According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a selfie is “an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.” The term was not in existence when I was a high schooler and college student taking occasional photos of me and my friends to post as profile photos on MySpace and eventually Facebook. Now it is a term so common it is used among those of all ages.
In the past few years I have noticed remote shutter controls for cameras. How neat! I wondered what could be next. Photos from mobile phones have become such a trend that the entire social network Instagram is based on it. So naturally bluetooth devices were created with the same purpose of remotely controlling the shutter of the iPhone.
Low and behold, the Selfy case from iLuv! And it’s not as cheesy as it sounds. My initial impression was that it was just for teenage girls snapping photos of themselves all the time. Then I thought about it. As a parent, I am often the one behind the camera. Fortunately, I noticed that early on and made sure to include myself in photos with my boys by taking “selfies” with them. But, how many photos had I taken of us and missed half of a face because I could not reach far enough while still maintaining control of the shutter button? The answer to that is “sooooo many!” So I had to give the Selfy a try!
The case itself is relatively protective. It is not meant for a rugged lifestyle however it is perfect for general every-day use. The remote control is built in and slides out of the case with ease. Simply turn on your phone’s bluetooth, connect, and voila, you are ready to roll! Once connected, just aim your phone and press the button on the remote to take a photo.
As if the case itself wasn’t cool enough, there is a Mini Tripod to make the job even easier! Remove the remote, attach the case to the tripod. This is perfect for vacations or quick photo shoots at the park. What would you use it for? The possibilities are endless! I even used mine for some product photos for a few upcoming reviews.
The Selfy is currently available for the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5/5s, Galaxy S5, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.
iLuv has also created a great case for those who prefer to travel light with the convenience of your phone and wallet all-in-one. The Jstyle Runway is great for the on-the-go mom! This genuine leather case is available in black (Jstyle) or pink (Jstyle Runway.)
Inside you’ll find 8 card slots, 1 ID window, and 3 pockets for cash, receipts, or whatever else you need. As you can see from photos, the card section is separate from that of the phone, giving added security to the cards while you use your phone.
Both my phone and cards felt secure in the Jstyle Runway but the case felt bulky once everything was inside and snapped shut. This should not be a problem if you carry your phone in a purse or wristlet, but may cause an issue if you prefer to keep your phone in your pocket like I do.
iLuv has crafted two awesome cases with unique qualities that would make wonderful gifts this year! Whether for the selfie loving teen or the light traveling businesswoman, they’ve got everyone covered. iLuv also has an assortment of power and audio accessories to complete your gift, so head on over and check them out!