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December 15, 2008


Review of the iPhone 3G mobile phone telescope

The Good

Allows to take pictures from a distance

The Bad

External solution (Apple should at least add a software zoom to the next iPhone)

Non professional quality pictures

Full Review

    Many iPhone 3G owners are complaining about its camera. They complain that it doesn't have a zoom, and that it doesn't allow them to record video. We tested the Brando “telescope” for iPhone 3G that aims to solvthe first problem.

    The telescope is composed of a plastic case for the iPhone 3G and a lens that acts as a zoom. The lens is attached to the case (it is removable) and allows you to zoom.

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    As you can see in the pictures below, it seems to work pretty well. However, don’t expect to take professional pictures with this zoom. It is more of a gadget than anything else. You might notice that the picture appears to be a bit conveif the lens is not screwed into the case properly.


    Bottom line :  Any geek looking for a gadget that will allow him or her to have a zoom on the iPhone 3G will probably be happy with the Brando telescope. However, do not expect professional-quality photographs from either the iPhone 3G camera or the $19 telescopic lens. For more information, check Brando's web site.


    Rating (out of 10)

    Ease of Use

    Easy to use : put you iPhone in the plastic case and attach the lens.


    quality of image

    Not so professional (it's also the iPhone's fault...)


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    2 Comments Post a comment
    1. Dec 15 2008

      My motto is that ‘limitations breed creativity’

      This is definitely creative

    2. D9
      Dec 16 2008

      It looks like the equivalent to having a drool bucket attached to your head. I’d just as soon lug around a small digital camera.

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