Review: PixPlay Filter is a fine photo editor, but offers nothing new

Create multi-image frames on your iPhone and share them with friends.

PixPlay is another in a long line of free apps on the App Store that allows you to create filtered and framed images. The app is familiar because it rehashes many of the functions also available in other free photo apps and it offers few new options.

PixPlay Filter allows you to take photos and apply one of 10 automatic filters to them, then place them in a multi-image frame that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. The core functionality is very familiar because it replicates what many other free photo editing apps do. In terms of performance, the app works well enough, taking quick photos, rendering them in real time, and readying them for sharing. The interface is dated and minimalist and the ad at the base of the screen shrinks the editing space significantly. Adding images to frames is easy enough, as well; but again, editing options are very limited, so the effect is basic.

Because all upgrades to PixPlay are paid and the number of editing features for your images is limited, the app offers little reason to choose it over another free app that does more. While not poorly designed or developed, PixPlay is just too basic to act as a permanent replacement for any of the other photo editing apps you might already have on your phone.

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