With the holidays coming up we all want to take those snaps of memories that we want to last a lifetime.
Here are some of the best photography apps for you to download and use on your cell phone or tablet and make your photos look like they were taken by a professional.
Holiday pictures can help bring back amazing memories for years to come, whether your snaps include wildlife, spectacular sunsets or amazing landscapes. These days, you don’t even need a super duper camera to take great holiday pictures – simply grab your phone and choose from these great holiday photography apps to take you from a Joe and turn you into a pro!
1. GPS Kit and GPS Kit HD
If you really get off the beaten path, so much so that you lose signal, then this is probably one of the best photography apps for you. You can track your routes so you can find the same spot again and again, and monitor your friends, so you don’t get split up. GPS Kit also boasts the most basemap options of any iOS app. It’s great for finding those hidden vantage points for the perfect landscape shot.
2. Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile
Adobe makes a number of photo apps, but if you’re serious about photo editing on your device, you only need one: Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile. It's a free app that gives you a powerful yet simple solution for capturing, editing and sharing your photos.
You can shoot raw photos (on compatible phones), or transfer from your camera onto your device, and easily organize and tweak them, then automatically upload them to the cloud, so they don’t take up space on your device. It has preset to keep your edits quick and simple, but you can also go deeper and fine-tune images to perfection.
Signing up to a Creative Cloud account – including the Lightroom CC plan adds the ability to work across phone, tablet, and desktop with instant synchronization.
3. VSCO CAM
If you scroll through Instagram and admire those moody, raw-looking shots of exotic landscapes and majestic mountains, you’ll love VSCO Cam. More experienced photographers will benefit from in-camera settings such as shutter speed and white balance, while even novices will get the hang of the app’s editing software. Alter your exposure, contrast, ISO and more, and experiment with the range of vintage-inspired filters for serious cool-credentials. Available on iOS and Android.
Massively popular on the App Store (and with a 4.6-star rating, to boot), MuseCam is a fantastic all-round photo app. It gives you the all-important manual camera control (with compatible iPhones): custom exposure with independent control of shutter, ISO, white balance and focus.
The built-in photo editor lets you take even more control of your images, and with film-inspired presets plus professional grade tools, it's a great tool to help you move from novice snapping to great photography. The app is free to download, but there are various
packs to purchase in-app for the photo editor.
With the award-winning landscape photography app PhotoPills, you can plan your shot, monitor the spot over a period of time, check natural lighting changes, and share any details or plans with others.
Anyone who is wary of photo editing apps can put their minds at ease with Snapseed, a winner of not one, but two awards! Snapseed bagged ‘iPad App of the Year 2011’ from Apple and ‘2012 Best Mobile Photo App’ from the Technical Image Press Association, thanks to its exhaustive editing capabilities. From exposure and contrast to saturation and cropping, you can fine-tune every little detail. Available on iOS and Android.
Use the photo editor to create trendy infographic images with this photo app quickly. PicLab is a nifty app for creating those inspiring images that you get all over the internet these days. You know, the ones featuring a photo – probably with at least one retro filter applied – with a helpful aphorism layered over the top in an attractive, friendly typeface. Yeah, those – like the silly AI-generated ones we've featured, but better. PicLab HD makes them an absolute doddle to create, enabling you to either snap a photo or grab one from your photo library, then go to town on it.
As well as adding typography – lots of fonts and full control over size, positioning, opacity, rotation, and colour – you can also layer illustrations, ornamentation and other design elements on top of your image.
PicLab features full layer-based editing and also packs plenty of tools for making your original photo look its best, with loads of lighting and film effects to choose from as well as preset photo filters and adjustment tools for fine-tuning the brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation, and the blur level of your photos.
8. LExp—Long Exposure Calcs
Long exposures are a super popular photography style, especially for stargazers. LExp offers to be the one-stop app to help you take that perfect long exposure shot. This landscape photography app helps you pick the perfect graduated ND filter, stack multiple ND filters, track the stars and moon, and a lot more.
