Not everybody who has an iPhone is necessarily looking for apps that are mainly oriented in photo editing. Some people mostly like to take snapshots as a way to keep in touch with friends, family and acquaintances, letting them experience moments of their lives with them.
Instagram was especially conceived for those who, willing to share their photos with others, want at the same time to add to their pictures that irresistible analog flavor that only instant cameras in the old days could deliver.
- Maximum resolution 612 x 612 pixels;
- 15+ filters available;
- Square format;
- Possibility to share the photos via Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Instagram works both with built-in camera and with camera roll. This app will very likely please users whose main interest is sharing snapshots with their friends. For those willing to use it simply for photography purposes, the app will be kind of disappointing though. The filters are very limited in number and in possibility of customization; however, their quality is more than decent in the imitation of real analog instant cameras.
Improvement is absolutely necessary regarding the images resolution – now merely up to a ridiculous 612 x 612 pixels! More than a few times the app crashed when we were trying to take a picture; refresh of user’s data is another issue we noticed. Browsing through the photos uploaded to the Instagram community isn’t very easy; the latest photos should be emphasized, not only the most popular; some kind of moderation should be applied to the uploaded photos, as many users end uploading photos that are not their own or snapshots of copyrighted material just to get comments and faves to end in the popular selection. This is not only completely wrong, but it also defies the purpose of the Instagram community.
Instagram is fully integrated with popular social networking services as Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr but the user can also share the pictures on the dedicated community created and managed by the app developers. The app is optimized for photo sharing: once it’s been correctly configured, it really takes nothing to share the pictures through the featured services. Registration is required in order to use the Instagram.
Anyway, the app is totally free: if you are curious why don’t you try it yourself?
Developer: Burbn, Inc.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 3.1.2 or later.