Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Vintique is a flawed photo filter app. While the selection of filters are pretty attractive and appealing, the resolution restrictions and problems surrounding making other adjustments let it down. Priced at $0.99, it's more forgivable but once it returns to its original and higher price, the failings are a little harder to ignore.
Filters wise, Vintique offers 32 in all. Most are named slightly obscure things such as "old times" or "tenebrific" but sidestepping such oddities, the selection are pretty decent. While some might be a little too bright and less than practical, others ensure that photos have a delightful vintage feel to them. It's cliched but it can make all the difference to an ordinarily dull and unexciting photo. Applying each photo might take a little longer to do than with other apps but it's worth the brief wait.
The problems emerge after filters are applied. It's possible to adjust things such as brightness, contrast, hue, exposure and saturation. A preview box demonstrates what this looks like but fails to take into account the already applied filter, instead showing the photo as it was beforehand. Something that hardly anyone would actually require while using Vintique.
A choice of 49 frames and 19 different vignette opacity features restore the balance, but then Vintique is let down by its resolution options. Images can either be saved as low res photos to upload to something like Instagram or a high res setting of 1224x1224 which doesn't feel particularly high resolution in contrast to other apps.
Such failings restrict Vintique's mass appeal. It's only particularly useful for those of us who use apps to touch up their Instagram photos rather than those with any more serious or professional interests. With a few updates, Vintique could be something special but for now, its appeal is decidedly limited.