Featured Android App Review: XnRetro [Photography]


People are taking more pictures than ever thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones, but it has also gotten quite popular to add effects to your shots. There are a number of apps that will give you this ability, but XnRetro is one that keeps things simple. All effects are based on making your images appear vintage-like. I don’t know about you, but vintage effects are my favorite. It has a certain class about it.

With XnRetro, you simply open the app and either take a new picture to work with or select a picture that’s stored on your phone or tablet. From there, you can either work with the entire picture or crop it. They give you predefined shapes such as a square and rectangle that you can resize. The next step will be to add the effect, and you will see various options at the bottom. I will start from the left. The first option allows you to fine tune the brightness, contrast, and saturation. The next option lets you select from up to 20 different Retro styles to apply to your picture. You can tap on each one to see how it will affect your picture. The third option lets you choose how much vignetting you want. As you increase it, the border of your picture will become more faded.The fourth option gives you another 15 effects to apply to your photo such as bokeh, glass, leak, and light. Last but not least, is the fifth option, which lets you add a frame. There are 26 frames to choose from including a couple that resemble older instant cameras.

After you are satisfied with how your picture looks, it’s time to save it. You can tap the disc icon at the top right and you will get 3 options for sizes: small (512px max), medium (1024px max), and large (2048px max). The large size comes out to about 2-megapixels. A little smaller than I would like, but for sharing on social sites, it should get the job done. You can also share you image directly to any of your apps that are within your “share via” menu such as Dropbox, Facebook, GMail, Google+, Picasa, Twitter, and so on.

If you want to add a little pizzazz to your photos and you like the vintage look, than definitely try XnRetro. It’s absolutely free in the Play Store so you have nothing to lose. Check out my hands on video below, and hit one of the download links to get started. Let me know what you think.


  • 20 color effects
  • 26 frame borders
  • Contrast, brightness and saturation adjustement
  • Vignetting
  • Save or share the result
  • No registration is required, and there are NO ADS, no watermarks, no limitations.

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.