Review: BDayPresent has a handful of free birthday greetings you can share

Share a video message from your phone with anyone whose birthday is coming up on Facebook.

BDayPresent is a great idea but lacks a lot of the features and depth needed to make it a truly useful birthday wishes app for your iOS device. With a limited number of videos, no deep Facebook integration, and mediocre production values for most of the videos, this free app lacks the kind of versatility needed for anyone who knows more than a half-dozen people whose birthdays they'd like to recognize.

The app is fairly straightforward. Open it and you'll find eight video messages with different types of birthday greetings -- one from Elmo, one from a girl in a bikini, one from a woman playing a ukelele, and one with an animated character floating over the clouds -- there is a good range here, but only eight videos. If you want to share a video, you can tap the "Share" button, but it only sends via Facebook. Even this is a missed opportunity, however, as the app could have integrated Facebook log-in to show you upcoming birthdays in-app. In the end, the app is nothing more than a list of eight videos and a "Share" button; and while it might serve you well for one or two birthday wishes, that's about it.

If you want to send a niece or nephew an Elmo birthday wish or something funny to a friend, this app might be useful; but with the at-home production quality, the lack of options, and the skimpy share features, the app won't become a staple on your phone for all upcoming birthdays.

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