There are plenty of mobile phone camera mounts, usually part of a small extending tripod which will last, not at all, due to flimsy construction and cheap parts. This is a sturdy piece of equipment designed to do exactly what you want it to do: hold your precious camera phone on a traditional, real, well made tripod. If you like taking pictures without hand wobble or for those self inclusive group shots, you need one of these. Have not tried the remote yet, will get around to that soon and include info on that in a follow up if there are connection or use problems. But for now, for the money and reliability, this is the way you should go, in my opinion.