The Stein Collection: iPad Video App Review
In the early 20th century, the Stein family presided over a collection of modern, avant-garde art that drew masses to them. Now you can enjoy the story of the Steins and their famed collection through The Stein Collection: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde e-album exhibition app for iPad. This collection was produced by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, and contains highlights from all the various incarnations of this famed grouping of work.
We hope the The Stein Collection iPad app represents the future of art collection applications. The design is impeccable (more about this after the cut) and the content is superb. In addition to housing 51 high definition illustrations and 50 pages of content, the app brings life to the collection and its story in an engaging way. Alongside works from Picasso, Matisse, Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, Cézanne and others, the observer falls in love with the period’s work and the unique family that loved and fostered a controversial artistic movement.
In addition to enjoying beautiful content and artwork, users can annotate the application with their thoughts, bookmark pages for easy recall, and navigate in a variety of ways.
One of the only feature weaknesses we perceived was the lack of outside links. While the application is extremely through, there is more research and information out there on the topic. Outside links would add something to an app like this by making it more universally appealing and pledging its cause to education, not just internal content. Otherwise we have very little to complain about.
Layout & Design:
Navigating The Stein Collection application is a pleasant and easy experience. Do take care to read through the application’s brief navigation introduction. A single read through should suffice. If you’re the sort of person who detests instructions, it’s still pretty simple to figure the app out.
Double tapping any piece of art will open it in a full screen view. Double tapping a block of regular text will zoom the screen in on it automatically. You are also free to use the pinch function to zoom in and out on any section. This also works when you are viewing the art, a truly fascinating and enjoyable feature.
The high quality resolution of the images in this application is absolutely astounding. As a result, you get to experience pieces of famed modern art in a way few others can boast, right down to the brush strokes.
The Stein Collection app for iPad costs $5.99. While the price may be justified by the high level of quality throughout the app, we can’t help wishing for a slightly more reasonable price tag. A lower cost could encourage more casual art lovers to get it and learn from it. At this price we’re afraid only those who already foster a passion for this type of modern art will bother getting the app. So The Stein Collection iPad app loses half a point for overall value. The content and navigation, however, are still top notch. If you love art, you simply owe it to yourself to experience the collection through this brilliant application.
The Stein Collection iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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