I travel a lot in the summer, taking lots of photos and posting many to Facebook, so when I saw the Nokia Place Tag beta I just knew it was something I needed to try. I downloaded the app and started taking pictures just about everywhere I went to get the hang of using Place Tag.
Place Tag can be accessed either through the tile on your home screen on through the lens in your camera. You aim your camera and look to see if there are any opaque squares on the screen. This would indicate that there is POI info available for your photo. This app feels very much like City Lens when you open it, your camera locates all the nearby POIs but unlike City Lens, this app is made for cameras and shows locations as small squares so it doesn’t cover your photo with POIs. It also stores the places within the image so they can be opened later for exploration and sharing. After you take the photo you can open it again in Place Tag and customize by the type of postcard you want to use. You can also edit the text as well as the location address so your postcards can be as personal as you like.
There are four different postcard styles to choose from and the text can be changed to whatever you like. I can see that this will be a very useful app for more than just location information. If you are at an event taking pictures with Place Tag, as long as you get the opaque square on your screen you know you will be able to customize the photos to suit the occasion.
Place Tag is a beta app and with that come the frustrations of things not working like they should. Looking at the first screenshot above you can see the photo is covered in the POI squares. You can click the top square on a stack and get the information, if you try to click to a square that is under it, the app registers it as a double click and it immediately opens maps to give you directions. This can be frustrating beyond words and eventually you will pick the top square since it is your only option and just change all the information. If you look at the screenshot of the postcards above you can see that at the lake the POI is clearly Denny’s , I can assure you that there is no Denny’s for at least 15 miles from here and most certainly not in the lake. Information I have come across leads me to believe users can put POI information into the maps and that’s why you can come across random POIs like Denny’s, which is most likely some guy who lives near the lake who put his home as a POI on a map.
Other things that happen frequently is that there are no POI squares to be found. I tried to take a picture of a school, a major city beach, the strip mall across the street and even a lake that had no POI squares so those pictures could not be customized. A major shopping plaza had one POI listed as National Tenant even though there were big box stores located there so again I just had to pick it and change it.
I tried downloading other location tagging apps on my Windows Phone and none of them were as fun to use as Place Tag, even with the wrinkles that need to be ironed out. I cannot wait to hit the road, or lake this summer armed with this nifty app. If you like to take pictures and customize as much as I do then download Nokia Place Tag beta, and don’t forget to leave feedback!