A picture showing the merge between Instagram and Facebook, that reads Instabook.

The news that Facebook has acquired Instagram has probably reached everyone and their grandma by now and if you’re one of those people who like to stick a skinny middle finger up to big corporations like Facebook, then you’ve probably deleted Instagram, saved all of your pictures and are now looking for an alternative platform.


Here’s a list of some of the best alternatives for Instagram available at the moment on the Google Play Store.
1. picplz £free


From June 5th PicPlz will no longer be operating. No news as to why at present, but you can find more information on the closure here.

A screen capture of picplz menu

I’ve previously mentioned picplz before in various other posts and that’s because, in my opinion, it’s by far the best alternative to Instagram.


Before Instagram came to Android this was the app I used and I swore by it. It has a great selection of filters to put on your pictures and you can share to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and a few others.
The only downside, that Instagram can provide, is a community. Yes, picplz has the option to see “Interesting” posts, and the ability to “like” and “comment” on other peoples posts but it’s not very popular compared to Instagram. (at the time I was using it anyway) That’s because it’s exclusively an Android app that’s not available on the apple app store.


Overview
It’s by far the best photo sharing/filter adding app, but as it’s only available on Android, it lacks a good community.




2. Lightbox Photos £free

An example of a photo being edited in Lightbox Photos

I personally didn’t think much to this app. It had some nice filters, and you could share to all of the popular social networking sites of your choice, but the usability and appearance of the app just didn’t do it for me.


I had the app for a long time, but it seldom got used and again, because it’s an Android exclusive, it lacks the popularity and buzz that Instagram has to offer.


Overview
If I’m being honest, I just see this as another photo sharing app, it has a few “okay” filters but lacks that buzz. It’s awkward to use and doesn’t look as polished as some of the other apps out there.




Edit: On the 15th of May, Facebook acquired the Lightbox development team and since then the Lightbox website isn’t accepting any more sign-ups. Read more about it, here.


3. Pixlr-o-matic £free

Pixlr-o-matic menu screen

This is a pretty fancy app. Not only does it have the usual filters to make your photo’s seem retro it comes with many other tweaks that add other effects to your photo’s.


First you add a filter, then you can choose a border, then you can choose a sort of, overlay effect, whether it be added noise, or a bit of glare, or some sort of “been kept in a window for a while” effect. You can then share your pictures on your favourite social networking site, and save the picture to your phone.


Unfortunately this is more of a photo editor rather than an edit and post for the world to see app so as an Instagram alternative, you’re only getting half the package with this app.


Overview
If you’re looking to replace Instagram with another app, you’re looking in the wrong place, if you’re looking for an app to add filters, effects and boarders too, this app is by far the best for doing just that.


(Also available on the Apple App Store)


4. Flickr £free

Maybe it’s not as hip and edgy as Instagram, but you could just use flickr. Sure it doesn’t have any fancy presets or filters, but it does have an upload option and there is a vast community of photographers.

The flickr app is neat and compact and has everything the desktop site has to offer but in a more mobile friendly interface.

Overview
A bit of an old man in the photo sharing world, and doesn’t have any editing features, but sharing is available and has a huge community of users both amateur and experienced in the photography field.







5. Camera ZOOM FX £1.79

I shall end on another photo editor that I use.


This app is designed to be more of a camera replacement rather than an editor but I use it to mainly create collages.


Camera ZOOM FX past the camera mode has some quite nifty features. You can add a whole bunch of retro filters, frames, props, and crop, but you can also add a tilt shift filter to get those busy street pictures to seem like miniature.


Overview
This is an all rounder to be honest, even though I only use it for one, maybe two features. It’s not an Instagram replacement, but it’s a pretty good photo editor!


Overall
Instagram is Instagram at the end of the day, it has that edgy hipster feel and has a nice user interface that nothing quite matches up too, so if you’re going to delete it over the pretence that something COULD happen to the service then you’re going to have to put up with what’s available.

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