The whole idea of a “selfie” used to revolve around taking a picture of oneself. Now it’s a generic term for gathering a bunch of friends into the shot — and it’s not ever being done with a regular camera that requires one person to be the photographer either. No, today’s shooter is always guaranteed to be in the frame because it’s a cell phone being used and it’s the front mounted camera that the cell phone has supplying the image-taking mechanism. So the idea of a selfie-type smartphone case makes sense, but remember, the phone still has to fit inside a pocket. That’s why Monster’s Selfie Case sounds a bit oft-putting at first — but then will grow on you because it’s a tripod-less system for being able to have “something” hold the case in position for shooting — be that a selfie or anything that the front facing camera lens on the phone is facing.
The Selfie Case is built exclusively for the iPhone 6, which also means the 6S. It’s a flexible yet rigid case with a cushioned interior that holds the iPhone securely without the need for latches (say thanks to friction and gravity for this). Once the iPhone has been inserted into the case, it’s now protected against the daily grind of life with shock and impact protection, although military grade protection is not the case here (bad pun, yes). Cutouts provide access to all the usual ports and control buttons and tabs and of course the rear camera has an unimpeded view for taking pictures. But no, there’s no telescoping wand here either.
The Selfie case functions by having an Octopus-like gripping mechanism integrated onto its back. It’s a gel-like surface that doesn’t dry out or go hard. Slap the case up against any smooth surface and it will stay there — that induces glass too of course. By doing this, the iPhone owner can take a more sedate and focused shot — not encumbered by having to stretch out one’s hand in order to try and make sure everybody is being captured without any heads or other body parts being cut off. And once the picture is taken, the Selfie case can be “peeled” off — it doesn’t leave a residue and for sure isn’t permanent when placed against a surface.
Monster’s Selfie Case retails for $29.99 and comes in a single color — a kind of transparent on the inside and black on the outside look. But it’s the clinging capabilities that make the Selfie case what it is, and for those to whom taking selfies is a way of life, that is more than enough justification for getting one.