I was thinking, I have become not only an Apple fanboy but also an App whore. There, I said it. Now I can accept it and move forward. Over the past several years the iPhone has become a staple of my EDC (Every.Day.Carry.). I have my friend Jen to thank for turning me on to Apple products as a whole. Not only am I carrying around an iPhone daily, my home station is a 27-inch iMac, my workstations is a 15-inch MacBook Pro, there is always an iPad on my coffee table and considering I don’t have cable TV, you guessed it, I use Apple TV to stream everything. Geesh. I used a Windows computer the other day and it felt so foreign to me!
Anyway, I thought it was about time I added some App Reviews to AGW. I’d like to talk about some of my favorite apps and also ones that I feel you shouldn’t bother with. I am not going to “get deep” with the app reviews as I don’t think people want or need that much information on something like this. Just my usual, refreshingly honest approach to talking about products.
App: Flickr for iPhone
Link: CLICK HERE
Review date: February 27, 2013
Size: 20.5 MB
Reviewed by: Jordan May
As you can see from the photo above, I have been using the Flickr service for years. With almost 3,000 photos uploaded, I also felt it was beneficial to upgrade to their PRO status a few years back. I feel the $24.95/year is worth it for the amount of service you get. Here is a quick breakdown of Pro versus Free accounts.
With Pro you get:
- Unlimited photo uploads (50MB per photo)
- Unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max, 500MB per video)
- The ability to show HD Video
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Archiving of high-resolution original images
- The ability to replace a photo
- Post any of your photos or videos in up to 60 group pools
- View count and referrer statistics
- Limitation of maximum image size available to others
- Ad-free browsing and sharing
Compare that to what you get with a Free Account:
- 300 MB monthly photo upload limit (30MB per photo)
- 2 video uploads each month (90 seconds max, 150MB per video)
- Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
- Post any of your photos in up to 10 group pools
- Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later
The choice is of course yours, but I feel as a photographer, it is worth it. The ability to “replace” a photo is wonderful and if you’re an upload whore there is no doubt that word “Unlimited” struck your fancy. One of these days I mean to get around to uploading more of my catalog. I have tens of thousands of photos on external hard drives nobody has seen! One day…
Enough of that, let’s talk about the App specifically. Up until the recent update, the Flickr app was missing the boat. I should have saved some old screen shots to show you how behind-the-times it was. People were complaining left and right on photography forums and I can only imagine Flickr was listening. Well, they listened and listened hard they did. The new update is wonderful and I have started to upload more and more with the app instead of sitting down at my workstation. That is the point of all this mobile sharing business, right? They streamlined the app quite a bit and made it much easier specifically to upload, comment and browse. Getting into your contacts and groups feeds is very quick and the photos load quickly. Huge upgrade! I recall waiting and waiting for photo groups to load in the past.
The contacts tab shows you the most recent photos from each of your contacts and gives you a scrolling down or individual side scrolling contact view. The groups tab is side to side within the group. The faster load times have allowed me to find photos faster. Love it. The photo at the top shows you the updated clean look of the Photostream tab and your comment activity. I do wish there was an option here to turn off what comments you see. I want to see every comment on my photos but don’t need to see every follow-up comment on others. Maybe that will come in the next update?
Looking to discover what people are “liking” on Flickr? Click on that Interesting tab. The Nearby tab is fun, although it doesn’t seem like there are a lot of Flickr users in my area right now. I do enjoy that the one photo in my area is the new In-n-Out Burger!
Searching for photos is simple and I use this feature very often. Flickr is one of, if not the largest online photo sharing service. That means, if you want to find a picture of a horse, head on over to Flickr and you will most likely find 25,000. I have even searched for obscure things like cables for backpacks, snaps and even nail heads for a project and found plenty of options. If you find someones feed you really enjoy, adding them as a contact within the app is a simple click.
Jumping on the popular filter bandwagon, Flickr added filters to their latest version. I have only taken a handful of photos with the Flickr app (I will talk about the photo taking app I love soon). It works just fine and although I don’t think any of the built-in filters are anything special compared to whats already out there, they also work fine and will give you what many other apps will as well. They did use animal names for the filters to be original instead of saying Vintage, B&W, Ghost, etc. So, I think someone needs to head out to the zoo and take a photo of an Ocelot with the Ocelot filter. Send it over to me when you do! Or maybe get crazy and snap a shot of a Giraffe using the Panda filter. You may just break the law of science!
As you have can see, I really love the app. I don’t shoot with it, but I share with it. Speaking of sharing, it’s simple to send your photos from Flickr to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email or save it to your camera roll. Interesting that Instagram let’s you share your photos to Flickr but not vice versa. This is probably because of Instagram’s “We think everyone wants to shoot in 1970 square hipster style” format. I do enjoy using IG but wish that wasn’t so.
If you’re looking for a great FREE photo sharing service with plenty of options for both Free and Pro users that also has a nice app to accompany it, give it a shot.