The Glif: iPhone 4 / 4S Tripod Mount & Stand
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- Can be mounted to any standard tripod (1/4"-20 tripod thread)
- Works in portrait and landscape orientations.
- Compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S (caseless)
- Made in the USA
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|Item Dimensions||—||1.15 x 1.8 x 3.25 in||8 x 15 x 3 in||3.34 x 50 x 3.34 in||2.76 x 4.49 x 0.39 in|
The Glif is an iPhone 4/4S accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone onto a tripod and propping up your iPhone at various angles. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant. But out of this simple design emerges countless uses. Mount your iPhone to a tripod for taking great pictures or making movies. Prop your iPhone up for hands-free FaceTiming or to watch videos. All of that and more in a compact design that is manufactured in America. The Glif is made from recyclable rubberized plastic that feels great and plays nice with your phone, and is small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, purse, or backpack. It has a 1/4"-20 thread that fits any standard tripod or camera mount. The Glif is designed to work with a "naked" (caseless) iPhone and is compatible with both the iPhone 4 and 4S.
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I gave this product only 4 stars because, in my experience, its cool factor is higher than its practical value. I carried my iPhone around naked for about a week before adding protective skins; the Glif still worked but it didn't fit quite as perfectly. Eventually I broke down and put my iPhone in a Barely There Casemate case and my Glif was stuck in a drawer.
If you know you'll always use your iPhone naked and need to prop your phone in a tripod on a regular basis, the the Glif is perfect for you and you should buy one without hesitation. However, if you're even slightly neurotic about dropping or otherwise damaging your phone or if you're only an occasional iPhone-on-a-tripod photographer, you might want to think twice about how practical the Glif will be for you.
Unlike a couple of the reviewers, I don't think it doesn't have a good grip on the phone. I wouldn't let it grip my phone over a body of water or something, but I don't need to do anything extreme with it (let alone anywhere besides my desk).
I was a little sad to see on Studio Neat's site that about a week after I bought this on Amazon, they released a "plus" version that comes with a second clip that hold the phone even more securely on the regular glif. I think it's a little more, but I'm hoping I can e-mail them and they'll send me one for a couple of dollars. Regardless, this product is simple and works. It gets the "I'd give it 5 stars if it was just cheaper."
Update: I see on their website that you can buy the Glif+ additions for $11. Not the greatest deal for what is just a little piece of plastic and a keyring attachement. I probably won't end up buying this and eventually I would hope they'll drop the price for the entire Glif+ package to $20. I think they're starting to push the limits of the value of such a simple product.
It's easy to use and doesn't take up much space in a pocket or camera bag. And, the Glif screws in tight to the tripod head and the groove where you slide the phone feels tight.
As far as using this as a phone stand, I'm not so sure. If that's the sole reason you'd buy this I'd say look elsewhere. It works, but it seems prone to tipping unless you have it sitting on a very level surface.