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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.

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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.

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The Good

  • 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.

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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.

I bet you're wondering where you can get that sexy red Capta, aren't you? Truth be known, you can't buy it yet. They should be available soon enough, though, so keep your eyes peeled!
Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • sugarysnack

    I remember seeing the kickstarter for this. Glad they finally made it to production!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I got the red one in Cameron's pics (well, technically, the red pics are mine, the silvers ones are his), and I'm loving mine. It'll definitely come in handy.

  • Tim

    Second to last sentence in the second to last paragraph I believe you meant to say "then you cannot live another day WITHOUT Capta."...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Good catch, thanks.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    "It doesn't work as well on devices with textured surfaces. ... 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."

    This is really not a concern at all, IMO. I got the Epic Touch, which is extremely textured, but Capta holds solid. Nobody is going to stick their phone onto it for 4 days vs 7 days, so I don't even think this even qualifies as a negative or even worthy of a mention. This thing uses pure magic and holds on to my Epic Touch better than my own hand.

  • Tom Mclean

    I've been looking for one of these in the UK for ages, is there ANYWHERE that sells them? :(

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      They were shipping overseas for the kickstarter project. I see no reason why they wouldn't now. Follow the link in the post. I have one. Works great.

  • Tyler Chappell

    hmmm, let's see here...$35? lol no thanks, next.

    • Heartbraden

      I got it on Kickstarter, so I had mine in a few weeks ago.  Must say... it's the best value for the money accessory-wise.  It will hold your phone in any position you want, for however long you want.  Like Artem said below me, it's like magic.

      • Acerone

        Agree. it's like the Gilf but better... GadgetMac.com also reviewed it and gave it 4 1/2 stars

  • Ryan Stuckmaier

    I got one of these through the kickstarter program. I got the silver Capta with suction cup mount (and it was less money because of kickstarter). I use it from time to time for navigation and it works great. My car charger even pulls oddly on my phone (Evo 3d so the charger port is on the bottom when mounted) and the Capta holds it just fine. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Wait, wait, there's a suction cup I could get!!? WHY DID NOBODY INFORM ME? This will make the perfect car dash mount.

      • Erik Neu

        I have the suction cup version. I like it, but not necessarily for a car dash mount. One reason--too long and loose. Another--won't work well on dashboards that are highly textured, curved or Armor-All'd. For dashboard, I use something similar to this Clingo product [http://amzn.to/JoPuZ0] (an Arkon weighted, non-skid platform and some suction cup holder I ordered a while ago that also uses the "sticky pad"...so I can't speak first-hand about Clingo, but it seems like the same idea).

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Thanks for the feedback. The Clingo for iPhone seems to be getting awful reviews - it doesn't work when it's cold and melts when it's hot ( http://www.amazon.com/Clingo-Universal-Hands-Free-iPhone-Devices/dp/B003JTHMSM) - I think I'm going to stay away from that one.

          • Ryan Stuckmaier

            I couldn't find where it came from, but if you check out the original kickstarter 
            http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1689824368/capta-stick-it-lean-it-wrap-it-attach-it?ref=users for the capta you will see it. It looks to be the same design as your tripod. I stick it to my windshield. It doesn't come out as far as I would like (I drive an Element and the windshield is surprisingly far away from the driver). As long as the last few "balls" touch the dash itself I had no vibration problems. If you try to leave it hanging freely it will shake like none-other.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Actually it's illegal in Cali to have things hanging off your windshield, so I'm looking for something that would attach to the dashboard instead. I have this sandbag-like mount for my Garmin GPS, and it's so stupid simple, yet it works so well that I'd love to find something like that, but for smartphones and universal...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Looking at that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVS7IfyJIKU, it's exactly what I need to mount it on my dash. I can't figure out where to get it from Capta however, or where to get it at all, as it seems pretty generic.

  • spydie

    but doesn't come with the tripod?  bummer.  It would only be worth $35 if it were a complete kit.

  • Blackbullet4749

    $35 dollars is massively expensive for something I would rarely..if ever use. No thanks

  • Kevin Kintner

    I got 4 through Kickstarter, 2 green and black Kickstarter exclusives, a silver and a red. I love them, I use one everyday on my desk as does my wife. We have used it at Disney to take family photos. With a Gorillapod it works great to do video on the go, I wrap the legs of the Gorillapod around my hand and arm. 

    And I agree on not needing to worry about textured devices, my wife and I both have Galaxy Nexuses works great with the phones naked and when in our Cruzer Lite Androidified TPU cases.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Damn, this is really going to bug me...This was the very first Kickstarter project I ever really paid attention to and I can clearly remember there was a specific flaw that bugged me and I decided against it; but now I can't remember the problem and I really want one again.  I hate not having a completely infallible memory...Why hasn't Google come out with storage enhancements for the human brain, I'll pay for extra GeeBees ;)

  • http://gameluv.com/ Shawn S

    Thanks for the write up! I was hoping this would make it out of Kickstarter and become a real product but I forgot to keep up with it (and also forgot the name)!

  • Jon

    This was my first Kickstarter project as well, and frankly I love this bloody thing. So far I've only used the single-leg suction cup monopod here at home to hold the phone up to eye level, but I've used the hell out of the Capta itself while out and about. This thing + CameraZOOM's timer or audio triggers makes for AMAZING photos, even in extremely low light. I'm able to snag crystal clear twilight photos in Central Park now. :)

    I particularly love the giant extra pad of sticky material we got as Kickstarter backers .. that puppy holds my 10" tablet to the side of my fridge for hours, perfect for Evernote displaying a recipe.  :)I agree that the cable groove is ridiculously narrow, and several of us have given feedback to the guys behind this -- and it sounds like they're considering changes for future production runs.My vote is to don't wait -- snag one of these and let your mind run wild on what you could do with it. I've found it to be totally worth every penny.

    • Jon

      Oh, and one other thing: You have to be immensely, extremely careful when twisting your phone off of the Capta.  The hard right-angle edges of the metal left some serious gashes in the soft plastic bezel around my phone.  :(  When the pad is nice and clean the adhesion is quite strong, and it's easy to not realize how much force you're applying to remove it.

  • Michael Goff

    One of the great things about Capta is that it is compatible with almost every phone made.  So, when you decide to upgrade your phone, Capta will be ready for it.  I got three of them through Kickstarter and love em. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000957135541 Brent Diamond

    there are at least 2, possibly 3, that will work for this on Amazon and they cost less.

  • http://twitter.com/apLundell Andy Lundell

    I got one of these on Kickstarter as well. If you need a tripod-mount for your phone, this is  the one to get. 

  • Acerone

    The Capta is really nice, I prefer it over the Glif which is also nice. 

    http://www.bitemyapple.co/products/capta

  • fitable

    how about sidekick 4G

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