Cinemagram for Android review: Make a stunning hybrid between a photo and video

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Cinemagram comes with a nice feature set that lets you customize footage with filters and different looping and speed options. And, of course, the cinemagraph effect is awesome.

The Bad This fairly young Android app exhibited some laggy and just plain bad performance. No option to record audio.

The Bottom Line If you just want to make some cinemagraphs, then this app is great at it. However, it does have some performance issues that could make sharing difficult.

7.6 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 6.0

While some might be quick to call Cinemagram nothing more than a Vine clone, the reality is that this app has quite a few features that set it apart from its Twitter-owned rival. Chief among these is its ability to create cinemagraphs, which are essentially hybrid photo-videos. Also, Vine's looping videos include audio, while Cinemagram's don't, and that's as big a difference as any.

To get started with Cinemagram, you must first log in with an e-mail address, Twitter account, or Facebook account. From there you'll get access to an Instagram-like social network, with a Home feed that should look and feel familiar to most. This Home feed displays videos or "cines" posted by users you follow, as well as cines featured by Cinemagram staff.

As you scroll through your feed, you'll notice that content sometimes takes a second to load before you can see it. That's because we're dealing with moving images with Cinemagram, which makes its load times noticeably longer than, say, Instagram's. That said, it's not unbearable. Once a video is loaded, you'll be able to Like, Repost, or Comment on it. Plus, there's a Share button that is supposed to let you send a link out to friends. Thus far, though, I haven't been able to get it to work.

Beyond the Home feed, there's a drop-down menu up top that leads to a few more tabs. The Activity tab shows news, messages, and cines from those you're following, while the Discover tab shows you trending cines, and the Profile tab shows you, well, your profile. Finally, the drop-down also houses a search tool for finding other users and for browsing through trending tags.

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