Whether it is with a camera, downloaded from the internet, transferred via bluetooth, or one other of the many ways of getting files on your Android device, you will get pictures sometime and you will want to view them.
This is where a good image viewer comes in handy. And based on the places and ways you would like to view those pictures, you will have to choose a suitable viewer.
Here are several image viewers that I looked at.
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JustPictures! worked great on both my phone and tablet. As the name suggests, this app only allows the viewing of pictures.
In addition to viewing the pictures stored on your device, JustPictures! also allows you to view pictures in your online accounts such as Picasa, Facebook, Photobucket, and many more. I tested this feature using my Facebook account. I was able to view all my albums.
Touching a picture gave me the options to make share, set as wallpaper, save, etc. Viewing pictures saved on my device have additional options. These include delete, move to folder, rotate, and upload. In addition, photos can be viewed in a slide show by long-pressing the album.
This is a great viewer for those who have pictures in many online accounts and want to view them easily.
QuickPic is an excellent image viewer that works as an ideal replacement for your Gallery app on your Android devices. When running this app, you can easily preview your collection of photos either in gallery, grid, list or explorer modes. And as the title of this app implies, it is designed for you to browse and view your pictures blazingly fast with no lagging on your mobile, with an option to exclude subfolders from viewing.
From the app menu, you can sort your photos by names, dates, or file paths in either ascending or descending order, check file sizes, photo resolutions and other details, slideshow with settings, and even play animated GIF image files which your stock Gallery can hardly do.
There's a simple built-in editor which allows you to shrink, rotate or crop a photo pretty efficiently so that you don't need to install another image editor if these basic editing tasks are already sufficient for your day-to-day use.
This app not only runs well on your phone, but is also optimized for your tablet with a bigger screen. But best of all, the developer specifically mentions that this app is free with no adverts. This means you don't need to worry about any unwanted advertisement block, however small, taking up the precious screen area on your mobile.
Fast Image Viewer Free is a quick, viewer that allows you to browse the pictures on your device. It has the standard functions to share and set wallpaper, along with slide show, cropping and other typical options. You can also bookmark folders.
What would probably set this viewer apart from many others are that it allows you to view and save pictures in many different image formats. These include TIFF, BMP and even PDF. You can even choose the kind of compression for each format. It also has several different views such as grayscale, colour inversion and more. You can also change how files are sorted and shown in the file explorer.
Fast Image Viewer has an ad telling you to upgrade to the paid version in order to remove the ad and unlock "export to PDF" and "save". I noticed that if I scroll the pictures fast enough, the picture I'm viewing might get corrupted by another picture beside it, and it sometimes takes a few seconds for FIV to fix it.
PicsArt Viewer worked great on my phone. It shows several tabs which are used to view pictures not only on my device, but also on six services including Facebook and even Dropbox. One thing I really like is that I can view pictures of my friends and in my News Feed, not just what I uploaded or linked. It allows you to edit a picture if you install PicsArt Photo Studio. It has a slide show view with a slider to easily adjust the speed.
However, when I tried to install PicsArt Viewer on my tablet, Google Play said it's incompatible with that device. I'm guessing it doesn't work on a tablet running GingerBread. Also, it is a little bit slow and sometimes doesn't show the full quality of a picture.
Overall, this is a pretty good image viewer except for those two problems that I had.
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