Short review: BeardMe, the choice of the discerning pogonologist.

Update: I don’t know why but the images keep vanishing from this post. If you can’t see any pics of the app in action, then just imaging some things, with beards on them, in a fairly convincing way.

When it comes to iPhone-enabled novelty facial topiary, there is only one serious choice: BeardMe.

The app features 32 mustache and beard styles that you can overlay on a new or library photo, and a range of colours, stylings, and photographic effects (sepia, B&W).
The positioning and rotating controls are pretty intuitive, and surprisingly deep – there’s a set of perspective tools included that should mean that you can match your ‘tasch to pretty much any face at any angle. I found them a bit fiddly, but worth persevering with if you want a high-quality effect.

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SkyBeard approves

Negatives?

  • It’s subtle enough to be missed much of the time, but the app puts a watermark on all pictures (“BeardMe” in the lower right corner)  – I can excuse that in free camera apps, but I don’t expect it in paid apps.
  • The gorgeous interface design is inexplicably let down at the “email picture screen” (very minor niggle).

Quote from the BeardMe product page:

In a matter of seconds, give your child the political savvy of Theodore Roosevelt or your cat the historical prominence of Frank Zappa. Bestow on your grandmother the infectious gusto and zest of beloved movie critic Gene Shalit or on your roommate the pulsating star power of actor Billy Dee Williams.

Tested on: 3G, 3GS.  ||  Price: 0.59p, or 0.99c

Developer Site: beardme.com ||Buy from: Apple iTunes Store link

Our Rating: 5/5: Hard to see how this could be bettered.  ||   App store score: Not Yet Rated

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