Developer: Bambooapps
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆

With it ever easy to take photos throughout the day, it’d also be great to be able to turn such imagery into collages for later reference. Want to look back at a particular day? How useful would it be to look through it in slideshow form? Twentysecs offers such a possibility. Yet, somehow, it turns into a huge missed opportunity with far too many problems to make it appealing.

Things start out well. With a simple interface, it should be easy to import photos, right? Kind of. The main irritant here is that users have to individually add each photo to the app. There’s no way of selecting multiple images, something that I checked often, mildly amazed at such a feature being overlooked. Given on a day out, I’ll take 30-40 photos, my patience was somewhat tested here!

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Other issues also quickly emerge. It’s possible to apply filters to these images, but hardly any are particularly attractive, leaving only a couple worth regularly using. It’s a similar case with the choice of background music tied into such filters, although at least it’s possible to switch off or avoid filters altogether.

What’s less forgivable is the resulting film. Some images look blurry once placed into a video, other images don’t even work properly. The latter kind, turning into a bunch of diagonal lines, difficult to figure out.

These are crucial features, making it tough to recommend Twentysecs. The only noticeable advantages come from the easy to use, if limited interface, and the extensive sharing options. The app also manages to process videos quickly, so users are never far away from a video based creation. These minor aids aside, however, and Twentysecs could really do with some serious work to be up to scratch.


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