Gigaflash Mobile iSmile Selfie Remote review

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Whether you like it or not, the selfie is here to stay.  Capturing yourself in the moment is an extremely popular form of self-expression these days.  Heck, I used to turn my film camera around and point it towards myself and take what I hoped would be a usable shot.  Even some new phones are coming with “selfie-friendly” high resolution front-facing cameras.  The iPhone 6 Plus is not one of those, unfortunately, but I can still capture myself in the moment.

Of course, taking a selfie requires you to have a firm grip on your cameraphone.  It’s not always easy to juggle the phone to frame the photo right and then click the shutter button.  You also can’t set the camera up, walk away and have the shot taken.  Well, at least not until now.  Enter the Gigaflash Smile Selfie Remote. 

This little metal, IP67 waterproof rated slab is 4 cm square and 4mm thick.  It has an internal battery that cannot be recharged but it supposed to last “730 days”.  The only control on it is that little red button on the front.   That button is pressed to set bluetooth pairing with your mobile device and then as your remote shutter.  It supports Bluetooth 4.0.

The back of the device has the directions, which are really straightforward.  My phone would not pair with it on the first try but was successful the second time.

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The red button glows blue with successive brief flashes.  I took a dozen shots and this was the only one that captured the flash, it’s that quick.  The device turns off after 90 seconds of inactivity.  That bears out in testing.

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Pairing was effortless on the second try.

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So how does it work?  Well, it’s a one-trick pony but it does that one trick extremely well.  I was able to take a photo of myself within 20 feet of the phone with no walls in the way.  If there were walls in the way, it wouldn’t be much of a selfie, would it?

From two feet away:

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From 8 feet away:

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And from 20 feet away:

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Much past that and there’s not much point to making a selfie, anyway.  Maybe next time I should take the laundry off the floor before taking the shot, but nobody’s perfect.  🙂

Not much to say about this gadget except that it works exactly as advertised.  It has a nice loop on one side so you can slide it onto a carabiner and attach it to your belt.  The only downside to this gizmo is that its battery cannot recharge.

Purchase information can be found at the Gigaflash web site.  It supports iOS 7 and above and Android 4.4 and above.  You can also have custom logos printed on the front.  This product is currently available at their Indiegogo site, for a promotional price of $29.  The promotional price ends November 30th, 2014.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Gigaflash Mobile.  Please visit http://iiismile.com.

 

Product Information

Price:$29 until November 30th, 2014
Manufacturer:Gigaflash Mobile
Retailer:Indiegogo
Requirements:
  • iOS 7.0 or above, Android 4.4 or above
Pros:
  • Auto-shutoff
  • 20-foot range
  • IP67 waterproof rating
  • Just WORKS
Cons:
  • Non-rechargeable battery
Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews
{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Yeppers November 4, 2014, 5:24 am

    I’ve been using my pebble watch as my iPhone camera remote. It saves carrying another gadget around. It tells the time too!

  • Mark Rosengarten November 4, 2014, 5:30 am

    That’s VERY cool. I have been considering a sartwatch but haven’t due to the reported terrible battery life. Which Pebble do you use and what kind of battery life do you get out of it?

  • Yeppers November 4, 2014, 8:37 am

    Hey Mark, I use a Pebble Steel which I bought after having had my original Pebble Kickstarter edition for a year or so. They are neat little watches. I guess battery lasts for 5-7 days depending on use but can be as little as 3 if heavy use.
    They can do so many things like, weather, SMS viewer, email viewer, alerts, GPS, alarms etc etc. So many things and it just keeps on getting better!

  • Mark Rosengarten November 4, 2014, 12:13 pm

    Dammit, now I’m gonna have to spend more money!!! 🙂

  • Yepp November 4, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Sorry! I should point out that the Pebble will require either an Android or an iPhone to be near to do most of these things…not all, but most! Happy shopping!

  • Bryan March 12, 2015, 11:35 am

    Will the remote also start a video recording?

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