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Cool and Versatile Tripod for your iPhone 4

  • Feb 1, 2011
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I have used a larger and more robust version of Joby Gorilla tripod for my Canon XSi DSL camera, and have come to really appreciate its design. However, I was a bit skeptical about the usefulness of such a tripod for an iPhone, but after playing with it for a while I have really started liking it.

Two main functions of a camera tripod are: a) steadying the camera for crisper shots, and b) using it for time-delayed shots of yourself. iPhone 4 has a pretty neat camera, but if you really want to get a nice shot you might as well get a dedicated digital camera. Furthermore, it turns out that the default iPhone camera app does not support time-delay. This is rather odd, as this would be a very simple software feature to implement. There are a few iPhone apps that allow for both time-delay and time-lapse photography, and these apps might be a more suitable choice for the iPhone + tripod setup. Nonetheless, there are few other uses for this tripod with your iPhone that traditional camera have not been designed for.

As mentioned before, iPhone is not really meant to be used like a "real" camera, so there is no direct way of attaching a tripod to it. The solution that the Joby tripod came up is very ingenious: this tripod comes attaches to an iPhone 4 bumper that is included in this package. If you don't own an iPhone 4 bumper but wanted to get one, then this solution may seem ideal for you. However, if you either own and like your bumper, or are not interested in adding bulk to your shiny and elegant iPhone 4, then this "feature" may annoy you.

The bumper itself is OK. It is not as bulky as some other iPhone bumpers/cases that I have seen, but it's not the flimsiest one either. The make of the bumper does not exude elegance, and it feels a bit cheap. However, it is fairly sturdy and has all the requisite functionality that you would expect from it. A couple of issues that I have with bumper's thickness are: a) mute switch is not easily accessible, and b) if you use this bumper then you will not be able to connect your iPhone to the designated alarm clock such as Philips DC290/37 Docking Clock Radio or Memorex Mi4390BLK Clock Radio.

The bumper allows for your iPhone to be attached in either the landscape or the portrait orientation. The former is more convenient for photography or video viewing, while the latter works best for FaceTime video calling. The flexible legs of the tripod are very sturdy, yet extremely flexible. You can either set your iPhone in a traditional horizontal tripod configuration, or attach it to a countless variety of sticking, protruding or hanging objects. The possibilities are literally innumerable.

Thanks to the little camera adapter kit you can use this tripod with your regular point-and-shoot compact camera. For me at least this is the best use for this tripod. The weight limit of a camera that can be put on this tripod is 325 grams, which I think is well within the limits of most compact cameras. I have tested it with both Canon PowerShot S410 (200 grams) and Canon PowerShot SD940IS (120 grams). It worked perfectly with both of them. I also tried it with my Canon Digital Rebel XSi DSLR camera (550 grams), and it even sort of worked with it as well, but I would certainly not recommend it to be used this way. If you suddenly come across Elvis in some remote outpost and there is absolutely no other way of taking a picture of the two of you together, then sure, you may use this tripod with your SLR behemoth. Anything short of that would unnecessarily endanger your camera.

In conclusion, if you don't have too demanding requirements of how you end up using this tripod with your iPhone, or have a very specific idea in mind about what you want to use it for, then this tripod will serve you well. The same holds if you intend to use it with your compact digital camera - it makes an excellent and versatile stand. However, as an iPhone 4 tripod it has several shortcomings. These are not serious enough to prevent you from using it in a manner that it was intended, but this is certainly not a tripod that will serve everyone's needs. I am personally very happy with it and intend to use it quite a bit.

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Gorillamobile for iPhone 4 unlocks the full potential of the iPhone 4. The new Gorillamobile for iPhone 4 is designed to take full advantage of the rich media features of the iPhone 4, including camera flash, front-facing camera, HDR and five times digital zoom. Joby Gorillamobile highlights

The durable, polycarbonate plastic, bumper case protects your iPhone from drops and the perils of everyday use while enhancing the functionality of the camera. The unique rail system allows for the base to easily slide on and off, offering both portrait and landscape positioning.

The flexible, bendable and wrappable legs are the perfect cure for the awkward Facetiming positions, blurry photos and uncomfortable viewing postures. Take advantage of the world around you be wrapping the Gorillamobile 4 to the airplane seat in front of you, the tree in the park or find the perfect angle on any surface (including flat).

The Gorillamobile for iPhone 4 has been selected as an Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the Wireless Handsets Accessories category at CES. In addition, the Gorillamobile for iPhone 4 comes with an adapter screw allowing you to easily use it for your point and shoot camera.

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