Embarrassed about your laughter lines? Feeling blue about those blemishes? Fear not, Facetune is here! Grab a photo from your Camera Roll and start your makeover; you can remove unwanted freckles, blemished skin or hide bags under the eyes with Smooth; reshape that wonky nose or misshapen jawline with, er, Reshape; and make subtle tweaks of colour using Tone.
The results of this photo editor are truly impressive. You can share results over Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr – if you dare.
10. DMD Panorama
Sometimes a foreign landscape is just too breathtaking, and just a snapshot of it won’t do. This is where DMD Panorama comes in, an app that takes high definition, panoramic pictures with an easy-to-use interface. Simply tap ‘create’, hold your phone vertically, and create your panorama, snap by snap. Perfect for travellers adventuring across the rugged landscapes of the Kruger or the majestic Drakensberg mountains. Available on iOS and Android.
- 2018-12-14 06:10
The inevitable January health kick is looming. And while it’s all well and good to expend vast swathes of your disposable income at Planet Organic and Lululemon, real impact can be made with apps that cost a few pounds or less – with many of them available for free.
We’ve rounded up the 10 best fitness apps on the market for 2019 and the well-known apps for 2018. They’ll do everything but the heavy lifting. Just try, compare and use the best one that fits for you!
Sworkit is truly a marvel. Simply type in what kind of workout you’re looking to undertake – and for how long. Sworkit will then create a workout tailor made to your demands.
If you’re looking to take it one step further, the app’s upgrade will allow you to hone your workouts further, opting to focus on particular parts of the body, or to set a particular number of reps.
If you love group fitness classes, Aaptiv is for you. The audio-only app gives you access to high-level instructors you'd find in a studio setting right on your phone.
You can choose from over 2,500 unique sessions in 12 categories, led by 20 top-level trainers, so you'll never repeat a workout. All you need is headphones to hear the directions.
3) Daily Yoga
If you’re not mad about cardio – and there are legions of us who aren’t – there’s no need to retire your fitness dreams. Yoga is the perfect way to stay in shape without frenzied workouts.
Daily yoga makes exercising as calming or challenging as you want it to be. Offering 50 classes, all under half an hour, it’s the perfect way to inject some more exercise into your daily life. You don’t have to worry about following complex diagrams either, classes come in the format of high-quality videos.
ClassPass started out as a service that allowed its users to try out just about any type of fitness class they could imagine, but it's evolved into a fully-fledged workout platform.
ClassPass Live now offers subscribers unlimited at-home HIIT workouts, which can be streamed through a Chromecast device directly into your TV set.
We’ve long sung the praises of this offering from Nike. We still can’t believe it’s free, despite its eminently stylish interface and high functionality. Nike+ Run Club charts you doing your best Forrest Gump, logging times, routes and calories burnt.
Users can link up their efforts to their social media profiles, garnering virtual cheers from friends as goals are smashed. Although if your 5km times are as woeful as mine, you might want to give this feature a miss.
If you're exercising outside and you want to know exactly where you've been, where you are, and where you're about to go, this GPS-powered app from Under Armour is for you.
You can track just about any activity and get feedback and stats about your workout, but that's not all. Share your routes and stats with friends and on social media, or even use custom training plans to hack your progress.
Track everything you eat to stay on top of your nutrition with MyFitnessPal. The app is consistently one of the top downloads in the health and fitness category because of its massive database of foods, quick bar scan capabilities, and easy connectivity with other popular apps like MapMyFitness and Fitbit.
It would be a cliche to bill Pact as a fitness app with a difference, but it really is. Pact lets you make money from your exercise endeavours by urging you to gamble on your ability to get fit.
Sure, you’re not going to rack up as much as Federer for that Lindor ad, but it’s a good way to turn your sporting prowess into cash.
If your goal is to get fit, bulk up, or maintain a routine at the gym, then Fitbod is your app.
Fitbod uses artificial intelligence to learn from your past workouts to recommend personalized exercises based on your preferences, struggles, and available gym equipment.
10) 30-Day-Squat Challenge
As the pert derrière becomes evermore celebrated in the world of pop culture, the value of the humble squat snowballs.
