In the beginning, there was Hipstamatic. Later on a host of mobile photo apps came onstream, with Instagram taking the lead as the most popular among them. Then, along came EyeEm, dubbed as among the very few legitimate competitors to Instagram.
EyeEm is indeed more snappy to use, particularly when selecting frames for the photos. Besides, it allows you to apply filters to photographs in their original dimension (without having to square-crop them). Alternatively, you can crop pictures in 1:1 aspect ratio if you so prefer.
Overall, however, Instagram is still in the lead in terms of the number of filters — it has 20 compared to EyeEm’s 12. Which has a better-looking rendition? You judge. Below are the EyeEm gallery:
And here are the Instagram gallery: