What is the Best Android / iPhone Photo Editing App in 2016?
Well there are a few, depending on what you want to do but I’ll keep it simple. Snapseed, HDR Effects Free, BeFunky, Instagram and a few others. Let’s get into details.
All photos in this article are taken and edited by me. To use these photos you must have my permission and give credit. My Instagram photos. Much newer better photos on there.
Best Photo Editing App
Google’s Snapseed is hands down the best photo editing app. This app allows you to have a lot of control over your photos. Selective control over areas you pick or over the entire image. It is very easy to use with an intuitive interface that they actually do still update and make better from time to time.
If you want to make the sky a deeper blue without changing the rest of the picture, you can with Snapseed and that makes it a very powerful tool. It does not allow you to add text though which forces you to get at least one other photo editing app. It is available on both the iPhone and Android marketplace.
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Just make sure your phone is ready for all of your pictures! You don’t want to run out of memory and go through the image deletion game to free up space. It doesn’t get much better than this card. Note this will only work for an Android Phone because iPhones have forced internal storage only. Another reason for Team Droid.
Snapseed, Best Photo Editing App
I took this for another site of mine and used Snapseed to edit it. I used HDR and added saturation and contrast as well as some other special effects. I had to use another app to add the text which I’ll cover later.
Best Overall Photo Taking, Editing And Sharing
Instagram. It should come as no surprise that Instagram is the reigning champion when it comes to best over all photo application. Why Instagram? Because it takes great photos, has a lot of editing options, powerful filters and the ability to share direct to your friends. They are always updating Instagram and adding to the user experience and options. The new custom filter and adjustments really put it on top. The only problem is no text or watermark option so you will need a few alternative options. I also do not like the square ratio format that you are forced to take the picture in, so depending on the shot I may use another one of the mentioned apps to take the photo, add text or watermark and and then crop it into Instagram.
Best For Adding Text Making Collages
BeFunky takes the cake here simply because it’s easy to use and does both of the needed task. However I did buy a Pro version for maybe 99 cents so I can not recall if the free version is annoying or does both text and collages. But you can add several instances of text and choose from many many layouts for the collage. You really couldn’t ask for an easier way to make collages and add text.
Best Watermarking App
Add Watermark. You would think BeFunky would be a good photo Watermarking app considering I just recommended it for putting text on your photos, and it could be, but if you want an app that can simply add the watermark and save it automatically then you’re going to need Add Watermark. I really can’t recall what the added feature was but this is another one that I bought the 99 cent Pro. I think for batch watermark processing and batch saving. Once you have Add Watermark set up properly you can pretty much auto add watermarks by opening the share in Add Watermark option and clicking yes. That is what makes this a powerful and must app. If you don’t mind adding the text yourself each time then BeFunky will do.
Best HDR App
HDR FX. I have the free version but am contemplating buying the Pro version. Why? The ability to save in full resolution. However so far I have not needed it because most of my photos I really only use on my websites and I downsize them anyways. HDR FX Free is so damn pro because it allows you to adjust levels and curves on top of all of its other feature rich options. I think that should be about all I have to say there because surely you want that.
The following are edited in Snapseed
All other photos above were taken by me with a Samsung Galaxy S3 running the Android OS and using Google Snapseed to edit the photos.
I think it is the best camera photo editing app for Android phone and it is available for the Apple iPhone as well.
If you have a better application to suggest please leave a comment below for all of our readers.
Here is a before and after. Before was taken with Instagram and after edited with Snapseed. Quite the difference as you can see with your own eyes.
Cartoon Sketch App I actually took the cartoon effect one with my awesome Nikon D5100 and used the built in photo editing options to get this cartoon sketch effect.
Worst Camera Apps
Camera Zoom FX
Too complicated, too many small buttons and random options you simply don’t need and it crashed on me many times. Just an all around nope. It used to be good and I even bought Pro at some point but it evolved into an uninstall.
This is almost a horrible app. Almost every few clicks you find yourself near a buy button or effect. It has little to no poor that a real Photoshop application has. I honestly would not even try it if I were you.
A lot of people like Camera 360 but that thing has never worked for me. It just crashes almost every single time and I end up having to take my battery out and reinsert it in order to get my Cell Camera Phone to work again. If it works for you, great it looks like it could be a good camera app but as for me it is frustrating garbage.
Another crasher is Cartoon Camera. It’s got some cool effects and ideas but if it’s going to freeze my cell phone every time then what is it worth? Nothing. Another uninstalled waste of time.
