Snap, adjust, filter — one, two, three times or more — and share. That’s all there is to know about Pixelet by Pop Sprout, a photo toolkit with essential features to keep the process of taking and altering pictures as simple as possible.
- Full resolution available;
- Adjust brightness and contrast;
- Crop and rotate;
- Eight filters;
- Share via email, Facebook, Twitter.
Pixelet is a photo app that has a bit of everything: from straightening and cropping to filtering. The features are few, but conveniently chosen. You can use the camera or your previous photos; you can make adjustments to brightness and contrast; you can crop and rotate the image as you see fit; you can apply one or more filters; finally, you save or share.
The filters included are alright, although you don’t have much choices in terms of diversification. Eight filters aren’t many for today’s apps standards, to be honest, and most of Pixelet’s filters have a retro/vintage feel to them. With such a little variety, having an impressionist effect among the others is quite a useless idea in my opinion, but maybe some user out there will find it a cool addition. You can apply filters in sequence without saving, but you have no way to save combinations you like in order to use them again.
Pixelet is a lot like Best Camera in the way it works. It’s not as easy and manageable as Best Camera though and its processing times are also longer. It’s true that, differently from Best Camera, you do have some flexibility, for example when cropping and rotating, and that you can review your previous edits and undo in the case you make mistakes, but you cannot delete individual effects at any time. Deleting single effects is one of Best Camera’s strongest features and one that still makes it stand out when you compare it to similar apps. In the case of Pixelet — and in the case of the greatest majority of apps allowing undo — the undo works simply like a history feature and if you want to correct some of your previous choices, in some cases you still have to start over. Also, one shouldn’t forget that Best Camera, although not many upgrades have been made in the course of these months, was released long ago; this makes its present limitations partly excusable. When Best Camera was originally released, it truly was one of the best photo apps for the iPhone. Pixelet, on the other hand, is a new app and yet it really doesn’t seem more up-to-date than Best Camera.
Anyhow, Pixelet by Pop Sprout delivers acceptable results in terms of quality and usability and it may still be a nice tool for people with little experience with other apps or with very basic needs. It’s very likely that, with all the other choices available in the App Store, other users will find it a bit of a disappointment.
Developer: Pop Sprout
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 3.1 or later.