iPhone App Review: MEmoticon

iPhone App Review: MEmoticon

March 22nd, 2012 by

Have you ever wondered what you or your friends and family would look like as an emoticon? Using SurFace’s new app MEmoticon you can take any face and render it into your favorite emoticons to use in your phone’s SMS, email, or social networking sites. Just select a picture, let the app do all the hard work, and you instantly have a library of emoticons using your selected face.

How It Works

Select a photo from your device’s library or take a new photo with the camera. The app advises you to use pictures of faces that are not smiling and that face directly into the lens. Once the photo is selected you line up the facial outline with the face in the photo, and then fine-tune the placement of the eyes and mouth. After that the app takes that face and creates each of the emoticons automatically, dropping them into the app’s emoticon library for you to use on your device. In order to use the emoticons you must copy and paste them into the SMS or email, but you can also share them from directly within the app through Facebook and Twitter.

Pros And Cons

MEmoticon works quickly and smoothly, creating high-quality emoticons from the selected face that match the typical smiley/frowny face-style emoticons we’re all used to seeing. It’s nice that it does this automatically, warping and tinting the photo to create the desired effect for each emoticon. It’s for this reason that neutral faces facing directly into the camera work best.

One drawback to the app is one that is not something the developers at this point can do anything about: you have to copy and paste the emoticons in order to use them. Obviously Apple has not granted developers the ability to edit the existing iOS keyboard layouts, so this limitation of the app is understandable.

The other drawback to the app is that it only includes three emoticons, with an option to purchase a pack of three more. There are also several more in development that will presumably be offered soon for purchase within the app.


MEmoticon is a fun and easy-to-use app that creates high-quality personalized emoticons from your face or the faces of those you love (or hate, or are otherwise ambivalent about). There are only three emoticons available for the initial purchase price, but three more are obtainable within the app and several more are listed as being in development. It’s a well-made and fun app that gives you the ability to personalize your communication in a way that no other app does.

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