Itsdagram: The closest thing to Instagram on Windows Phone

Earlier this week, we brought you the first hands-on look at Itsdagram, one of the first semi-featured Instagram clients to come to Windows Phone. The app, while impressive, was missing some key features, such as the ability to add filters to your photos. Instagram hasn't become available on Windows Phone yet, despite the prevalence of devices with excellent cameras

Instagram clients do exist on Windows Phone, but none have the ability to browse your timeline and interact with Instagram in the way the official app can on other platforms. That's what sets Itsdagram apart from the rest, and is why I can now say that Instagram has finally come to Windows Phone. Here's my review. 

Design 

Microsoft has done something that I love with Windows Phone: introduce a clear design language that all developers can use as inspiration. On iOS and Android - but especially iOS - there are no clear design ideas that can be mirrored throughout the majority of apps. Windows Phone developers are lucky in the sense that they have something to base their ideas on, and that is what Daniel Gary, the man behind Itsdagram, did. 

The design of Itsdagram is similar to that of Instagram on iOS and Android, but with Modern UI tweaks. There is a "Popular" tab, which is accessed via a swipe across the screen. The typography within the app is also similar to that of Microsoft's native apps, with large text navigation links atop the screen. 

The app is very well designed, and seamlessly manages to combine both look of Instagram on iOS/Android with nods to Modern UI. 

Experience 

Itsdagram integrates with Instagram, meaning users can use Instagram on their Windows Phone like those on iOS and Android do. Scrolling through the timeline is fluid and includes the double-tap-to-like ability. 

When you first open the app, it prompts you to either sign into Instagram, or create a new account. From here, all of your Instagram data is downloaded and you're good to go. The app is quick to load all of your photos and activity information (likes, etc.) with the only slowdown coming from the "Authentication" which Gary explains is down to Silverlight and is a "well known problem on Windows Phone." 

Aside from the authentication issue, Itsdagram runs smoothly and is definitely on-par with the native apps on iOS and Android. Photos load quickly when tapped, as do user profiles, and almost every other aspect of the app. Throughout my week of use, I found no slow down at all. 

Photos and filters

One of the main drawbacks in the leaked version of Itsdagram was the lack of photo filters. Instagram has become famous not only for its vibrant social network, but also for the ability to stick filters on photos you take with just a few taps. Without photo filters, Instagram loses some of its sparkle. 

This latest version of Itsdagram includes photo filters, something the developer has worked hard at creating. While the filters are not the same as Instagram's, they follow a similar design. The filers that are included are as follows: Pure, the non-filtered photo; Daydream; January; Lofi; Earp; Times; Grace; Jack; Hobbes; Graffiti; Gorlini; Da Vinci and Van Gogh.

Photos upload in the same square format as those on iOS and Android, with everyone I asked reporting that they could see the image (with filter) perfectly. The addition of filters is something that Gary worked hard to achieve, and it shows; they are of a equivalent quality to those that Instagram produce themselves. 

Settings and Miscellaneous 

Itsdagram allows sharing of your uploaded pictures to Facebook and Twitter through sign-ins in the app. Doing this earns you a little tick box when uploading a photo, similar to that on iOS or Android. The app can also update in the background, allowing Itsdagram to fetch new photos periodically; background updates is needed for the live tile (which shows photos in your feed) and notifications. The live tile works in both small and large (square) mode, and displays photos from your feed, similar to the People tile. 

Filters can also be updated via the settings pane, with Gary telling me that new filters are downloaded when the app starts. He adds that he is working on new filters and will push them out when they're done; he will also be adding borders, overlays, and more image editing features "in the near future." 

Overview 

Since Instagram has made no move to introduce an official app on Windows Phone, we should all be grateful to developers for creating some genuinely viable alternatives. Of all of those, Itsdagram is the best. It's by no means perfect, but the developer says he will make improvements to the app over time, which can only make Itsdagram better. 

Itsdagram costs $1.49 in the U.S and £1.29 in the U.K. A free trial is available that gives one upload. 

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you know what's funny? this developer just showed you how to make an app that is worth 1 billion dollars.

brave new world these days, guys.

Isn't the whole point of Instagram filters to make crappy photos look arty.

