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Sponsored App Review: Pho.to Lab

August 25, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Pho.to Lab is an Android app that’s packed full of colorful filters, imaginative and detailed photo frames and borders and more to help you bring your photos alive. Rather than just presenting a holiday snapshot or photo of your new child to your family or friends, Pho.to Lab allows you to create imaginative photos you can send to your friends over email or even print them out and send them in the post. There are so many different effects and frames it’d be difficult to list them, but Pho.to Lab has everything from calendar frames, seasonal frames to artistic editing effects for you to use. So, let’s see what it has to offer, shall we?

How it Works: There are two different versions of Pho.to Lab to download, a free version as well as paid version. Download either of them to get access to a vast array of frames and effects, however some of them are only available with the pro version and the free version will put a little watermark on any of the photos you create here.

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Upon launching the app, you’ll see a list of categories where you’ll find the different types of filters to choose from, sliding left or right will take you to seasonal and popular frames as well as a favorites section when you can bookmark your favorite filters.

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I’ve just been on a holiday to Greece, so I’m going to go for a summer holiday type frame and I settled on one called “Ocean Paradise”.

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I had a thing for buying crazy and colorful sunglasses while away on holiday, and I wanted to share this with a friend, so I chose my photo and cropped it to fit.

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I then added some cool text and positioned it just nicely and hey presto! I had myself a cool fun image to share with my friends.

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You can then download this image and sent to your friends or do whatever you want with it. This is just one small selection of what Pho.to Lab has to offer, with hundreds more available to download and play around with.

Opinion: Pho.to Lab is a great fun little app to play around with, it’s got hundred of different frames to play around with and yes, the usual array of colorful filters are available as well. These days, it’s so simple to take a photo of pretty much everything thanks to our smartphones, but these snapshots are often uninspiring and a little flat. With Pho.to Lab however, you can put your image on a calendar frame, a seasonal card for Christmas or something similar and really make something of your photos. Better yet, the app is really easy to use and it’s also fairly quick as well, with so much on offer, the only real way to see if this is for you is to just give it a go.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Pho.to Lab ran nice and quickly, especially when processing photos with only a short amount of waiting time.
  • Features (5/5) – With a dizzying array of different frames and filters to access, there’s something for everyone here and you can really have a lot of fun with Pho.to Lab.
  • Theme (4/5) – A good-looking app, Pho.to Lab is easy to use and works very well with tablets as well.
  • Overall (4.5/5) – These apps are not new, but Pho.to Lab has so much on offer that there’s little reason to use something else. If you’re in the mood for a quick and easy photo editor to have some fun with funky frames for your family and friends, then Pho.to Lab is well worth looking into.

Pros

  • Easy to use with very few steps needed to create that cool photo you’re looking after.
  • Works great with tablets as well as smartphones, something some of these apps just don’t do.
  • Hundreds of frames available, that are easily sorted and categorized with the ability to bookmark your favorites to use once again.
  • Great for those with young kids as well as those looking to make their photos a little more fun with text and different frames to help shots stand out.

Cons

  • Free app leaves a watermark on the images you create, which can be annoying.
  • No way to change the positioning of the frame, just the photo you use to put in it.

Conclusion: For those looking for something with a lot of features on hand that’s easy to use with very little getting in the way of your creativity, then Pho.to Lab is that app. Sure, there are tons of these apps out there already, but few of them offer as much as Pho.to Lab does with its hundreds of different frames and colorful filters on hand to make that cool photo that you’re looking for. A fun app that’s easy to use, Pho.to Lab works well on tablets too, and has a whole lot to offer those in the mood to get creative with their photos.

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