Creating memes should be one of the easiest things to do: just slap some basic text over a photo, and you’re done! On the web, there are some great tools for this, but there are so many mobile apps out there that have sprung up around this phenomenon that it can be hard to choose between them. You could use a regular photo editing app, like Aviary, to add text to your photo, but these meme-making apps have lots of preloaded pictures like Philosoraptor, Futurama Fry, and Conspiracy Keanu. While I’ll be testing Android apps here, one of them, Meme Generator Free, has an iOS app, and we also have 5 iOS apps for meme-lovers.
I’ll be making the same Matrix Morpheus meme in each app and posting it below without resizing or changing the default settings, just so you can see how they create slightly different memes.
GATM Meme Generator clearly has the best name, but I’m not so sure if it’s the best app available. It will do everything you need it to do, but its user interface could use some improvements. The title of the app stays in an ugly gray bar at the top, and to change between Browse, Create, and Personal, you have to use the gray tabs at the top. No swiping actions or modern styling here. Also, as seen in the screenshot below, many of the memes need to be downloaded and aren’t automatically there like 1990s Problems and Aaaand It’s Gone.
Another thing that I found annoying was the fact that the “Bottom Text” field was located below the image. I know that sounds weird, but when you try to type in the “Top Text” field and then switch to the “Bottom Text” field, it requires you to back out of the keyboard to select the “Bottom Text” area. I didn’t have this problem with the other apps where both text entry fields are at the top.
This is how Morpheus looks when I typed that text in the respective fields. There aren’t any options here for changing the text size, color, or border, but it made a usable meme.
This is my favorite of the apps. The user interface looks nice; the drop-down menu under Select A Category gives you options for All Memes, New Memes, Popular Memes, Favorite Memes, and Saved Memes. The photo icon with the plus sign allows you to use your own photo, but it doesn’t have a camera interface, so if you want to use your own photo, snap it with your camera app first, then select it from here. While that’s a bit annoying, it didn’t ruin my experience with the app. (For an alternative, the next app, Meme Me can open your camera and redirect you back into the app.)
Meme Generator Free had the widest selection of memes, and it has an “Example?” button that has several good examples for any given meme. Plus, both the text entry fields are at the top and easy to use. The only options you have here are text size: small, normal, or large.
This Morpheus meme came out a bit larger than the last one from GATM, and the normal text size was considerably bigger than GATM’s normal-sized text.
Meme Me starts you off in a home screen with large buttons, unlike the other apps which start you off viewing the list of memes. To reach that view in Meme Me, you click on “Choose Image.” You can also use a custom image, go to the camera, look at your favorites, look at all your memes, or visit the settings. It’s kind of a weird system to have all these options on the home screen rather than in an options button.
Meme Me’s best feature is probably the ability to change text size, color, border color, border size, and font. I mean, I don’t see that many memes with complex colors or fonts, but if that’s your thing, Meme Me will work for you. Both of the text entry fields are on top, which is nice. Modern styling was avoided here in favor of large, simple buttons.
This Morpheus meme is actually a slightly different picture, but regardless, the image was much bigger than the other two apps. Meme Me seems to make larger images in general. That, combined with the customizable text options, make this an attractive app. Still, I found that Meme Generator made it easier to browse popular memes and had a better user interface.
I’m going to recommend Meme Generator Free for its superior user interface and selection of memes.
Memes represent the Internet generation that you and I are a part of, and all the craziness that comes along with it. Now you can participate in this cultural weirdness too! You’ll also want to check out these 10 hilarious meme accounts on Twitter.
What do you think? Any of these meme-generating apps strike your fancy? Do you have any favorites that we missed? Let us know in the comments – and of course, feel free to share your memes!