By Patricia Monticello Kievlan,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Limited features, required purchases sink animation app.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to use an animated character to speak text that tells a story, gives a presentation, or delivers another important message. Kids can place a custom character on a custom background and use this imagined space as the setting for a class presentation, a digital postcard, or another spoken message up to 30 seconds long. The biggest learning potential for Tellagami might be for students who struggle with social skills: The medium has potential for kids who might be uncomfortable presenting in person or on film but who are comfortable recording audio or entering text. Although it's fun to create a character and record audio, uneven features make for a disappointing user experience.
Ease of Play
Tellagami's main purpose is to allow users to share their gamis, but frequent error messages and crashes with the in-app sharing features make the experience uneven.
Violence & Scariness
The terms of service prohibit content that promotes violence, but it's possible kids could create and share a violent message.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The terms of service prohibit content that contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts, but it's possible kids could create and share a sexual message.
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The terms of service prohibit certain kinds of violent, harassing, and sexual content, but profanity isn't specifically prohibited. It's possible that kids will create and share messages with iffy language.
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Products & Purchases
You'll get a few options for creating your character (gender, skin tone, eye color, head size, and emotion), but, to customize hair and clothing or to get a wider variety of backgrounds or text to speech, you'll need to make an in-app purchase. When you tap on a locked item, you're asked to sign in to the app store to make the purchase, but you're not told how much the item will cost before tapping. There's no menu with a list of in-app purchases or an option to unlock everything at once. Instead, users will feel nickel-and-dimed, especially those who had the app before the update that locked many of the options.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The terms of service prohibit content that promotes illegal drug use or substance abuse, but it's possible that kids will create and share messages about drinking, drugs, or smoking.
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What’s It About?
TELLAGAMI is a mobile app for creating a custom animated video called a "gami." Users enter text or record audio and then choose from a range of skin tones, outfits, and hairstyles (most require in-app purchases) to create a custom character to deliver the recording. Users then place a character against a background selected from the free built-in options or the device’s photo library or from among several background "packs" available for purchase within the app.
Is It Any Good?
Tellagami is supposed to enable users to share their "gamis," but frequent error messages and crashes with the in-app sharing features make the user experience uneven. After making a few gamis, it becomes clear that there's not much variety in the animation: The character's hand gestures don't seem to vary depending on the audio. It also would be nice if there were more options for characters, more free background options, and the possibility to have more than one character on-screen.
The most frustrating part is the way the in-app purchases are set up -- it feels sneaky, and users are severely limited in options unless they make several purchases.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how changing the character's expression can affect the meaning of the text.
Ask kids to draw or import images of faraway places to serve as background images for videos.
Talk to kids about how Tellagami might help them explain a concept or tell a story in a new way.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
- Pricing structure: Paid ($4.99)
- Release date: February 20, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Publisher: Tellagami Labs Inc.
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up.
- Last updated: October 21, 2020
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