The guys over at GoWorx sent us a prototype version of the upcoming FreeRide smartphone mount to try out and review. I told them that I’d write up an unbiased review so here it is!
The GoWorx FreeRide attaches to any standard 3-pronged GoPro mount and is designed to work with most newer smartphones including the Apple iPhone & Samsung Galaxy (for the full list, check out the Kickstarter page).
The FreeRide gives you the ability to mount your smartphone instead of your GoPro camera.
In the Kickstarter campaign which is currently live (FreeRide Smartphone Mount by GoWorx® Kickstarter), a tripod adapter is also included so you can use the FreeRide with any standard tripod or monopod that has a 1/4″-20 threaded end.
Setting up the FreeRide
This seriously takes 30 seconds to do thanks to the awesome design.
Simply turn the set screw counter clockwise to separate the 2 clamping points until it is large enough for your phone to slide in.
Insert your phone (with or without a case)
Tighten down the screw until it is tight enough where your smartphone isn’t moving.
The inner parts of the clamps feature urethane rubber pads to prevent your phone from sliding or shifting.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to get setup with the FreeRide.
I see the FreeRide being used in 2 main ways:
- On its own
- As a screen viewer for the GoPro using the GoPro App
Comment below if you think there’s another way I didn’t think of!
On its own
We already know that the GoPro is an incredible camera with amazing potential.
However, there are people that can’t be bothered with the complexity of the GoPro and all of its modes or maybe you’re not in the mood to grab your GoPro. The FreeRide Smartphone Mount by GoWorx® gives any smartphone user access to all of the GoPro mounts to capture almost anything they want.
If you have a waterproof case for your smartphone, you can even take it underwater.
The shot below shows the FreeRide mounted to a tripod using the included 1/4″-20 tripod adapter.
Screen Viewer for the GoPro App
If you have your GoPro mounted on the end of a pole facing away from you for example, you can connect the FreeRide to the pole closer to the grip using a handlebar mount. This is super handy when framing your shot, selecting your mode or playing back the footage you just shot. Also, since it’s mounted close to your hand, you won’t feel the additional weight as much as if it were mounted on the end. The picture below shows exactly what I’m talking about!
Overall, I think this is a very handy mount that every serious GoPro Fanatic should have in their trusty bag of GoPro gear.
As a GoPro user, it isn’t essential to have but it certainly makes framing shots easier and more convenient. You eventually run out of hands when you need to hold your GoPro and then hold your smartphone as well. The FreeRide addresses that issue.
Hero4 Silver or Hero+ LCD owners won’t really benefit from the above point since those cameras already come with the LCD screens as standard.
However, anyone with a Hero4 Black, Hero4 Session or any Hero3+ and older would see the benefits since you could mount the FreeRide and your phone in a convenient spot to use the App.
I also think this is a great way for non-GoPro owners to get their feet wet in the world of GoPro to see if getting a Hero camera would be worth the investment.
The only thing I will say is that the FreeRide + smartphone combo will never be able to replace the capabilities and functionality of the GoPro. For instance, I wouldn’t mount this to the wing of an airplane or on a racecar at the track. There’s no way to tether your phone securely in the event that the mount fails or the phone slides out from the grips.
Leave a comment below with your FEEDBACK about FreeRide and your most creative idea on HOW you would use it. We will give away a GoWorx FreeRide to 1 lucky commenter!
Also, if you end up becoming a backer for the FreeRide, be sure to tell us in the comments below as well!