Vine for Windows Phone review: The full Vine experience, with a few missing pieces

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Vine for Windows Phone makes it easy to shoot and share short videos, and check out what your friends are posting.

The Bad You can't save Vines to post later, nor can you edit your video clips before posting.

The Bottom Line Though it lacks some features found on the iOS and Android apps, Vine for Windows Phone will delight anyone who's been waiting for the real deal.

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Editors' note: The review of Vine for Windows Phone uses some of the content from the Vine for iOS app review. There are a few differences between the two versions, which are noted in this review.

Since its debut on iOS in January 2013, Twitter-owned video social network Vine has gained a dedicated group of fans who use it to create artistic and entertaining 6-second video clips. The app made the jump to Android in June 2013, and in November, finally emerged on Windows Phone.

The Android app was behind the iOS app in terms of features when it launched, and that's true with Vine for Windows Phone as well. While you get all the same browsing and recording features in this app, you cannot save clips for later or rearrange individual clips before you publish your video. Those two features were added to the iOS and Android versions in October 2013, but are both missing from this app for now.

In CNET's reviews of Vine on iOS and Android , we compare the app to Instagram's video recording feature . When an official version of Instagram launches on Windows Phone, we'll update this review with a comparison of the two apps.

Design
Vine for Windows Phone stays true to the colorful design found on other platforms, but there are a few differences. First, the controls to record a new video and search in the app have moved to the bottom of the screen, and live in a menu bar that expands to reveal options to find Vine users, mute video sound, and access your settings.

Another noticeable design difference is that each tab, or section of the app, is marked with an icon instead of text. For instance, there's a chat bubble with a smiley face for the Activity tab and an eye for the Explore tab. I prefer the text, as it makes it less confusing to get around, especially when you first start using Vine.

Vine for Windows Phone
Vine for Windows Phone has the same set up as the other apps. The first tab shows your Home feed (left), and next to that is the activity tab, which displays notifications. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Lastly, this version gets to take advantage of Window Phone's live tiles. If you pin Vine to your home screen, you'll see when any of the people you follow post a new video. Also, similar to the Capture widget on Android , you can pin the camera so that you can launch it from the Start screen and start recording with one tap.

Getting around
To get started, you can sign up with an e-mail and password or use your Twitter account for quicker access. Once signed in, you'll see the Home feed that shows the latest videos from the people you follow.

As you swipe to scroll through your Home feed, each video starts playing automatically while you have it onscreen. Scrolling to the next video automatically stops the previous one and starts the new one. This makes for a seamless experience as you scroll through and look at each user-made video. You can also tap any video to pause it, then tap again to resume playback.

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Vine (Windows Phone)

Part Number: f9e6f07e-e47e-47f5-806d-55d4f79f2b60 Released: Nov. 12, 2013

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  • Release date Nov. 12, 2013
  • Category Social networking
    Video and screencasting
  • Compatibility Windows Phone
About The Author

Sarah Mitroff is a CNET associate editor who reviews Android and Windows Phone software and, occasionally, hardware. In the past she's written about everything from Android apps to startups Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat. She loves pretty space photos, the San Francisco Giants, and apps that organize the recipes she compulsively hoards.