Product Review: The iOttie MiGo selfie stick

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Upon first seeing the MiGo in its packaging, I thought it looked futuristic and stylish, like a well-designed industrial tool. When I took it out of the package and held it, to be honest, I was a little less impressed because the MiGo is made of hard plastic. It made me think of a Wii controller. The white color adds to that impression. But even though it’s made of plastic, so far the MiGo has been solid and durable. It does not feel cheap or flimsy.

The product design was a little different than what I expected. From the photos of the MiGo I’d seen on the web, I expected the handle to be a little bit smaller and lighter in weight.

The MiGo I got is about 8.6 inches long when folded down. When it’s telescoped out, the handle section is about 5.6 inches long. The circumfrence of the handle is about 4.4 inches.

The handle feels slightly large and awkward in my hand, and the shutter button feels too high up on the handle for my hand. But I’m a small guy with small hands. Also, when the MiGo is completely folded up, it still feels a bit large for taking with me on the go. I don’t know if it’s even technically feasible, but I wish the MiGo could be just a couple of inches shorter when folded up. I would be happier with a smaller MiGo handle that had no tripod socket. Honestly, I’m surprised that there is a tripod socket; I can’t imagine a situation where I would ever use this.

I was surprised and a bit disappointed that the cradle only moves on one axis. When my phone is in the cradle, I just “feels” like it needs to move around on more than just one axis to really adjust to my satisfaction.

I am not crazy about the Bluetooth connectivity in general. To get up and going, I feel like I have to go through a lot of steps and wait for what feels like too long for my iPhone 5S and the MiGo to pair up. This really takes the spontaneity out of picture taking. I have seen other selfie sticks with a wired connection, and that seems like it would be quicker to set up and get going.

Since the MiGo is Bluetooth enabled, there is an on/off switch. But I wish this switch were more clearly labeled. I can’t see the tiny letters unless I put on my glasses and turn on a bright light. It’s pretty inconvenient. After while I began to remember that the “on” position is toward the cradle and the “off” position is toward the wrist.

Alignment issue This is a very small quibble. But when the arm is full extended and twisted into the locked position, the cradle’s orientation is not lined up with the shutter button. In other words, if the shutter button is oriented up and down with my body, then the cradle and camera phone are now off kilter. [See image at left.] This feels odd. Again, not a big deal; it just feels strange to me.

I had never used a selfie stick before, so I can’t compare the MiGo to any particular product. But overall I’m pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a selfie stick.

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Product Review: Wrapster

Wrapster is a product from Quirky, the website for “socially developed products.” (Inventors submit ideas, site members vote, and the best ideas go to market.) I’ve tried other earbud organizing products and I’ve been disappointed. But I saw Wrapster in the grocery store last night and it looked appealing. It cost less than $7.00 and it’s made in the US, so I thought it was worth trying out.

As a storage solution, Wrapster is great. It keeps the earbud cords separated and untangled. And Wrapster’s center section has plenty of room for the volume control on my iPhone 4S earbuds. The only drawback: The weight. The product photos on Quirky show people wearing earbuds with Wrapster attached. But for me, Wrapster’s weight tugs down on the earbuds just enough to make them feel loose in my ears. But everyone’s ears are shaped differently, so you may have better results. The invention’s developers say Wrapster can double as a stand for the iPhone 3G or iPhone 4/4S (in landscape mode), so I’m assuming this is why it’s relatively heavy. I never use my iPhone this way, so the substantial weight is a negative for me. Nevertheless, I’m very pleased with Wrapster as an earbud storage solution, and I love the fact that it’s made in the USA. So I would definitely recommend Wrapster.

Go see Wrapster on Quirky

UPDATE:
I also like Wrapster because when it holds my earbuds, it looks like one of the Martians from Sesame Street.