I was really excited to get a tablet because I was finally able to show off my photography portfolio to clients in a sophisticated manner — no clunky laptops or slow-to-load websites and galleries to worry about. It’s also a great way to accompany your vacation stories when you meet friends and family, discuss a mood board with colleagues, and enjoy pictures from your social networks.
So what’s the best app to view images with? Today, we’re taking a look at the cream of the crop of galleries and photo browsers available in the Play Store that are designed with tablets in mind, in the hopes of finding the ultimate photo viewer, taking into consideration performance, features and UI.
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QuickPic is elegant, fast and loaded with features, and not just shallow bells and whistles. It can play video, rotate images as per device orientation, hide folders with a password, sort images logically — by following numbering systems in file names — and even use hardware acceleration for a smoother experience. It’s highly customizable and has perhaps the best slideshow engine I’ve tried so far. You can read more about it in our full review.
It’s rare that such a well crafted, polished app is made available for free, sans ads. QuickPic manages to pack great performance, plenty of functionality and a very usable interface into a small package, weighing in at under 400KB. And did I mention it’s free?
While I’m not a fan of the name, I really like this app. Fish Bowl is packed to the gills with cool features, such as the ability to store albums as favorites for quick retrieval, gorgeous responsive animations when you load, swipe through, zoom and rotate images, and even search — which works astonishingly well! It’s pretty, quick and does a number of things very well.
With Fish Bowl, you can tweak the image quality for displaying, sharing or using as a wallpaper to maximize performance, as well as lock images to hide them from view, check your trash can if you need to bring back pictures you deleted by accident, and of course, run slideshows. The interface is pleasant enough to look at, very usable, and well laid out. And it’s also free!
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: Photo Gallery (Fish Bowl)