Posimotion’s Helix Gaming Grip Review – A Universal Partner to Accelerometer Gaming
The Helix Gaming Grip from iPhone developers, Posimotion gives you a better grip on your iPhone or iPod Touch mainly for accelerometer gaming. If you’re in for a worthy accessory, you won’t want to miss out on this rubberized one sure to aid you in getting a grip on your games! – seriously.
With the Helix Gaming Grip, you get support for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod Touch 2G and iPod Touch 3G. Sadly, the newest versions of both these iOS running devices, the 4G models, are not supported due to their change of size and shape from their predecessors. However, if you own any of the supported models mentioned above, you’re in for a treat!
This cleverly designed accessory enables you to get a better grip on your iPhone or iPod Touch with its semi-extensive body compared to the iDevice itself, and with its two right and left handles. Held vertically, the gaming grip is shaped like an “I”. So visually imagine a horizontal I, and bingo, you’re got yourself the relative shape of the gaming grip.
The center part is where you clip in your device. Depending on the device that you own, you may have to clip it in differently: included along with the gaming grip in an iPod Touch adapter case which clips into the center for use with the iPod Touch 2G and 3G whereas iPhones do not need this piece. This adapter is clipped in using two prongs which insert into the main device and snap in. Removing it was pretty difficult to do, though, because the prongs are tight against the main body. However after doing it a few times, they loosened up a bit. The gaming grip also allows for vertical gaming so the iPhone can be clipped in either way. Similarly, the adapter can be clipped in either way. This feature that lets you play both horizontal and vertical games is neat and further goes on to compliment the design of the grip.
Holding the grip in your hands just feels “right.” If you have large hands and cannot comfortably get them around your iDevice, this is where the gaming grip comes in. The whole thing is made out of a soft plastic, and then rubberized slightly making it feel smooth in your grip. The two handles are the perfect size allowing for suitable gaming and a comfortable hold. While playing a game that utilizes your iDevice’s accelerometer such as a racing game, these smooth handles and the overall design of the grip should improve your performance. Personally, I don’t see how this can be done and couldn’t really make a difference while playing with and without the grip on my iPod. The main advantage is the extra grip provided because of the rubber and because of the considerable size difference between this and an iDevice allowing more hand movement. Though it’s mainly meant for accelerometer gaming, the gaming grip also can be used with any other game to provide a better grip on your device and a better feel reducing in-game errors and such.
Being the gamer that I am, I know what it feels like to have my charging wire attached to my iPod while playing: it’s not such a good way to play. The bulky part of the wire is constantly getting in the way of your fingers, and your fingers are always stumbling around trying to find a good place to stay without the cable bothering them. I also know what it feels like to be in the middle of something and having my iPod die on me. Another annoying part of getting addicted to games… Part of the reason that the Helix Gaming Grip appeals to me most is that it has cable-management included in its design, which again goes on to compliment its design. Thanks to its two strategically placed cutouts on either handle, you can route any cable needed for your device through and plug them in without them getting in the way.
I have had my old cable’s rubber tear at the part where it meets the plugs on both ends due to bending at that area, and I didn’t like seeing the insides of my cable much. I definitely wouldn’t want to ruin my new cable that I received with my new iPod which is a posed problem while using it on the Helix Gaming Grip’s cable-management system because of the odd angles they will sit at. I wouldn’t recommend always using this feature because of the possible tearing of your wire, which is my only gripe about the product’s design, but it’s not such a bad thing if you’re smack dab in the middle of one of the most important gaming things and absolutely need your cables.
Like I said before, your performance while playing games and using the Helix Gaming Grip compared to when not using it doesn’t change much. But if you need more grip, it works flawlessly apart from the weird cable-management. If you’ve got issues while playing your games on your iPhone or iPod because of maybe the bad ratio of your hands’ sizes to the device’s size, then this accessory is the one you’re looking for. For people looking to use the grip on a regular basis, the $20 price tag isn’t so bad. You can buy the grip on Posimotion’s website, Amazon, or any other place where carried.