How many times have you thought to yourself, "I really, really wish I could put my phone on a tripod!" Ten? Thirteen? Three-hundred-ninety-four? Regardless of whether or not you've ever actually said that to yourself, Kickstarter-lauched product Capta is an awesome little accessory that lets you do that (and more!).
So, what else can Capta do? Mostly, it can just hold your phone in various positions. This is actually incredibly helpful, though, for different functions. Watching videos? Put the phone in a more upright position. Need the phone n a more reclined position? No problem, Capta can handle that, too. It even has a nice little crevice on the bottom side so you can route a charging cable and use it as a makeshift dock. The best part? Thanks to some sort of
proprietary sticky stuff alien goo, you never have to worry about your device falling off of Capta. The cool thing about said alien goo, though, is that it doesn't leave any residue on your device.
Let's take a closer look at what this $35 accessory has to offer.
Capta: What is it?!
It's a dock/tripod mount/phone holding thingy.
How much is it? It's $35.
Should I buy it? If you've ever wanted to put your phone on a tripod, then you should definitely buy this. If you're otherwise looking for a way to easily prop your phone in various positions, again, you should buy it.
Okay, I'm convinced. Where can I get it? Here. Right here.
Easy to use. Seriously, Capta is crazy-easy to use. Just put your device on the black sticky pad, apply a bit of pressure, and it's good to go. When you want to remove the device, give it a little twist. It comes off clean!
You can finally put your phone a tripod. Perfect for great stills, stable video, and all the other things people use tripods for.
Small and lightweight. Since Capta is made of aluminum, it weighs next-to-nothing. You can easily toss it in your bag and not even know it's there. And that's a good thing.
It's well made. Capta consists of two pieces: the "main" part (with the sticky pad) and the "cover," which protects the sticky pad. Both pieces are machined to fit together perfectly, and all the lines are incredibly clean and smooth.
The sticky pad will hold your device for hours (or days), but comes off clean. I have to admit, I was a little bit hesitant to stick my phone on Capta the first time I used it. Once I did, though, it was very clear to me that it wasn't going anywhere. However, a simple twist is all it takes and your devices comes away completely clean. It's quite neat.
It's "universal." Capta should work with all phones, and even many small (seven-inches or less) tablets. I can't say that I would recommend it for an eight+ inch tablet, but it was able to handle my Acer Iconia A100 and Galaxy Nexus without issue.
It's washable. When that sticky stuff gets some gunk on it, you can just wash it off with soap and water. It's good to go again!
The Not Good
- The cable track along the bottom is too small for many USB cables. Looks like the Capta guys dropped the ball on this one and designed it more for the thinner cable that comes with the iPhone rather than a traditional USB (micro or mini) cable. With that said, I was able to get a few of my cables to fit, though it seems pretty hit or miss. Sadface.
- It doesn't work as well on devices with textured surfaces. This one is by no means a deal breaker, just something to be aware of. Many devices that ship with a textured back, like the Galaxy Nexus for example, don't work with Capta as well as those with a smooth surface. Basically, that means that it will hold your textured-back device for 4 straight days and your smooth-back device for a whole week. In other words, it's really negligible, but worth mentioning.
- It doesn't allow one-handed operation while in "dock mode." While Capta allows you to use your in other ways than just on a tripod, none of them are perfect. If you want to use to to prop your phone up to watch a movie, then it should be fine for that, but if you plan on using your phone while on it's propped on Capta, then be prepared to either use both hands or chase your device all around the desk. Thanks to Capta's aluminum construction, it slides all over the place.
- It's not free. Seriously, I'm running out of cons.
All in all, I think Capta is an incredible little invention. Is it worth $35? That depends. If you want an incredibly versatile little gizmo that can hold your phone in a number of ways and let you mount it on a tripod, then you cannot live another day without Capta. If, however, none of those things sound appealing to you, then you probably won't die if you don't buy one.