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.
It wouldn't be a roundup of the best photo apps out there without Instagram. And with good reason. Instagram is still surely the most popular and addictive photo-editing and photo-sharing app around. Not only is it the best way to keep tabs on snaps from friends and family (including your bud Kanye), those iconic filters – Lo-Fi, Brannan, Hefe, and 1977, to name just a few – can't be beat. The app has also added video recording with stabilization so you can shoot and share steady quick clips Vine-style, even if your hands are shaking during a night on the town. [Free; Android, iOS, and Windows (coming soon)]