So this is the second selfie stick I’ve had the fortune (or is it misfortune) to get my hands on. I am still adamant they do nothing for my street cred, but I admit they do come in handy sometimes. I was actually that surprised at how useful they were that I even thought it possible to write a book called “101 uses for a selfie stick” but I’m too lazy to start writing it so the bestseller will have to wait. Anyway, this time I was kindly sent a Hamswan selfie stick for reviewing and I have to admit it had some excellent features that I didn’t even think of when reviewing the selfie stick from their competitor Vansky.
Let’s start with the first impressions; the packaging wasn’t anything to rave on about, I’ve certainly seen much better before. It was a simple plastic box which felt a little flimsy if I’m honest, luckily though all the parts inside the box were fitted into a plastic moulded tray which kept them pretty secure to minimalise the risk of damage during transit. Getting past the packaging, and you have the product itself which oozed quality (more than enough to make up for the poor packaging). The one I received came with a handle in a nice gold colour, not one of your chavvy or in your face kind of tones, a nice gentle subtle gold. At the ends of the handle, you had a white cap which complemented the gold, then a shiny metallic pole with a white clamp to hold your phone in at the end.
There was one thing I noticed about the looks though which differed from the Vansky selfie stick I reviewed and that was that this had more buttons. Now, why would you need more buttons? To zoom in and out of course. It was something I completely overlooked before but it is a feature that comes in so handy, especially when it is combined with one of the other features of this selfie stick. The tripod stand. That’s right, you have a tripod stand to put your phone on as well which you can mount on a wall or some other surface and then move back to take group photos that the stick doesn’t extend far enough for.
Now the issue with the cool zoom feature is that it doesn’t seem to work on all phones which is a bit of a shame, well for apple fanboys anyway. It should be alright for most Android devices though, but it won’t work on iPhones, which is no problem for me because I don’t fall for all their marketing rubbish, I know android devices are better. It does warn you about this before hand though which I suppose is commendable as many manufacturers hide their flaws. There was one issue though which was it didn’t seem to work straight away on my sister’s Galaxy S6, however, it rectified itself randomly after some use. My OnePlus One, however, worked like a charm with no glitches whatsoever.
As for just connecting the selfie stick to the phone to just take photos though, this is as simple as searching for a device then adding it. It will work on andy iPhones which operate on iOS 5.0 and above and the superior Android works on devices running version 2.3.6 and above of the OS. Then all you need to do is select the camera app on your phone once paired on Bluetooth, or press the camera button on the stick to take you there and you are good to go. There is no delay or anything between pressing the button and taking snaps, it’s great.
So, to conclude, this Selfie stick is much better than many of its competitors when you have an Android device due to the brilliant zoom feature. If you are a sheep and follow all the idiots who buy iPhones then you could probably find a better alternative for a cheaper price, but you may not get the added benefit of the tripod accessory. The item looks great and performs well, it’s improved on areas I never thought possible when I reviewed the last selfie stick, definitely a must buy for selfie stick enthusiasts.
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