They are everywhere — these snap-happy car mod junkies who can’t stop talking about cars. They’ve been here ever since the invention of the camera and they would be around for many, many years to come. The technology may change along with the colors, sizes and mod specs that make up the wild imaginings of their brains but the passion for taking snapshots of their masterpiece (or even of someone else’s) will probably never change, much less cease.
And in this crazy world of car customization, aren’t we all glad that there is an app for them? Yep, there is! Oh what a relief that the moment your near and dear starts chatting about this so and so model and make, mag sizes, paint jobs and turbo-charging, you can just throw them an iOS device loaded with this app and off they’d go to leave you in peace. :)
Car Crazee, from Crazee Apps Inc. and App Labs Digital Studios Inc. is that app. You can even call it the Instagram of car enthusiasts. Ah yes, that’s a fitting comparison.
What does it do? It does what Instagram does but not in an overly cheesy sort of way. After all, cars are anything but cheesy.
In 2 words, Car Crazee is a social network (for cars and car fans, that is!) The core functions are similar with any other photo-sharing app. You create a profile, upload photos of your car or of those you’ve spotted — you know, the kind that makes you say hot damn! and voila, you’re in! Since it’s a social network, you can follow and unfollow people, stalk their pages and like their car photos.
Features include of course the social aspect (Facebook and Twitter sharing), news feed (auto industry-related news), search feature (by brand, model, location, user, etc) and photo-flagging (spam/inappropriate photo reporting tool accessible throughout the app).
I’ve downloaded the app and tried it last night. Check out app review video below.
Car Crazee is a FREE download on the app store and is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad 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 4.3 or later.
1. Increase log-in time-out. It sucks to have to sign-in each time I open the app.
2. I wish there were DIY/tips describing how the mod was done for those interested to replicate it on their own cars. I also wish there’s an “Events” tab for car show schedules because if there was one, it’s not showing up for me.
3. Search is slow/unreliable/faulty. Returns null values most times. App freezes and hangs so I hope it gets fixed soon. It looks like the app hasn’t been optimized for the iPhone 5 yet because it doesn’t fill the top and bottom part of the screen. It’s just version 1.0 so I look forward to an update soon.
RJMarmol.com App Rating: 3.5/5 Apples (It’s a recommended download but it could be better.)