By Louis Senecal on Wed, 04/11/2012
The Mobile Grip Mini Fold-up Tripod from Arkon is a neat accessory to carry with you, especially if you use the camera function on your device a lot. This is a universal design so it should fit most smartphones, as well as an iPod Touch and similar devices that sport a camera. With the exception of the adjusting screws, the kit is all plastic which is one of the reasons it's so light. Check out the video from Arkon below for actual use of the stand.
The stand consists of three pieces. The tripod mount, mobile grip adaptor, and mobile grip holder. The grip holder does have a felt like lining on part of it, and you can insert/remove your device with one hand. I was using it with a Nokia and Blackberry and had no problems with one handed use. (I imagine though the ease of use would depend on the size of your device.) Put these pieces together as shown in the video and you have a nice little camera mount. (Note that you can also use most digital cameras or video recorders that have a standard 1/4" - 20 mounting pattern. Just remove the two adaptors for this use).
The unit is very adjustable and can fold and be stored in the included carry pouch. This not only works well for still photography and video, but it also serves as a neat holder for your device at your desk or if you are using Skype or Facetime. Hey, why not use it in other ways and get your money's worth out of it.
The build quality is what you would expect from Arkon. I did not experience any product defects or malfunctions. It's a very cool and affordable accessory. (Pics at end)
Specs and Features:
-Lightweight, compact and portable: perfect for travel
-Non-skid, rubberized feet
-Can be used with most cases
-Compatible with iPhone 4S / 4 / 3GS and iPod touch
-Compatible with most Android phones up to 4.6" including: Samsung Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S, Motorola Droid RAZR, Droid, HTC, Sony, LG and more...
-Compatible with nearly any digital camera or video recorder with a standard 1/4" - 20 mounting pattern