When iLuv sent me out their Selfy case with Mini Tripod and Bar Mount accessories to review, I was quite intrigued. This was a new type of product for me; a case with a removeable Bluetooth wireless camera shutter along with a pair of interesting mounting options–a bike mount and a tripod. I was quite eager for it to arrive. However, it failed to live up to my expectations.
The Selfy Case:
The Selfy case itself is fairly unremarkable, if rather bulky. The front part is soft TPU, the back is hard polycarbonate. The port openings all line up fine and are well sized, and the camera opening is properly sized and oriented—there is no flash photography difficulty despite how deeply the camera is set into the case. The special part about this case is clearly the Bluetooth remote. It slides in and out of its holding slot easily and once it has paired with your iPhone, it does a fine job as a wireless shutter. However, it is rather bulky for what it is, and it causes the case to be overly thick to accommodate it. And one final note—although it is easy to put on, removal of the Selfy case is absolutely horrific. I’m not sure if part of my difficulty in removing the Selfy case was due to the rather thick (.4 mm) edge to edge tempered glass screen protector I had on my phone, but I had to almost dig the phone out of the case. I have never had so much trouble in removing an iPhone case, and as a phone case reviewer, I’ve removed lots of cases!
The Selfy Mini-Tripod:
The Mini-Tripod is a small tripod that is designed to work with Selfy cases for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 Plus. To attach it to the Selfy case, you remove the Bluetooth remote from its slot in the case and slide in the connector on the Selfy Mini Tripod instead. The concept is fine, and probably works quite well with lightweight phones like the iPhone 5. However, with the iPhone 6 Plus, it was rather top-heavy. It works, but you want to be very careful how you orient it and always be close by in case it topples over. It’s not bad—and it is nice to have a tripod that you can attach your iPhone to easily—but there are better options out there.
The Selfy Bar Mount:
Like the Mini-Tripod, the Bar Mount connector is intended to slide into the slot on the Selfy case for the Bluetooth remote once it is removed. The concept is fine, but it is flawed for the same reason the Mini-Tripod stumbles—the iPhone 6 Plus is too big and heavy. Like the Mini-Tripod, the Bar Mount is designed to fit iPhone 5, iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 as well as iPhone 6 Plus. It really might be fine with the smaller phones, but with such a heavy phone as the 6 Plus, it wobbles dangerously. I have no confidence in its ability to safely transport my iPhone 6 Plus on a bicycle and cannot recommend it.
Conclusion: The Selfy ecosystem might be ok for smaller, lighter phones, but it is a fail for the iPhone 6 Plus. The Selfy case itself is not too bad, but the accessories are barely passable (Mini Tripod) and not acceptable (Bar Mount). The idea is great, but it fails in its execution for phones the size of the iPhone 6 Plus. In my opinion, iLuv needs to do a redesign of this product.
The Selfy case for iPhone 6 Plus is available in blue, pink, white and black for a retail price of $49.99; it can be purchased directly from iLuv as well as from various retail outlets:
Selfy Mini-Tripod—MSRP $19.99:
Selfy Bar Mount—MSRP $19.99:
Finally, if you’d like more details on this case, here is a link to my YouTube review: