Developer: Insta Story
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.2.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

My InstaStory is an app that’s all about making Instagram photos a little more interesting by putting them together to make a “story” or slideshow of images alongside some memorable music. It’s as simple as it sounds and very easy to set up, plus the results are fun.

As a bit of context, I’ll explain now that over the course of this year, I’ve been taking at least one photo every day and uploading it to Instagram. With the end of the year ever nearer, an app like My InstaStory could prove pretty useful as I figure out a way to join the photos and memories together.

Signing up is a breeze with it taking mere seconds till you can start creating. An explore side of the app demonstrates some of the creations that others have come up with and, besides being pretty interesting, can be ideal inspiration. The meat of the app comes in the form of the create section, however, which simply requests that you tick the relevant photos that you want to use. Once that has been completed, a name just needs to be added to the story along with effects.

The effects available are quite limited. Transitional effects are restricted to one of four: zoom, push, dissolve and basic. They’re functional enough but I’d have appreciated more options or the ability to choose a variety of effects between each photo, rather than just one. Music is an altogether more varied choice with over 100 tracks to choose from. These range from The Beatles to soundtracks such as the James Bond theme and E.T. Classical music and ballads are also available. It was quite fun to pick out the best piece of music for the collage of photos.

Once created, it’s similarly easy to share via Facebook, Twitter or email, although I couldn’t find a way to save to the camera roll which would have been useful.

That and the limited choice of effects is what causes My InstaStory to not be quite as highly recommended as it could have been. Being able to add text part way through a story would have been immensely useful to ensuring it’s a story rather than just a slideshow. There’s a great idea here but a few more details need to be worked out before it can be deemed an overwhelming success.

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