Preview: 6sec Windows Phone Vine client with upload now in closed beta

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The main page looks great, but auto-plays the first video in the list with full audio, which is less than ideal The explore UI also looks great and adds a colourful touch..  

Rudy Huyn’s new Vine client for Windows Phone, 6sec, has now entered closed beta.

While there are other Vine clients in the Windows Phone Store, 6sec is the first one that will launch with the ability to actually upload videos to the network.

From the launch of the app, which actually has a video splash screen, to seeing the trending page for the first time the app gives the impression of a very polished product.

The app features a great metro implementation, and users familiar with Rudy’s other apps like his 9gag client for example, will be instantly familiar. Others might find the user interface less than discoverable, with some icons unlabelled and unclear and hidden behind gestures such as Liking or Sharing a post.  The app also seems to auto-play the first Vine on the page with sound enabled, which seems a bad idea given the content of some Vines.

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The app supports tags and people search Finding the Like, Share and Comment icons is less than intuitive, and the icons are unlabelled, adding an unneeded learning curve to the app. The video recording UI works well, but needs a preview option.

The app’s implementation of Vine recording is good, but I would appreciate the ability to preview videos before upload.  Uploading videos are not working yet, but Rudy promises that this will be in place in the next version of the app.

The app supports the other usual features of Vine, including trending videos, categories and people and tag search.

The app is not currently completely bug free – I ran into an issue where the main page went blank and would not refresh until I relaunched the app.  It is otherwise however fairly smooth and fast, with few rough corners.

If Rudy smooth these out the app has the potential of becoming the definitive Vine client on Windows Phone, much like Instance has become for Instagram.

Given the state of development the app will likely hit the market shortly.

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