The first time I saw a selfie stick I was experiencing what it was like to float thousands of ridiculous feet above the street next to the Willis Tower in Chicago. The only thing preventing me from splatting was a layer of transparent glass.
But the moment was incomplete because my wife and I both wanted to get our picture taken together in the crazy glass cube hanging off the side of the building over the city. But after I exited attraction I witnessed something strange: an Asian fellow was in the cube by himself with a long pole holding a camera.
My wife and I laughed hysterically; what was this guy doing? But then it hit me that what he had was sort of brilliant. He didn’t need anyone else to take his picture (he was apparently visiting the Willis Tower solo), the stick retracted when not in use to as not to take up much space and it didn’t look like the stick would be visible in the photo.
Now I’m one of those people getting laughed at by others who have yet to witness a selfie stick in action. Yep, what I laughed at at first has now become an accessory I don’t usually leave home without if I know I I’m going to be visiting something picture-worthy.
Since the Willis Tower sighting, I’ve gone from zero to two selfie sticks (and get offers to review new versions far more often than I actually have time for). But I recently came across one that’s pretty noteworthy. At the moment, I’d call it the best selfie stick I’ve ever used or even seen.
It’s the KJstar Z07-5 and if you’re wondering how one selfie stick be better than the next, let me break it down for you. Note: this is a Chinese product and not sold in the USA as far as I can tell, but you can get it from a number of websites including GearBest or Alibaba.
All selfie sticks are not, in fact, created equal. The KJstar Z07-5 has a few noteworthy features that help to set it apart; a good grip, an solid and adaptable phone grip and, most importantly, a built-in shutter button on the handle.
Facing facts, most selfie sticks are made cheaply. That means that they usually don’t last long. This selfie stick, on the other hand, is built a ...