For a smartphone, the iPhone 4 makes a surprisingly good camera, even when compared to consumer-grade point and shoots. When shot in the right light, the HDR photos can be stunning, and perfectly acceptable for most amateur photographers. Of course, a steady tripod can make all the difference in the world, but most available options aren’t compatible with the iPhone. You could buy an adapter, but it will be just that—an adapter, with no other use or function.
The Glif started as a Kickstarter project, and quickly tore past its initial planned funding of $10,000, managing to raise over $137,000 to make it a reality. It’s an incredibly simple—but versatile—accessory that solves quite a few problems: It can be used as a tripod adapter, a kickstand for watching movies, or even a makeshift antenna-guard. It fits snugly over the iPhone 4 in nearly any orientation, without the need for tools.
The Glif is a simple iPhone 4 accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone onto a tripod and propping up your iPhone at various angles. The Glif is made from recyclable rubberized plastic that feels great and plays nice with your phone, and is small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, purse, or backpack. It has a 1/4″-20 thread that fits any standard tripod or camera mount. The Glif is designed to work with a “naked” (caseless) iPhone 4, to ensure a snug fit. Designed and manufactured in America.
Depending on how you use your device, the Glif could be completely useless, or utterly perfect. The Glif is $20, and will start shipping in 2-3 weeks. Combine the Glif with the Gorillapod, and you have a match made in heaven.