It’s surprisingly difficult to find a tripod for a phone that actually works. One that holds the phone with confidence and sets up in seconds. I’ve owned a few “phone” tripods, which I found to be too bulky, too complicated or too flimsy.
For outdoors, the perfect tripod should be ultra light yet sturdy. When hiking or running I should be able to hold it in my hand for hours. It should set up in seconds on a first rock or branch I see. I'm there to enjoy nature and capture memories, not fiddle with a tripod.
I came across a phone tripod at local REI store that seemed to check all of the boxes. Joby GorillaPod Mobile Mini is a long name for a tiny tripod. At $15 I wasn’t risking my retirement funds, so I got it.