iPhone App Review: Duelpic

Category: Photo & Video
Price: Free
Release Date: Updated October 12, 2012
Version: 1.0.1
Seller: Colby NELSON
Rated: 4+.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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TiP Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

App Store Description:

Duelpic is a fun and simple way to challenge your friends to a photo contest using your Instagram library..

Summary:

Duelpic invites you to challenge your friends — or random users — to a photo contest using your Instagram library. Winners are chosen by the Duelpic community.

Review: 

While there’s no shortage of third-party Instagram apps, we think this one stands out a bit more than the others. Duelpic invites you to challenge your friends — or random users — to a photo contest using your Instagram library. Winners are chosen by the Duelpic community.

Before you can get started, you’ll have to log in using Instagram account. By doing so, you’re agreeing that Duelpic can cache your images. This means that if your Instagram account is private, Duelpic users will still be able to see the images you upload to your duels.

Once your accounts are linked, you can start a duel, participate in the current duel (hosted by Duelpic), or vote on submissions. To start a duel, type in whatever category you want, be it sunsets, dinner, pets, and so on, and then tap the image icon to upload one of your photos from Instagram.

Next, you’ll have to choose your opponent by typing in their name. Duelpic is pretty new, so chances are that not many of your friends have it installed yet. This is a problem because if you can’t find your friend, there’s no way to invite them to use the app. It’d be great to see a list of existing Instagram connections in a future iteration. For now, you can challenge random opponents, or nudge your friends to join via email.

All of your duels, whether you initiated or were invited to, will appear on the home screen under “Current Duels” with the category (or theme of the duel) easily viewable. To participate in a duel that you’ve been invited to, just tap on it and choose whether you’d like to take a picture or select one from your library. You can also ignore the initiation by tapping Decline.

If you have multiple duels going on, you can keep track of them on the lower half of your home screen — similar to Words With Friends. A small status below the category will let you know who’s turn it is, or when the images are out for voting. Your win/lose/tie stats will be viewable in your profile, which is a pretty simple screen featuring your Instagram avatar and your stats — no personal information is included (like a bio or web URL).

Competing can be fun, but my favorite thing about the app is the voting process. Tap the icon in the top left corner and select “Vote” from the menu. Here you’ll see the category in the top center of the screen, and the two submissions below it. To vote, just drag the Duelpic logo onto the photo you think is the winner. It would also be interesting if you could see how many votes each photo had amassed, but maybe that’s just me.

Duelpic is free to use, which means it’s ad supported. I didn’t find that the ads got in the way of using the app, so don’t let them stop you from downloading. It’s an easy to understand app and really fast to play. The only way it be better is if it were easier to find your friends.

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  • colby_nelson

    Thanks for the write-up, Jennifer! We’re glad to hear you’re enjoying it. You made a lot of great suggestions that are definitely on our features list. Also, FYI you can see what percentage of votes your picture has by looking at the pie chart on the Home screen in the duel cell! Thanks!

  • colby_nelson

    @bottlethecrazy thanks for writing about us, Jennifer!!

  • bottlethecrazy

    @colby_nelson No problem! I’m digging the app :)

  • colby_nelson

    @bottlethecrazy great to hear!