Ufcit Monopod Selfie Stick Review
The Ufcit Monopod's low $19.99 price tag is an unfortunate reflection of its lackluster build quality. On the plus side, it has the longest reach of any selfie stick I've tested. On the other hand is everything else. The Monopod requires a Bluetooth remote that's very easy to lose, and it broke after just one week of testing.
At 41.75 inches in length from the base of the rubber handle to the tip of the aluminum telescopic arm, the Ufcit ( at Amazon Canada)has a longer reach than most selfie sitck. In its most compact form, it measures 12 by 2 inches (LW). It's available in black, blue, neon green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, or yellow. It should be noted that the Noot Selfie Stick ( at Amazon Canada) , which shares a similar design with the Monopod, gave me a cut on my thumb while testing, because of its collapsible arm.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.)
The Ufcit's clamp can fit phones as large as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus ( at Amazon Canada) . Its hinge swivels 180 degrees up and down, and tightens into place with a thumb screw on the side. The plastic that surrounds part of the knob broke off quite easily when I tried to move the hinge without loosening it. Days later, the hinge snapped off completely while collapsing the stick, making this the only selfie stick to break in our testing.4.0ExcellentCheck Stockat AmazonRead Our Newisland Selfie Stick Review 4.0ExcellentCheck Stockat AmazonRead Our Urpower Selfie Stick Review 3.5GoodRead Our Mpow iSnap Pro Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review 2.5FairRead Our GoTech Ion Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review 2.0SubparRead Our Noot Selfie Stick Review
The Ufcit uses a tiny Bluetooth remote powered by a CR2032 coin battery to take selfies, which is practically begging for you to lose it. And if you do lose it, there's no backup, so the Ufcit becomes a simple telescopic stick that holds your phone. The remote has a small plastic loop so you can attach it to your keys, or even to the stick's included hand strap, but it feels like a burden.
Pairing the remote with an iPhone 6 Plus, a Google Nexus 6 ( at Amazon Canada) , and a Samsung Galaxy S6 ( at Amazon Canada)was quick and painless. With the iPhone 6 Plus, I could take selfies as quickly as I could press the remote's button. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the remote to work with a Nokia Lumia Icon ( at Amazon Canada) running Windows Phone 8.1, and it looks like Windows Phone devices are not compatible in general.
Overall, the Ufcit is one of the poorer selfie sticks I've tested. The easily breakable hinge is a deal breaker, and needing to keep tabs on the Bluetooth remote further sours the deal. Our Editors' Choice, the Newisland Selfie Stick ( at Amazon Canada) , is a much safer bet. It uses a twist-and-lock telescopic arm, has a better hinge, and comes with a rearview mirror that helps with taking selfies using your phone's sharper rear-facing camera.
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