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    • 10 out of 10
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    • For those of you who don't know, Chicago didn't always suck, and everyone in the band didn't always play a keyboard. When the band started off they were pioneers of rock and jazz fusion, and guita

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    • 8 out of 10
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    • When I first got hooked to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the only place I could get their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was through the band's Web site. I listened to the two tracks a

  • Is This It

    • 10 out of 10
    • The Strokes
    • The Strokes set the music world on fire with this 2001 album, with headlines declaring that the New York band was here to save Rock and Roll. While the band hasn't made as much of a splash since t

  • Machine Gun Etiquette

    • 8 out of 10
    • The Damned
    • Punk rock is mostly associated with three chords and a bad attitude, but the Damned were one of the few bands of the era bent on bringing musicianship and a good sense of humor to the scene. And while
  • The Last 5 Years (2002 Off-Broadway Cast)

    • 10 out of 10
    • Jason Robert Brown
    • The soundtrack to this moving off-broadway musical is heart moving. The lyrics follow a couple in a relationship for five years, one point of view going forward in time, and the other tracing time fr

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In-Depth Review

OldBooth Premium iPhone app

OldBooth Premium is one of those apps that make your iPhone ever so much more fun... It lets you take any full-face photo of anyone -- freshly taken or selected from a Photo Album on your iPhone -- and perform wonderfully goofy transformations on it. 

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let me start with a few examples before I tell you more about this sweet little app:   

first OldBooth sample

 

second OldBooth sample

 

third OldBooth sample

You get the picture, don't you? (Pun completely intended...)

Now here's how it works... After you launch OldBooth Premium, the first thing you do is choose a gender. Now choose one of the 20 mask styles included for each gender. 

Here are some of the male masks: 

male masks

And here are some of the female masks: 

female masks

Next you choose the picture you want to insert in the mask you just selected. You can either take a new photo with your iPhone's camera or choose a photo from your iPhone's Photo Library. If you've already created one or more images in OldBooth Premium a third option-- use the last photo -- appears, as shown below: 

choose photo

Finally, you can resize the picture by pinching or unpinching, rotate the picture by pressing and dragging the circle surrounding the picture, and/or adjust the brightness of either the picture, the mask, or both by tapping the little person icon in the bottom left corner and then dragging the brightness slider. 

The editing screen looks like this:

edit image

Note that I've purposely flipped my picture 180° to illustrate the rotation function more clearly.

When you are happy with the image you save it to your iPhone's Camera Roll where you can:

  • use it as wallpaper
  • email it to a friend
  • assign it to a contact
  • send it to MobileMe
    and/or 
  • export it to iPhoto when you sync

You've seen the results at the beginning of this review. Now let me just say that it's really easy and a ton of fun.   

For what it's worth there's a version of OldBooth that's free but it only includes one mask for each gender and since the real thing only costs a buck it's hardly worth downloading the freebie. Still, if you're so inclined you'll find it here.

One last thing... OldBooth Premium includes two "secret" masks -- one for each gender:

secret masks

To reveal these masks, triple tap the words "Choose Style." 

Pretty cool, eh?

The Bottom Line

How could you not love this inexpensive little gem? It's one of my favorite iPhone apps; I use it all the time and it never fails to crack people up. Highly recommended.

Just The Facts

OldBooth Premium from twopixels

MSRP US99¢

Pros:

Hilarious, lots of variety, cheap.

Cons:

None.

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