I remember one of the camera features I appreciated with a previous non-BlackBerry phone I owned was the ability to poke some fun into pictures taken. As the native camera app doesn’t really have this feature, I was on the lookout for an app that could instantly add clipart images on pictures taken. Well, I came across Prank Cam by Devcellent Solutions and I’d like to share my experience with the app with everyone!
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With Prank Cam for BlackBerry®, you take pictures as you do with the same old camera app but with a little bit of a twist and evil. While your friends think you are taking a regular picture, you are actually putting all kinds of hilarious artefacts on their faces. But don’t worry the photo without the prank will also be there! The best part is, it lets you use the existing BlackBerry® Camera app while doing all these.
The app installs about 1.3mb on your smartphone, and comes with a set of “starter pranks” (i.e. clipart images). I initially thought downloading additional “pranks” would increase the storage space taken up by the app, but was surprised that it hadn’t. Definitely a good initial experience with the app.
Function and Use
Once installed, the app can be accessed by clicking on the icon on your phone’s home screen.
Clicking on the icon opens up the native camera app. Once you’re ready to shoot and pull a prank on your unsuspecting victim, just hit the menu button (BlackBerry logo) and select “Start Prank Cam”
You can then choose from the available pranks. Prank Cam comes with a set of starter pranks but if you want more prank options, you can purchase additional ones from AppWorld at $0.99 per pack. In the image shown below, I chose the starter prank set.
Once you’ve chosen your prank, you can position and resize the clipart image (prank) as you please. This is a great feature since it allows you more flexibility. I would imagine your victim may become suspicious if you suddenly either move too far away or too near just to get the image positioned correctly. Having the flexibility to resize and reposition the prank image definitely helps keep your target victim less suspicious of your prank.
As soon as you’re ready, just take the picture as you would with the native camera. Prank Cam immediately goes to work and embeds the prank image onto your new photo, and likewise immediately gives you the option to share the image! I’d have to say it seems Devcellent Solutions really thought this through! Check out the sample picture below. Because none of my friends refused to agree that their pranked photos be published, I decided to post this image of Tom Cruise (apologies, sir), which I took with Prank Cam and used one of the starter pranks. Notice the options that appear right after taking the picture.
Sample Pranked Photo
As you probably noticed, Prank Cam is BBM-connected, allowing you to share the prank image instantly over to your BBM contacts! If that’s not your cup of tea, Prank Cam also supports sharing over at FaceBook, Twitter, or email! Really brilliant!
Now, in case you’re wondering what happens to the pictures you took, you’ll be pleased to know, as I also pleasantly found out, that Prank Cam saves the original picture as well. That means your friends won’t really have to beat you up, at least not that badly!
Considerations and Overall Recommendations
As I mentioned, I was really looking for something like Prank Cam. If you love taking pictures of family, friends, co-workers, or just people in general, and would like to make it fun, then you may want to give Prank Cam a shot.
The app itself is not that complicated to operate, at least based on my standards. I did, however, notice that with my Torch 9860, I had to intentionally align the shot a little below the prank image, because the when it processed the image, the clipart would appear about one fourth of an inch above where I originally placed it. A minor setback, but I gave feedback to Devcellent Solutions about it and they immediately replied and informed me that they would look into it. Another thing worth noting when it comes to apps — prompt response/reply from Developer Support.
Right at the time I was about to publish this review, Devcellent informed me that the problem seems to occur with Torch 9850/9860 smartphones. Talk about quick response from Devcellent!!! That being said, I definitely recommend that you check it out for yourself, on your BlackBerry.
Lastly, and I’m sure this is one detail you’d really like to find out right now, Prank Cam is currently available for free on AppWorld and comes with a set of starter pranks. Additional prank sets (clipart images) can be purchased at only $0.99 per set. Considering that the free app is fully functional in itself, and the price of additional prank sets are really not that expensive, Prank Cam is definitely is worth grabbing!
To start pulling picture pranks of your own, download Prank Cam for free on AppWorld.