Like getting your five-a-day, or flossing, daily upkeep of squats can be tough to maintain. This app helps keep you in check, offering a number of simple squat workouts you can do at home. There’s also the eminently satisfying process of ticking off days you've completed your squat regime. Like an advent calendar, but for self-improvement.
- 2018-11-21 10:05
As in the case of cameras, the best calendar you have is the one that always with you. And with a crazy schedule, it’s practical to find the best calendar app that will be stored on one device that you always have - on your smartphone.
But which calendar apps are the best? Are free calendar apps as good as paid alternatives? We have provided you with a complete list of the 5 best free calendar apps for Android and iPhone.
Cozi is a fantastic free calendar option available both online and as an app. It’s ideal for busy families. Obviously, you don’t have to have procreated to use the app, but it really shines with its color-coded family calendar that uses natural language to enter events, sends reminders to one, some, or all family members, and sends out a useful daily or weekly “family agenda” email.
Other useful features include shareable shopping lists, to-do lists, and a recipe box that lets you schedule meals. There’s even a “Family Journal” section that lets you save photos and moments and share them from the app.
2) Google Calendar
When you consider the best calendar apps available, there’s no ignoring Google Calendar. If you use Gmail, then Google Calendar is a no-brainer for its clever integration. For one, your Gmail events (like flights and tickets for events) are added to your calendar automatically. Unlike some other calendar apps, creating to-do reminders is free and easy to do. Plus, Google’s smart suggestions make entering text into the calendar quick and easy. Apple Health users can benefit from Google Calendar’s integration. Your calendar will track your workouts, runs, or bike rides and mark your goals as completed automatically.
TimeTree is another great option for families and groups. With the ability to sync with Google Calendar, Outlook, Apple Calendar, you can create multiple TimeTree calendars and share them with different people. So you could realistically create separate family, work, and social calendars with color-coded events that you can view on a weekly or monthly basis.
TimeTree’s most interesting function is its ability to group chat about an upcoming event. Once an event is created, anyone invited can upload comments, notes, and even images.
4) Tiny Calendar
If you want to get the most of out Tiny Calendar, you’ll have to pay. But this app offers decent free functionality as well. Tiny Calendar syncs with Google Calendar and your mobile device’s calendar to supports events on iCloud, Exchange, and more. The interface is clean and user-friendly with drag and drop, gesture controls, and the ability to add events with voice commands.
If you miss the layout of your old analog agenda, Tiny Calendar gives you no less than eight standard views—day, week, month, four-day, year, mini-month, weekly agenda, and daily agenda. Lastly, it’s worth noting the Tiny Calendar app works offline. You can still create events and edit your calendar when you don’t have a connection. The app will simply sync next time you’re in range.
5) My Study Life
Although clearly a niche offering, My Study Life is a very popular cross-platform planner for students and teachers. The app gives users a unified tool to see their classes, homework and projects, and exams (all stored safely in the cloud) on any device. The calendar supports daily and weekly rotation timetables with advanced academic year and term options.
You can also create tasks for homework, assignments, and revision and get reminders in the calendar. Looks-wise, My Study Life’s calendar offers color-coding and a clean interface. And for students who have to leave their smartphones turned off in school, the app works offline, syncing seamlessly when you can get back online.
- 2018-12-03 13:10
The year 2018 has come and gone. However, it left us with a ton of excellent products to play with. We already did our best Android phones of the year. Now, it’s time to do the best Android apps from 2018 as well. It was a solid year for new apps. We saw a big push in new launchers, security apps, and browsers. There were also a couple of keyboards and even a new game console emulator. It’s always nice to have such a varied list. This year also features fewer Google apps than in prior years and that’s encouraging as well. The list is quite long, so let’s just get right into it. This was narrowed down from a total list of over 120 apps. Here are the best Android apps from the year 2018!
Shaker Samman: In the same way that people looked at the Apple desktop mail client and said, “Hey this is bad, let’s make it better,” Bear made Notes better. It is a really cool note-taking app for desktop and mobile that lets you easily sort notes, make checklists and numbered lists, and use four sizes of headings. Also if you pay a small yearly sub, it links between devices. I use it constantly. I highly recommend it.
