N8 Tip: Home-made DIY Tripod! (Actually a Quadpod)

| January 7, 2012 | 29 Replies

So my trial device Lumia 800 is finally here! Already in love, I’m currently looking for countries where Nokia can’t extradite me back to Finland for ‘Product Theft’. Now once I got the 800 I realized that I didn’t have a tripod for my N8-00 to film the unboxing/review with, and that’s when my ingeniousness kicked in (sometimes I surprise myself).

Using just 2 binder clips you can make your own home-made tripod that has adjustable angles (moving the Clips- or as I call them Quadpod Legs). If you’re worried about scratching your N8 (even-though that shouldn’t be an issue considering the adonized aluminum) you can put some tape or tissue paper, or gauze around the ends of the binder clip… be creative!

Do you have any other tricks? let us know!

*Best way to avoid scratching your casing is just to put some electrical tape on the edge of the clips (the thick Black/Blue tape) it’ll smoothen it and make it gripper! Happy Filming

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Hey, my name's Ali- Currently a fifth (and final) year Dental Student from Chicago; studying in Jordan. I love all sorts of gadgets almost as much as I love my cookies! Be sure to follow my Twitter handle @AliQudsi and Subcribe to my Youtube for the latest videos - no pressure. Thanks.
  • Just Visiting

    Lol! This is so cute :)

    • DesR85

      Yeah, I agree. :)

  • Ali Abdulla

    tried it b4, bad idea, it will “scratch the very fragile elevated frame around the screen.. will lose its black color….

    u HAVE to make the edges softer in some way… coz the frame is just too fragile..

    • Mapantz

      Stick a bit of sponge or tissue inside of the bulldog clips then?

  • http://www.absolutefiction.com Jed Tylman

    Funny looking but practical.
    Like Ali says, you’ll have to soften the spring quite a bit to avoid damaging your device.

  • Dc

    Adonized aluminum? Supposed you meant anodized? But yeah smart idee! Maybe if you have a hard cover for your n8 it wont scratch the bezel

  • JH

    Looks smart! By the way, do you have Belle on your N8 already? It looks like that in the picture. :)

    • Aliqudsi

      Good-eye, yeah I’ve been rocking Belle now for about 4 months or so (before the official anna)- I’m currently using “Belle Delight”

      • JH

        OK, nice! :) There seems to be less leaked versions for the C7 which I have, but I think I’ll wait at least till it’s available on Navifirm. ;)

  • mussiexxx

    really nice idea DIY

    • Dc

      @ aliqudsi
      honest opinion hows the leak belle working for you after 4months? Is it a really big step up from anna? I havent got chance to play with a belle device. Thanx

      • Aliqudsi

        Without sounding like I’m promoting it, it’a whole new OS- consider Anna & S^3 an the same as S^1 (lets face it not much of an improvement) and Belle as the true S^3. the most important thing for me is consistency throughout the OS (especially in text entry- you can find my rant about Annas Text entry here: http://bit.ly/rc4iBN) almost all those problems have been fixed in Belle, honestly the only thing I find myself craving are the apps, which sadly cant be fixed in an update. (but belle with fmobi and gravity is practically perfect- os wise the only thing in Belle I find annoying is difficult text selection, improved but nowhere near WP

        • Dc

          wow so all in all its way better then anna? the reason why im asking is because im considering waiting for the n8 successor but the n9 is also really on my mind! the other thing i wanted to know was if that laggy bug is still there when you open the menu? and lastly i saw everywhere the messaging is far better on wp7 but if you not a facebook,twitter person how does belle compare to wp7? thanx

  • Banderpop

    As I said in the ‘Nokia N8 Successor Rumours galore’ comments, the successor needs a kickstand! If there’s going to be another raised section for the camera then a kickstand could easily go around it.

  • Jay Montano

    Awesome stuff :) One of the first things I ‘made’ was a phone holder for my N95. It was rather a convoluted way via the 3.5mm jack and bolting on camera thread so I could put it on tripods :p

    This is a very simple yet elegant solution. And quite a lot could be done with this if there was a product made this way. Just a simple clip like thing that holds most phone sizes and you could angle it up or down. Is there a product like that already?

    • aliqudsi

      I don’t think theres anything with this concept, although there are dedicated tripods designed for the N8 for like 5 pounds or so, but this is more of a quick fix I guess… but hey as long as it works.

      • incognito

        Gorillapod is a quite decent, multipurpose tripod. Bit on the expensive side, but can be used with pretty much everything out there in all kind of configurations.

  • MK

    You can add a soft foam layer on the inner sides of the clips, this will give better grip and also not damage the bezel.

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  • FireDragon

    Haha, this is neat workaround. I really wish they put a hole somewhere in N8 for the regular tripods to fix. I know what I am going to get in the replies (if there will be any, but still). A kickstand is a must too.

    • Jaydee

      A kickstand will only be useful for media consumption as in propping the device up from the back of the device.. Doesn’t help to make it stand as a camera pod. Had it on my N96(fragile) and N900(never able to break it off coz I was always careful with it; lesson learned from the N96 experience).
      If u can find a rubber suction cup small enough to fit the back or front screen of the device it’d be more useful. Stick on the back for media consumption or stick it on the screen for camera pod. Being capacitive screen, devices nowadays are multitouch hence the screen is still functional even with the rubber suction cup already sticked on(doesn’t work on N900 n other resistive screens). Angle can be adjusted by clever postioning of the suction cup with regards to the required angle. In Singapore, this idea have been commercialized and a variety of suction cups are sold in 7/11 and petrol stations.
      Only thing is I have often seen users sticking it on the back of the device for media consumption but never thought of sticking it on the screen for camera stand. The drawback is these suction cups can sometimes lose its grip especially if the surface is matte n not as smooth as glass..

  • Banderpop

    I just sketched this idea for a kickstand that could work for both taking photos on a level surface, and media viewing:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/puffertron/080120124674.jpg

    The pencil was really blunt and I didn’t have a ruler to hand, so sorry about the uglyness! I can see that the pivot where it connects to the camera island should probably be lower for that part of the stand to be the right length, and it generally needs a real designer to work out how the hinges should be, its width, how to make it less likely to break if the phone falls etc..

    The idea is that a kickstand like this would be a part of a phone rather than an accessory, although I suppose it could work as an accessory if it clipped to the phone around the volume keys/card slots and didn’t obstruct the microphone.

    • Banderpop

      Just realised, something like this could double as a lens cover and make Steve Litchfield happy too!

  • http://misterjonjon.com Neil

    Clever trick that really works. Might try these as an alternative for a tripod. Lol. :D

  • Roller

    I was over at a mates place the other day and he had one of these for his iPhone:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/oona/the-oona-whatever-you-need-it-to-be

    Also worked great with my n8. Didn’t think of trying it stuck to the front as a camera mount, but I’d guess it would work like that too.

  • neeru

    binder clips use too much force. use clothes pins(with weaker springs.tape the edges) to avoid damaging screen area.

    or

    -get a 2$ cheap car mount/cradle
    -stick it on a hand mirror
    -tada!! instant tripod.

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