Like other bloggers, I belong to many social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all of which encourage users to share photos in their updates including “selfies” (“a self-portrait taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone” ~ Wiki). I don’t take many selfies but when I do it usually involves some unnatural arm and hand placement to get the right distance, angle, lighting, and background. Usually there is some fumbling involved and if it weren’t for the wrist band included with my iPod then there would be a lot of bouncing too (and crying). Basically, it is impossible to really relax while taking a selfie.
A few weeks ago I was sent for review the #SelfieRing courtesy of the makers of Glam Screen. When my parcel arrived I was concerned about the packaging because it was partially open but my new tool was inside and protected with an outer packaging that didn’t require brute strength or gardening shears to open.
A #SelfieRing is a tiny double ring attachment that goes on the back of a phone or, in my case, an iPod via a sticky pad and has two finger holes for better control during picture taking. These rings fold back and forth and together can spin 360 degrees if necessary.
The ring has a sticky circle on the back that is peeled off and simply pressed into place.
My first dilemma was that I have a cover on my iPod. Wonder Woman to be specific. The #SelfieRing needs a flat surface to adhere too. I took the cover off to apply the ring to my device and was still able to put my rubber cover over it. I have to use these rubber covers because, well, I’m a klutz. My device goes flying out of my hands a least once a week. The cover is super easy to get off when I want to take a selfie and looking at it you can’t really tell it’s underneath.
This is where I decided to place it on my iPod. As I mentioned those rings are on a dial that will spin around:
And a sort of side view:
That out of the way, it was time to take a selfie. I was actually quite impressed with what a difference it makes having this selfie tool attached. First the finger rings are a nice size and even with my plus size fingers they fit perfectly inside with room to spare (the rings also have the added feature of acting as a stand if I am watching how-to videos or Skypeing or hands-free Vining).
The rings move up and down so they are almost flat when not in use. I can use one or two but I find using two better. Holding my iPod without feeling like I am holding my iPod:
And the resulting image:
I actually quite like the security of the #SelfieRing but I still wouldn’t hang my hand over a ledge to take a picture. The best thing about it is I am able to relax my arm and hand and not have to worry about fumbling with the awkward shape of the iPod (basically the same shape as iPhone). A few selfies:
In the couple weeks I have been using this handy tool the sticky area is still very much intact. In fact, I am not sure how I would remove it which leads to a downside for phone users who are constantly updating their phones. This doesn’t seem like a transferable gadget. I think a new phone would mean having to buy a new one.
The #SelfieRing is available from the official Glam Screen website for $14.99 and they ship worldwide — in the US it is $4.50 and internationally it is $6.50.