I love going on crazy adventures. Most of my adventures take me pretty remote places. I’m always trying to get a picture of myself and my adventure buddy in the beautiful places we explore. But unfailingly it ends up looking just like any other old selfie…our huge faces at an awkward angle and virtually none of the pretty scenery. I have gotten decent at self timer mode, propping my camera up against a rock or a tree branch, but it takes a lot of time and effort.
Finally, I had the opportunity to try out a “selfie stick.” I hear it’s all the new fad. I knew about selfie sticks for GoPros, but I didn’t really know they made them for phones. VivaSelfie Selfie Stick with Bluetooth comes with a telescoping selfie stick and two phone holders-one for iPhones and one for Androids. The instructions are simple too which is a huge plus! No flipping through 18 pages of microscopic print trying to find the one paragraph that tells you what to do. This is a simple spread with bullet points clearly stating how to work the device. The selfie stick works via bluetooth, so first you have to charge it. The first use you must pair it with your phone. Once you’ve done this, you don’t have to do it again. As soon as that is done (takes about 3 minutes), you are ready to go! My Galaxy S5 phone fit perfectly and securely in the Android holder. The stick has a tilting stand that locks in place so you can adjust to the angle you need.
I took a few pictures with the selfie stick and then suddenly it stopped working. I was really confused and frustrated for a while. After doing some research I found that the rubber handle can rotate a little bit and moves off the camera button. So even though I was pressing where the handle said the button was, nothing was happening. As soon as I rotated the rubber back into place, and made sure the stick was extended, it worked just fine again.
So the rubber moving around is a little bit of a downside because it slides quite easily. Now that I know its a problem, it will be easy to fix in the future, but it would be nice not to have to worry about it. I do like how simple it was to set up and my phone feels pretty secure. I’m not sure I would use it hanging above the trees in a zip-line or out of an airplane window, but its definitely good enough for mountain peaks, beaches, my own backyard, etc. It is a little bit heavy with a phone on the end, but I think that’s the nature of a selfie stick, not something inherent to Viva’s design. If you are looking for a portable and simple selfie stick for your phone, I would recommend VivaSelfie.