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What’s a ‘SelfieMic’? Good question. I got mine out of its packaging and (after studying it for what seemed like hours), came to the conclusion that it’s some sort of strange hybrid device that’s designed to appeal to the new ‘selfie’ generation that’s slowly been emerging over the last couple of years. To give you a better idea, imagine something that’s half selfie stick, and half karaoke machine. See, it’s weird. Complete bizarreness aside, however, it’s definitely something that ‘tweens’ and teens are going to flock to as if there’s some sort of gravitational pull at work. It just seems to have all the right buzzwords.

 

What You Get

So let’s put it this way: it’s a good job that the SelfieMic is at the lower end of the pricing scale for a kid’s toy. While kids will get a lot from the SelfieMic, you don’t exactly get a box full of stuff. In fact, it’s just a microphone, an earpiece, and a selfie stick, and it relies heavily upon you having your own kit. You’ll need a smartphone that fits the stick (luckily most standard size phones will work), and some sort of app that lets you create music videos. SelfieMic recommends the StarMaker app, and they give you 1000 in-app tokens to spend, which is pretty nice of them. The app has the range of songs that you’d expect really; Justin, Taylor, Ariana… nothing even half decent, but they’re giving the kids what they want.

I looked at the Musical.ly app too but at the time I was doing this review it wasn’t compatible with Android (boo!), but I think they’ve changed this now so perhaps Musical.ly would be worth looking into (I’ve used Musical.ly in the past (sans SelfieMic) and it was pretty fun). It didn’t appear to be compatible with the microphone, though, which is the whole point of SelfieMic!

 

Becoming a Popstar

I thought this would be a bit complicated, having to get used to the equipment and the app together, but it was embarrassingly simple. I felt like they could have added a bit more complexity to this to be honest, especally since most kids are born with a smartphone in their hands these days (jeeze I sound old). I simply clicked my phone in, went through the song list (urgh), selected my effects (auto tune, thank you very much), and pressed ‘record’. That was it.

Love or hate the selfie craze, this is one time you’re going to be thankful for a selfie stick (yes, really!). Most teenage, or ‘tweenage’ girls would love SelfieMic, but unless you’ve got the most antisocial child in the world, this isn’t really a solo activity. It’s the sort of thing that’s much better in a group, so unless you want to watch in horror as 5 girls all try and fight their way into shot, you’re gonna need that stick!

 

The App Conundrum

As it is (while the mere mention of the word ‘selfie’ sends a shudder through the body), I have to admit that SelfieMic has potential. I just can’t help but feel that many parents would probably be willing to fork out a little more and have the kit come with some sort of screen. Why? Well, I’m back to the app-based game argument again. It’s a Catch22 situation that seems to be popping up a lot these days.

On the one hand, toys become stagnant pretty quickly (remember ‘Keypers’? I played with mine for all of 2 minutes before the dog ate the key, then that was it). It makes sense for manufacturers to build toys based on apps so that they can keep the content relevant for longer. It’s a good idea. On the other hand, no matter how safe these apps are, they’re still increasing risk. I was actually really impressed with SelfieMic and StarMaker App because they’re automatically set to private mode, but I need to question how long before kids figure it out? These teens aren’t as stupid as they want us to believe!

 

The Final Word

Overall, if you’re cool with your kids having access to an app and sharing videos with their friends, then you really can’t go wrong with SelfieMic. We’ve seen selfie cameras on the shelves, but this is the first selfie mic we’ve seen, so it’s pretty groundbreaking in our opinion. And we like groundbreaking!

What’s in the Box…

  • SelfieMic

SelfieMic
Design78%
Usability92%
Features68%
Fun83%
Addictability87%
82%Overall Score
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