Review: Gorillapod Go-Go!, or Holding on to the iPhone 3G

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If you haven’t checked out a Gorillapod before, it might look like some sort of toy. Actually it’s a really useful photography tool, basically a short tripod that has flexible legs with lots of little joints that can wrap around things and hold onto a wide variety of surfaces. Since the joints are rubbery, it can even hold onto slicker surfaces than I expected.

I’ve been using the new Go-Go! version (check it out at Amazon.com here) of the Gorillapod, sort of miniature version of the original larger ones. It attaches to whatever it’s holding at it’s head with a slide-in clip that attaches then locks to several different pieces. Like the larger Gorillapods, this Go-Go! version include a screw clip that attaches to the bottom of most cameras. In addition, 2 other types of attachments come with it: a suction cup clip, and a clip with a strong adhesive on one side. It came with 2 of the adhesive clips.

These new clips are what makes the Go-Go! a little different from the bigger models. Many of the small devices we carry around don’t have the ability to use a traditional camera foot. These new clips allow you to hold other devices in place. I think the most likely use of these new clips will be to watch movies on iPods, iPhones, and PSPs. (If you have a Zune, you can probably use it too.)

I’ve used the suction cup clip with my iPhone 3G, even while leaving my Contour HardSkin case on. I didn’t expect it to work with the case on since the case has a sort of matte finish to it, but the suction cup clip seems really strong and it did hold my iPhone in place. I didn’t watch a full 2 hour movie with it but I trust the suction cup clip enough to bring it on my next plane trip. Taking the case off the iPhone would make sense since it would make it lighter and provide a slicker surface for the suction cup to grip.

The clip with the screw in it seems by far the strongest way to get the Gorillapod to hold onto something. It worked great with my Canon point-and-shoot camera. This is a pretty small accessory and can’t handle a large SLR camera. I will probably get a larger gorillapod for the SLR at some point because it’s really handy. I won’t put the adhesive clip on any of my electronic devices though. Those things don’t come off and I don’t want to permanently chance my gadgets with it.The camera screw clip mount has a weight limit of 11.5 ounces. The suction cup clip’s limit is 7.1 ounces. The adhesive clip’s limit is 10.6 ounces.The head where these clips attache to the Gorilllapod seem to be the weakest part of the whole device. Slipping the different clips in takes a bit of pressure and out of the base feels a little fragile when doing this. It feels like if you’re too rough with it, it might break. To be fair, I should point out that mine hasn’t broken. I guess it’s not broken until it’s broken though, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.

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