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Review: appMagics is a hybrid photo editor and photo sharing app

Take and share photos, create photo puzzles, and more in this sometimes uneven app.

appMagics, at first, looks like another photo sharing network, complete with tile interface, tags, and integration to some of China's top social networks. But there is another layer built into the app, allowing you to take and convert your new photos into jigsaw puzzles or other block and tile puzzles that can then be saved, shared, or edited in the app. This would be a fantastic feature if it were not for a series of performance-related issues.

After setting up your account, adding your log-in details, and starting to take and share photos, you can see one of the largest issues appMagics has. The app has at-times crippling performance issues. When sharing with other users, the photos will load excruciatingly slowly. Additionally, the camera app loads slowly, and editing is at times a headache as the screen freezes up. While there were no crashes and every tool worked as intended, the time it takes to go from one screen to the next, even on an iPhone 5, is very long.

Along with the performance issues there were some moderation issues related to content. There were a few images that did not belong on an open platform like this, and the reporting tools are nearly non-existent. Also, because users can log in and use the app anonymously, finding user-generated content is not easy. If you consider how long it takes for sharing apps to load, the photo load times and more, appMagics's biggest draw is the jigsaw puzzle creation tool. If this is not of interest to you, there are other, better sharing apps out there.

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