Instagram for Android Review

April 3, 2012
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It's finally here! Instagram has launched for Android today, and all you amateur photographers and social media fanatics should be plenty happy to give it a try. The hugely popular photo filter and tweaking app for iOS is finally available for the Android masses, and we're taking a hands-on look below for your viewing pleasure, and compare it to ICS.

I was really trying not to jump on the Instagram bandwagon but I actually really like it. The user interface is nice and clean (better than iOS version), simple to use, and makes sharing a breeze. The effects are good although there's plenty of similar apps available for Android already since Instagram took so long. None of those however have the community that Instagram does. In my hands-on video below I show you all of the filters, and just how easy it is to use them and the app itself. Then I quickly compare it with the few tweaks available on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Some will be drawn away for the fact you have to sign up first, but that is because in a way Instagram is its own social community. You can follow fellow grammers, enjoy others pictures and follow your friends. I'm actually starting to enjoy it as I'm meeting people based on my Android picture alone already. I'm really digging the simple and clean user interface. I wish all developers released such a polished product on day one as Instagram has here today.

A few key differences over the iOS version are worth being noted. Instagram said the Android version would be better than the iOS app, but I'm giving this a 50/50. For one, on iPhone you can see the tweaks and effects in real-time before you take the photo, and after. Android only offers after from what I can tell. That is a huge feature we should have, but the tons of devices and camera types might make that difficult.

Then for Android we have more share options. Android offers Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr. While iOS only has a few but are adding more soon. Instagram should also be adding more share options in the future for both platforms, hopefully Google+ will be one of them.

This photo-centric app is impressive to say the least, and if you weren't planning on giving it a try (like me) I'd suggest at least checking it out. It is free after all over at the Google Play Store.

Instagram for Android Link


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  • http://designedbygold.com Jon Gold

    Can you clarify which share options Android has that iOS doesn’t?

    • Bill

      second that. ios has all of the aforementioned and also flickr and posterious.

      some things the android version lacks is the tilt shift function and also an option to export pictures

      • Matteo Pirelli

        Export pictures? As of? We can freely access ALL of our pictures takend with Instagram directly from our Gallery app of choice.

  • http://sucktackular.com sucktackular

    Instagram is the polar opposite of everything the Android community represents. If you want a closed system full of hipsters, go back to iOS.

  • T.R. Hummer

    I’ve been looking forward to this release and I must say I’m disappointed in Instagram. There are several photo editing programs that are better. Try Color Touch or Picsart. Much more powerful, more precise editing.

  • javier

    something I noticed is that in this app you can´t focus

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

       Focuses for me on Galaxy Nexus. Just tap on where you want it to focus

  • Ucantcloneme

    android has no tilt shift effect which i love. also, i am unable to upload any picture in my phones gallery into instagram that wasnt taken with my phone’s camera. it says theyre too small. also noticed that when typing a comment, if i accidentally hit any buttons along the bottom row of the app (ex. the camera button) the app freezes and force closes. this is on the galaxy skyrocket for at&t

  • elaine alfaro

    I installed it but uninstalled it after few tries. I like streamzoo better. Streamzoo community is also nice and I can easily also link my streamzoo photos with facebook and twitter. I just love streamzoo. Try installing camera 360, it has nice filters. I don’t think I need this instagram. It’s overrated. It just all about the hype. 

  • Kia

    installed on my HTC one X… but the camera is not supported. for when UPDATE

  • Louise

    Having used Instagram on the iPhone and loved it, the release for Android was much anticipated. I think the Android version is terrible. It does not offer near the options for photo editing the iPhone version does. Sorry Instagram, my love of photo editing is being satisfied by another app now since you failed to live up to your name.

  • Dalila

    I have a new Android phone. It is the HTC G1 and I can not seem to add Instagram. Can someone help me please

    • P

      me too!

    • P

      me too!

  • Helen

    Great