For every Snapchat or Instagram, there are dozens (upon dozens) of other apps out there for shooting, editing, sharing, and cataloging our photos. And that doesn't even count all the subpar imitation and knockoff apps hoping to lure in suckers. Still, we've never found one magical photo app that does everything we need. So we typically use several different apps: some for snapping cool photos, some for making them look better, some for organizing them, and some for sharing them. Frankly, some apps are just fun to play with. To help cut through the app-store clutter, we've pulled together our essential list of photo apps for all types of smartphones. These will come in handy, whether you have ambitions of one day going pro or just want an easy way to add doodles to your cat photos.
No matter how you feel about the venerable Web service's redesign earlier this year, Flickr's app is an undeniably simple and wonderful tool for photo sharing. Along with interacting easily with the Flickr mothership on the Web, the app has an excellent collection of live filters, solid photo-editing tools to enhance, straighten, and tweak shots, and ways to share your photo masterpieces with other social networks including Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Plus, you get an unprecedented free terabyte of storage, which is more than any other photo-sharing service offers. [Free; Android, iOS, and Windows]