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Dispo - Live in the Momen‪t

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Shutterbug tool for teens imitates disposable camera.

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This little camera within a camera is a modern twist on an old-school practice, but it's long-term appeal is unclear. It re-creates the notion of waiting for pictures to develop after they've been taken, challenging the common habit of retaking pictures until the perfect shot is captured. The camera feature is easy to use and, much like our devices' camera roll, the app's library sequences pictures based on date and time. What makes Dispo – Live in the Moment unique is the fact that pictures aren't available immediately. Kids have to wait until the next morning to see the images. One upside is that the design may encourage kids to focus on the subject, process, and art of taking pictures rather than repeating a shot until perfect. The app applies an automatic filter to images, giving them a bit of a retro look.

However, the app lacks tools to customize images or edit images. Users don't even have control over the filter type or intensity. Although using the camera and organizing images into rolls is a simple process, connecting with other Dispo members is not as straightforward as it is on other social media apps. The app doesn't incorporate hashtags for finding content related to a specific topic. For example, when you type "travel" into the search, a list of members with the word "travel" in their profile name pops up, regardless of whether their content reflects travel or not. Pictures in profiles are organized into rolls and recent updates, but browsing through them and trying to find specific content is messy. Users have the option to follow people or specific rolls, which isn't clear until you've played around with the app for a bit and tried different ways to connect with others. Overall, the intention behind Dispo – Live in the Moment's design is appropriate for teens who want to enjoy capturing images without the distraction of instant gratification. However, it lacks customization features, and its social media component is a bit confusing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 12, 2021
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Dispo, Inc
  • Version: 2.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 14.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 2, 2021

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