Thanks to everyone who helped us learn more about mobile phone cameras and how you use them, the best apps and why, and how you share them with the world.
Turns out, Hipstamatic is the go-to photo app for iPhone users while Vignette is flying off the virtual shelves in the Android Market. iPhone also beats out Android by nearly 2:1 and an overwhelming majority of poll-takers use the camera straight-up without any downloaded photo-editing application. Nearly 80% of poll-takers have integrated their cell phone cameras into their daily lives, using it mostly to capture everyday things around them and share their lives with others, be creative, take pictures of friends, and some even use it as a note pad, snapping quick pics of things to remember (in that order). And, of course, the free mobile phone camera apps are the crowd favorite, but some of you do actually drop some cash. Finally, Flickr is the number one way to share photos snapped on the mobile phone, followed by Facebook and then Twitter.
Coopers Rock, photograph by Kim Baker using Hipstamatic
Hipstamatic provides Polaroid and plastic toy camera (Holga, Diana)-like unpredictability via combinations of assorted lenses, films, and flashes in a square-format picture. (iPhone, $1.99)
Like Hipstamatic, RetroCamera is, well, retro thanks to its five cameras and assorted ways to scratch, weather, and add vintage vignetting plus black and white and cross-processing options. But, unlike Hipstamatic, this one’s free. (Android, free)
Vignette offers all the features of Hipstamatic and RetroCamera, thanks to 84 available effects and 59 frame options, to make your digital cell phone photos look like they were taken with film 100 years ago and mishandled, but the price is a little higher. (Android, $4.09)
You’re really not supposed to shake them, but for many of those who grew up with Polaroids, that was part of the fun. ShakeItPhoto lets you relive that tradition - snap a picture and watch it “develop” before your eyes. The impatient ones can shake it to hurry the process up. (iPhone, $1.99)
With nods to the Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid cameras, Instagram’s popularity rose quickly, with its filters, square pictures, and easy-to-share features fast favorites. Being free also helps. (iPhone, free)
Rounding out with CameraBag (iPhone, $1.99), 100 Cameras in 1 (iPhone, $1.99), Camera Genius (iPhone, $0.99), GorillaCam (iPhone, free), Tiltshift (iPhone, $1.99), and an app called LIttle Camera that I was unable to find. Photoshop Express was the only one available in both the iPhone and Android platforms, plus it's available for no charge.
So, there you have it - a snapshot of our readers' favorite ways to use their mobile phone cameras. Thanks to everyone for taking our survey!