Developer: Not A Basement Studio
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Upon starting up Fuzel for the first time I was immediately impressed by the slickness of the interface (both visually and functionally). After tooling around with it a bit I also began to appreciate the various photo effects that could be added to an image with a single tap and a one/two second wait. Then I said to myself, “this is great, but is any of it actually useful?” Well that all depends.

The entire point of Fuzel‘s existence is to cut, crop, and combine photos. Users can select from any number of prefab layouts and tweak them to their heart’s content. Once that’s done (or before as everything can be adjusted in any order, really), users can mess around with border width and color, outlines, and individual photo effects. Saved projects can be stored and shared via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. Or simply shown off in-person via the iPhone, of course.

As I’ve already mentioned, Fuzel has a seriously slick interface. It’s presented as a sort of interactive photo album with pages to flip through and everything. It’s also pretty intuitive to use as all of the icons and options are pretty self-explanatory. The brief tutorials don’t hurt, either. And I know plenty of people will enjoy being able to apply various image filters with only a tap or two. But by far I think the most interesting aspect is being able to incorporate both pre-existing and new photos into one project. It allows for some fairly interesting juxtaposition, assuming the user-in-question is interested in such a thing.

Yet as interesting as Fuzel is, it’s got a somewhat limited scope. Unless someone is really interested in creating edgy photo collages the app probably won’t see very consistent use. The filters will certainly extend its usefulness for some people, but ultimately it feels like the kind of app some users will play around with for a little while before moving on.

The ease of applying effects and sharing will no doubt be a draw, and Fuzel incredibly easy to use and figure out. It has all the makings of a solid photo app. Whether or not it sees constant action depends on the user, but I’d like to think that people will give it a fair shake.

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