There will be a time where you will feel envious of iPhone users posting pictures they’ve taken with Instagram, an iOS app that allows users to take pictures, apply the filter of their choice, and share it to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you are a die-hard Android fan, you’ll know that there’s no Android version of the said app but the good news is, there are alternative apps that you could download for your Android Device.
This app is the perfect alternative for Instagram for Android devices. Launching the app will require you to sign up and set up a profile picture (very much the same as Instagram) for a Lightbox.com account, a website where all your images will be saved and viewed by the public. You can also sign in to different social networking sites such as Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr in the process.
Although the interface of the Lightbox’s camera is clean and easy to use, it still lacks a few options. When taking an image, you have the option of choosing from 13 different filters available, or leave the image as it is. Try out their Lomo and Ansel filters to see what exactly we are talking about.
Picplz looks like a conventional Android app, with the main screen featuring links that will bring you to different parts of Picplz. Although the way it snaps pictures is different from other camera and filter apps because it has no built-in camera, you will be redirected to Picplz’ filter screen after taking the pic. There are 17 different filters to choose from, including neat looking borders. After editing the picture, you can share it to different social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Mytubo is not popular among Android users but it has obtained good Market reviews because of its dedicated user base and features. Like all other camera apps, Mytubo will require you to set up an account on their website. The app’s website basically, is more of a social networking site where users can interact and comment on each other’s pictures.
The camera can be a bit weird since it is only capable of taking square images, so don’t even bother taking pictures in landscape. After taking the picture, the app’s filter screen will pop out to allow you t
o edit the image immediately. Since the image taken is small in size, all of these can be done in an instant. There are 14 filters to choose from, which is obviously less than what Picplz offers.
Unlike other Android camera apps, Vignette is not an Instagram clone and a lot of users find it as the perfect alternative because of the high quality filters it offers. In short, your search for the most suitable camera replacement for your Android device is now over.
When opening the app, you will get a standard camera interface but tapping anywhere on the screen will allow you to take a picture, which you can preview afterwards. There is a total of 84 filters to choose from, and you can even customize your own by adding different properties from an existing list. Add frames manually from the app’s menu. Although it is not as slick as Picplz or Lightbox, you can get amazing looking shots by downloading the app for 4USD in Android Market.
There are other camera apps for Android devices and the ones mentioned above (except for Vignette) are apps which you can download for free. Since Instagram for Android is still uncertain, you might as well find other alternatives for your device.