Ahh, this was the thread where Quickpic was mentioned. Thank you for that, Blossom. Was easy to side load the apk too, can't believe it's not featured on Amazon.
Just the fact that the built in Gallery app doesn't animate gifs was a no-go for me. I guess most users are just viewing regular photos but I've downloaded and made tons of gifs over the years dating back to old Jasc animation shop all the way to CS5 now. They work perfectly in Quickpic but show as still images in the default Gallery app.