Instagram is hands down one of may favorite iPhone apps. It’s a simple, quirky, fun and social way to enjoy photography.
Today we’re going to look at a few apps that take the Instagram experience even further, from creating cool galleries to sending post cards.
What Is Instagram?
On the off chance that you haven’t already heard of, or are already completely addicted to Instagram, it’s basically just one of many apps that makes it easy to apply retro effects to your iPhone photos. What makes Instagram stand out is the awesome and active social network behind it. You can easily find all your Twitter and Facebook friends to see what they’re sharing.
The Instagram API makes it possible for developers to use these social data streams to make some really cool apps, five of which we’ll take a look at next.
“Postagram makes it easy to send a printed Instagram photo in the mail to yourself, friends or family anywhere in the world.”
Postagram is a really cool service that lets you send real, printed postcards made from an Instagram image for only $0.99. All Postagrams are printed on thick, high quality photo postcards at 300dpi and the photo pops out into a 2.5″ by 2.5″ print. Mother’s Day is coming up and I’m thinking that this is way cooler than a greeting card.
“View a gallery of Instagram photos in comfort on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See some popular photos or sign in to to see photos from the people you follow, view your own photos, “like” photos, read and add comments, see what users your friends follow, etc.”
Sometimes you just want to sit back and browse photos without all the distractions inherent in the official Instagram app. With Instagallery, you can enjoy a pleasantly minimal and customizable slideshow of your photos, your friend feed or popular instagram images. This app is especially nice if you have an iPad.
“InstARgram shows Instagram photos taken near you with AR. Why not take a peek at your surroundings from a different point of view? There might be some beautiful sights nearby just waiting for you to find them.”
Augmented reality apps are always a fun way to explore the world. This app allows you to hold up your iPhone and see an overlay of geo-tagged Instagram photos that have been taken near where you are currently standing.
“Search & Explore Instagram in a geo way! InstaRadar let you search and explore Instagram geographically.”
If you like the idea of seeing Instagram images that were taken around you but aren’t a fan of augmented reality, check out InstaRadar. With it you can view a stream of images that have been taken up to five miles from where you are standing.
“Instaqlock is a desktop clock app using those beautiful photos from Instagram as random background images.”
The description above says it all, this app gives you a nice little desktop clock that utilizes Instagram photos. It doesn’t have a ton of functionality but it’s pretty neat and is currently on sale.
How Do You Enjoy Instagram?
The Instagram API is still fairly new so hopefully we’ll continue to see this niche of apps grow with offerings from talented and innovative developers. In the mean time, leave a comment below and let us know what cool Instagram-related products and services you’ve discovered.
If you have an iPad, check out Flipboard, which recently some really slick Instagram integration. It may just be the best way yet to view your Instagram feed!