I love my phone. It is intuitive, reliable and there are a few apps I use all the time. When I was asked whether I wanted to review an iPhone accessory to help giffgaff create a Christmas mobile tech guide, I did not hesitate for a second. Later that day, it dawned on me I was probably not up to the challenge: not geeky enough, not that interested in the latest gadgets on the market…
I received my present from Father Christmas last week and when I opened it (it was actually wrapped!), I was relieved to see it was not too techy. It was a Wireless Mobile Phone Monopod. OK, not bad. I love taking photos and I do take hundreds every week (seriously!).
Looking a bit more closely, the contraption seemed to be none other than a selfie stick. Oh no, I do not take selfies! OK, I do occasionally on my phone so that my children see me in pictures with them and when they grow up, I can prove I was there with them (I am always the one behind the camera), but I definitely am not confident taking photos of myself myself if you see what I mean. I much prefer shots of me when people have caught me unaware (not that it happens very often).
As comfortable as I am behind the camera, put me in front and I get sweaty palms, my smile is all crooked and I giggle nervously. I just cannot be me! Was I looking forward to taking the selfie stick out of its box? NO! The evening I received it, I was trying to find excuses so I could email Father Christmas back to tell him I could not write about his present because it did not attach to my old iPhone and then the children had broken it when they were playing baseball with it… then I realised it was the kind of excuse a teenager would give for not handing in their Maths homework. Ridiculous, Mel!
I was scared to open the box. On Tuesday afternoon, I took the plunge and opened it. It took exactly 1 minute and 34 seconds to put together. Good start!
My phone, left in its protective case, fitted perfectly into the clamp, which then took seconds to be fixed on the screw attached to the monopod. The clamp is really good as it extends and will fit snugly around any phone.
The following step was to open the camera app and take a photo, but the button on the monopod did not seem to work… hum, technology. After being puzzled for a couple of minutes and thinking I had been sent a faulty piece of gear, I spotted to Bluetooth sign on the box and it turns out I had not enabled Bluetooth on my phone.
A few hours later, as my phone was still searching for a device to connect to, I spotted something at the base of the monopod…. It was an “on” button! It connected straight away. I am sure most people would have figured that out much more quickly than I did, but a manual would have helped. I am a sleep-deprived mum after all!
I really did not think I would like it, but this little gadget is brilliant! You can actually take selfies that do not look like selfies at all! I had to give it a go. Since then, we have taken no less than 134 selfies (I know, very sad: I counted!) and maybe it is just the novelty, but I have been enjoying it. Not all the photos are that great but the children have had lots of fun, especially Beanie taking photos of herself as she was pulling faces. There are also a couple of videos of Crevette singing. Priceless!
Until a couple of days ago, I did not think I needed a selfie stick in my life but I this monopod is a great little gadget. I am not saying I will be using it daily for the rest of my life, but it is definitely the kind of gadget I would buy for my teenage brothers. I am planning to take it to France so we can play with it all together at Christmas!
Crevette: “Are you going to take a picture of me taking a picture of me?”
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