Developer: Karl Von Randow
Version Reviewed: 2.6
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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I'm a keen amateur photographer. The emphasis is clearly on amateur as I'm really not very good. So to make up for this, I like to look at other people's photography and quietly wish that I could be half as good as them. Enter Mobile Fotos, a handy app which allows you to check Flickr easily on the move while also uploading your own contributions whenever you please.
It's a simple process to log onto your Flickr account through Mobile Fotos; you can then access nearly everything possible. You can browse your own photos, which is convenient if you want to show someone your prized photographs. More entertainingly, you can browse other people's photos. Besides being able to check what photos your contacts/friends have uploaded, you can also browse Flickr's idea of interesting photos or go for a more random approach through tapping the Ling Ling or Hsing Hsing buttons which offer up an array of random photos to admire.
You can also use the nearby photo search, which is rather interesting. It offers a selection of photos from people who live near you which makes for an interesting cross section of your local area. I found it the most compelling part of the app as I liked to be nosey and see what local people were up to. If I lived in a bigger city, I think it'd be even more interesting.
Besides the various exploration options, you can also upload your own images and videos. It's a simple process made all the better by the fact that you can upload in the background and get on with other things. You can also add GPS information and EXIF details.
Mobile Fotos offers plenty of uses for the price. I can see it being particularly handy if you're a photographer (aspiring or otherwise) who wants to show off their handiwork easily. As an amateur however, it's just nice to have something interesting to browse whenever I want without having to load up a browser window. The added bonus of being able to upload direct from my iPhone is welcome too, especially having been the victim of phone theft in the past. A useful little tool indeed.