Joby Gorillamobile for iPod touch Review

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I have been a big fan of the Joby Gorillamobile since it was first released for the iPhone. I love the bendable flexible tripod that allows me to have my iPhone securely attached to just about any surface and then held there for pictures. One of the best uses for it is to set up the iPhone in a specific place using the tripod and then allow the iPhone to take a series of time-lapse pictures. It works beautifully and, because of the excellent design and build quality of the tripod, I feel secure that my iPhone isn’t going to drop and fall to an untimely death.

I was interested when the company released a new Gorillamobile for the iPod touch. I was especially curious when I read on the back of the box that it’s useful for — watching TV, listening to music, playing games, surfing the net, and (this is what raised questions for me) capturing pictures. Why would it refer to capturing pictures when the fact the iPod touch doesn’t have a camera. (Thanks Steve Jobs for pulling it at the last second last fall.)

Well, it turns out there is a good reason why it mentions capturing images on the box. I’ve been using the GorillaMobile for iPod touch for about two weeks now and I’m really quite impressed. Let’s take a look.

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From The Company

The only iPod touch case that comes with its own set of flexible, bendable legs.
Soft-touch iPod touch case quickly clips on and off the Gorillamobile
A lock ring provides extra security to ensure your device is safely attached.
Over two dozen leg joints bend and rotate 360°.
Rubberized ring and foot grips provide enhanced stability on difficult terrain.
Universal camera adapter (1/4” tripod screw)
Removable adhesive clips detach without leaving residue behind.

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Okay, so first things first. The reason the box includes mention of taking pictures is that they wisely include additional inserts for holding devices besides the iPod touch. Most specifically includes a personal camera adapter that allows the tripod to be used with just about any small camera. I checked and it works with everyone that I own. In addition it comes with two adhesive clips which can be placed on the back of just about any iPhone case (or other device case as well) so that the tripod can be used with an iPhone in exactly the same manner that I’ve been using it since the original device came out quite a while ago.

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In other words, this is a tripod that you purchase specifically to work with your iPod touch but it doesn’t limit you to only use it with your iPod touch. No, instead you can use it with any camera, your iPhone and a much any other small electronics device that you can think of. That makes it a good deal from the beginning.

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What makes this Setup specific to the iPod touch is the fact that it comes with A soft-touch iPod touch case that can quickly be clipped on and off the Gorillamobile.


The case makes the iPod touch about the same thickness as an iPhone 3GS but with far more tapered sides. On the back is a “clip” for securely attaching it to the tripod.

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The case is not of the “lay on the table” designs so it does not offer any protection for the screen. At the same time it does mean that there is no interference with actually using it.

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When using the tripod the iPod touch is secure, stable and raised to a better height for watching video.

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Here is a shot from the side…

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And from the back…

The Joby Gorillamobile for iPod touch has an MSRP of $39.95 and is available directly from Joby’s Web site.

What I Like:

Holds the touch securely, usable with cameras and The iPhone so that it is not limited to any one or two devices

What Needs Improvement:

Nothing! This is a great product that does what it says… And more.


We have two to give away. We’ll do so on Monday (hey, Saturday and Sunday we’ll be a bit too busy playing with our iPads…).
In order to enter to win simply leave a comment telling us how you would use the Joby Gorillamobile for iPod touch with… Your iPod touch.

Simple. Fun. And thanks to Joby for making this giveaway possible.

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17 replies

  1. I realize that this is horribly unoriginal, but I would love to have this to hold my ipod touch during the long cross-country flights I seem to be taking so frequently lately. It is hard to juggle the Touch and snacks, for example, and as light as the Touch is, your arms do get tired holding it out at a comfortable viewing distance for hours while watching a better movie than is showing on in-flight system.

    Big bonus that I could use this with my camera as well – great thinking, Joby!

  2. Wow, this is a great little workhorse, isn’t it. I use my Touch at various times of the day. Breakfast, reading emails, checking the news, blogs, etc, so this would be a great holder to breeze through those while eating. I use it for my tasks during the day, so it would be easy to refer to my tasks without picking up the Touch. At night, I would use it while listening to the MLB app and watching the games. I can also see this for reading books as well, putting it at a comfortable distance so I can read easily. The versatility also means that I could make use of it for my camera, using it as a small tripod as well.

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  4. What other good reason than watching my new podcasts & YouTube subscription updates?! :) And of course my HD Cam doesn’t have anything to “stand on” yet!

  5. I would use it to attach my ipod touch to the treadmill so I can watch video while working out.

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  12. If i watch videos longer than 15 mins, my hands get tired, so i’d like a cool tripod like Joby Gorillamobile to prop up my iPod touch. Hope to be the lucky winner. Thanks.

  13. Thanks for the review.

    I would use it as a stand for letting my kids watch videos on vacation…and as a tripod for taking pictures. I had not realized that the iPod touch one included both adaptors.

  14. I’d use it to hang the ipod for my kids to watch in the car, though I’d also use the tripod feature for my camera since it’s so lightweight.

  15. I would use the Joby gorillamobile in two ways, firstly I would hang the flexible legs from a small cupboard I have near my desk so I can have my iPod Touch at a close distance without taking up room on my desk. Since the product comes with a universal tripod attachment, I would be able to use this with my Sony Cybershot to allow greater movement when filming YouTube reviews. Great review by the way Dan, hope I get lucky!

  16. Just discovered the joys of Megabus. Free WiFi means I can watch a movie on my iTouch. The Gorillamobile would allow me to attach it to the seatback in front of me, reducing neck strain, eye strain, and the temptation to DRIVE instead of taking the bus!