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February 20, 2011

Kick Some App: Instagram

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5 out of 5 Water Towers

by Tim Adkins

We love our iPhones, and, with the recent launch of the Verizon iPhone, we can actually use them to make andreceive calls. But, if you’re like me, you use your iPhone more for taking and sharing pictures and videos than you do for calling and texting. I mean, who doesn’t love to post and view photos? That is, after all, why you have a Facebook account. Cough. Cough. Stalker.

Instagram is, hands down, the best camera app for the iPhone. Instagram offers a photo community unlike any other. It’s easy to use and even easier to share with friends. Open the app, take a photo or choose one from your library, and add a cool filter. The filter makes it look like you’re a legit photographer or just a really cool, creative person (at least that’s why I use it). Then, share with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, Posterous and even Tumblr. Follow others, check out their photos and connect with folks from all over.

The only downside to Instagram its lack of online presence. This is truly a mobile app. Rival apps like PicPlz offer a full online user experience that compliments the app. While Instagram isn’t quite available in the Android Market Place, PicPlz is.

Why This Kicks App

It’s free and the filters are uber awesome. And, as corny as it may sound, it’s quite inspiring to see some of the incredible photos that have been uploaded. Who knows—maybe with Instagram, you’ll become a professional iPhonographer!

You can follow me on both Instagram and PicPlz by searching for timboslice.

About the Author

Tim Adkins
Tim Adkins
Tim is the publisher of iSPY and co-founder of Pakmode Media + Marketing. He's a social, vegetarian geek who recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl into his family. For any questions or suggestions in regards to design, ad sales, web, content or anything at all related to iSPY, Tim's your guy.

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One Comment

  1. Tim Adkins

    Since posting this a couple weeks back, Instagram has been updated with a “news” feature similar to your Facebook wall, which allows you to see what photos the people you follow liked and shared. It’s a great addition to Instagram and an easy way to find new, cool pics and people!

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