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Ten1 Fling iPad Joystick Review

Mar 21 2011, 1:30pm CDT | by

Joystick accessory for iPad gamers

Ten1 Fling iPad Joystick Review
 
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Today I am checking out a new accessory for the iPad called the fling by Ten1 Designs. The fling is a cool little accessory for people that like to play lots of games on the iPad and want a more realistic feeling joystick. Read on for all of the details on the fling.

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Specifications

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.

In Use

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.

Verdict

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Doesn't move around

Cons

  • Re-centering changes directions sometimes
  • Binds and sticks on scratch film on screen
 

Conclusion

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.

8.0
10
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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