Top 5 Photo Apps for Windows Phone 7

Features Paul Briden 10:13, 1 Feb 2011

We take a look at some of the most useful photo apps for your Windows Phone 7 handset

We've come up with a shortlist of apps to make your Windows Phone 7 handset into a full blown photo editing suite. There's a range of great apps from the feature-packed 'pocket Photoshops' to quirky tools for having fun with your pics.

1. Thumba Photo Editor

Thumba models itself as a complete photo editing suite in a similar vein to Photoshop or Painter for full-blown desktops, but unlike those programs it won't cost the earth.

Thumba has some interesting and useful little features, such as being able to switch between your original photo and the current work-in-progress with a swipe of your finger, which is great as a point of reference for things like checking colour balance and levels and generally keeping track of what you're trying to do.

The app comes with a comprehensive selection of typical photo editing tools including an import, transform, resize and crop, flip, mirror and rotate. There's even a comical 'Pinch and Bloat' feature much like standalone apps which allow you to warp your friends' faces, and there's the ever useful red-eye removal tool.

Again keeping in line with replicating Photoshop there are a number of adjustment tools which allow you to add effects or edit the image proporties, such as brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpen, shadows/highlights and so on. On top of that there are some effects which bring the app right up-to-date, such as the 3D Glasses tool allowing you to 3D-ify a photo for use with those funky glasses.

Overall Thumba is an extremely powerful piece of software which is very good value for money, considering what it is capable of 80p is an absolute steal. The only thing to bear in mind is that unlike the big players like Photoshop it doesn't double up as an artsis's studio or graphics design package - it is pureley a photo editor to help you get the most out of your snaps letting you edit them on the go and share them on the web.

2. Photo Studio

Photo Studio is another competitor for the "Pocket Photoshop" crown. The layout is a bit different with a series of pop-up menus to choose your particular effect. Effects are applied real-time and can be layered to combine effects. There are 9 presets but settings can be customised to make your own.

Photo Studio is not as comprehensive as Thumba, though. John Gaarde, who recently reviewed Photo Studio for Know Your Mobile said:

"If there was any chink in Photo Studio’s armour it’s the lack of defined area adjustments. Every effect has to be performed on the picture as a whole, making it impossible to, say, separate the background into noise, while performing alterations to the foreground’s colour balance."

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