Pixlr-o-matic is designed to fill the Android Market's Hipstamatic-shaped hole with a host of cool camera effects able to transform even the most boring holiday snaps into artistic portraits of post-modern living. Unlike Hipstamatic, all Pixl-o-matic's effects are free making it an essential imitator rather than a straight up rip-off. Certainly the equal of Paper Camera, this is right up there with our favourite camera apps for Android.
The Pixlr-o-matic experience is focused around post-production rather than photography itself. The process of taking your pics without any formatting and then adding in the effects afterwards depreciates the app's 'fun factor' a tad but otherwise all is very impressive indeed.
Once you've taken a snap, you can completely transform it by using the Film, Lighting and Framing options. There's not much here in the way of cheery neon filters, most are unapologetically arty and tend to obscure the original picture so the emphasis is on what you've done with it rather than what it originally was. While this might read as a criticism, the ability to create a perfectly framed wonderland from your tawdry existence is kindof... magical.
Once you're finished creating a gallery of snaps worthy of A Level photographer, you can export them to almost any social network, note-taking app or your own SD Card. The pleasure you derive from Pixlr-o-matic will ultimately depend on how often you take snaps on your Android and how often you want to embellish them with otherworldly trimmings. That's your choice, until Photoshop Touch debuts on Android you'll need this on your smartphone.
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The Bottom Line
A great photo app, the equal of Paper Camera.
Version reviewed 1.1
Requires Android 2.1 or higher
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