Great tool to use with Tate's wifi I downloaded it on the Tate wifi and used it while strolling around. I would have liked more paintings covered in the audio, it's really interesting. Also the stopping of the audio when the screen switches off is a little pesky, and unfortunately many pictures seem to be missing
Needs a bit of developer thought It stops playing when my phone locks! What's the sense in that? I've got to keep tapping the screen on my phone to keep it playing. Most irritating. If I'm standing in front of a painting I don't need it to be on my phone screen as well. I hope Tate didn't waste too much money getting this app made. A pity as this is a good idea badly executed.
Audio guide This is an audio guide and should be labelled as such. Don't waste your time with the very large download unless an audio guide is what you want. Can't comment on the details of the contents as I didn't use it.
Good, but it needs more development * Excellent information for each of the works * Good chronological lay out * But * stops when phone locks * Very limited amount of works are covered * Not possible to zoom in to view the works in greater detail.
Simple and easy to use A good introduction to the collection of 500 years of British art. Commentary is around 1min 30secs per work which is enough to give a starting point when looking around without boring anyone to death. Hope it will continue to be updated as the displays change in the coming months and years.
Good, but needs a 'play under locked screen' option The app's intention is to walk you through a representative selection of another representative selection. The Tate has curated several rooms to display a chronological circuit of British Art. Handily, the period covered by each room glints at you from the floor, though sometimes it requires a bit of wandering to work out which exit has the relevant number. You get around three paintings discussed per room, between one to two minutes each time. Occasionally there is some extra content, like a contemporary artist discussing the work, or some historical background. For example, an expert on 18th century ballet to flesh out the pose struck by Giovanna Baccelli in Gainsborough's famous portrait, or Damien Hirst's opinion on 'Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion' by Francis Bacon. That commentary is quite good, but there is an annoying downside to the audio guide. Normally when you play audio, you can switch off your screen. Not with this app. It insists on keeping your screen on, a major battery drain if you're a fellow user of phones in the 'ridiculously-huge' category. A less irksome problem is that this app is massive, so use wifi to download it.
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