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resembling a mechanical contrivance or device.

n900 Game Gripper Review

It may not look much, but for the emulation aficionado a Game Gripper is the unprecedented and unrivalled ultimate accessory for the N900. Small enough to be easily transported around, flexible enough to be difficult to break, and laden with buttons that turn your N900 keys into half-decent gaming controls. It’s two analogue sticks shy of being a dream come true in terms of gaming control on Nokia’s Maemo powered handset.

The Nokia N900 Game Gripper is made from an injection moulded rubber, with hard plastic buttons. It’ll flex right around and back on itself before it breaks, which means that not only is it durable, but it’ll clip onto your N900 without any danger of scratching. The buttons are made from a durable, coloured and semi-transparent plastic and have smooth bottoms that wont scratch your N900s keys, but will translate those button presses to key presses, making your game playing experience much better.

The N900 version of the Game Gripper doesn’t appear to be quite as well made as the Droid alternative, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. And, to be fair, I’ve never laid my hands upon the Droid version so I’m unworthy to make a comparison.

Furthermore, I have a confession to make. I sold my N900 to fund an iPhone 4. I know. Bad. Bad. Bad. But I do love the iPhone, and always both loved and resented the N900 at the same time, in a twisted mix of emotion. I’m still hoping the Pandora will fill the gap it left. Anyway, I will endeavour to find someone with an N900 so that I can truly put it through its paces (drop a comment if you own one, live in Norwich, want to help me out, and want a free Game Gripper for your trouble!).

You can buy it now with your choice of button colours for €14.95 at That’s not a bad price for an essential gaming accessory, and if you’re in to classic console emulation on your geeky little handheld, then you should definitely pick one up.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, Nokia N900.