Did you know about the existence of selfie sticks for smartphones?

Now that the selfie phones are definitely here to stay (even Microsoft is seemingly getting ready to introduce a selfie-centric Lumia), we thought that you may want to know about an accessory that was especially made to aid people who frequently take selfies with their smartphones.

Called selfie sticks, these accessories seem to be hugely popular in Korea, Japan, and other Asian countries. Basically, these are extendable arms that let you place your phone in a cradle - thus allowing you to take selfies from a greater distance. This way, you can capture more of what’s in the background. Or, if you’re taking a group selfie, you can make sure that everyone appears in your photo. That famous Oscar selfie from earlier this year would have certainly been better with a selfie stick.

If you want to buy a selfie stick, a simple search on Amazon will return quite a few models - apparently starting at about $6 a piece. Selfie sticks come in various colors, and you can use them with an iPhone, an Android phone, or pretty much any other smartphone.

image via: The Korea Times



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I wonder why I've never heard of crap like this. Then realize, I'm thankful I haven't.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In the Philippines we call it as 'Monopods'. Quite popular here them young girls.

4. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Pinoy. Taga manila ka?

11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

In Asia anything is possible. This accessory is quite handy especially for outgoing people.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm torn if it's extroverted or introverted?

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Pinay, to be exact.

22. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

I was confused when I first saw one of these, my Aunt actually picked one up from her last to trip to the Philippines. They work pretty well for 2-5 people depending on how far they stretch.

3. crestfallen

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Has PA ran out of news to report?

7. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

We never run out of news. But you must accept that not all news and articles are for everyone.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

its quite popular in Asia, and most ppl call it monopods

6. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014


8. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

What happened to politely asking a passerby to take photo of you? Why is this world more complicated than it should be?

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Why is this world more complicated than it should be?" Technology, for the most part.

10. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

You mean we actually have to TALK to someone (rather than text, IM, Tweet, post a status, etc.)? LOL

16. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Because that passerby can un-politely runaway with your phone :)

17. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Just like one episode in Mr. Bean LOL.

13. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Or get mugged with the stick if given to the wrong person to take your pic!!!

14. naittosan

Posts: 241; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Wish I would have come up with the pat. But Apple would probably say I stolen it from them.

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I want to buy one. But this time, not for taking selfies. But for watching shows,my m8 is really heavy carrying it with my hand

19. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ohh, this thing is popular in South East Asian countries. They call it monopod right here in Singapore. Obviously, this isn't really a monopod, its a selfiepod.

20. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 2014

Wow, I didn't even know there are parts of the world without monopods! Curse us Asians!

21. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

People here in South East Asia (I live in East Malaysia) call these monopods. And they are everywhere.

23. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I never understood this selfie fad... and I probably never will.

24. eli_waeterling

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

How can it work with iphone with no self timer??

26. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

as far as i know, they have another version with remote shutter button. btw, this stick was also called Monopods in Indonesia, but since it was often mistaken for DSLR camera's Monopod/Unipod, now they just call it "Narcissus' stick"

25. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks good. I meant the picture for this article...

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