Whether you love them or hate them, it looks like selfie sticks are here to stay. At least, for the time being. We have seen these arm extenders all over the world and even in amusement parks and museums. If you aren’t totally sold on jumping onto the selfie stick wagon, let me introduce you to the Blitzwolf selfie stick, and maybe you will change your mind.
The Blitzwolf selfie stick has a fairly unassuming plastic and metal build, which also leads to a lightweight stick that is easy to hold. The compact length comes in at just under 9 inches, but fully extended, this selfie stick measures almost 3 feet. That is plenty of length for you to get all of your friends into frame. The plastic handle has a slightly matte finish which provides a nice grip so the stick won’t be slipping out of your hands while to try to capture the moment.
The body of the selfie stick is made of locking metal tubes that allow the selfie stick to extend and compress by simply twisting and pulling the end. The phone mount at the top of the stick can stretch to accommodate both large and small devices. I didn’t even have trouble getting my huge Nexus 6 fitted securely. The mount can also be rotated 180 degrees to fine tune your composition, and there is a thumb screw to lock the mount in place once you find the right angle.
On the handle of the selfie stick, you will find far more than just a shutter button. Since the selfie stick connects to your phone via Bluetooth, there is an On/Off switch on the right side for power along with a microUSB port for charging the stick. On top of the handle, there is a button for switching between front and back cameras, buttons for zooming the camera in and out, and a shutter button for snapping the final picture. All of the buttons are laid out so they can easily be reached when using the selfie stick with just one hand.
Setting up and using the Blitzwolf selfie stick is simple and straightforward. After turning on the selfie stick, you need to find and connect to it through the Bluetooth menu on your phone. I liked the fact that I did not have to connect any wires to my phone since everything was controlled over Bluetooth. Also, extending the selfie stick is quick and easy, which makes setting up for the photo much quicker.
In order to take full control of the selfie stick, you will need to download the Blitzwolf Shutter app. Here is where I found the biggest flaw with the selfie stick. When using the Blitzwolf app on my Nexus 6, my front facing camera always appeared upside down. Interestingly, the back camera was not upside down. Having the image flipped on your phone makes centering yourself or the subject in the frame much harder than you’d think.
After looking at reviews for the app, it appears that this is a common problem among Nexus devices. Thankfully, this should be fixable with an update to the app and hopefully Blitzwolf will update it soon. If you are not using a Nexus device, you should experience no trouble using the Blitzwolf this selfie stick.
Upside down picture aside, the app is fairly minimal with a zoom indicator and option to preview photos. There is also a Record button, Flash toggle, and Setting menu with a few more options. The app responds fairly quickly to each button press on the selfie stick, which is important for capturing those last second selfies. One thing that I would like to see is the ability to launch the app by simply pressing the shutter button.
If you want to use this selfie stick with a Nexus device, you can still use it to take pictures through the normal camera app; however, you will not be able to use the camera switching or zoom functions as the zoom buttons are actually what take pictures in the stock camera app. That being said, I would recommend another selfie stick for all of you Nexus users.
As long as you do not have a Nexus device, I would definitely recommend the Blitzwolf Bluetooth selfie stick if you have not yet gotten into the selfie craze. The build is sturdy and the zoom and camera switch features are great additions to have. Its compact size, lightweight construction, and quick deployment mean that you can take it pretty much anywhere and have it ready in a moment’s notice. Get yourself a Blitzwolf Bluetooth selfie stick for only $17 here!