“More integrated and professional than the competition, Flickr is a strong, multi-featured app, even if its service’s ‘scene’ can seem a bit dry.”Free
With Instagram’s T&C-meddling backfiring to such an extent that new reports claim it has shed half its daily users in a month, Flickr has been no slouch in creating a ready-made replacement photo network. rnrnFlickr's recognisable interface offers 16 filters to mess around with plus simultaneous sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and email. You can save photos in sets or post them to communal groups, allowing for a more organised and controlled experience, yet it’s also taken social cues with its excellent ‘Search Nearby’ function for pics snapped in your vicinity.rnrnFlickr’s pro roots make for some compelling improvements for traditionalists. It displays photos in their original format ratios and there are seven different Creative Commons licenses you can attribute to manage the re-use of your pics, although these have to be set and managed on the website later. rnrnLikewise, while a basic Flickr account means you can upload 300MB of images per month, view 200 most recent photos and sign up to 10 groups – which should be fine for casual users – the Pro upgrade (from £4.30 for three months) to make the first two unlimited and open the latter to 60 groups can only be done on the website, too.rnrnYet as with so much nowadays, it’s about the ecosystem as much as anything, and Flickr and Instagram still feel very different places to be. Flickr is a more professional service, with a clinical design, greater functionality and more users flaunting their ‘proper’ photography, yet not all its wares are available through the app, which could irk some. rnrnBy contrast, while Instagram is more limited in scope, it can be a warmer, more welcoming and, importantly, focussed space. It’s a classic one-idea app that does exactly what it says on the film case, using its imposed limitations to create something original rather than as a gallery to display snaps from other sources. What you actually require from a photo app will dictate which is for you.