Instagram: Is it actually useful for Android devices?

Posted Apr 04, 2012 at 10:37 am in Threads > Apps & Games

After speaking with several of my friends and trying out Instagram, I’m wondering; will Android users actually find Instagram useful? There are several camera and photo editing apps for Android, we have the option to share directly from those apps to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts. But what makes Instagram so great? The app is praised by iOS users and so many people were anticipating for the release on Android.

What features does it have that other apps don’t? Why would you use it over other apps like Photofunia, Retro Camera, or Camera Zoom FX?

  • Taylor Wimberly

    The #1 useful feature to me: All my friends with iPhone are already using Instagram. It’s fun to connect with them and see the pics they take.

    • B2L

      Good point, none of my friends own an iPhone, so I definitely wouldn’t get that part of it.

    • jaxidian

      In other words, this allows you to more easily ignore their inability to easily share photos via Twitter and Facebook?

      • Clark Wimberly

        Ha, great way to put it. Everyone touted the social network as the main feature, but I just don’t get it. I love that I can see my iOS friends photos, but I’d rather they just post them to Twitter with a proper caption.

        I’m enjoying it, I’m just finding it hard to abandon other apps for it.

        • BrotherG

          The mobile twitter app doesn’t have a photo only stream option. I think Instagram’s social network and the way its so simple and easy to use for first timers is what separates it from the rest.

      • keridel

        thats exactly my thought. The social aspect only works if your friends don’t share their instagram pictures to twitter or facebook. which they all do..

      • Darknight42020

        I’m with you on that one Jax. This app ONLY has a benefit to those who have iphone friends. Even users with iphone don’t use the camera/filters that come included. Twas too much hype over… nothing new…

      • Lauri

        But if you post a ton of pictures on Facebook it might be considered as “flooding” by some. On Instagram you’re supposed to do that and everyone who’s using it wants to see the flood of pictures of your day. By using a separate service you’re limiting your audience to the people who are interested.

    • Erik Hanson

      #2 feature: Hipster filters. Other than that, I can’t figure out why you’d want to use this instead of just the standard share intent in the Android gallery app. *shrug*

  • Cole Loomis

    All of my iOS friends use it so I thought I would try it out. It allows for the user to create some effects that an actual photographer in a dark room might achieve. In the end I prefer to take pictures that don’t need to be dressed up with effects, and not rely on an app to make them acceptable.

  • heldros

    That’s not useful for me. I already use Aviary for filters and none of my friends use Instagram.

  • Al

    Depends. If you want an app to take/edit/filter your photos, get Camera 360 , Camera Zoom fx, Vignette, etc. Instagram won’t replace those in any shame or form.

    It’s all about the social network. And the only way you can sign up to it is via the app, which is why we wanted the app. (Imagine if you could only sign up to Twitter using an iPhone app? Same thing).

    That being said, most Instagram users DO crosspost their photos to Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr, and even Eyeem and Lightbox! But the ability to “follow” your friends, and like/comment on their photos is the reason we wanted Instagram.

    (You don’t have to use it as a camera. Take your photo as usual, filter/edit as usual, then “Send to > Instagram” from the gallery”.)

  • chris

    I think android users are too smart for instagram….that’s why it came out on iphone first

  • teudster

    I feel relief that I am not the only one asking why did we need this. I couldn’t find a way to close the account quick enough

  • Nate B.

    Its mostly hype. Mobli was here on Android first & is way better. You all need to check it out. Flooding pictures have never been so fun using Mobli. It has nearly the same hype.

  • Alex Belko

    I actually liked it, not much filters, effects and options but they are not bad, of course I can’t rid of the feeling that I use iPhone

  • Dylan Andersen

    Yeah, the social network is the real main draw here – and it’s not even a good one. The notifications are crap and unreliable, as most main social networking Android applications are. The social network being the draw I guess is code for iOS users and Android users finally getting some sort of exclusivity together.

    So yes, people will find this useful and if the 2,000 new members per second reported on Tuesday by GigaOM is any indication, we’re about to see a huge push for Instagram.

    Also, two updates in the first two days of release (1.0.1 and 1.0.2) to fix bugs? I think the Instagram team might get some satisfaction from knowing their bugs are squashed immediately.

  • B2L

    I believe this explains it best.

    • bolanrox

      that sums it up perfectly