Developer: FTDev
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

The only noticeable flaw within Pix: Pixel Mixer is that there’s nothing about it that makes it stand out ahead of the pack. It’s an effective and useful photo editing app but it lacks a killer feature that makes it a vital download. Given that it’s free, it’s not a major flaw and Pix: Pixel Mixer is very respectable but it does feel a little predictable yet dependable.

Offering two forms of importing, either via camera or photo roll, Pix: Pixel Mixer is simple to use. Everything is laid out fairly clearly, relying on icons that suggest their given role ably. Plenty of filters are available, 30 in all, and easily applied. It takes a second or two for the filter to be applied, not quite as quickly as something like Instagram, but the variety is welcome. One particularly neat feature is the option to apply up to three filters at once. It doesn’t always change things a huge deal but the potential is there.

Film effects can be added, often supplying the image with a layer of cloud, mud or sparkles. They’re not the most intriguing admittedly, with many inappropriate for regular photographs, but they do form more of a purpose when joined up with the colorful frames that are also available.

A randomizer button mixes things up, giving users the chance to try something completely different at the tap of a button. It’s a fun tool, especially when first checking out Pix: Pixel Mixer.

Curiously, despite Pix: Pixel Mixer‘s declaration of being a photo editor app, it’s more a filtering tool. There’s no way of resizing images for instance, or cropping or rotating them. As a filtering tool, however, it’s effective. For that reason, and the non-existent price, it’s worth checking out. It’s just unfortunate that it lacks that wow factor that an app in a cluttered genre could really do with.

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