5 hot iPhone apps that Android still lacks

iPhone users no longer have bragging rights about Instagram exclusivity, but these five apps will leave Android users green with envy.

With Instagram's arrival on Android, some snobbish iPhone users are making their disdain known for the new users who they claim are crowding and disrupting the Instagram social order.

"Dont follow me on instagram if you have an android..... Ew," one iPhone user wrote on Twitter according to BuzzFeed, which has collected dozens of angry reactions from folks who hoped Instagram would remain an iPhone-exclusive club. The Twitter account @AndroidAGram is also collecting reactions.

Indeed, iPhone users are running out of exclusive apps to gloat about. But there are still a handful of iPhone exclusives to make Android users jealous. Here are five hot iPhone apps you still can't get on Android.

Flipboard

The tech press' darling news reader first launched for the iPad in 2010, and made its way to the iPhone last year. What's neat about Flipboard is how it creates a magazine-like reading format for content from social networks, RSS feeds and curated news sources. The nearest equivalent for Android users is Zite, which just launched in the Google Play store last week.

Pinterest

If iPhone users want an exclusive club, they might still find it in Pinterest, the social network that lets users pin photos, videos and links to their own virtual wall of favorite things. Although anyone with an invite to the service can access it through the Web, for now the official mobile app is only available for iPhone.

Tweetbot

Twitter power users with Android phones might yearn for the slick interface of Tweetbot, which uses swipe-based shortcuts for replying, retweeting and viewing full conversation threads. And unlike Twitter's official app, Tweetbot doesn't try to shove popular hashtags down your throat.

Jetpack Joyride

Android users finally got one of the hottest time-wasters last month with the arrival of Temple Run, but they're still missing out on Jetpack Joyride. While careening by jetpack through an endless laboratory, players must dodge obstacles while completing missions and racking up coins for better gear. Like Temple Run, one game is never enough.

Infinity Blade

If there's one iPhone game that should made serious Android gamers jealous, it's Infinity Blade and its sequel. The core game consists of one-on-one swordfighting, where swipes and taps fend off your opponent's attacks. Meanwhile, a system of loot-gathering and leveling up is the glue that holds the game together. Publisher Epic said last year that it has no plans to bring Infinity Blade to Android, because the wide variety of hardware doesn't offer a consistent enough experience across all devices.

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