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Spice up and share your photos with the Snapbucket Android app

by Caitlin M. Foyt

More Android apps are coming out of the woodwork to compete with iOS's popular Instagram app — and Snapbucket puts up a good fight.

Snapbucket for Android is a one-stop shop for everything photo. You can shoot, edit, "style," and share via the application, and have all of your photos automatically available at your disposal in an online photo album.

To get started, snap a picture or pull an existing photo from your phone's library by tapping the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. After you have your photo selected, you're immediately taken to the program's style editor, where you will have the option to add pretty much every trendy photo effect that's popular at the moment. There are a number of filters, effects, vignettes (halos in a photo) and frames. You can also make your own, and save them for later, if you choose.

While the app clearly has a lot of great customization options, it's lacking when it comes to basic photo-editing tools. If you want to resize or crop your photo, you're going to need another application.

Another bummer is that while the app has Twitter, Facebook and email sharing options, it's not linked with any other social networking sites. I'm willing to bet a lot of Tumblr users might not be thrilled to hear this.

To use Snapbucket, you'll need to create a Photobucket account if you don't have one already. The more photos you upload to the site, the more the website will reward you with even more filters and photo effects.

The app is probably one of the better Instagram and Hipstamatic clones, but the developers shouldn't get cocky. It still needs some work.

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