Instagram: See Life Through a Retro Lens

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The Samsung GALAXY Note II has got a camera. A fantastic camera in fact, that captures images in amazing 8-megapixel clarity. But the really fun part isn’t the snapping, it’s browsing your mobile snapshots on the generous, vivid screen of the Note II before sharing them with the world.

There are loads of fantastic photo editing and sharing apps out there to choose from, each making different and ingenious use of the Note II’s cutting-edge Android 4.1 operating system (aka Jelly Bean).

But king of them all is the mighty Instagram, which arrived on Android during 2012 and has already been installed on more than 50 million Android devices around the world.

It's a very simple thing to use. Just download the app from the Google Play Store, then take a photo or open up one you've already taken.

Instagram will then let you crop or rotate your photo, but most of all, it will let you add filters – making your 21st Century snap look like a treasured picture from the distant past, or a gorgeous glimpse of the future!

Dare to share

Once you’ve made your photo look like its been lying undiscovered in your parents’ wardrobe since 1973, it's time to get back to the future by sharing it with your friends.

You can do this through Instagram's own community tools, or by beaming it directly to your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare or Tumblr account.

Your edited image will also be saved to the Note II’s main image gallery, from where you can subject it to yet more fiddling, email it, or send it as an SMS – so no one will be safe from your endless collection of party photos!