Get Great Photos with a Selfie Stick Monopod – CLD Brands Review
Selfie Sticks! Yes, they’re all the rage if you want to take amazing selfies and group photos. I received a selfie stick at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion and this review is as about as honest as it gets. The selfie stick monopod from CLD brands that I received is oddly called a “cable take pole”. Now that you’ve heard the name, I think you will enjoy my little review!
I have to admit, I thought I was being punked when I first saw the name of the selfie stick – Cable Take Pole!! What is THAT? Upon opening the box I see that it is indeed a selfie stick. There’s a small approximately 2 x 2 inch insert that shows the brand name on one side, and a basic 3 photo illustration which shows us how to use the stick. The print is so small I needed a pair of dollar store readers to give it a once over.
Before using the selfie stick monopod, I took a look at the information on the back of the box. I started reading and quickly realized that I could not understand any of the words jumping out at me. There was absolutely no logic in the first paragraph. I read it again in complete disbelief, shaking my head. Just check the photo below.
All of the text on the back of the box is laughable at best – sorry, but it is! I’m not sure what happened with the packaging, but thankfully I received a selfie stick that I could probably figure out how to use on my own.
Upon inspection of the actual stick, the monopod portion works fine. The tilting screw on the mount twists smoothly and locks into place when tightened. It’s also outfitted with a carry strap and a shutter button.
It did fit in the clamp, but I did not feel the phone was secure enough to stretch the monopod and risk my phone falling out. Yes, I tightened it as much as I could, but it didn’t feel very secure. The weight of the iPhone made the monopod feel a little less than sturdy, however my Samsung Galaxy III it worked fine.
This stick does not need to be charged. Instructions say to place the phone in the holder and plug the cord into the phone. Open the camera and tap the little gear icon to set up the selfie stick. Only problem is I have not been able to find the little gear icon. It just never shows up. This is supposed to connect the shutter button on the phone’s camera to the monopod which has a shutter button, but I was never able to get it connected. The only way I could take a selfie was to turn on the auto-timer on the camera and take the shot.
Here’s my two-cents: I’m more likely to call this a monopod as opposed to a selfie stick, solely due to the lack of connectivity. I tried the switch, but it just didn’t work. I personally would not use this stick with a heavy phone, but it should work well with lighter and/or more compact phones. We all know how I feel about the packaging…
Just a thought: my opinion may not reflect those of other users, as others have had success using this product. However, In summary I will say it is a not so bad monopod. You can get this selfie stick monopod or the Cable Take Pole on amazon.com (my affiliate link).