Hands-On Video: Instagram For Android


Make no qualms about it. The newly released Instagram for Android is one of the hottest apps to hit the Google Play Store. My timelines across all social network are completely filled with everything from food, to sneakers and architecture. Still, there are those that absolutely refuse to install an app that was made so popular by countless hipsters on iOS. Given that I actually find it fun to try new things, and I’ve been known to snap quick pics with my smartphone from time-to-time, I figured I’d give it a shot. And I must say… I kinda like it.

Almost like social network for sharing photos, Instagram allows you to find friends and keep in touch by sharing photos of whatever you like. Users can apply filters to photos snapped with Instagram’s built in camera function, or simply keep it old-school by keeping photos as-is. From there sharing is easy as 1-2-3. Snap. Apply. Share. Photos can then be “liked” (giving you that social validation you crave) and commented on by friends.

If you’re still apprehensive about the app, or just want to see what all the fuss is about before installing, you can check out my walkthrough video above.

[Play Store Link]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Great, another thread where people can complain about how it’s just a port from iOS, it’s useless, and Android has had photo filter apps forever…

    1. Oh, and nice vid bro.

        1. :P


    1. Can’t search it for some reason. Must be another Play Store glitch. Use the link at the bottom of the post, bruh.

  3. “I clicked on this picture cuz I thought it was a hot chick…” “… there lot’s of pictures of girls, cuz girls be crazy.”

    Awesome. This site needs more videos like this.

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  4. The appeal isn’t the app itself, but the HUGE community behind it.  I went from Android to an iPhone and back to Android, and I can say that it’s a really great way to share pictures between you and your friends, especially if they are on iOS.

    1.  yeah, I don’t see how so many people miss that.. it’s twitter for photographs only

      1. That’s cool and all but it’s just like Dailybooth with some filters. One more social networking site is one more I don’t really need. Just being honest. Additionally, it was written for iOS initially because there weren’t easy sharing options.

        I try to stick to the three main social networks. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter. Of course for people that are really into photos then Flickr, Instagram, Dailybooth…

      2. yeah, another social network to subscribe to when twitter does photos and most people post on facebook anyways.

    2. yeah that is why I am buying into the idea. Unfortunately most of my peers are iphone users so whenever there is something to unite us I appreciate it.

  5. Cool, Gnome’s Life has been released.

    1. Cool, wrong thread.

  6. Well, after review I just uninstalled it, no need to launch the crap. One more time I’m convinced that I shouldn’t install iOS hits-for-dumb-asses.

  7. I see how the app is 16.81mb though with no option to move to sd. Kind of sucks because I don’t run a sd-ext currently so space is a little limited.

    1. Upgrade your phone!!!  I love my G1 too.  I still have it.  But it sits on my dresser, I don’t use it anymore. 

      1. Or just go to a local MS store and play the smoked by windows phone game; then receive a new Windows Phone. Sell it, get a new Android

  8. So, anyone with the app tried to import photos from your gallery? On my Nexus it force closes every time. That’s kind of a HUGE bug for me. Built in camera on this app is not my first choice for shooting.

    1. I had the same problem. 

      1. Yep, it’s definitely a thing. Bunch of comments in the market mention it too. Hopefully they’ll notice and fix it soon.

    2. I haven’t actually uploaded a photo to FB or Instagram but I’ve imported from my Gallery and haven’t really had any issues doing so with my Galaxy Nexus (unrooted/stock).  If I exit out of the app from the sharing page and then check my Gallery the photos are in a newly created Instagram folder.

  9. Good app but Android has plenty of apps that can do the same. I really don’t care

  10. what is that live wallpaper?

  11. Do you have a Pikmin 2 poster in your living room?  

      1. You know what’s even funnier then Android User reactions? iOS User reactions LOL hilarious

  12. im gonna use it to find hot girls

  13. It’s useless for me.  I threw away my last functioning Polaroid camera in 1979 and didn’t miss it then.  And I damned sure don’t need yet another social networking account.  Dropbox and Google Plus/Picasa handle all my cloud photo storage needs just fine. 

  14. it’s okay.
    i’m not big on social crap, so i’m going to stick with Vignette personally.

  15. Now now, all you android fan boys, we must realize and be sympathetic to our counterpart iOS fan boys. Instagram really is the best photo app on iOS. It’s also really the best sharing app on iOS for photos. Really is the best photo social community as well because of the fact that it was the best photo app.

    Same kind of idea as Pool Party, Color, etc. All social communities based on photos.

    I personally prefer to social network, including photos, on facebook or google+.

  16. “Make no qualms about it.”

    This is not a thing.

    1. an app is a thing.   passive aggressive isn’t working for you.

  17. What live wallpaper is that? Its awesome.

    1. second…I’d like to knowk what wallpaper that is :)

  18. Can someone send me a link?
    it’s not appearing on my photon -_-

  19. I dont see anything useful unless you are 12.

  20. i love it, single or lonely user dislike this app. 

  21. Hey Chris, you going to do a Galaxy Nexus review?

    1. It’s already been reviewed but maybe I can spin it off as a GSM Galaxy Nexus review :D

  22. Yay! A quickie from Chris

  23. Now i don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but we as American’s are giving up way too much privacy to the public. And whenever you give something to the public, the Government will be nearby to keep you under a microscope. People say, if you have nothing to hide, then you don’t have to worry about privacy issues, but i say, when you throw a lobster in boiling water, he will fight it, because he feels the heat. When you throw a lobster in cold water, and slowly bring it to a boil, he will not fight it, because it is a gradual change in temperature. And that is what’s happening today folks, we are slowly giving away our privacy to the powers that be. And Instagram is another step towards Zero Privacy.

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