iPhone App Review: Instant Santa

iPhone App Review: Instant Santa

December 16th, 2011 by

With Christmas fast approaching there are no shortage of holiday-themed apps to get you and your loved ones in the spirit. Developer Fueled, Inc. has created an app that can put Santa anywhere you want and help you fuel your child’s youthful holiday delusions. Using high-quality pictures overlaid on top of your device’s camera image you can put Santa in your kitchen, in the living room on Christmas Eve, in the shower; or select an image from the “Bad Santa” pack (available as an in-app purchase) and depict him passed out on the couch, or ready to engage in fisticuffs with a houseplant.

How It Works

The app is one of those “overlay the picture of the thing over the picture of the other thing” type apps. It’s a free download and comes with one Santa image, but you can purchase a “Good Santa” pack and a “Bad Santa” pack within the app, so you’ll have much more to choose from. The key is to align the Santa picture within the environment so that the proportions are as close as possible to the real thing. Once you’ve snapped a picture and decide that you like it, you tape “Use” and can share it on Facebook and Twitter, email it, or save it to you Camera Roll.

Pros And Cons

The success of this type of entertainment is in the Santa picture itself. The Santa pictures in this app are all perfectly posed and photographed, making it that much easier to place them in your own personal “Santa scene”. There’s a slight shadow under each picture that helps sell it a bit, even if it doesn’t quite match the light source within the room.

The goal here is obviously purely for entertainment and novelty, and maybe to fool a kid or two into thinking that Santa crashed on your couch, and this app produces high-enough quality pictures that you may actually achieve that. It’s silly, childish fun and does a good job at helping you create a nice bit of holiday cheer in any environment.


Instant Santa lives up to its name, letting you instantly place one of several Santas in any scene you like. Send the kids or the Scrooges in your life a customized Santa holiday pic today!

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