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Best Selfie Sticks 2017-Buyer’s Guide

If people are crazy nowadays about one thing....what do you think it is? got it right...Selfie. Ever since the selfie trend has started ,millions of selfies are clicked and uploaded everyday on all over the social media.All you need is a good selfie camera and you are ready to go.You don't even have to ask other people to take a good picture of you anymore.


But sometimes.....

​Even the best selfie phones are not enough.Because you are in a large group and you want everyone in your selfie(rather group selfie),but you just can't get everyone in the frame because you are holding it too close.Same goes for when you want to capture a beautiful scenic background but you can't get the most of it because your phone is not able to capture those in the frame.

Only if you had a solution for this....

The answer is a selfie stick.This portable metal mono pod would do all these things just fine.Not only the selfie obsessed young generation, even the professional photographers find it extremely useful and consider it as an alternative of their heavy tripods,especially when they are doing mobile photography.

Messi with Selfie Stick

Here we have come up with a list of Best Selfie Sticks after analysing the product features and going through thousand of product reviews from the buyers.

But Before that....

Let's have a look at the characteristics that you must consider before buying a selfie stick.

5 Important Characteristics of a Perfect Selfie Stick

How does it matter?After all, it's just a small metal just stick to your camera and start shooting.But if you search on Amazon or other websites you will get hundred varieties of selfie sticks loaded with multiple features.And at a first glance,it would be really difficult to understand which one will be the best for you.

The best way to determine is to go through the five most important characteristics: Camera Compatibility and Mounts; Length (folded length and total reach); Strength (build quality and load capacity); Remote Control Capability; and last but not the least, Specialized Purposes or Accessories, such as mirrors, secondary mounts, or even underwater capability.

#Mount,Capability and Adjustability

Selfie sticks have a mount to hold your smartphones.This mount can be adjusted according to the size of the phones so that it can hold the phones securely and does not drop off.Most of the selfie sticks have 180 degree angle adjustability which means you can rotate your phone in multiple angles as per your need.Make sure, you read the product descriptions and go through all the different models to ensure that the selfie mount,size is compatible for your phone.

#Length -Folded and Total Reach

Selfie sticks should be super portable so that you can easily carry it around.When folded, it should easily fit in your backpack and not take much space.Standard Selfie sticks are about 8-9 inches in length when they are folded so that you can easily put it in your backpack, purse or even in your pocket.Another important thing to consider s the total reach of the stick.There are cases, when you would like to extend far far away from your body to get a perfect selfie or especially group selfie, when you want all your buddies in your pic.Make sure your selfie stick is at least 30-40 inches of length for such cases.

#Strength (build quality and load capacity)

Why are we even telling you course it has to be of a good quality.You will be mounting your high priced smart phone it after all.You don't want some cheap quality selfie stick which has a high chance of getting broken after very few times of usage only.What if it breaks your phone too..So it is not a bad idea to spend few extra bucks and go for a good quality selfie stick.

​Among the other features, it has to be lightweight but strong enough and must be having a good handle grip rather than a slippery metal bar.

#Remote Control Capability

Selfie stick is not just a metal stick;it also works as a remote control.Selfie stick comes with a button within it which acts as a communicating medium with your smart phone.You have to press the button on the selfie stick to capture a photo or record a video.But before that, you have to connect it with your smartphone.

Selfie sticks come in two varities.One is Bluetooth or wireless, another with cables with 3.5 mm jack.The cable connects into smartphone's headphone port.In case of the Bluetooth version, all you need to do is to pair it with your smartphone.

There are both pros and cons of having a bluetooth selfie stick.At one side, bluetooth sticks look more stylish but at the same time it also requires power, needs to be charged from time to time.Usually Bluetooth sticks have micro USB port in the handle bar which is used to connect the cable for charging (cables are included in the package).Battery lifes are not that good and in case you forget to charge it on time, it might ruin your selfie plan.

Cable based selfie sticks are relatively easier to use, but there is one small issue.You don't get the pic capture sound in it (But now there are many customisation settings available which takes care of this issue).

#Specialized Purposes or Accessories

Selfie sticks also come with additional optional accessories like belt clips, mirrors, flip-lock extensions. Each has its specific functionalities, like with mirror you can position yourself better and even use the rear view camera to take high def selfies.Also, some selfie sticks also come with functions like zoom and focus control built in the handle to take close up shots.

Now, let's take a look at the some of the best selfie sticks in the market.

5 Best Selfie Sticks that you should definitely check

#1.iStabilizer ISTMP01 Smartphone Monopod

Specially made for iphone models but also goes with any android smartphone.This extremely light 90mm long stick is made of airplane graded aluminium and  comes with a removable Tripod adapter.

iStabilizer ISTMP01 Smartphone Monopod

#2.Noot Built-in Remote Shutter Selfie Stick

Noot is a wired selfie stick, means ,you have to connect it to your headphone port.This plug-and-play, battery free monopod will help you taking more steadier selfies by reducing the shaking and vibrations, especially in zoomed in mode.The product is 90 cm long, can hold any smartphone that has a width between 5.6-8.5 cm.

