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.
Perfectly Clear is a deceptively simple editing app with powerful photo-correction tools for easily making your subjects prettier. It also features one of the smoothest interfaces we've tried, giving you quick access to a comprehensive toolbox with options including: Perfect Exposure, Vibrancy, Sharpening, Tint Removal, Skin Tone, Eye Enhance, Teeth Whitening, and De-Purple (to remove that ugly purple fringe you can get when shooting into the sun). If you're in a rush, the default, autocorrection pre-set instantly turns many a seeming photo dud into a winner. [$2.99; Android and iOS]