Developer: Aviary
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

When considering which photo editing app to use, there are a couple of important considerations to make – namely features and price. Photo Editor by Aviary manages to get both things right. It’s free, with the option of paying for more filters, and it covers pretty much all the bases when it comes to functionality. By that reckoning alone, it’s worth downloading without bothering to read the rest of this. Do keep reading, though, as I’ll tell you why it excels.

From the outset, the clean yet intuitive interface of Photo Editor by Aviary shines through. It’s as easy to take a photo through the app as it is to edit one. While the photography side of things is as basic as the stock Camera app, the editing is much more comprehensive.

A two pronged attack of editing options, Photo Editor by Aviary comes with plenty of subtle adjustments as well as the more spectacular filters. Users can adjust the lighting of their photo with a tap of the relevant button but they can also add dramatic effect if they so wish. For free, 12 filters come bundled with the option of paying out $0.99 for a new selection. Humorous stickers can also be added such as silly hats, glasses or speech bubbles.

Cropping and orientation options are included, alongside brightness and saturation adjustments. Redeye and blemish removal tools complete the package. In each case, it’s quite clearly laid out what each button does so it takes hardly any time at all to initiate a change.

The only important feature that Photo Editor by Aviary does lack is sharing functionality. Users are restricted to saving their images to the Camera Roll then sharing them, rather than sharing directly with Facebook or Instagram. It’s a minor speed bump in the road though for an otherwise great app. The free price tag just makes it all the more appealing.

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