functionally in gloves is a wonderful thing to have.
The gloves are cute, affordable, and work.
But if you are interested, I did find this iPhone glove DIY
**This review was not furnished or promoted by Echo in anyway. I bought the gloves because I liked them and wanted to share my thoughts with you.**