The popularity of the selfie stick has died off a bit now but they were all the rage at Christmas time with teenage girls and boys wanting to take selfies of themselves with their new Christmas presents. Personally I think anyone who has one is an absolute moron, probably doesn’t have an ounce of common sense in their brain and well the planet would probably be better off without them. But hey I’m just a simple guy and do not have the power to ban selfie sticks from anywhere in the world other than my house. Having said all that, we were offered one to review and I thought why not, you know just to see what all the fuss is about and also because I wanted to see if they made good beating sticks (stay tuned to find out).
Now I’m not a great lover of selfies as it is, in fact cameras in general scare me as I’m not photogenic in the slightest bit. So this was a bit strange to me, trying out a device that had the sole purpose of allowing you to take a photograph of yourself from a distance. In the end though I had to do what brave writers do and just get on with the job at hand. The Vansky Bluetooth Selfie Stick came in a pretty standard cardboard box packaging, nothing too fancy but then again this is a simply designed product which I am surprised someone didn’t come up with sooner. Opening the box you have what essentially looks like an extendable police baton with a grip at one end to clamp your phone in too and a rubber handle with a small button on so you can take the photographs.
Now the way it works, which makes sense really but I didn’t realise at first, is that the device connects to your phone via bluetooth and by the press of a button it allows you to take a picture. It’s pretty simple to connect and works faultlessly, can’t really complain about it in that sense. However it didn’t feel like the best made gadget I had ever laid my hands on, but why? Well The grip wasn’t bad if I’m honest but the extendable pole made from stainless steel seemed very weak to me and not at all secure. If at full extension (which is 40inch) and with a phone at the end it seemed to bend a little and it didn’t fill me with confidence that my phone was in safe hands. If you tucked it in a better so each section of the extendable pole was doubled over it felt a lot more secure but it means having it on a shorter pole. This also meant that during my “does it make a good whacking stick” test, it seemed to be a better weapon when smaller than at full extension because you could get more force behind it and it felt less likely to break if you connect with your target
The selfie stick did impress in other areas though because it was much more than just a selfie stick, I found many extra uses for it (besides being used as a weapon). One of the main ones was that if attending somewhere like a zoo that had caged fences and the like, you could use your stick to extend your camera phone above the cage to get a better picture without the wire fencing or glass walls in the way. There was also the fact that the phone didn’t have to be on the stick for the button to work, so you could set up your phone on a stand to take a group photo, and rather than set a timer which you keep missing, you can set yourself up and press the button on the stick to take perfectly executed photos. However I didn’t quite find out what the maximum range of this was. You could also add a mirror to the clamp and use it to look around corners of buildings if you fancy yourself as a bit of a secret agent, a stalker or someone who likes to cause mischief.
So would I recommend this to someone? Well I still think they’re silly devices that I wouldn’t be caught dead with but my little brother seems to enjoy it. I must admit they have their uses and were actually a lot handier than I thought they’d be, I am even contemplating writing a book titled “100 things you can do with a selfie stick”. I’ve never used any other before so I’m unsure if others are better made or have special features, but where this product let itself down was it didn’t feel strong enough at full extension. Whether the fix for this is to use stronger materials or just have it so it doesn’t extend as far I don’t know but I wouldn’t suggest pulling it up all the way unless you have a smaller phone than my OnePlus One maybe.
- 1 x Vansky Bluetooth Self-portrait Monopod
- 1 x Smart phone holder (2.1-3.3 inch in width)
- 1 x Orange rubber pad
- 1 x User manual
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