Instagram – Review
App Type: Uncategorized
Version #: 1.0.3
Date Released: 2010-10-29
Price: 0.00User Rating:
Starting a social network that will last is hard. Giants like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, while niches are being filled by smaller, but by no means less important sites like Fourquare, and LinkIn. Is is heard to get people to sign up for another site that will have its own friend list, and require you to access another app to post.
In to this crowded melee a new contender in the photo sharing sector is attempting to prove themselves as a superior force amount the Flickrs, and Facebooks. The app I am talking about is Instagram, and today we will look at this firestorm that has hit the ground running.
The web is a buzz with this new photo sharing tool. Instagram aims to harken back to the days of the Polaroid where instant photos allowed people to take photos of the moments and experiences around them and see the results and share them right there. Sure this could be done with other tools like Facebook or Flickr, but each network has its own group and to send a photo out to each can be a time consuming task.
One of Instagram’s main features is the ability to post simultaneously to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, or Tumblr. Instagram can also embed location data so you can show people where that great looking spaghetti dinner can be found. Your photos are shared publicly, (unless you specify otherwise) and to your friends feeds on Instagram. It allows them to comments and "like" the photo. You can also use Instagram to browse popular photos from users around the world.
A photo app that takes its style from the old Polaroids wouldn’t be complete without the ability to make those snaps, looks like old Polaroids. Instagram sports twelve custom filters/themes that will give your photos that old "found in a shoebox in your grandma’s attic" look. The photos you take in Instagram are cropped to a square and saved to your camera roll.
The convenience of Instagram combined with the high quality style of the filters makes Instagram a obvious favorite in photo sharing. I hope to see Instagram continue to innovate in this field and highly recommend this app receive a spot in your home screen. Even if you are not convinced, Instagram is free and available in the app store right now, so at least give it a try and see what all the fuss is all about. I think you will find yourself charmed by this great app.
Would I Buy Again:Yes.
Who Is It For:Photo enthusiasts.
What I Like:Great way to share your photos across lots of social networks at once; amazing filters help make your snaps pop.
What I Don't Like:Some crashes, but a recent update seems to have squashed the bugs.
Final Statement:Join the fun and go take some photos.
- Apply over a dozen fun & beautiful filters to your photos
- Post as many photos as you want, for free
- Find and follow friends who are using the app
- Attach (optional) location information to any of your posts
- Share your posts to Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, & Facebook
- Check in to Foursquare when you post a photo with a location
- Let your friends know what you think by liking & commenting on their photos
- View the most popular photos around the world from Instagram users
- Supports first generation, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 phones
- Full iPhone 4 camera support
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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