The anger over Android users having access to Instagram has finally faded, but the truth is that it didn’t really rock any boats in the Android world because there were already so many great alternatives available. We take a look at our Top 5 Instagram alternatives because applying filters and demanding higher picture quality along side more mega pixels is what we do best!
The follow list take into account all mobile phone platforms so no one should feel left out, and if you’re on iOS and are still feeling the sting of Instagram hitting Android we’ve even got iOS exclusives that should beat out your old favorite.
One major thing I like better in Streamzoo is that it does not force a square aspect ratio on to your image. When you first take or import your picture, you get the option to crop the image into various different aspect ratios, or keep it in its original shape. Rotating the image is also possible and you can even mirror if you like.
Here we’ve got an app that is exclusively for iOS users, Camera+ is the best Instagram alternative that you can use exclusively on your iPhone. It’s available in the App Store for 79 cents and you can see that you not only get filters, but you can select clips and rotate images. You not only get software to pimp your pictures, but you also get a full-fledged photo application with its own camera interface. Social media sharing is also extensive if you’ve got an iPhone it’s worth a look.
Photoshop plug in maker Nik has come out with an iOS app that has recently gone Android thanks to an acquisition by Google. There are several features including U Point exposure, contrast and saturation control, as well as more conventional cropping and rotational adjustments, plus a range of effects filters and frames. It is 3.99 euros or $4.99 on iTunes . It’s got a whole wack of filters so you’re sure not to get bored. I mean if Google bought it up, it’s gotta be good right?
We love this one and its available just about everywhere Android as well as iOS, directly from their website with options to add filters to webcams. There is also a Facebook app, an air version and a Chrome extension . It comes with an incredible selection of filters, overlays and context. Over 100 filters and 200 different templates ensure that you have around 5 million theoretical possibilities for combining your photos.
This is a very close copy of Instagram, you can use filters and frames to make your photos personal and artsy, but with Instagram there is an emphasis on the photographic community. Because this app doesn’t really have the same history as Instagram its not a very successful competitor. So why bother mentioning it? Well its available on both iOS and Android, as well as for Windows Phone – and it’s free.