So is the Workaround worth it? For some things, maybe… but it’s really just another image toy.

So here’s the Original.Snapseed Workaround|2|©JamesECockroft-20150417And here’s the Snapseed edit.Snapseed Workaround|1|©JamesECockroft-20150417Compare that to a similar edit from Enlight. Compare to Enlight|2|©JamesECockroft-20150417Pretty similar…

Except for the Glow filter in Snapseed (which I quite like), and all the borders and artistic filters and whatnot in Enlight (which I don’t much use), the apps have similar capabilities.

To tell the truth, Enlight is far more powerful, but it’s also $4. Snapseed is free. The Workaround might be worth it.

I played with this picture a bit more in some other apps. They’re all quite different in capabilities and effects.

VSCO cam is mostly a filter-driven app. It has some editing capabilities and it’s fun to play with, but I more or less pick a filter to start, and then tweak with the editing bits.

VSCO cam is free, and there are some free filter presets, but new filter packs run $2 or $3, each.Snapseed VS VSCOcam-kk2|©JamesECockroft-20150417Filterstorm is one of my favorites. It got an update some time ago and became Filterstorm Neue, but I prefer the original.

It’s a more straight-ahead developing-type app, but it and Filterstorm Neue are both $4.Snapseed VS Filterstorm|9|©JamesECockroft-20150417I probably had the most fun with Hipstamatic Oggl though…

Oggl will import your purchased lens & films from Hipstamatic, or you can get them all for $10/year. I could probably get 3 or 4 years worth for all the money I’ve spent on Hipstamatic lenses and films over the years. I even subscribed for a year, and got in early enough that I’m @James in its built-in social media image sharing thingy, though I mostly don’t post anything to it or participate in it at all.

These days, I stick with Hipstamatic classic for most things. I even deleted Oggl for awhile, but I brought it back and had it import the Hipstamatic lenses and filters so I could play around some.

It’s fun.

And that was it for my play-around fun… but only because those are the only apps I had on my phone.

So Snapseed will stay on the phone, but probably in a folder. It’s a fun app, and very powerful for a free app. Despite the need for the Workaround, it’s worth a download for sure.

And other apps are also fun: some compare, some don’t; all have the potential for interesting images and fun.

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