PhotoGeolocator is an Android app, which allows photographs to be taken and the location to be tagged simultaneously. The application allows the user touse GPS, find a location on the map, or give latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates in order to document the location of the photograph.
Derivative of face-books photo location tags, the difference of PhotoGeolocator is that the application is not connected to social media.
This may be appealing to some users, although showing off photographs to friends, family and acquaintances, as well as ‘friends of friends’ and strangers appear to be very popular. This application therefore targets a niche market of people who prefer privacy of pride.
Using GPS on PhotoGeolocator makes it very simple to find the location of the photograph’s site, and the classic pin shaped icon is pleasant (unless you touch it and completely lose your place; it isn’t very precise). Without using GPS, the PhotoGeolocator application is extremely annoying. The map showed quite a large distance of approximately 50 miles, so zeroing in on your current location is not all that easy unless you have a good idea of surrounding locations. If the user considers it to be important to document the location of the photograph, this is not too much of an issue.
The camera function of the PhotoGeolocator application is not user friendly at all. To take a photo, instead of the sensitive and easy to locate touch screen button, the ‘menu’ button was used to take the photo. This was not convenient on the device I was using, as the menu button is in the wrong location to be ergonomic while holding the camera steady. The photograph also took quite a while to work. It is lucky the exposure is not long; it just takes a while to start, because the photograph seemed to be of poor quality compared with the standard camera app. This doesn’t make much sense. The noise of the camera is also quite annoying. It is sharp and quick. The user may make the user and onlookers uncomfortable.
The PhotoGeolocator application would be helpful to those who simply want to take a photograph while recording the location to serve as a memory
jogger, however if the user places more stock in the ever-increasing quality of mobile phone cameras this application is not appropriate. The application
requires a lot of patience, and cannot be used for quick snapshots, though the quality to expect is that of a snapshot.