Instagram and Snapchat, the two photo-sharing apps, have been battling it out, head to head, for quite some time now. Instagram’s newest feature, Stories, has made people which of the two apps are better. Here’s our take on it.

    Creating stories

    When you open Snapchat, you are directed to the camera. So, content creation is as simple as a tap on the camera button. In Instagram, you are directed to your feed instantly. You can easily create the Stories by tapping on the top-left corner of the app.

    Viewing stories

    Instagram’s stories can be viewed atop your main feed. These stories are arranged based on which friends are closest to you. Snapchat‘s Stories are now ranked chronologically with the most recent story at the top.

    The difference here is how you navigate a story. In Instagram, while viewing a story, one can swipe left to watch the previous story or swipe right to view the next image. On Snapchat, tapping on the screen advances you to the next photo or video and the next story will automatically play after you view the last snap.

    Who can view these?

    The two apps pretty much have the same settings when it comes to privacy. On Snapchat, your choices are everyone or just your friends. On Instagram, Stories maintain the same privacy settings as your feed.

    Doodles and emoji

    Instagram's drawing tools are more state-of-the-art than Snapchat's. While Snapchat uses a slider tool to choose colors, Instagram lays out all the colors side by side at the bottom of your screen. There's also a nifty tool for changing the pen sizes. Instagram also offers three pen tools – the pen, the marker and the neon.

    For emojis, Snapchat wins this. Instagram only allows you to add emoji via the text bar while Snapchat lets you add emoji anywhere on your image and for some videos. You can also create your own, customized emoji via Bitmoji and add it to your snaps.

    Sending old photos

    Snapchat and Instagram allows you to share old photos but in different ways. Instagram only allows you to share photos from the camera roll that were captured from 24 hours ago while Snapchat lets you share any photo that is saved on Memories.

    Chatting

    The two apps let you start a conversation from a friend's story. On Snapchat, tap "chat" or swipe up on a story to start a conversation, while on Instagram you tap "send a message" or ... swipe up. Same, same.

    The Verdict

    When you put the two apps side by side, it becomes clearer that Instagram Stories is pretty similar to Snapchat Stories. Instagram shines because of its pens and its navigation options while Snapchat shines because of its multiple filters and emoji options. The final verdict? It all depends on you, Smart subscriber. Cast your vote by using your preferred app using Giga Surf or All-out Surf if you're prepaid.

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Share your stories with Snapchat and Instagram

    Posted on Sep 30, 2016

    Here's our take on the two, biggest photo-sharing apps stories feature.

  • Sometimes even our closest friends have traits or interests that are very different from ours. Just like best friends, Summer and Anika. While Summer is the very sociable type, an extrovert, Anika is an introvert –reserved, calm and observant. It can, at times, be difficult for them to agree on an activity that they both want to do. Last weekend, after a few deliberations, they ended up going to the mall to watch a movie. Now this is a win-win for the two of them. Introverted Anika doesn’t need to mingle with people and can just focus on watching the movie while, Summer the extrovert, has the freedom to express herself through funny side comments to Anika.

    After the movie, they saw the Smart Launchpad Upload Station and all the people happily lining up to broadcast their passions online. These two besties realized that despite their interesting differences, they are each talented in their own way and they both wished that the world could see the other’s potential. So they decided to sign up together and let their creativity flow!

    Telltale signs

    It’s easy to spot an extrovert, but how do you know if you’re an introvert? Check out some of the signs below:

    1. You're uncomfortable at places with crowds such as rallies, big conferences, sports arenas etc
    2. You’re great at performances, but don’t feel like mingling after the show.
    3. You’re friends with extroverts. Surprise, opposites attract!
    4. You prefer to write as a way to recharge or connect to yourself
    5. You're decisive and tend to plan ahead so that everything runs smoothly


    Unleashing your inner celebrity

    Getting discovered seems like something only extroverts can do, but not anymore in this digital age! Now you can easily express your creativity or share your expertise in a blog, or a YouTube video, without feeling daunted by a large audience. Many YouTube stars started out with a simple smartphone video they made all alone in their homes. Also, your talent and hard work could find its way to one, two or even a million people who share the same passion. After all, we all have something special within. We just have to own it.

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Are you a chill introvert or an outgoing extrovert?

    Posted on Sep 07, 2016

    Finding a venue to express yourself online, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.

  • Ice cream and friends never disappoint. This is the best 21 loyalty points that you will ever spend. #PerkOfTheDay

  • 06 Sep 2016

    #PerkOfTheDay

    Posted on Sep 06, 2016

    Enjoy freebies and treats every day with Smart.

  • Tired of watching YouTube videos and then having it stop loading right in the middle? Or while in a heated discussion over Viber, you suddenly stop getting messages because you ran out of data? Don’t let that happen again! Here are 9 tips to maximize and conserve that data.

    1. Limit background data usage. This feature allows your apps to check for new information in the background in an intelligent and controlled manner. This function eats up a lot of your battery and data

    2. Turn off your push notifications and apps that are not in use. These alerts also eat your data because it fetches notifications from your apps.

    3. View the mobile version of a website. You should browse mobile versions of websites as much as possible as they tend to use less data and load faster.

    4. Use the save offline feature: Some apps like iflix and YouTube have this feature. When you download a video over wifi, you save data. Also, by downloading it, you can watch it anytime, anywhere. Plus, you can play the video as many times as you want. Cool, right?

    5. Screenshot pictures instead of downloading them. Downloading costs some of your data so use that screenshot feature of your phone! The feature is brilliant - and free! Use it!

    6. Use free data management apps. There are many free data management apps at the App Store and the Google Play Store but the top pick is Onavo. It lets you set your monthly data limit, analyze data usage per app, receive real time alerts when you’re about to reach your data limit and so much more. With this, you can easily manage your data usage even and even extend the value of your data plans and promos!

    7. Get rid of ads. They are annoying and they eat your data as well. This is a good reason to consider splurging on the ad-free version of an app that you always use.

    8. Download and regularly check your MySmart app: Look at your data subscription and see what’s remaining. If you only have a few MB left, connect via Wi-Fi and conserve your data until your plan refreshes. If you do not have a My Smart account yet, get one now!

    9. Subscribe to a promo that gives you bigger data. Give Smart Giga Surf a try. Giga Surf gives you 1GB of open access volume data and additional 300MB for iflix, YouTube, and more. All valid for 3 days, for only P50! I bet you won’t even use up all that data! Subscribe now!

    Those are some of the very best tips available for managing your mobile data consumption. With these tips and tricks, you get to enjoy staying online for as long as you want without worrying if you have enough data! Happy surfing!

  • 02 Sep 2016

    9 Ways To Maximize and Conserve Your Data

    Posted on Sep 02, 2016

    Here are some tips and tricks to help you manage your data usage.