Instagram for Android

I’ve had my Galaxy S2 almost a year, and I’ve been through my fair share of photo apps. Some get used a while, then junked. Because they don’t do enough to warrant taking up bits and bytes that could be better utilized. Some get junked after two minutes. Because they’re junk. A few special apps get to take their place on my main Photo App screen.

But there’s been one app missing. To date, Instagram has been iPhone only. Until today. Now Instagram is on Android too, and I set about taking a few snaps to test it out. It’s not bad. Very nice, in fact. It’s joined the other special apps on my Photo App screen. You can see the photos on Flickr or Google.

What are the other apps I cherish? I mentioned Pixlr-o-matic recently. For sheer variation of filters and frames, it’s still the best. But it doesn’t take photos ‘in app’. You have to select another photo app to actually capture the image. For that I usually use Camera 360. It’s the easiest, quickest and most reliable every day all purpose camera app on Android, in my opinion. It also has a decent range of filters.

If I want a really lavish range of filters with the ability to take a shot within the app itself? Little  Photo is a clear winner. It’s only downside is that the navigation between filters is a little weak. For macro shots, and images where I’m looking for the highest quality possible, then I go straight to Vignette. For simplicity, and again with a half decent range of filters, Flickr‘s mobile app also works well. And, of course, it’s a good app for viewing my Flickr photo collection.

Where does Instagram fit into my mobile photographic life? It wins on being dead easily and intuitive to use. It has the nicest interface of them all. The filters are extensive enough to not become quickly boring. Not so extensive that they become confusing. It’s got nice additional features to share and view the results. It also gives the option to import photos from the gallery which were taken with other camera apps. The only downside is the lack of flexibility in image size. But it’s an easy to live with downside.

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