Elias Pelcastre

Vessel, a video curation app for iPhone and iPad

Vessel is a service that wants to give YouTube a run for his money, content-wise, with a range of curated videos. Yesterday, Vessel released its iPhone and iPad app on the iTunes Store, and we decided to ty it and see if YouTube has a reason to be scared.

Well, our first impression is: no. With its 130 “content creators”, Vessel falls short when compared to YouTube´s millions of online videos. But some would say quality is more important than quantity, and here´s where Vessel may shine.

For starters, Vessel is a subscription based service that will charge you $2.99 a month for ad-free access. If you hurry, you can get a free subscription for a year if you register before tomorrow, and decide for yourself if it´s worth it.

App for video curation

After downloading the app, and registering, you´ll be prompted to select three categories, which could be music, “geek” and pop culture; then, follow three sources to create a feed and start “vesseling”. In the main screen, you´ll find three sections: “My feed”, with a selection of videos based on your preferences; “New releases”, with a wide range of new videos; and “Popular”, with today´s popular clips.

On the upper left corner, a sidebar with all the sections the app is divided into, a list of the sources you´re following and a “settings” option where you can manage your account.

We played a video discussing whether Scooby-doo has a speech disorder, and even though we had a free premium subscription, the app displayed a quick ad. Since then, we have played several videos but that hasn´t happened again.

We like the idea, and the interface of Vessel is quite smooth, but we think the quality of the content is not a powerful reason to pay $2.99 a month. What do you think? Have you tried Vessel on the iPhone? Let us know in the comment section below.

Download Vessel free of charge for iPhone and iPad

Taken from my website EPELTECHMagazine