It’s a still unproven claim but definitely not a boastful one. Android fans have lots of photo viewing apps to browse their pictures with including the default gallery browser. So, it could be a tough race. But I am pretty sure that QuickPic (for Android 2.0+) can not only hold its own but come out on tops. I might have a tough time speed-gunning the top photo viewing apps on Google Play, but I won’t have so much when it comes to rating QuickPic highly for its simplicity and usability. Top marks too for that.
So, is QuickPic the best photo gallery app out there for the Android phone? Looking at the reader suggestions that came in on our previously published 3 Great Alternative Photo Gallery Apps it certainly seems so. Then again it found a place on our Best Android Apps page. Let’s load it up and see if the claim has merit.
Speedy Image Browsing
Just as its name goes, QuickPic is fast and responsive. Throw a large photo album at it and the app opens the photos of the album you select in a grid like view in a jiffy. Swipe to browse the thumbnails. You can also display them as a list, but I am sure you will prefer the former. The screen below is of a single photo album:
You can play the entire album as a slideshow or click on the second icon to manage individual photos or all of them at once. With a touch you can share photos, delete them, rotate them, move or copy them to another folder. Touching any photo selects them. Touching them again deselects them. You can use the select all icon to select them all at one go.
A single tap on a thumbnail opens up a photo and then a double tap on it opens it up in its full-screen glory. You can continue to move from photo to the next with a right or left swipe. You can also press Menu to display a few more options like: check the image’s details, rotate it, crop it, set it as a contact icon or wallpaper, or show its location on a map if the photo has been geo-tagged.
QuickPic gives you a lot of control over how you want to view your photos. Slideshows we have mentioned before. QuickPic settings allow you to set the screen orientation by image size i.e. QuickPic automatically orients the image in landscape or portrait mode. This is a handy if you have disabled the accelerometer or your phone does not have one. Then you can use multi-touch gestures to pinch or zoom and double-tap to zoom in and out quickly.
The photo viewer comes with a choice of a dark and light background theme. Though, I prefer the darker theme. There is also a basic image editor which can be used to crop, shrink, and rotate a photo.
Hiding, Excluding, and Protecting Image Folders
QuickPic scans your entire SD card for all sorts of image files. This includes images, logos, and icons used by individual programs and stored in data folders. Any images downloaded in your browsing history are also scanned by QuickPic. At the very onset you can set the app to include only specific folders to scan and ignore the rest.
QuickPic also allows you exclude certain folders from the image browser. Click and hold on the one you don’t want to see again, and choose Exclude. You can go back into the Settings to remove a folder from the Excluded list.
Another option is to Hide images and folders. It starts with a dot (.) before the folder name. Application icons are kept away from cluttering the image browser using hidden folders. You can also set this explicitly for any other folder. Hidden folders can also be protected with a password.
The Responsiveness Factor
QuickPic is very fast when it comes to scanning your SD card for images and displaying them in a grid or a list. The caching of image files helps it to display the galleries as the app need not rebuild the previews every time the app is launched.
The only con was that QuickPic scans all image folders and makes them visible. So, you have to put in some work and hide them again. I had to do that after I checked out its uninstallation too.
The quirk apart, comparing it with the default gallery app QuickPic definitely comes out on top. Apart from including a series of image effects, QuickPic includes most of the functions of a gallery browser.
Take QuickPic for a spin and give us your take in the comments. Will it find a place in your Android app must-install list, or do you have a speedier gallery browser in mind?