Smartphones took the steam out of point and shoot cameras because of \u201cavailability\u201d \u2014since you carried a phone around all the time, so too was a camera ready to shoot. It didn\u2019t matter than the phone\u2019s camera wasn\u2019t as sophisticated, it was always there to use and that\u2019s what counted. But while the camera components in phones have gotten better, the ease of use of a \u201cpoint and shoot\u201d hasn\u2019t. That\u2019s where bitemyapple\u2019s Snappgrip Wireless Bluetooth Camera Remote Shutter Release Controller comes in.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Snappgrip\u2019s name states what it does: a hard shelled case not unlike dozens of those out that that envelops an Apple iPhone 5 and protects it from most day-to-day mishaps. An open bottom construction allows fast access to the Lightning connector and headphone jack, while also avoiding the muffling of the internal speaker. Other cutouts allow direct access to the side tabs and, on the back, to the camera lens and LED flash. Once encased, the iPhone holds on through friction and gets the benefit of a hard case, although it\u2019s not waterproof or made from materials designed for military grade shock-proofing. There\u2019s no front covering over the touchscreen either, but for normal use one would have no complaints (I keep mine in a pocket when out and about). What makes this case worthwhile is that when it isn\u2019t being used for its specific function, it just behaves like any other. But it\u2019s when picture time comes up that it shines.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Snappgrip case is designed with a groove on the back to let us combine both the release controller and case. The actual \u201cController\u201d mechanism is separate and small enough to go into another pocket. This \u201cController\u201d slides onto a groove on the case (with a release tab on it pushed in) and then clicks into place. This will take about 3 seconds to do. What has happened is that there is now a camera grip integrated with the iPhone that allows for one-handed shooting. But since Bluetooth is being employed to power the Snappgrip, a micro-USB cable must have been connected to the \u201cController\u201d earlier on to store power in the internal battery (rated at up to 60 hours standby \u2014 I found it to last over 40). The bottom is where the \u201cOn\u201d button is found as well as a tripod socket \u2014 this alone makes the Snappgrip\u2019s cost worthwhile.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe \u201cController\u201d grip is designed so as to make one-handed holding convenient (provided it is the right hand) but it does take some time getting used to as in the way the index finger and thumb must curl around the controls. These are located at the top and are the Controller button, a zoom rocker switch and a \u201cMode\u201d wheel. A free app is supplied \u2014 it saves pictures directly to the camera roll and behaves pretty much like the default Apple app. Snappgrip can\u2019t access Apple\u2019s camera app, but there are other third-party apps that can. Practically speaking, the free app does what is needed and takes but a couple of minutes to get used to \u2014 especially since it\u2019s the Snappgrip that\u2019s doing the heavy lifting.\r\n\r\nSo I loaded the app, put the \u201cController\u201d onto the case and started to take some snapshots outside. Of course I had synced the Bluetooth between the Snappgrip and the iPhone first (done from the app). The first thing I noticed was that I now had a focus \u201clock\u201d: pressing the shutter button halfway down did that. I then pushed the shutter the rest of the way down to take the picture, being pleased with how I could have changed the composition if I had wanted to while still keeping the focus where it had been set originally. There was a minute delay between fully depressing the shutter and the picture being taken, but I had expected that as a necessary evil of Bluetooth. A couple of days use and \u201cmuscle memory\u201d had me building in the delay so that I could shoot without losing what I was going after \u2014 mostly action shots being where the delay could cause issues. I also liked the fact that I had ready access to the zoom. I pretty much avoided zoom in the past due to the difficulty in activating it, but now it was a simple up or down on the rocker. I also noted that in general the use of the \u201chard controls\u201d meant less chance of vibration when shooting \u2014 since I was no longer poking at the screen to fire off the shutter.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe last control, the \u201cMode\u201d wheel, took me aback for a moment \u2014 as it didn\u2019t indicate what it did and actually doesn\u2019t do one set thing. What it does is adjust to the app being used to provide whatever controls are available: for example, in the Snappgrip app rotating the dial will turn on the flash, switch to the video camera and activate a \u201cnight\u201d mode for greater sensitivity, among other choices. All of these are visible on the app at the time chosen. The controller can also be used as a remote\u201d since it doesn\u2019t have to be connected to the casing in order to function: just synced to the iPhone and within the usual BT range. I also found the Snappgrip itself useful as it steadied the iPhone when pictures were being taken, whatever they were. It made the iPhone a more sophisticated \u201cpoint and shoot\u201d camera. Also, please try taking a look at this listing on Amazon, where if you have Amazon Prime, you can get fast, free delivery on your new Snappgrip. If you're a new customer who signs up for Prime for the first time, you qualify for a great 30-day free trial so that you can test the waters. On Amazon.com, you can also read other customer reviews on this product as well.\r\n\r\nBottom line: $69.99 is a small price to pay between having a picture in focus or out. But the best part of the Snappgrip is that it makes it easier to take pictures with the iPhone\u2019s camera \u2014 so more pictures are likely to be shot than would otherwise be the case. That\u2019s a solid thumbs-up I say. Be sure to check out our other product reviews, from other smartphone accessories, DSLRS, smart home devices, vehicular products, and more.