Lifeshot is an Android app that aims to create a fun and interesting new way for users to share their life moments with the rest of the world or just with their friends. With Lifeshot, a user creates an event or time period and can only upload photos taking there and then, with no ability to edit them, either. The idea being that whatever photos are taken in that moment will be the true representation of what happened during whichever event. These are called 'lifeshots', and users can choose to share privately as a secret lifeshot, or together with the rest of the lifeshot community. With a fun and fresh approach to sharing photos of events, Lifeshot strips back all the pretentiousness of Instagram and other services to deliver a clean and fresh approach to sharing with others.
Just like other apps on Android, users will need to download Lifeshot from the Play Store. There's a fun introduction to what the app is all about, before users will need to either sign in or create a free account.
Users can either sign in with Facebook or create a new account.
When creating a new account, the usual questions and information is asked for, but there's one more part of the process, which asks where your interests lie.
Lifeshot will then load up a public view of previous lifeshots, giving you something to look at.
These lifeshots are all public of course, and they have a time and date next to them, making it easy to see when this thing happened and so on. Here, I'm taking a look at the Must have office gadgets lifeshot, which is nice as I happen to quite like office toys and accessories.
This is obviously a lifeshot from someone having a good time in the office. In each lifeshot, there's a series of photos, and you can always go in closer and take a look at individual photos.
These are all public lifeshots, which is why I can see them all, but there are secret lifeshots as well. My list is empty right now, but these are essentially albums that only invited people can take a look at. This might be useful for sharing new photos of grandchildren or private events.
You'll need to invite friends for this feature to work of course, but this is a nice way of only sharing something you want to share with just your friends or family you want. To start a lifeshot, you just need to hit the icon at any time when in the app and you can then choose from some settings to create your new lifeshot.
Lifeshot is definitely an interesting concept, and it's something that I'm sure a lot of people will find value in. The main idea of being essentially forced to only being able to take photos of what's happening right now, as well as being unable to edit photos makes it easier to properly record the moment. Of course, there's an argument that using your phone takes you out of the moment, but if you want to remember things properly, then there needs to be some sort of record kept for those that want to remember things with images and video. While Lifeshot isn't something that will please everyone, there's definitely some great value here.
- Speed (4/5) - Lifeshot is a quick app and it runs well on all sorts of different hardware.
- Theme (4/5) - Using a Material Design look and feel this is a good-looking app and it's nice and easy to use as well.
- Features (4/5) - This is a fun and fresh approach to sharing moments, events and occasions with those that matter or spreading the word with everyone that's part of the community.
- Overall (4/5) - Lifeshot is an interesting new entry into the world of social media, and I can see a lot of people enjoy this simpler way of capturing what's happening. Besides, we've all had a enough of filters these days, right?
- Offers users a different way of capturing photos, without pushing them to reach for artificial filters.
- Allows for public or private sharing, making it easy to share all manner of different of events and occasions with whoever you want.
- Simple setup procedure with a good-looking interface.
- Nice way for people to connect outside of Facebook and Twitter.
- Interactive tutorial would be a nice touch for those looking to get started.
- Longer than 5 minute per lifeshot would make this more flexible.
All-in-all, Lifeshot is a fresh approach to connecting with people using images, and it makes it nice and easy to share photos from a particular event or whatever. There are downsides to the app however, like only being able to have a 5 minute lifeshot at a time, which is a little bit disappointing. Other than that, this is the sort of app that ends up being what you make of it, and it's something that will offer users a different, more intimate way to share events and happenings in their life.