Noot Selfie Stick Review
If you thought you were safe while using a selfie stick, think again. The $39.99 Noot Selfie Stick looks nearly identical to and takes selfies just as well as almost any other stick. However, an unexpected design flaw on the Noot's extendable arm nicked my finger during testing, and that's not a desirable differentiator.
The Noot ( at Amazon Canada)stick has an adjustable, telescopic aluminum arm that extends up to a respectable 34.5 inches from the bottom of its rubber handle to the phone cradle hinge at its tip. When collapsed, the Noot measures 9.5 inches long and 4.25 inches at the widest point of its phone cradle, making it somewhat bulky to carry. Its handle comes in black, blue, or orange.
The hinge has a standard screw mount where the included phone cradle attaches with a screw adapter. The hinge itself can be swiveled 180 degrees up and down, and tightens into your desired position with the thumb screw on its side, but can become loose with quick, forceful movements. The cradle is able to hold larger phones, like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus ( at Amazon Canada) .You Can Trust Our ReviewsSince 1982, PCMag has tested and rated thousands of products to help you make better buying decisions. (Read our editorial mission.)
Although many of the selfie sticks I tested have a similar design, the Noot is the only one that drew blood. While collapsing the stick, one of its telescopic sections slipped, and took a chunk of skin off of my thumb. Ouch.4.0ExcellentCheck Stockat AmazonRead Our Newisland Selfie Stick Review4.0ExcellentCheck Stockat AmazonRead Our Urpower Selfie Stick Review 3.5GoodRead Our Mpow iSnap Pro Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review1.5PoorRead Our Ufcit Monopod Selfie Stick Review2.5FairRead Our GoTech Ion Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review
A short coiled cable with a 3.5mm audio connector juts out from the Noot's arm, just below the phone cradle. The connector plugs into your phone's 3.5mm audio port and acts like a Volume Up control when you press the button on the handle. Unlike Bluetooth-enabled selfie sticks, there's no battery charging required.
All iOS devices and some Android devices automatically register the Volume Up control as the shutter button in the camera app, making for a seamless shutter experience. Other Android devices, like the HTC One M9 ( at Amazon Canada) , require a one-time setup (which appears automatically) in which you must select what you want the Noot's button to do. Windows Phone devices don't let you reassign what the Volume Up button does, which leaves you unable to use 3.5mm-audio-jack-operated selfie sticks.
In my tests, the Noot reliably took selfies on an iPhone 6 Plus as quickly as I could press its shutter button.
The Noot would have received an extra star had it not injured me in testing. It was only a minor cut, but I can't recommend a product that can draw blood with normal operation. It's also priced too high, and bulkier than many other options available. So instead, check out our Editors' Choice, the Newisland Selfie Stick ( at Amazon Canada) . It has a safer twist-and-lock telescopic arm, a better hinge, and comes with a rearview mirror for selfies that use your phone's higher-res rear-facing camera.
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