Pashadelic: Written iPhone App Review
I absolutely love taking photos with my iPhone because it’s something I always have with me. What’s better than taking an awesome photo you otherwise would’ve missed? Sharing it with the rest of the world, of course!
Pashadelic is a cool new app and website that focuses entirely on photos of landscapes, architecture, nature, and landmarks. In a digital world filled with pictures of food, pets, and anything else you can think of, an app like this is a blessing.
Concept and Functionality:
As a photographer, I’m always interested in related apps and websites. Not only do I love taking photos with my iPhone, but I also enjoy browsing pictures others have taken. One problem I tend to run into is an excess of photos people have taken of their half-eaten dinner at some fancy restaurant in town. When I found out that Pashadelic encourages you to only take pictures of landscape scenery or interesting places, I couldn’t wait to check it out.
As with any social app, you have to create a Pashadelic account before you can use it. You have the option of connecting the app with Facebook or creating a separate account. The app immediately asks for geolocation and push notification permissions, the first which is necessary for saving a photo’s location so others can visit the same spot.
Taking a photo in Pashadelic is very simple and easy. Simply press the camera icon and either take a photo on the spot or select one from your camera roll. You can choose from a variety of artistic filters to give your picture a nice touch, then add details such as a description, tags, and a category. You can also choose whether or not to share your photo on Facebook.
Your location is also used to browse nearby images. You have the option of sorting them by distance or by popularity, whichever you prefer. There’s even a map that shows you the exact location of nearby photos. For those of you who love to refine, there’s a handy settings menu that allows you to specify a distance range, time of day, and even seasons. These filters will definitely come in handy when the app becomes more popular.
If you’re not lucky enough to have photos on your “Nearby” page, have no fear! The “Hot/New” page shows you the most popular photos on Pashadelic, along with users who have uploaded new photos. There’s also a very detailed “Search” function which will definitely help you find what you’re looking for. Lastly, the “Me” page gives you a complete overview of your account including your photos, your “Wanna Go” list, and users you’re following and are following you.
Just like similar social photo apps, you can “Follow” users, “Like” a photo, and add it to your “Wanna Go” list. You can also view photos taken near the one your looking at, along with the ability to leave a comment. You can even view a picture’s EXIF info and set it as your Facebook cover photo right from Pashadelic.
If you do happen to find a photo of a place you’d like to travel to, you can export the photo’s location directly to your phone’s Map app. This is definitely my favorite unique feature and one that I haven’t seen in any other social photo apps.
Unfortunately Pashadelic’s similarities to other popular social photo apps could end up hurting it. All of us are aware of how popular sites like Instagram and Pinterest seem to have a monopoly on this net niche, which makes it extremely difficult for new services like this to truly compete. However, I really do like the fact that Pashadelic only allows photos of landscapes, landmarks, and other scenery, which will definitely appeal to many users.
If you love taking great scenic photos and sharing them with the world, I definitely recommend giving Pashadelic a try. It’ll appeal to those who often wish they could visit the exact location a picture was taken, and the fact that allows you to do just that sets it apart from other social photo apps and services.
Pashadelic is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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