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.
To be clear: No, it's not even close to what you'll get with the full version of Photoshop on your computer but Adobe's Express mobile app is nothing to sneeze at, especially at the low, low price of zero. Editing features include everything from the basics, such as cropping, straightening, rotating, and flipping photos to red-eye removal. There's also a one-touch Auto-Fix and slider controls for color, clarity, contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, temperature, tint, and vibrancy. If you're in too much of a rush to mess with all that, there are 20 fun, one-touch filters that are pleasing, plus 15 border and frame options for when you're ready to print. [Free; Android and iOS]