The Mpow iSnap X takes a different approach from other selfie sticks. Instead of offering the monopod portion and two or more separate attachments of varying size and function to secure devices to, Mpow offers a one-piece solution. While this limits this particular selfie stick to securing only iOS- or Android-based smartphones to the end of it, this also greatly enhances its stability and portability. And it really is portable too at only 7.08 inches (18 centimeters) fully collapsed, so it can fit in large pockets while still extending all the way to a useful 31.88 inches (81 centimeters).
Amazon presently offers the Mpow iSnap X for only $15.99 – $19.99 depending upon color choice, but as a special offer to Armchair Arcade readers, you can get an additional $4 off by using coupon code LK35FSFH at checkout. That kind of deal combined with free lifetime customer service support, an 18 month warranty, and an impressive 45 day money back guarantee makes this a no-brainer if you’re in the market for this type of selfie stick. You also have a choice of black, blue, or pink (my review unit) metal accents, so there’s an element of personalization with it as well.
The Mpow iSnap X package includes the monopod itself, wrist strap, standard microUSB charging cable, and instructions. As is usually the case with selfie sticks, setup is straightforward, i.e., you follow the same basic steps as any other device in this category.
After charging the selfie stick, press the power/shutter button (the M button), go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings until you see Mpow iSnap X listed, then connect. Now, when the selfie stick is powered on, simply press the monopod’s shutter button when you’re in your phone’s camera app to take a photo (hold and press the power/shutter button to power off).
As for the extensible U-shaped clamp, despite a tight fit, it was no problem securing my 5.5 inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus in its Spigen Tough Armor case. With the way this clamp is designed, securing similarly large (and of course, smaller) – though not wider – phones should also prove problem free. Naturally, you’ll also want to use the included wrist strap to secure the monopod itself to your wrist for better overall peace of mind from accidental drops.
From build quality to comfort to price, Mpow has come up with a winner of a selfie stick and one worth seriously considering in an extremely crowded product category. With the firm, rubberized grip, the metal accents, and the easy-to-press shutter button, I can’t think of any way this product could be improved. In fact, there’s even further incentive to go with the iSnap; check out the Amazon product page for the list of other special offers when purchasing this selfie stick, e.g., an additional discount when also purchasing Mpow’s Fisheye Lens.