The fling is a joystick interface for the iPad that sticks onto the screen with twin suction cups. It's made out of a flexible plastic resin material that feels like a spring but promises to last for a long time. Ten1 ships the fling with a microfiber bag for storage. The fling is available right now for $19.95.
The fling is a very cool looking little accessory. It looks like a plastic spring with a little black nub in the middle like d-pad. You stick the fling to your iPad screen using the dual suction cups over the top of the d-pad that is on the screen for many games.
The design of the fling lets it move all around with in the space and offers a very realistic feel. The plastic is springy enough to re-center the joystick automatically if you remove your finger from the pad. On the bottom, the joystick nub has a flat plastic part that actually slides along the screen to make the game character move.
I have tried something from ThinkGeek that was very similar to this in the past and had big problems with the product. ThinkGeek's Joystick-it slid all around on my iPad screen making it basically useless for me. I feared the fling would slide around as well. In my testing, the fling stayed exactly where I wanted it to be. It didn’t move around at all.
I did have an issue with the fling and my iPad screen with the scratch-resistant film I have on it. I have the invisibleSHIELD film on the screen of my iPad and the bottom of the fling's black joystick would often grab and bind on the film and that means Pac-Man kept going in a direction that I didn’t want and the ghosts killed me off quickly. I also noticed that if I pushed the d-pad part of the fling over too far when I let it go the thing would rebound far enough the other direction to actually change the direction of the character on screen.
That means that Pac-Man would be going the way I wanted until I let go of the d-pad and then he would reverse right into the maw of Blinky. I didn’t want to pull the scratch film off my iPad, but without the extra grip that the film provides on the screen the fling would probably slide just fine. I think the rebound issue changing directions might linger on though.
The fling is a cool little joystick that defiantly works better than the Joystick-it from ThinkGeek. It stays where you put it, but the fling might give you a hard time if you use scratch film on your iPad.
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