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The “selfie stick” – this year’s biggest smartphone trend?

If a selfie was the biggest smartphone trend last year, then it can definitely be said that the selfie stick will be the biggest of 2015.

Time Magazine named the selfie stick among the 25 best inventions of 2014, and with more than 100,000 selling last December alone, the chances are you’ll be seeing a lot more of these throughout the year. So just what is the latest mobile craze about?

What is a selfie stick?

Sometimes called a selfie rod, monopod or monostick, a “selfie stick” is a stick that attaches to a smartphone to take a photo beyond arms reach.

The adjustable stick has a handle at one end, and a clamp to attach to a mobile phone handset at the other. It is extendable, and can be adjusted to the right length to fit in large groups of people, or to capture pictures at a specific angle. Some advanced models have remote controls that can help the user click to capture the image at the perfect moment.

It is hard to pinpointexactly where or when the selfie stick was invented, or who by. Though many variations of camera-assisting poles have existed over the years,Canadian inventor Wayne Fromm is attributed by many media outlets as being the man behind the current design as we know it.

Selfie stick tips – how to get the most out of your smartphone photography

When it comes to getting the most out of this year’s must-have mobile accessory, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Do your research before buying. There are countless versions of selfie sticks across varying price points available, so compare the options to find the perfect product for use with your smartphone. If you’re taking your selfie sticks on travels, it’s a good idea to compare them in store rather online, so you can get an idea of the weight.
  • Consider using an app that can act as a timer to snap the perfect shots. You can also install filter apps to give your picture the perfect finishing touches before uploading it to social media.
  • If you’re planning on taking your selfie stick out and about, be it sightseeing or to events such as a music festival or sporting event, make sure you check their policy ahead of time. Many large festivals, venues, galleries and museums have banned them over safety concerns.

At Hex, we sell selfie kits starting at £14.99, which includes a remote control, strap and selfie stick. Pop into the store to see our wide selection of selfie sticks and other mobile phone accessories.