PhoneZap is a beta networking app that allows you to share photos and messages and create ringtones. When the app opens, you will need to set up your user name and password. Once you have done that, you can get into the main application. You will notice a lower menu bar with the options; Zaps, Post, Messages, Prefs and Ringtones. The Zaps options allows you to see a live stream of the photos that are being posted using PhoneZap. If you tap on one of the photos, you are able to see the photo a little bigger, leave a comment and add the user as a Favorite User. There are also three more options in the upper right corner; Latest Zaps (live stream), My Zaps (the images you have posted in PhoneZap) and Favorite Users (all the users you have added to your Favorites).
The Post option is where you are able to add your own post to PhoneZap. Just select Take a Picture. From here, you can either take a picture or select a photo out of your Camera Roll by tapping on the Elmo icon in the center of the menu bar. After you select ok, you can then add a Message to your photo and/or your location. Once all your information is entered, select Post. It will then be posted to the live stream of photos.
Another option is Messages. However, this option is a little glitchy for me and I cannot get it to work properly. One time when I posted a new message the app closed, another time it froze and another time it looked like it was going to post and then the screen went black on the top and then had glitchy messages at the bottom.
The Prefs option is where you set-up your User profile. In the preferences you can add your location, email address, a little something about yourself, a profile picture, choose whether you want SMS alerts when you receive comments or replies, the ability to turn on/off Hi Resolution photos and the option to Logout.
The Ringtones option allows you to create ringtones from the songs in your iPod. Once you are in the Ringtones option, just select an artist, an album and then a song. From here you select the time in which you would like the ringtone to start. It doesn’t play the song live so, you will have to know the exact time you would like the ringtone to start before you go to create it with this app. You can then choose the length of the ringtone. Once you have have all of the information entered just tap Test to hear what the ringtone will sound like. If you like it, tap Save. The ringtone will be added to the rest of the ringtones on your iPhone. However, when I created a ringtone and set it as the ringtone for one of my contacts, it did not play when they called. When I tested the ringtone in PhoneZap is played just fine and when I selected it as the ringtone for the contact it played the preview just fine as well. But, when the person called, it just rang with the Marimba ringtone and not the one I created. So, I tried it again with a different song and this time my iPhone didn’t ring at all when Doug called. So, I changed the ringtone back to Marimba and everything worked just fine. This app is still in beta so hopefully the next update will address this bug. PhoneZap is available through the AppTapp source.