Popular photo-based social network
With Instagram, you can capture videos and photos with your mobile device, share them with your friends through a dedicated network, and even apply special effects and editing tools to create the perfect image.
This social media app focuses on sharing visual media, and it mainly deals with photos. You can take photos, apply filters, and share them all within the app. You can also use the app to share photos with a number of other social networks like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Foursquare. The app allows you to 'like' photos as well as comment on them.
The app uses a feed that is similar to what you find with Facebook. Through this feed, you'll be able to view photos you upload and photos that people you follow have uploaded. You can use tracking tools to find locations or hashtags, which gives you a look at the current feed related to those topics. For more specific searches, you can use usernames or full names to find photos.
One of the most notable features of Instagram is the ability to apply unique and eye-catching filters. The app boasts 27 different filters, and each affects brightness, lighting, and color in a different way. By combining artistic shots with these filters, you can create some inspiring photos. Using the advanced photo editor, you can customize the filters to your liking.
Instagram now supports video content as well, so you can share clips of up to 15 seconds in length. The app includes a number of effects that can be applied to video clips in order to improve or optimize them.
To help you find new accounts to follow, Instagram has an Explore menu that includes a People tab. This tab shows you accounts you might be interested in based on the accounts you already follow, and there are also photo collections that have been curated by Instagram.
This app is quite easy to use. At the bottom of the primary interface is a series of icons that allow you to access the most basic features of the app. These include the Photo Feed, User Search, Photo Capture, and News Feed tabs. You'll also have access to the app settings from this bottom icon pane.
Photos are presented clearly in the feed, and comments are shown beneath each photo along with the number of likes it has received. You can 'like' the photos by simply double-tapping them.
The photo editor in Instagram is simple to use as well. You can select photos from your camera roll or take a new photo to edit, and you can see previews of each effect before applying them. While it does require that you sign-up with a full account, the app is worth the effort. There aren't many other photo editing apps that are as popular, intuitive, or efficient.