#3.Mpow Bluetooth Selfie Stick, iSnap X Extendable Monopod with Built-in Bluetooth Remote Shutter

Mpow is renowned brand when it comes to selfie stick.All the Mpow products come with an amazing 18-month warranty & 45 days money back offer.You can get lifetime technical support for the product you buy.

#4.AnkerSelfie Stick (With Extendable wire handheld Monopod)

Another good selfie stick for android and iphones.But this one doesn't support windows phone.Also comes with free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service and over 99% positive feedback from users.

#5Anker Bluetooth Highly-Extendable and Compact Handheld Monopod

This premium quality bluetooth selfie stick in 29 inches long and comes with an amazing 20 hour long battery life.

Some more good selfie sticks:

  • CamKix Selfie Stick with Wireless Remote for Smartphones.
  • Polaroid Camera Extender Self Portrait Handheld Monopod.
  • XSories Me-Shot Deluxe 2.0 -Telescoping Selfie Stick.
  • Minisuit Selfie Stick Pro with Built-In Remote for Apple & Android.
  • Fugetek FT-568 Professional High End Alloy Selfie Stick.

Final Word

While sefie sticks are fun and easy to use, sometimes taking selfies lead to unfortunate accidents and deaths as well.In many places like disneyland taking selfie itself is not allowed. We suggest you take extreme caution.

Now about selfie sticks. While both types of selfie sticks are good, we recommend you to go for a wired one.Just make sure, that the selfie stick is compatible with your phone.Read the reviews from other buyers and ask question in case you have any query.Some selfie sticks also require you to install additional softwares.Generally these softwares are especially built for taking selfies and give better results than your inbuilt camera software.



Best Selfie Camera Phones of 2017:India Edition-Buyer’s Guide

Selfies have become so popular in the market that mobile manufacturers are regularly launching selfie camera phones in the market.Some of these phones even have more powerful front camera than rear camera.We have made a list of some of the best selfie camera phones that are currently rocking the market.

#1.Oppo F3 Plus

The Best selfie camera phone currently available in the market. Oppo F3 Plus has dual camera in the front end (16 MP and 8 MP)and one camera as usual in the rear (16 MP).The 16 MP camera is the main selfie camera.8 MP camera  has the wide view and made for taking group selfies.

#2.Vivo V5 Plus

Vivo V5 Plus is the upgraded version of Vivo V5.It has dual 8MP and 20MP front facing camera and one 16 MP rear camera.It has 1.8 GHz Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with a 4GB RAM and 3160 mAh battery.VIVO V5 Plus runs on  Android 6.0 OS.

The phone  has the Full HD IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with  resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and pixel density of 401 pixels per inch.The phone is unbelievably 7.26-mm thin.

The main 16 MP rear camera comes with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, Video Recording. The Front Facing Cameras are  capable of shooting 20 & 8 MP selfies.

#3.Gionee A1

The Gionee A1 is comparatively less costly compared to VIVO and Oppo Phones.But the phone is fully loaded with features.A1 is powered by a 2 GHz Octa core Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10  processor and 4 GB RAM. It runs Android 7.0 OS and is powered by a 4010 mAh battery which can be charged fully using the 18W 'ultrafast charging'.

Gionee A1 has the 13 MP rear camera with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, Video Recording. The smartphone also has a Front Camera which is capable of shooting 16 MP selfies.

#4.OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a massive 6GB RAM size. The 3T is available in 64GB and 128GB variants and offers an upgraded 16MP front camera for high resolution selfies. The OnePlus 3T is also an upgrade to the OnePlus 3 in terms of battery life. With a larger 3400 mAh battery pack, the 3T should be able to offer better batterylife over the OnePlus 3 apart from higher performance due to the SoC(processor) upgrade. The OnePlus 3T will offer the popular DASH charging technology from OnePlus. The technology promises to offer a full day of charge in just 30 minutes.

OnePlus 3T Smartphone was launched in May 2017, comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. The screen is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass Scratch Resistant display.

The phone has a 2.35 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6 GB of RAM.The phone runs smoothly with multiple applications open simultaneously without any lag. OnePlus 3T does not support expandable storage but that should not be a problem because the phone has 64 & 128 GB of internal storage and it runs Android 7.0 OS and is powered by a 3400 mAh battery.

OnePlus 3T has a 16 MP Rear Camera with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, Video Recording. Front Facing Camera is capable of shooting 16 MP selfies.

#5.Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 isthe successor of Galaxy A5 which was launched in 2016. It is water and dust resistant and has a fingerprint scanner in the Home button.

Some of the important features of this device are fast charge technology, USB Type C port and improved camera capability. The camera has been optimized for low light conditions and a simplified camera UX makes it easier to take selfies, change modes and apply filters. Galaxy A5 2017 Smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Capacitive touch with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch. However,the screen is not protected by a Scratch Resistant display.The phone has metal body and 3D glass back panel.

The phone has a 1.9 GHz Octa core Exynos 7880 processor and it comes with 3 GB of RAM.Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 also has a graphics processor and 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 256 GB via a microSD card.It runs Android 6.0.1 OS and is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.

The main camera on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is a 16 MP one with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Video Recording.Front Facing Camera is capable of shooting 16 MP selfies.

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