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Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount Utilizes Headphone Jack

By Tanya Goodall Smith on March 12th 2013

I’m the mother of three kids and, unless I’m specifically planning on taking pictures of them on a given day, I generally don’t lug my giant DSLR and lenses around in my diaper bag. I’m also notorious for losing point-and-shoot cameras so, by default, most of our daily lives are documented photographically with my smart phone. While taking pictures with my phone is convenient, I’m always cringing a little at the poor quality of all these snapshots of my kids, which are usually caused by poor lighting conditions and camera shake.
Photo courtesy of Jackpod! via Kickstarter.

When I saw The JackPod!, a small universal smartphone tripod mount that holds your phone by it’s headphone jack, I thought it might be the answer to my blurry camera phone photo problems. Their promo video on Kickstarter is pretty convincing.

I do have a few concerns about this little device. From the looks of things on the video, it seems pretty flimsy and doesn’t look like it would reduce much camera shake if I still have to touch my camera to take a picture. Also, what’s to keep the little plastic piece from breaking off inside your headphone jack? Or worse, damaging the jack from repeated use? Is a $10 gadget worth the risk of damaging my $400+ phone? What do you think? Would you give the JackPod! a try?

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Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at

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  1. Andy

    I wouldn’t try it. Looks like a good way to screw up your phone. Headphone jacks are designed to support that kind of weight. I predict they will have some unhappy customers.

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