Sure, EyeEm will allow you to snap shots, add retro filters and share with your mates, but it’s much more than an Instagram me-too app – the clever use of tags and discovery features plug you into a global community of snappers and a whole new way to social network.
The bloody-minded refusal of Instagram to release an Android version has left the market wide open and while there are some great retro filter options, EyeEm’s USP is its added sharing and discovery options that elevate it to a whole level.
Fire it up and you’ll be met with two options – take your own image or browse through your feed. If you choose to take a snap, you’ll be able to scroll through 10 live filtration options so that you can select before you press the button.
EyeEm will then use its smarts to guess the activity and GPS to add location to your image. Activities range from “Checking In” to “Having Fun” – our only criticism is that these are pretty generic and don’t really add anything in our opinion. Much more useful is the fact that you can then tag your image with more specifics: “Cocktail” “Sunday Roast” “Dog with a moustache” etc. You can then choose to share to Facebook, Twitter or your Tumblr blog.
And this is where it gets awesome – you can then scan similar tags to yours – or any that grab your attention – from 135 countries worldwide and then follow any user that ignites your imagination.
Image feeds are updated regularly and presented in a super-swipeable tiled layout. You’ll find yourself completely immersed in a world creative, arresting and downright awesome images, backed up by great curation by the EyeEm team in the form of regular featured users and weekend “best of” collections.
The bottom line
Anyone who felt left out by lack of Instagram on Android need pine no more – we now have something way better.