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GripTight Mount XL for Large Smartphones From JOBY - Attach Your Phone to Any Tripod or Mount Using a 1/4"-20 Screw
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- Adjustable grip fits smartphones between 2.7-3.9 in | 69-99mm wide.
- Portable design for on-the-go: lightweight and pocket-sized form that can also attach to key ring or camera bag
- Reliable grip on phone: rubber pads secure device in place, even when turned sideways
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This tripod mount for large smartphones allows you to attach your cellphone to any tripod with a standard 1/4 "-20 mount. Take photos and videos to a new level with the professionalism a tripod-mounted phone gives you. Useful for more than just tripods, the ability to screw into any 1/4 "-20 thread opens up the possibilities for a wide range of accessories and stands. Try it with the JOBY Gorilla Pod, Micro Stand, Suction Cup and much more. With the universal mount you make any tripod right for your large cellphone and as you build out your kit of accessories the possibilities become endless making your large smartphone the pinnacle of multi media functionality.
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This Joby GripTight XL measures 1-1/16" Wide at its widest point, 3-5/8" Long (when folded), and 1/4" Thick. When the sliding mechanism and folding "Jaws" are expanded to their largest opening, it will accommodate a smartphone (or smartphone with case) that is a maximum of 3-7/8" wide and a smartphone or smartphone with case that is up to 1/2" maximum thickness. When the sliding mechanism is at its minimum width (at rest and with the jaws open) it measures 2-1/2" wide between the jaws. So the smallest device it will hold securely will need to be at least 2-9/16" wide.
This design works extremely well for static photos and video when mounted to some type of fixed, non-moving tripod. The jaw "claws" extend less than 1/16" of an inch, so they do not obscure the view of your smartphone's screen or display at all. This is both good and bad. It's good for the unimpeded view it offers, but bad because the "claws" do not wrap around the front of the smartphone enough to really keep it completely secure.
These "claws" will work better to secure devices or smartphone cases that have a square or flat edge profile. When testing this with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is fitted with a Case-Mate "Tough Case", the Note 2 would fairly easily pop- or twist-out of this holder if bumped on one end of the device, especially if your device is not perfectly centered in the mount for even weight distribution.
The Case-Mate "Tough Case" has rounded edges (as does the phone itself) so the TINY claws on the spring-loaded jaws of the mount easily slide right over the rounded edges and your phone will fall out! I would say that smartphones with square sides or edges such as the iPhone 4/4S/5/5S would be much more secure in this mount than the rounded edges of the iPhone 6/6+, etc. You also need to be careful to make sure that the jaws are not placed over any of the buttons on the side of your device, as they will be activated or pressed by this mount. This shouldn't be a problem as long as you are careful with the placement of the jaws on your device.
The Joby mount has soft, but very thin rubber "grip" inserts in each jaw where they come into contact with your smartphone or it's case. I found these rubber "grip" pieces to be actually quite slippery against the TPU or plastic/silicone edges of my Case-Mate ToughCase. They may grip better against a phone that has real metal or aluminum edges, but overall they don't seem too "gripy" if you you feel them by hand.
CAVEAT: Again, for static, fixed, non-moving still photo or video applications this Joby GripTight Mount XL will work great. HOWEVER, DO NOT use this mount for "ACTION SHOTS"...for instance, mounted to a hand-held pistol grip, or a steady-cam type of device, or a moving car/car mount, etc. The weight of your smartphone itself and G-force will cause your expensive smartphone to fall out of this holder with any slight change of direction, or a sudden start or stop! If the Joby GripTight were made just 1/16" thicker overall to accommodate extending the "claws" on the spring-loaded jaws by that same amount, I think that it would securely hold a variety of devices much better, and still only barely impede on the screen, if at all. See my attached photos in the "Customer Photos" section to see how small the little "claws" are on the front of the mount when attached to my Samsung Galaxy Note II with Case-Mate ToughCase.
For ACTION SHOTS or when wanting a mount to use for extreme motion, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the "RetiCAM® Smartphone Tripod Mount with XL Conversion Kit - Metal Universal Smart Phone Tripod Adapter - Standard Plus XL Conversion Kit". This mount will VERY SECURELY accommodate a wider range of smartphone sizes and thicknesses with its two sets of extension rails. In addition, the RetiCAM mount has "V"-shaped jaws that provide a recess for clearance of all of the buttons on the side of your device, so you can even position the jaws directly over the buttons if needed for positioning, and the buttons will not be activated by the mount. The ONLY drawback to the RetiCAM mount as compared to the Joby mount is size, as the RetiCAM mount is not nearly as streamlined or compact as the Joby GripTight XL.
If you are a "casual" user and will only need and want this mount for occasional static, on-tripod shots, I highly recommend the Joby GripTight XL. However, if you want a "Professional Use" smartphone mount I would definitely go with the RetiCAM.
I am giving this Joby mount a rating of 3-Stars mainly because I just don't feel that it is really a safe or sturdy-enough mount to use. Just suppose you pick up your tripod to re-position your shooting angle and you trip or stumble, or bump into someone, etc...your smartphone will most likely pop out of this mount, and hopefully you aren't near the edge of the Grand Canyon. Yes, it is a brilliant, compact, convenient design, but if it's not secure, it is a "No-Go" for me. I would have actually liked to rate this at 3.5 Stars if Amazon supported 1/2-ratings. I hope this information is useful!
I have other Joby equipment, so I gave the GripTight Mount a shot. It's basically a frame with a spring-loaded extension that has a hook at one end. You screw the frame onto your tripod mount, pull out the extension, slip in your phone and let the extension close down until it's gripping it across the middle. Then you take your shots.
The frame is rubberized to hold the phone in place, and how well it works depends on the kind of case you've got on your phone; mine is leather, so it gripped pretty well. A friend's case is hard, glossy plastic, and her phone tended to slip a bit if you jostled the tripod. It didn't fall out of the frame when held parallel to the ground...but it did slip about an inch out of kilter. (The frame, by the way, was too small to fit another buddy's ginormous Android phablet, so this is a one-size-fits-MOST smartphones, not one-size-fits-all).
There was a fair amount of play in the spring-loaded extension, which felt a little flimsy. It certainly did the job indoors, but I probably wouldn't use it outdoors in windy or action conditions; the phone probably wouldn't stay in place.
Ultimately, fiddling with the GripTight and an iPhone in an overhead position was such a pain in the neck I broke down and bought a real digital video setup. But I don't really blame the GripTight for that; I think I pretty much got what I paid for.
In the use case of a fixed location or someplace where you're not concerned about dropping the phone, it's great. Otherwise, go with something like the RetiCAM Metal Tripod Mount (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FS5L9D4). The RetiCAM doesn't fold up but is rock solid and your device will not slip or fall out of that one.