Costume Ideas: Written iPhone App Review
Halloween is swiftly approaching, and along with a growing need to find the best costume to fit your mood, your needs, and your various parties. It can be downright difficult at times, especially if you haven’t got the first clue where to look. Thankfully, though, all you really need is Costume Ideas by developer Costume Agentto find the perfect fit. The app is simple. efficient, and unbelievably time-saving. And for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Functionality
The basic idea behind Costume Ideas looks something like this: The app serves as an all-out repository for all sorts of Halloween costume ideas. As such, the user is free to scroll, search and otherwise peruse the outfits included at their leisure. When the viewer finds an outfit they’d like to take a second look at, all they need do is click on it. Costume Ideas provides them with a broad-view photo for further inspection.
From here, you can share the outfit in a variety of ways, including SMS, eMail, Facebook and Twitter. This makes it incredibly quick to see what your friends or loved ones think of an idea. Better still, if you’d like to actually buy the outfit in the picture, you can do so simply by clicking the “Buy” button. The app then, without leaving its own walls, takes you to the best location to purchase the ensemble. In other words, the app really is the only one-stop shop you’ll need to find an outfit, buy it, and have it shipped straight to your door.
Design and Graphics
However, as much as we like the fluidity of what the app has to offer, we aren’t such big fans of its design. Overall, it’s a rather drab experience for such a lively subject matter. Furthermore, the menus and scrolling mechanisms just seem a bit “rough” around the edges. We’d love a bit more flair, a bit more padding, or even just a bit more pizzazz to the overall feel. Still, it’s easy enough to search through Costume Ideas, and with a variety of costume types to choose from, you aren’t totally out of luck.
And at the end of the day, Costume Ideas is a free app. This makes it an undeniable bargain, even with our design complaints. Still, it’s got plenty of room to grow: Adding a better interface, actual costume tips for the DIY user, and even just more costumes. However, if you’re looking for a more convenient way to prepare for Halloween using nothing but your iPhone, we think you’d be hard-pressed to find anything simpler.
Costume Ideas requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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