Concept and Funcionality:
The first thing I noticed about Snapmate is how flexible it is. Not only is it a handy app for quickly sharing photos with other people who are nearby, but it’s also a very powerful standalone camera app.
To use the sharing functionality, you’ll need to manually connect to a nearby device or two (the recommended limit is three). As you take photos, they’ll automatically be shared to connected devices, allowing everyone to be part of the fun.
Snapmate offers a few neat photo features to help you capture the perfect shot. The camera menu allows you to easily change resolution, quality, and even shutter speed (among other things). It definitely takes a few minutes to get acclimated with Snapmate and find all that it can do, but once you know your way around you’ll be taking fantastic photos in no time.
I can think of a few ways an app like Snapmate would be useful. First, if you’re on a vacation with family, it’s neat to see things from everyone’s perspective. Plus, it can be cumbersome and even dangerous to show everyone your phone every time you take a picture.
Even if you won’t use the sharing functionality, Snapmate is still a great way to take photos and save them to your phone.
Perhaps the coolest thing that Snapmate offers is the ability to view filter effects in real time. This applies not only to photos, but to videos, as well. This is definitely something that you don’t see very often in photo apps, and it’s a handy feature for anyone who likes to play around with filters while they’re actually taking the photo or video.
The only thing Snapmate seems to be lacking is the ability to quickly share photos across social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This isn’t a dealbreaker, as any photos that are taken within the app are saved directly to your camera roll.
Snapmate is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. There are optional in-app purchases for even more filters and the ability to shut off sharing and share videos that are recorded in the app.
Overall, Snapmate is definitely worth a try even if you’re not planning on using the local sharing features of the app.
Snapmate requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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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