How HDR works:
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It takes 3 photos, one at normal exposure, one a stop under and one a stop above. So it takes the normal, under and over exposure and merges them together getting all the details from shadows to highlights making up an single HDR Photo on your iPhone or Android phone.
These photos are clear, sharp and crisp. The app itself lets you adjust the amount of exposure, color vividness, contrast and micro contrast on each photo before saving it so you can play around. It also comes with some handy presets. I think this may only be for Android Phones since it is in the Droid Marketplace under HDR Camera but I can’t seem to find this app on iPhone. If you know a good one for the Apple iPhone then please comment below.
This next part of the article is older and the photos were mostly taken with a janky Samsung Galaxy Indulge. They were also taken before I discovered Snapseed and there was no Instagram for Android yet. However I am leaving that part of the article in tact for people who want to see the alternative cell phone camera apps.
Again, repeat, this is old information below this fold and I even removed a lot of photos as they were just not worthy of the load time.
These are my sample pictures I took with HDR Camera and edited with Android Photo Apps such as Pixlr-o-matic, BeFunky and Photoshop Express.
I used the Samsung Galaxy Indulge with a 3 Megapixel Digital Camera for these but now have a Galaxy SIII and use Snapseed as mentioned above.
I can’t decide which I like more. Can you?
Taken w/ HDR Camera and edited in Photoshop Express Mobile.
Good editing, saturation, contrast, hues, etc but a lack of border options.
Taken w/ HDR Camera and edited with Pixlr-o-matic.
I really like how this one came out and maybe looks most like an Instagram pic from an Android Samsung.
Taken w/ HDR Camera and edited with BeFunky Pro.
Best Android Camera App
Well Really there are only two must have Camera Apps for the Android Phone. Luckily for you they are on the Android Marketplace and you can download them for free from the Android Market Place. Or Google Play? It looks like they changed the name a few days ago.
I’ll be nice and include a few extra apps that can be handy for you Android camera phone photographers. While I’m at it I will tell you what did not work and what to avoid.
So with the iPhone becoming so popular and the Facebook Instagram phase going on you get flooded with pictures from your friends all containing the same effects but just another angle and another day.
With the Droid you can do that but better! It takes a little more effort but it’s you being creative and not just pressing the button like those iPhone people.
Let’s show those iPhone users!
Since I have released this article an Instagram version has come out for Android and I have downloaded and installed it. I am not a fan. I do not like being forced to crop my photos.
Again all photos no mater what editing app were taken with HDR Camera for Android then processed with Pixlr-o-matic, BeFunky, Photoshop Express or Instagram.
Android HDR Camera
Yup that’s it, one simple app. This app takes some of my favorite camera phone pictures.
It’s easy to use and never fails me.
This app takes HDR Photos. Yes, HDR Cell Phone Pics!
However the free app contains annoying ads and takes up your time. I suggest the Pro version HDR Camera+ since it’s so cheap and very worth it. Best Cell Phone Photo App there is.
Sharp, vivid, high contrast photos.
Large file size.
Able to edit before saving.
Takes 3 photos so you have to hold still.
Slower than taking a single flat photo.
The following picture was taken with FX Camera and Toycam.
HDR Camera and Photoshop Express
This next set of photos were all taken with HDR Camera and then edited in Photoshop for the cell phone. One thing to note about Photoshop Express it is has a huge lack of borders if you want to add a border. But Photoshop Mobile or Express is great for editing the saturation and contrast which I am a fan of as you can see.
Best Mobile Editing Apps for Android?
When it comes to photo editing you immediately think of Photoshop. PS Express is a great app and I may use it the most but the lack of borders is a bit disappointing.
However there are other apps out there that make editing even easier.
I personally use BeFunky Pro and Pixlr-o-matic.
I suggest that if you only get one photo editing application you try Pixlr-o-matic. But I guess in all reality you should try all 3 of the free versions and see what you like the most. The best combo is taking the photo with HDR Camera then using Photoshop Express for editing and one of the other 2 for final touches and borders.
In conclusion you’re just going to have to get down on it and play around.
I recommend HDR Camera, Photoshop Express and Pixlr-o-matic or BeFunky.
As you know the bottom half of the article contains legacy information that is no longer the top app. I have new recommendations up top.
I recommend Google Snapseed and Instagram as show at the top of the article, do remember the rest of the article was from before those apps existed.
Also note that most of these apps are not only available for the Android but also available from Apple on the iPhone.
The top set of photos were all taken with a Samsung Galaxy SIII and the bottom half with a Samsung Galaxy Indulge.
Please comment below with your favorites.