When I first heard about Instagram coming to Android, I was excited. The photo-sharing app has been limited to iPhones long enough to make me extremely jealous. And when I say jealous, I meant over Instagram and not iPhone. Just wanted to make that clear. So when it was released days ago, I downloaded it right away. And I was like...
MEH. This is it?I've been using Streamzoo for a while now and in my opinion, it's much better compared to Instagram. In this post I will highlight all the cool features of this photo-sharing app and why I prefer it over IG.
Truly optimized for Android.
Instagram for Android is just an iOS port of the app to the green little robot. Streamzoo, on the other hand, is truly optimized for Android. You can use touch buttons (if your phone has any) but still navigate easily through the app without them.
Follow people and tags.
Unlike Instagram where you can only follow people, you can follow both people and tags with Streamzoo. People and photos which include tags you follow will show up on the Feeds section. For example, I follow the #SGS2 tag so when a photo is uploaded with this tag, it will show up on my Feeds. Tags are called "streams" in Streamzoo btw.
I really don't get it with Instagram. The formatting is all wrong. Just check the feeds on Instagram and compare it with Streamzoo's. The difference is like day and night. From font color to positioning of icons, everything is cleaner and more organized with Streamzoo.
Collect points and badges.
Streamzoo has a reward system. You can collect points and badges by uploading photos and getting likes on them. Streamzoo adds limited-time-only badges during holidays to shake things up a bit in addition to their standard badges.
If you get enough points, you could make it to the Popular Wall and Leader Board.
Aside from commenting on photos, you can also send a private message to users. I met a lot of cool people with this feature and that makes it a little bit more social than Instagram. You can also share photos to social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Tags assigned to photos will also show up on Tumblr.
Receive messages and be notified of mentions and comments.
Receive notifications for likes and follows.
Get shoutouts from people you follow for great finds.
You can also shoutout photos you like and share them to social networks like Facebook and Twitter but this will be limited to 1 every hour until you reach 2,500 points and get 20 likes on a single upload.
Because not all photos look good in squares and one-time filters
Sure, square photographs look cute. But if you are into photography you know that not all pictures look good in squares. Streamzoo offers more options so you can crop photos in different dimensions.
Also, you can add filters and borders separately.
And adjust brightness, hue, saturation, and contrast!
The title of the photo can be separated from the description too. Although tags will be limited to 10 to prevent "over-tagging" which people often do on Instagram to get likes.
And yes, you can use emoticons on Streamzoo even if you didn't have an iPhone.
And did I mention, Streamzoo is a multi-platform app?
Not only does it support iOS and Android, complete access to the application is also possible via http://streamzoo.com on your PC. You can also upload photos via your computer. With Instagram, all you can do with your PC is change your profile settings and access everything else using your phone. But with Streamzoo, you can do anything you can on mobile via PC.
Clearly, Streamzoo is way, way better than Instagram for Android. One of the reasons why many of us (including me) use IG anyway is because most of our friends are there.
Switch to Streamzoo, invite your Instagram-crazy friends over there, and give the photo-sharing platform the spotlight it deserves. And if you want to add me on Streamzoo, my user name is bloggingada :-)
Thanks to Musafir of Techie Ideas for introducing me to Streamzoo months ago. And congrats to Streamzoo for creating what in my opinion is the BEST photo-sharing app.
This article is in no-way related to a post from Talk Android which compares Instagram vs Android. All ideas from this post are original. But kudos to them for not sucking up to Instagram which most Android websites do.