Hello, and welcome back to another product review here on Android Unfiltered. Today, I’m gonna give you a quick rundown on the Insignia Tripod and Bluetooth Shutter Remote. I picked one up at Best Buy the other day for my LG G6, so I figured I’d share my thoughts here on the site.
To give some backstory, I shoot most of the images you see here on Android Unfiltered with my phone. About 80% of the time I’m able to catch a pretty decent shot, but it’s not always a sure thing. I’d been thinking about picking up a tripod for some time to help capture better images, and finally did so when I went to pick up the Amazon Echo Dot I ordered online the night before when they were on sale for $35.
Anyhoo, I decided on the Insignia Tripod and Bluetooth Shutter Remote, because A) it was the only option in the store, and B) I’m impatient and didn’t care to wait to have one shipped from another retailer. It set me back $32.99, which isn’t too bad, but we’ve certainly seen better deals in recent days. Literally, the day after I bought it.
The Tripod comes in a small, see-through box made of plastic. The packaging was easy to open, and I didn’t have to recruit a pair of scissors or a chainsaw to get inside, as is the case with many products packaged similarly these days.
Features and what’s included
As you can see in the photo above, the Insignia Tripod is made to hold most cell phones, up to 5.5 inches. It’s worth noting that my G6 has a screen size of 5.7 inches, but it still fits in the tripod clamp with no problem.
The tripod has three legs made of a flexible metal material and wrapped with foam rubber legs. One of my favorite things about it is that it not only stands in place but you can also wrap its legs around objects to create interesting photo angles. It also doubles well as a phone mount in my car when I wrap the legs around the under-dash arms connecting to my cup holder.
Additionally, you can bunch the legs together and use the tripod as a stabilizer, which comes in handy when you’re shooting videos. It helps by cutting down the shaky effect you see on most non-professionally shot video caused by natural body movement and a number of other variables. It also makes for a good selfie stick, although it’s not all that long.
There’s a universal clip at the top, for holding your phone, and a tightening knob on the side, for adjusting the angle at which the mount portion sits. The clamps themselves are plastic. This is good because you don’t have to worry about it scratching your phone when you take it in and out of the tripod.
Bluetooth Shutter Remote
Another cool thing about the Insignia Tripod is that it comes with a Bluetooth shutter remote. It’s a handy little button that, when pressed, triggers your camera’s photo-taking button.
This is nice because you don’t have to touch your phone when shooting, which eliminates any possibility of you accidentally shaking your device and ruining the photo.
Wrap-up and final rating
I’m not going to waste your time here with a 3-hour read for a tripod review. To sum things up the Insignia Tripod is a decent option if you’re in a pinch and don’t feel like ordering something else online. It does a great job of keeping your phone in place, although it can be a bit top-heavy depending on the positioning of the legs. The flexible legs are a definite plus, too.
The Insignia Tripod is available in your local Best Buy store, and on the BB website as well, for $32.99. If you’d rather save a few bucks, here are a few options I recommend before you scroll down to our final rating.
- IYOOVI Mini Universal Portable Octopus Flexible Cell Phone Tripod – Regular price: $17.98 / Sale: $5.99
- FOANT Aluminum Professional Lightweight Camera Tripod – Regular price: $16.99
- Travel Tripod, Zecti 16 to 47 Inch Lightweight Camera Tripod – Regular price: $32.99 / Sale: $26.99
(Update September 17th, 2017: One of the legs broke off already. Not too thrilled about the waste of money here. Final rating updated to reflect this.)