Cake Web Browser
Cake Web Browser is one of the more solid browser options from 2018 and also in general. It has the basics like multiple search engine options, bookmarks, and stuff like that. This one also includes a pop-up blocker, an ad-blocker, an incognito mode for private browsing, gesture controls, and even some news and RSS features. The UI relies heavily on those gesture controls and gives the browser a fresh, new feel compared to the usual style. It's a lot of fun and something a little different in the mobile space. That's why we chose it for this list. It's also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases as of right now.
White Noise Deep Sleep Sounds
Molly McHugh: Like an idiot, I adopted a puppy right before the holidays, a season that requires ample travel and little time at home—a bad combo for puppy-rearing. Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I packed our two dogs into the car and drove to the beach house my family rented. Turns out, it was a very creaky house, and at night anything above a whisper caused our puppy, Crouton, to bark and pace. We didn’t sleep for two nights. We joked with my cousin, who brought his infant daughter, that he and his wife were getting more sleep than we were. (It was not a joke.) On the third night, at 3 a.m. in what felt like a fever dream, I thumbed my way through the App Store until I found an app called White Noise Deep Sleep Sounds. There are many different background and static-sound options, but I selected “fan,” because at home Crouton sleeps near ours. Once activated, she went from barking and pacing to the occasional whimper. In the app’s “about” notes, the creator writes: “For my son. And for all the parents who could use a little bit more sleep.” Dog parents included, I guess.
Carrot Weather is one of the few actually fun weather apps we've used. It works like most other weather apps. You get rain predictions (in certain regions), forecasts, current temperatures, and stuff like that. It even includes some witty commentary on the current weather conditions like WTF Weather and similar apps. However, this app also gives you up to 70 years of previous weather data. It also includes secret places like the Moon. The premium version of the app also includes widgets if you're a fan of widgets. It had some early issues, but the app works quite well these days. There's a monthly subscription price. However, at $4 per year, we really just recommend going with that.
Live Soccer TV & SofaScore
Donnie Kwak: The most indispensable apps to me are those that perform one useful task reliably well. As the host of Ringer FC, our soccer podcast, I rely heavily on Live Soccer TV and SofaScore—the former informs you which channel/streaming platform you can find any game on and the latter is a no-frills, to-the-second live scoreboard of every world football match on a given day. Using a general sports app like ESPN to find soccer updates is like going to a steakhouse to order vegetarian. Go to where you know they’ll do it best.
Dolphin Emulator technically isn't new. However, it is back on the Play Store after a few years of abandonment. The developers promise more consistent updates and stability improvements this time around. That's good news because it's the only actually decent Nintendo Wii and Nintendo GameCube emulator on the Play Store. The Google Play reviews are extremely promising and it functioned just fine during our testing. Most people who have issues use low end devices, so we suspect their complaints are because of the specs rather than the emulator. Of course, we do not condone stealing games, but if you have some laying around, this is the emulator we would recommend.
Alyssa Bereznak: My sleeper app of choice is an app that helps me sleep. Centered is a free, straightforward tool that leads you in brief guided meditations whenever you’re feeling stressed. I find that a lot of other meditation apps out there tend to be like “What if spa?—but on steroids!” Too many images of Japanese tea gardens and annoying babbling brooks. Centered doesn’t try to transport you to some low-stress Xanadu, it simply plays audio of the world’s most relaxed man telling you to close your eyes and breathe deeper. The clips range from four to 19 minutes, and include light instructions for clearing your mind. I find myself drifting to it in moments of crisis at work, or when my mind is racing just before bed. Technically I did not discover this app in 2018, but it should be no surprise to learn this was the year I used it the most.
Firefox Reality Browser
Firefox Reality Browser is probably the biggest and best virtual reality browser launch of 2018. It introduces a real competitor to the space and we hope that encourages developers to improve their offerings more quickly. Firefox Reality Browser supports both 2D and 3D content along with a basic, but serviceable web browsing experience. You need the Google Daydream app to download this one. Otherwise, it should work as normal with your VR headset (namely, Google Daydream). It could use a few more basic features and some stability improvements, but VR as a platform is young so we're just happy Mozilla jumped on board.
