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Windows 8 Instagram App for Tablets: Instapic


We all know that Windows 8 is a NOT a universally loved operating system.  After riding a wave of popularity with Windows 7, people were not enthralled with the changes that Microsoft forced onto users  on Windows 8.   Admittedly, as a person who owns both a Windows 8 touch PC and a Windows 8 tablet, the 8.1 update has addressed a lot of the pain points of the OS, and the upcoming updates look promising.

With that said, there is still a lack of quality apps.  The Windows store is littered with tons and tons of crap.  A lot of it defeats the purpose of having an app store.  Hopefully, the situation will be remedied soon since it's all that Windows RT users can use to install apps.

While Windows phone users have an official Instagram app in beta, users of the main Windows platform do not.  Enter Instapic.


Their description:

Description

InPic is the first and only fully featured Instagram Client for Windows 8 devices. 100% Free.

The app includes all features of Instagram such as Register, Sign in, Upload, Comment, Follow, like etc. InstaPic comes with a suite of Photo editing features ranging from filters to adjusting brightness, saturation, contrast and several more.
InstaPic provides you the most intuitive and elegant way to Capture, edit, share and view the world's moments in pictures and videos.

Instapic is not an official Instagram Client and is not a product of Instagram. This is an independently developed and maintained app.

Features

View photos and videos from people you follow.
View recent activity related to your profile
Capture, edit and upload photos to Instagram
Pin Users you follow to the Start Screen
Search for users and tags
Like and comment on photos
Share posts to Social Networks and other photo apps
Find and follow your facebook friends and address book contacts who are using Instagram
Save photos and videos that you like to your PC/Tablet
Snap and Landscape mode support

I've been using the app for a couple of weeks on my Dell Venue Pro 8, and it works well as an Instagram client.  I haven't noticed anything really missing in terms of features.  App performance is really smooth, you have your filters, your timeline, hashtags, search, videos, etc. Picture and video uploads work.  Unlike iOS and Android, this is a truly tablet optimized version of Instagram.  For once, I can give an app some props/kudos on a Windows device.

It also works "snapped" on the edge of the screen while multitasking.  Originally, when "snapped" to the edge of the screen, it behaved like the the android and iOS versions of instagram and scrolled vertically.  The recent version takes up more screen estate and scrolls horizontally, which doesn't work as well.  Hopefully, the developer reverts the "snapped" functionality back.  In the meanwhile, it's still usable in that form and great in full screen.

There are ads, but they are integrated in your timeline.  There are no annoying pop ups anywhere, so it keeps the experience relatively clean.

Overall, I recommend this as your instagram client if you are a Windows user.

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