The first time that this author encountered the Joby brand was with their GorillaPod. This tripod has amazingly flexible legs, allowing it to mount to a camera in unusual locales (e.g., on poles, on top of uneven surfaces, etc.). The GorillaPod worked extremely well and has since expanded into eight different models, ranging from small point-and-shoot ($19.95) to large, professional cameras ($99.95). As such, I was excited about a recent positive recommendation concerning Joby’s GripTight Mount ($19.95) on the podcast 'MacBreak Weekly' and wanted to seek it out.
The product, itself, is beautifully designed and can collapse flat. Then, via two hinges, it can transform into a c-shaped phone holder. Further, the GripTight Mount utilizes springs to expand in width and the bottom attaches to ¼-20" screw, thereby bridging the gap between tripods and phones.
According to Joby’s website, the GripTight Mount “works well with your cases and other accessories” and for many individuals it may work. Yet, for those who have a larger protective case or a phone wider than most (like the Samsung Galaxy Note II), the GripTight Mount fails to function. For this author, the former was an issue when this product was tested with an Otterbox's Armor Series case for the iPhone 5 (i.e., due to its width and depth), resulting in an imperfect mount. The GripTight Mount strained to grasp my phone and case, as both were hanging vertically from a 6’ tripod. Accordingly, prior to purchasing the GripTight Mount, one should verify that their device or case is between 2.1-2.8” (54-72 mm) in width and, ideally, no more than .5” (13mm) in depth.
In sum, this mount’s weakness is two-fold: it cannot handle the larger phones/cases and, in comparison to the competition, the GripTight Mount is priced $5 to $10 too high. Hopefully, in the future, Joby will be able to correct these previously discussed issues, resulting in a stronger and more competitive product.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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