The art of taking a photograph has dramatically changed within the past 5 years, so much so that people are no longer using a digital camera, a simple device made for taking pictures. These days people tend to use other means and find new ways to capture their memories forever, some even by mobile phones specifically because they take great photographs, who’d have thought it. Smiling nowadays appears to be beneath one’s dignity, and it’s difficult on your average Facebook timeline to not see young folk pouting or looking serious, opposed to grinning and showing off their teeth like they’re supposed to do. In this modern era, ‘Selfies’ are now a thing, the act of taking a photo of yourself yourself, however there was always going to be a limit on how good these photos would look and how difficult they could be to pull off, so a stick was crafted and etched into history as the latest trend for young girls and ‘crazy’ parents to own. I unfortunately are neither of these groups of people however I am willing to look into this latest craze, because to be quite frank, they are pretty lame, yet there’s something about this particular one that tells me thought has been put in, excuse me whilst I take a selfie.
Introducing the Bluetooth Selfie Stick, the latest selfie stick on the market developed by the “young, stylish” and new kids on the block, CoolReall. For those that have lived under a rock since last summer, the selfie stick offers an easy and portable way to take your own photos of yourself without the hassle, strain and awkwardness of asking a complete stranger to take it for you. Connecting to any mobile phone via Bluetooth, the CoolReall Selfie Stick is easy to store, use and carry around with you, wherever that may be. With the handy ‘Twist-N-Lock’ design in place without the need for installation or building, it couldn’t be any easier to switch it on and get snapping. With a lifetime guarantee and the promise to connect to any android and iOS device, the CoolReall Bluetooth Selfie Stick should answer the prayers of anyone who longs to improve on their selfie taking. With a reputation of a selfie stick being “totally lame”, “Just for girls” and “really stupid”, is this just another one those quotes perfectly describe? Or have CoolReall made one that’s ReallyCool? Let’s brave the streets!
The stick itself is incredibly lightweight and easy to transport, what with its aluminium body weighing only 150g and it only being 10 inches in length whilst in storage mode. Despite its lightness and material of choice, the stick doesn’t feel flimsy in any way, and the aluminium actually offers you a lot more stability when extended at full length for those with shaky issues. Twisting the stick to the right will unlock its extendible arm, whilst a twist to the left will lock the device in place making it sturdy and trustworthy, especially with an expensive device latched onto the end. Twisting the stick a further 2 times will unlock its full potential, giving you a now 34.5 inch advantage on those tricky to photograph occurrences. The selfie stick compacts neatly and snugly inside and contrary to popular belief, the stick doesn’t feel unreliable or fragile when fully extended. The grip itself is comfortable to hold and not once does it feel rough or make you feel weary of it slipping out of your hand because it really shouldn’t. The only part of the stick’s design I’m not a major fan of is the latch that keeps your phone in place as even though it without a doubt feels secure, it isn’t designed with every phone in mind. Consisting of 2 prongs on each side, a tough pull up with open up enough space to attach your phone on, which though it definitely is protected from falling out, the spacing of the plastic prongs do interfere with your device’s side buttons which depending on which one you have can be a real problem. My phone of choice, a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, features on one side 2 volume control buttons and the lock/power button, which when situated on the typical selfie stick placement will configure my volume and eventually turn my phone off; turning my phone upside down will solve this problem however it does mean editing every picture I take with it.
In regards to how the selfie stick operates it’s very simple and easy to use that shouldn’t be a problem for even the most technophobic amongst you. With a blue light to indicate the power is on and a flashing blue light to indicate it needs to be synched to your device, connecting to your camera of choice really is a piece of cake, especially when it automatically syncs to your device each time you turn it back on, permitted you’ve configured your phone to do so. To take your pictures all it takes is the press of a little button situated above the grip, and on a full charge, (which can take approximately 2 hours via the USB cable provided) you can expect to take hundreds of snaps on the move. Coolreall’s selfie stick works remarkably well, however there’s nothing here to differentiate it from any other sticks on the market, which is a shame really as this is an otherwise almost faultless device. For a similar price or for not that much more, selfie enthusiasts can purchase sticks with excellent zoom and multi-snap features and it’s unfortunate that this is a model that could be overlooked due to its comparably bland appearance.
Overall CoolReall’s venture into the Bluetooth Selfie Stick market is pretty darn impressive. It feels great, lightweight and it’s comfortable to hold. Its aluminium body though light feels rather durable and even at the stick’s full extension it feels secure in my grip, which is great news for my smart phone. The 34 inch reach the stick extends to isn’t as ridiculous as others I have seen it and definitely manages to easily capture a great looking photo without it looking too dorky. The only real negative of the device is its ill thought out holders keeping the phone in place, which though they feel stable it is difficult to position my phone comfortably within the prongs, meaning it hasn’t been made with every device in mind. It may not be willing to walk outside carrying it again once this review has gone live, however it does come highly recommended, even if it is a tad bland compared to others on the market. A huge thanks to CoolReall for exposing me to the obsessive world of selfies, but this really is the first and last selfie stick I’ll ever touch, believe that!
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