Life Mobile app lets you explore history

May 3, 2010

Life magazine may not be printed any longer, but that doesn’t mean its legendary photojournalism didn’t have an impact on history. Whether you previously read Life weekly or you’re seeing its photos for the first time Time Inc.’s new app, Life Mobile, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can help you explore the annals of history. Working in conjunction […]

Life magazine may not be printed any longer, but that doesn’t mean its legendary photojournalism didn’t have an impact on history. Whether you previously read Life weekly or you’re seeing its photos for the first time Time Inc.’s new app, Life Mobile, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can help you explore the annals of history.

Working in conjunction with Life.com, the Life Mobile app contains all the photos available on the website. You can browse photos by category or search for a keyword. Photo galleries load quickly and you can swipe through just like in your camera roll. Captions display over the images; however, I noticed that lengthy descriptions often ended in the middle of a sentence. This, coupled with constant crashes, downgrades what is otherwise a five-star app. 

In addition to the photo library, Life Mobile also includes a CoverMaker for you to create your own Life cover. You can pinch and zoom to make the image bigger, but I could never shrink my test images. You can also play photo editor with the Photo Face-Off game, which is a good time killer.

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Kathryn Swartz

Kathryn Swartz is a freelance writer/editor who doesn't know how people lived pre iPhone. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism.

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