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.
Apple's photo-management and -editing app was brought to iOS a few years ago, and those in the know all agree: It's a million times faster, smarter, more useful, and plain fun on an iPad (or iPhone) than on a computer. Along with being able to easily browse through images with the flick of a finger, it offers simple but sophisticated editing tools via multi-touch on the iPhone or iPad's screen (for one: poke two fingers and a loupe pops up). So touch and drag areas in an image that want to change, and use gestures to tweak your shots, whether it's adding more blue to a sky or extra green to a forest. You can use your fingertip as a simulated brush to paint in photo adjustments or to remove spots, blemishes, or red-eye. Plus, you can order photo books or custom prints directly from the app. Best of all, it's now free for anyone who's purchased any new device running iOS7. [$4.99 or free for iOS7; iOS]