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Joby GPod Mini Magnetic Tripod and MPod Mini Stand

Joby GPod Mini Magnetic Tripod and MPod Mini Stand

The Joby GPod Mini and MPod Mini are both great small device stands with a screw on or elastic holder for devices like point and shoot cameras and smartphones.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  4.5/5 Stars

Joby MPod & GPod Mini

The MPod Mini Stand is a handy tripod with an elastic clamp for holding smartphones or media players while the GPod Mini Magnetic tripod holds tight to surfaces using its magnetic feet. The GPod Mini Magnetic is a point and shoot or action camera stand that has magnetic feet and flexible legs for a handy small tripod.

Digital cameras come in all sizes with those smaller point and shoot cameras handy for quick photos at great quality with a smaller sized camera but tripods are more for bigger cameras. Joby is the creator of the Gorilla Pod with its unique flexible leg section being a trademark of the line of tripods and stands that can both grip and change the shape of your tripod.

The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic is a small compact tripod for point and shoot digital cameras that feature magnetic feet strong enough to support those lightweight cameras. The GPod Mini Magnetic is about 3.5 inches tall but can be used as short as about 2 inches not including your camera.

MPod Tripod & GPod Mini

The Mini Magnetic has magnetic tipped feet with the flexible legs familiar to Gorilla tripods as well as the 1/4 inch mount for a unique tripod that is perfect for smaller devices. The Mini Magnetic can support up to 11.2 ounces and can be used with anything that has the 1/4 inch screw mount like my Canon PowerShot camera.

The Mini Magnetic has the three rubber tipped feet for normal use and the feet can be wrapped around smaller objects like a fence post or handrail but is also handy on metal objects like playground equipment. The small size means you can easily fit the mini Magnetic in your pocket or smaller carry cases for your digital camera and easily attaches using the 1/4 inch screw on post.

The GPod Mini Magnetic costs about $15 which is a great price for the handy tripod which is made from quality metal, plastic and rubberized materials. The leg sections are a cup and ball design that fit snuggly into each other and I have not had any sections pull out in all my uses of Gorilla Pod tripods.

GPod Mini Magnetic

The tripods feature the leg sections that have made adjustable tripods a unique part of outdoor and indoor photography where you can use existing structures to hang your camera easily. I found the park a perfect example where you can use a fence post, fence section or playground equipment to munt your camera using the GPod Mini Magnetic feet to capture that full family moment.

The MPod Mini Stand is another great tripod in the smaller size at about 4.5 inches tall and can hold smart phones and media players that are up to 3.2 inches. The clamp device for the MPod Mini can hold devices up to .45 inches thick which works for a wide variety of phones even with cases.

MPod Mini Stand

The MPod Mini held my smartphone easily even with a plastic rubberized case but my Sandisk Fuze with a case was just a bit too wide for the clamp. I simply removed the case and the Fuze fit just fine in the MPod Mini for handy desk or table access of the media player.

The MPod Mini Stand works well and is a great way to keep your smartphone handy on your desk or table and you can use the stand for digital photography using a smartphone. The MPod Mini also costs about $15 and is available at a variety of online sites as well as select brick and mortar stores.

MPod Mini Magnetic Hanging Around Joby

Both the MPod Mini and the GPod Mini make great ways to keep your devices at the ready for quick shots or just hanging around. I highly recommend both the JOBY MPod Mini and GPod Mini Magnetic for great flexible stands for cameras and smartphones that work extremely well.

MPod Mini @ JOBY

GPod Mini Magnetic @ JOBY

Pros
Handy and convenient stands for devices
Flexible legs for variety of uses
Both tripods are made from quality materials

Cons
Only for smaller devices

Life-Phorm Tablet Stand, Smartphone Stand & Camera Stand

Lethal Protection Life-Phorm Tablet Stand

The Lethal Protection Life-Phorm is a unique tablet stand for use with tablets, smartphones and cameras but simple solutions do not always make for sturdy ways to hold expensive electronics.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5

Look & Feel:  3/5
Features  2/5
How much I enjoy 2/5

Recommendation:  2.5/5 Stars

Tablet Stand, Smartphone Stand & Camera Stand

The Life-Phorm by Lethal Protection is a unique stand for tablets, smartphones and even digital cameras but some cautionary use and common sense does come into play when using it. The Life-Phorm is an electronics stand that has six moveable legs that each have three joints so the legs can be adjusted in a variety of configurations.

The base of the stand has a common 1/4 inch threaded bolt and a tightening nut that is easy to use with your hand to secure your electronics or the two metal and rubber coated tablet or smartphone clamp pieces. The clamp holds either a tablet or smartphone using the simple single screw on the back and sliding the clamp pieces against your smartphone or tablet to hold it in place.

The legs all have a screw so you can tighten the leg joints and increase the holding power of each joint and the ends of each leg has a rubber coated hook for holding onto surfaces and uneven objects. The stand can only be used about six inches above a surface so the Life-Phorm does not take the place of more traditional camera tripods.

Tablet Stand Life-Phorm

The Life-Phorm can be used in a lot of varied situations and odd places but the stand should have some kind of tension to hold tablets as I am just not confident enough that it held my tablet well enough. The stand does not use tension to hold the tablet or smartphone so it can slide out the side when working with the stand trying to place it on odd situations.

Unlike some stands that use some kind of tensioned or spring loaded clamp the Life-Phorm simply uses the clamps with the main screw holding them together so the tablet is not held in secure enough. I would be hesitant to secure my iPad tablet that costs several hundred dollars in the Life-Phorm and then hang it in a tree using the clamps that only hold the tablet with the single connection point and no tension.

The Life-Phorm does hold my PlayBook or Next5 tablet but only in portrait view with the clamp only being long enough to hold the longer side of the tablet and not the shorter side. The clamps one piece does have a hinge and opens to about 8 inches to increase the length of the one piece but for some tablets you are out of luck to hold your tablet in the landscape view.

The Life-Phorm is a great concept but a little more design and engineering would have made the device a more secure way to hold your expensive electronics. The Life-Phorm can be used to hold digital cameras but the box shows some disturbing pictures like the camcorder being held to the windscreen of a boat or the iPhone on the handlebars of a bike.

Tablet Stand on Shelf

The Life-Phorm makes a nice way to prop up your tablet or smartphone in some odd situations like on a piano or on a shelf in my kitchen but there is no way I’m trusting a stand like this with my expensive camcorder other than setting it on a table. The stand works well but for the price of about $50 I think it should have some sort of tension clamping system instead of just two clamps that slide together and hold the tablet between their curved ends.

The stand works well enough for a digital camera in a few situations but I found very little use for it while out for a convention recently other than as a stand to prop up my tablet. The Life-Phorm does hold my DSLR securely for taking shots from a table or hanging from the back of a chair but I really am not trusting this stand to hold my thousand dollar camera on the side of a tree.

If you have the money to spare and have found that you just need a stand for your tablet, smartphone, DSLR or point and shoot-camera for odd situations the Life-Phorm may just be what you’re looking for. I just cannot see spending the money on this as it just does not hold my tablet securely enough for the odd situations I was interested in or in the orientation I wanted.

Tablet Stand Life-Phorm with DSLR

The Life-Phorm may fit some situations for some devices but I am looking elsewhere for an all in one stand and DSLR holder that is more secure for my expensive electronics. I just cannot recommend the Life-Phorm unless you have a specific situation in mind with it that holds your device in the orientation you need.

Life Phorm @ Lethal Protection

Life Phorm @ Amazon