The Android Market isn’t overflowing with Gallery replacement apps, but the ones it does have are really good. It’s a tough call, but we’d have to pick JustPictures as the best photo management app on Android.
- View photos stored on your phone, as well as photos from Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, Smugmug, Tumblr and DeviantART accounts.
- Full-screen browsing with swipe gestures and sensor-based rotation
- Upload pictures to Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Smugmuc, Photobucket and Imgur
- Watch slideshows and even set them as live wallpaper
- Zoom, delete and rotate photos
- Set photos as wallpaper, contact icons, email attachments
- Batch rotate, share, save delete, or favourite pictures
- View geotagged photos on a map
JustPictures’ killer feature is undoubtedly its support for a ton of different web services. You can view all of your Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Tumblr, DeviantART and Smugmug albums right in JustPictures as if they were on your own phone, which is super cool. The interface is also fast, smooth, and really good-looking. It also gives you quite a few options in what the interface looks like, so if you don’t like some of how it looks (like the “tilted image” look you get in the main gallery), you can tweak it to your own preferences. It doesn’t have quite the eye candy of the stock 3D gallery, but its pretty darn good looking without sacrificing any speed, which is great for old and new phones alike.
While JustPictures is one of the most fully featured gallery apps out there, it does seem to be missing a few things. For example, unlike most gallery apps, you can’t crop your photos, which can be annoying if you’re trying to set one as your wallpaper, or send it via email. It also doesn’t play videos, which is annoying if you take a lot of video with your phone. Other than a few minor quibbles, though, it’s a pretty fantastic app, no matter where your photos are stored.
While JustPictures is a fantastic app, there are a few other really great alternatives. The most obvious choice is previously mentioned QuickPic, which is a super fast, super smooth, super simple photo management app that has a few more editing tools than JustPictures (for example you can actually crop photos). It can also play videos. That said, it doesn’t have any of the cloud features of JustPictures, so it wasn’t as compelling as the App Directory choice, but if you don’t like JustPictures for any reason, QuickPic is the other “best app” for managing your photos, hands down.
If you’re looking for something that has a bit more eye candy, the slightly more feature-minimal Floating Image is pretty cool gallery app that shows your photos in an animated 3D stream. You also have, of course, Google’s 3D Gallery, which comes on your phone if you’re using stock Android. You can also put a slightly buggy version on other phones, but it probably isn’t worth the hassle.
There are other photo management apps on the Market, but most of them are pretty much the same as the above choices, though perhaps with less polish. If you’re looking for a Gallery alternative on your phone, you’ll definitely want to pick one of these apps.
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