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The tripod is cool...But the bumper case could be better

  • Feb 3, 2011
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At first glance, the Joby Gorillamobile case for the iPhone 4 is a very creative design. You essentially get two things: a bumper case for your iPhone and a cool bendable tripod too. Also, the included tripod/camera adapter allows you to use the tripod with a digital camera as well.

I love the design of the bendable tripod with camera adapter. The only flaw in the design of this product lies in the bumper case. Mine came with scuffs on the front part of the plastic already... which seems to have been caused by the front of the packaging being dropped or something. This wasn't a big deal but demonstrated to me that it didn't take much to cause marks on the bumper case. It doesn't seem very rugged and makes me wonder if it offers any sort of protection for the iPhone 4. Also, compared to my $20 Griffin brand iPhone case and the official Apple bumper case, this bumper case just looks less rugged. In short, I was expecting the quality of the materials to be better. Also, when testing out the tripod with the case I noticed that the way it slid into the case didn't make me feel very comfortable because the sharp plastic edge of the tripod came very, very close to the glass screen of my iPhone. I know that glass is very hard to scratch, but the idea just didn't sit very well with me. In pondering if there was any way that it could 'scratch' the screen, I imagined a scenerio where I was at the beach and some very small particles of beach sand got on the screen and near the edge of the bumper. I could imagine that sliding the tripod on (while small particles of sand) where present near the grooves could potientially scratch the screen on the iPhone pretty bad. Of course, I admit that this scenerio is totally imagined and perhaps ridiculously paranoid and unrealistic. But then again, I would never try and test this theory out with my own iPhone.

All in all, this bumper case and tripod kit isn't a bad deal. I think the only negative is that the quality of the bumper case could be improved upon. It isn't up to par with other bumper cases on the market right now, and that is why I only gave this product 3 Stars. The option of being able to use the tripod with a regular digital camera in addition to the bumper case is very cool.

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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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