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App Reviews

Pomelo - Making Filters Easy

Type: Photo, Image

Whenever a new photo-editing app comes out, I'm quick to check it out. I like discovering a new filter and comparing one app from another. It reminds me of when I edit photos from my old Nikon D40 with Adobe Lightroom with the hundred of presets I downloaded from the Internet. When Pomelo appeared on iTunes' featured page, I had to check it out.

First of all, I like Pomelo's user interface - simple and attractive. Even the Welcome screens have that charm to them I kind of wish I can replay them if I want to. At the bottom of the screen are the filter categories: film, lola, LOMO, vintage, and black and white. There are two more filter categories free to download: leak and fade. One is free with no catch and the other requires you to share Pomelo on Facebook. 

When you select a filter category, a preview of how the current photo looks like for each filter is displayed at the bottom. This is very handy. You don't have to try each filter one by one. See the changes at the bottom and tap the filter that appeals to your liking. If you are meticulous with editing, you can edit different properties such as the contrast, brightness, saturation, etc. through the use of a slider.

Of course, you can also share your edited photos in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more, or simply just save it to your photo album. What surprised me and made me smile was browsing my photo album and seeing photos of each filter I tried for the picture I edited before. 

If you have other photo-editing apps in your arsenal, you should give Pomelo a try. I see myself using this more in the immediate future, and I have tried a lot of photo-editing apps, most of them already forgotten.

Pros: Simple and friendly UI. The auto-preview for the filters is nice.
Cons: Filters are similar to other apps.
Summary: The charming and easy to use interface for Pomelo gives it an edge over other similar apps. New filter categories in the future will push it forward.