Mobile accessory review: JOBY GorillaMobile for iPhone 4/4S
Aimee Baldridge | Published: Dec 28, 2012 at 06:02:04 UTC1
JOBY GorillaMobile - compatible with iPhone 4/4S, $39.95
JOBY’s GorillaMobile mini tripod uses the same ball-and-socket design that has made the company’s larger GorillaPods so useful and popular. The legs are composed of a series of ball-and-socket links, with rubber rings around them to add grip strength. The ball at the foot end of each leg also has a rubber pad to aid stability. On top of the legs there are two ball-and-socket links that give the pod the functionality of a ballhead.
When you mount your iPhone in the small mount on the top link, you can swivel it 360 degrees and tilt it forward or back about 75 degrees. Bending the legs allows you to fine-tune the angle of the phone even further. Gorilla seems to have found just the right balance between flexibility and friction to make the pod maximally adjustable but still able to hold an iPhone in position without drifting.
To mount your iPhone on the tripod, you’ll need to put it in the included “case,” which is just a lightweight plastic rim that fits around the edge of the phone. It leaves all of the iPhone’s controls and ports exposed, but adds rails to the sides that you can slide into the track-style mount on top of the GorillaMobile. Its main disadvantage is that it prevents you from using accessory lenses that only fit on the iPhone without a case, such as an Olloclip. Otherwise, it’s an unobtrusive addition that you can just leave on the phone.
Aimee Baldridge is a writer and photographer based in New York. For more than a decade she has specialized in covering imaging technology, digital media, and the world of photography. You can see more of her work at www.aimeebaldridge.com.