Surely there would be no point taking a lovely photo with a Nokia 925 and then making it look crappy with an Instagram filter????

this looks great! also to myxomatosis, who cares if it is a "rip-off", at the end of the day functionality is all that matters. If this app is functioning correctly and allowing a user to do what he/she wants then life is good.

But I do however agree w/ you on the notion that the WP-MP sucks.

edit: and in all fairness..it (the Marketplace) is only going to get better w Microsoft backing it.

This is a very poorly written article.

It's unclear whether or not this is an Instagram client, or a separate, crappy knock-off (It's a client, but it doesn't explain this well.)

It's also unclear whether or not we're talking about a beta version, a new version, or what features are available. It seems to say it doesn't have filters, but then that was in the beta, but it does now, except they're not the Instagram filters...?

Again, this article is very confusing to read.

simple; itsdagram is the unofficial client of Instagram for WP

its not a crappy knock off by the way, as reviews are saying the UI design is beautiful and it works as people expected

I'm getting it as soon as the final it hits the store. The best thing is that it will let create me an Instagram account. Since I've never owned an iOS nor Android phone, I don't have an account.

This developer is great. I like his focus on bringing instagram experiance to WP. When the beta was released, I never hesitated to buy it! I'm using Lomogram as my photo filter app along with its 1:1 corp. I wish he contacts the developer(s) of Lomogram and find a way to let both apps share their strengths. I bet this will make Itsdagram better than the native app.

The Windows Phone Marketplace is more and more turning into a Chinese back alley market, filled with cheap knock-offs of real things it can't get.

So you say this doesn't happen in google store or iOS store?

.Neo said,
The Windows Phone Marketplace is more and more turning into a Chinese back alley market, filled with cheap knock-offs of real things it can't get.

MDboyz said,
So you say this doesn't happen in google store or iOS store?

Did you see me say that? However, those platforms at least have the real, fully featured, official version.

Edited by .Neo, May 16 2013, 9:43pm :

Well if it is better than the real one, then I don't see any issue with that.

.Neo said,

Did you see me say that? However, those platforms at least have the real, fully features, official version.

MDboyz said,
Well if it is better than the real one, then I don't see any issue with that.

Except it's not. It says so in the first sentence of the article.

In WP, after using MS FB, MS YouTube, MetroTube, and now Itsdagram .. I'm really considering the title "official" is a joke : ) ,, official means safer for me, but why should I care about being safe while I'm not using the buggy store of Google? So, I feel that official apps are in real race in WP against other developers.

.Neo said,

Except it's not. It says so in the first sentence of the article.

Read again!

It WAS missing some key features.

When apps are in beta, they tend to be missing features: amazing, I know.

.Neo said,
The Windows Phone Marketplace is more and more turning into a Chinese back alley market, filled with cheap knock-offs of real things it can't get.
Its the main reason I suffered with my old Samsung Focus for a year. It's also the reason I used the Nokia Lumia 920 for 10 days before taking it back. 99.99999% of my friends, co-workers and family, have either an Android or Apple phone with the "real" apps.

It's funny how you talk about "real, fully featured, official version" as if they were made by God!

Wake up dude, developers are developers. Sometimes, free lance developers are much more experienced than those who work in groups and behind big brand names! If they got same support and the freedom that they have while freelancing, they'll come up with more creative solutions. I love what these freelancers do, and I would love to pay them, and never pay for the big names for a tiny app! you should support these or otherwise those companies will continue dominating the industry. And Yes! let people like do don't go for an Amazing device like Lumia 920 just because you don't see their app officially supported! I would never ever let apps block me from experiencing new OS and different approach to mobile systems. If you move on, they'll be forced to follow you! but unfortunately, most of the time, we are the "controlled" customers. Not the customers that control the providers. Shame on us.

.Neo said,

Did you see me say that? However, those platforms at least have the real, fully featured, official version.

.Neo said,

Except it's not. It says so in the first sentence of the article.

read again, its the early leaked beta version that has no filters, and its quite buggy

now the version on windows store is the newest stable version, with filters, and feature-packed, closest to the real Instagram app on iOS and Android

Ezekiel Carsella said,
Microsoft should make a instagram app

Microsoft did made one, but Microsoft doesn't have permission for its app to upload to Instagram's site.

illegaloperation said,

Microsoft did made one, but Microsoft doesn't have permission for its app to upload to Instagram's site.


Sounds like an instadram