OK, so I made fun of people I saw taking pictures with a selfie stick until I received one to try out for the blog. I whipped it out during a dinner party I had a few weeks ago, and again at a party this past weekend, and everyone had a BLAST using it. The specific stick I have is called The Pole and is available on Amazon. You can also attach a GoPro to it, but since I don’t have one, I can’t comment on that functionality.
The Pole selfie stick extends out about 32 inches plus the length of the handle 6.5 inches. When you take the shots with the extension out, it doesn’t look like a selfie at all, which is awesome.
You can basically get a whole room in the shot!
The Pole selfie stick connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and is charged via a USB cable within about 1 hour. It’s great there are no batteries to worry about. I have accidentally left it on, and it automatically shut off to save the charge, and the charge holds for a long time. To connect to your phone, you simply turn it on, go to your bluetooth setting on your phone, select the device, and you are ready to roll!
I also like that it has a spring-loaded head to secure your phone. I had an iPhone 5 when I received the product and now have an iPhone 6, and due to the spring-loaded holder, it fit both phones perfectly, and felt secure. Be careful with the iPhone 6 – since the camera has the burst mode which is activated by the volume buttons (burst mode continuously captures 10 photos per second), the pressure from the holder can make it go off! It kept happening and I finally realized the holder was pressing the buttons and making it shoot continuously! The only issue I have with The Pole was figuring out the buttons. It was not super intuitive, and I realized afterwards that the zoom in/zoom out functionality on the handle (the plus/minus signs) only works for Samsung models, and for the iPhone it actually takes the picture. I kept clicking the camera button and that just didn’t do anything on my phone at all. I thought that camera button would either take the picture or flip the picture from facing you to facing others, but it just doesn’t work. Maybe it’s a compatibility issue? I couldn’t figure it out!
Overall this is a really fun device to use, especially for a vacation. It saves you from having to ask someone to take a picture for you! While there were a few little quirks, it works really well and I would recommend the product.
Note: I received this product at no charge from 2KAMP products. While this was free, I only review products I love and would recommend!