Developer: MindTrip Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Mymosaic is a pretty self explanatory title. It’s an app that enables users to convert their photographs into a tiled mosaic image, thereby making it rather attractive and different. It works pretty well but moments of sluggishness might put some users off.

Using it is an absolute breeze. Users are presented with the option of taking a photo directly or importing it from the camera roll. It takes mere seconds before users are presented with the array of sliders which adjust the results.

This is, unfortunately, where things slow down significantly. Leave the sliders as they are and it takes a heck of a long time for the first mosaic to be created. While I didn’t time it with a watch, I’d estimate that it took around a minute to finish, even while using an iPhone 5. This was a bit of a let down but adjusting the sliders did improve matters.

Such sliders affect numerous factors from the number of tiles created, to the color shift, variety of tile shapes and whether any of them are consolidated. Subtle changes can be initiated relatively easily. For instance, reduce the number of tiles used and the resulting photo looks more like a regular photograph than when implementing many, many tiles. Do bear in mind that, at times, it can be slow progress with waiting for the results to emerge. There’s a significant advantage here, though, as images can be quite high quality, opening up the options for those who want print quality items.

This is presumably why there’s no Instagram support. Mymosaic offers ways of directly sharing with Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, but Instagram is a curious omission. One that I assume is missed out because Mymosaic is more concerned about quality over speed. Although, it doesn’t explain the lack of print functionality from within the app.

Mymosaic produces some great results, with a touch of experimentation, but I do have some concerns for those with older devices given the significant processing power it must require.

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