Product Review: SelfiePod Selfie Stick

The easiest way to take selfies or group photos.

What Is it: BoxWave’s SelfiePod, a photo assistant device that lets you take photos from far away.

Pros:

  • Easy to use—just clip your phone on it, set the timer, and take your photo
  • Telescoping arm extends from 7 inches to 41 inches
  • Works with most smartphones, including iPhones and Samsungs
  • Rotates 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically for awesome photo angles
  • No battery required

Cons:

  • Even when folded down to carrying size, the SelfiePod will take up a lot of room in your bag
  • Using a selfie stick will attract a lot of attention from bystanders when taking photos

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 8/10. Never have to bother a stranger to take your photo again, or have the photographer be left out of a group shot
  • Value: 6/10. The SelfiePod was on sale for $16.95 (originally $29.95) on SelfiePod at the time of publication
  • Durability: 8/10. The SelfiePod is well-made and seems much more durable than some of the cheaper selfie sticks
  • Cool Factor: 5/10. The pictures that come from using a SelfiePod will be cool, but it’s tough to look suave while actually using one
  • Final Verdict: If you love selfies and aren’t self conscious, the SelfiePod is a great picture taking tool

    (Photo: SelfiePod)

    Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

    By Caroline Morse Teel

    Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

    Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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