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Update! Apple’s built-in Photos app has come on leaps and bounds in the last three years, but has the Photos-alternative HashPhotos improved since we first reviewed it?
So what’s new? The biggest change to have reached HashPhotos is a revised user interface. Although we didn’t mind it too much, the app previously used dark menus which could feel gloomy. HashPhotos is now light and bright, and takes advantage of Apple’s San Francisco font. It’s a small change, but one that makes the app feel nicer to use. Beyond this, however, little else feels new in HashPhotos – in fact, it’s hard to make a case for why you’d use this app instead of Apple’s own. Photos may have come on leaps and bounds, but HashPhotos feels a little stuck in the past. If you have a modern device running iOS 13, you may be better off sticking to the native Photos app as there isn’t much to set HashPhotos apart – unless any specific IAPs like batch editing pique your interest.
Revised rating: HashPhotos may have received some cosmetic improvements, but in three years, little else seems to have changed. ★★★
Our original review, written in July 2017, is presented in its entirety below.
Apple’s iPhone is probably the most powerful camera you own, but the built-in Photos app falls short in a number of ways. Plenty of third-party apps seek to plug this gap in Apple’s iOS, and one of the most interesting is HashPhotos.
There’s definitely a lot to love when it comes to this app. For starters, HashPhotos features a super slick user interface in which all your photos can be flicked through. A swipe to the left reveals your albums, while a swipe to the right lets you refine the selection by date. At this same interface, users can browse images by location (all your iPhone-captured photos will be geo-tagged by default), and you can search through your images using a variety of terms.
One such search term is tags. HashPhotos lets users hashtag pics in order for them to be more easily summoned. The app will also auto-tag images based on their properties – like #photo for a photo; #gif for a GIF; #nearby for images with a location that’s close to where you currently are; or even #portrait, #landscape and #panorama.
Individual photographs can be edited in HashPhotos using a variety of fairly standard tools (flip, crop, sharpen, brightness, and the like), and you can add memos – that is, text along the bottom of your image – or a number of different frames.
It’s particularly nice to see that a swipe-up gesture on an image reveals a compehensive pop-up pane with information concerning the photo itself. More detailed information can also be revealed for a limited number of times before an in-app purchase is required to unlock this functionality.
Over in the app’s settings, HashPhotos lets users tweak display options, switch themes (of which there are three), enable a passcode or add a Dropbox account. There’s a useful guide, too, which should help users get the most out of the application.
Although HashPhotos is a free download, some features are locked behind an IAP. These include batch editing and image conversion. However, you certainly don’t need to unlock any IAPs in order to get a lot from HashPhotos. As a free download, the app is superb.
So there you have it. If the Photos app keeps on letting you down, consider taking HashPhotos for a spin. It can be yours free of charge on the App Store.
- Slick user interface
- Easy image searching
- Built-in editor (and more!)
- Lots of IAPs