Julie Phayer: As someone who gets easily distracted, Due has been a lifesaver. I use it for important reminders (bills are due, set up appointments, give the cats their medicine, etc.) or quick to-dos (follow up on emails, avoid Twitter for Game of Thrones spoilers, listen to new podcasts, etc.).
I’ve tested multiple reminder apps but Due is by far the best. You receive reminders of items that are due until you act on them, which I desperately need—otherwise the notification will get buried and I’ll forget about it. The ability to customize the snooze interval time is fantastic. The interface is beautiful and every feature is quick and easy to use. The app also offers reusable timers, which I deploy constantly. I would write more about how great this app is, but I just got a reminder that I need to call my mom back.
Forest is a new style of productivity app. It encourages people to not check their phones constantly by killing plants whenever they do. They are digital plants, of course. The app works by planting a tree. Each time you turn your device screen on and leave Forest, the tree wilts and you must start again. There are a variety of trees to collect with more coming in future updates. There is a whitelist so you can do stuff like answer important phone calls or test messages. However, it's a neat little app to get you off of your phone for a while. It's almost like a widely available version of Google's Digital Wellbeing, except with trees.
Grammarly Keyboard is arguably the best new keyboard launch in 2018. It helps users type with better grammatical accuracy. It looks at what you type and suggests changes if something goes wrong. The app also delivers explanations about the changes and the rules of grammar. It omits some of the flashier features, like gesture typing, themes, and stuff like that. You do get a dark theme, though, and we expect some of the other features to appear eventually. It's surprisingly smooth and the grammar lessons should help just about everybody. The app is also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Force Touch Trackpad
Brian Phillips: This is such a sleeper app that it’s not even an app—it’s a built-in iOS feature, only no one seems to know about it, which is tragic because it rules and will make your life better. If you have an iPhone with Force Touch, you can hard-press on the keyboard during any text-entry situation and your phone’s screen will become a trackpad for moving the cursor around. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when you consider what a horror it is to move the cursor within text on a smartphone, and how many times you type “I am so excited to go to the Rsoe Bowl next month” only to see autocorrect change it to “Hose Bowl,” and then a gray mist falls over the world as you realize you now have to pilot the cursor in between the “H” and the “o,” even though you and all the devils in hell know full well that tapping your thumb there is only going to select “excited,” and you’re going to have to do that weird hover-thumb/magnifying-glass thing that will eat nine seconds of your precious, finite life—when you stare down the cold barrel of these facts, the Force Touch Trackpad trick becomes the kind of everyday lifesaver that stops you from leaving your phone in the sand and walking into the sea. I love it so much.
Haven is a niche security app that we really like. It installs on a user's secondary device rather than their primary one. You then toss that second device in with your luggage, a hotel safe, or a similar situation. The secondary device alerts your primary device when it is moved, opened, picked up, or otherwise tampered with. This is mostly a tool for journalists, travelers, and people in places where stuff may be stolen. Thus, it's obviously not for everybody. Still, it's one of only a few apps that do things like this. It's also open source, completely free, and has no advertising.
Hyperion Launcher immediately illicit memories of shooting robots and a horse made out of diamonds, but once you get beyond the Borderlands 2 references, it's actually an excellent new launcher from 2018. It hits a lot of the positive elements for a modern smartphone browser. That includes a stock-ish Android experience, plenty of basic customization options, theming, and third party icon pack support. You also get Google Feed as a separate plugin, gesture controls, a font changer, and more. It's nice to see a new launcher that could actually challenge the big dogs in the industry already with Nova, Apex, Lawnchair, Action, and ADW launchers. This really is that good and it's also fairly inexpensive for the premium version.
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy is one of the best educational apps for adults. Thus, it didn't shock us at all when Khan Academy Kids came out and it was actually good. This one focuses on a lot of early education for kids, including problem solving, social and emotional development, and more basic stuff like math, reading, and language. It uses bright colors and cute characters to convey the information since kids enjoy cartoons. It all makes sense to us. This is arguably one of the few major learning apps for kids by a company that knows about learning stuff. It has the occasional bug because it's still in beta. However, we have no doubt that this is one of the best in its category.