This is a cup-half-full, cup-half-empty product. It all depends on the way you look at it. First of all, what is InteliSCOPE? InteliSCOPE is a smartphone holder that mounts on your picatinny rail, allowing you to use your phone as a sighting scope while providing you the ability to record video. The mount physically holds your phone on the top of the rifle, and a standard Google Play or Apple Store app does the sighting through the camera on your phone. We tried the Android version with a Samsung Galaxy S4, and it does what it says it does, with a few important caveats.
First, the hardware itself is not a clip. It is a screw-adjustable squeezing mechanism with rubber feet to hold the phone securely. We found that the phone moves in the mount unless you really tighten it down tight. Do you want to do this? You could damage your case or crack your screen. The newest models come with cases for iPhones, and you could technically use this model we tested with a case, but you are still squeezing the outside of your phone. I’m not sure that is worth the potential trouble compared to just buying a separate GoPro or Contour camera that is made specifically for weapon mount.
The InteliSCOPE software app is not as dicey as the hardware but not perfect either. Please see the pictures and captions below. The InteliSCOPE gun mount is $99 or $169 for the one we have pictured here. The app is free. You can download it from your Play store now. Just search for InteliSCOPE with one “l”, not two, or the wrong one comes up.
InteliSCOPE is a hardware mount that turns your smartphone into a sighting device. We tried the one for Android phones on the Samsung Galaxy 4
This is the other side of the InteliSCOPE, mounted on an IWI Tavor. In this position the bolt handle bumped your hand on the phone.
The permissions are not terribly abusive. If you plan to shoot video, just be aware that if the phone rings, you gave the app permission to monitor and switch to the ringer.
The app for IntelliSCOPE can be found in your Google Play store, or Apple Store. Spell it with one “l”.
This is a screenshot of what you see. Using 1x at 10 yards on this phone there is actually a slightly wide angle effect.
A fairly major bug in the software is that if you zoom in to 5x, then do anything in the app, then go back, it is stuck at 5x yet showing 1x.
Several options give you pretty good flexibility as to what you want on your screen and how the app works.
This is what the target looks like at 5x and 10yards. If you have clicked out, you have to first hit the minus then the plus to get to actual 5x instead of just it saying 5x.
There are four different reticles. The red dot is still well over 1MOA at 5x and blots out the target at 100 yards. For that reason it isn’t effective for hunting.
The app comes with four rifles installed. You can add to them or edit the ones in there.
It took me a while to figure out that the button that says Sight In is actually how you sight it in. The FAQ on the website is useless. This is another reticle.
The TAVOR shot low and to the right.
This is my most disliked feature, yet I acknowledge that it is cool. Once you set up the rifle in the menu, it leaves the reticle there. it is odd shooting with the reticle not in the center, but a hit is a hit, and it is nice that you don’t have to redo it over and over.
From what I can tell, the distance markers on the screen that you can adjust only address parallax and not bullet drop. I changed the distance; my bullets didn’t get higher.