Top 10 Photo Editors for Android

Hello again! If you’re new; welcome! Last time I covered the 5 best camera apps available on the Play Store, so today, I’m sharing the 10 (yes 10, because editing a picture is far more advanced) best editors for just that!

These are all available i the Play Store, some are free, some are paid, but they all work great 😀
So let’s just dive into it, okay? Oh yeah, the examples included are a bit narrow, but they give you a good look of what they look like. Surprisingly, many of them share the same layout.

  1. Afterlight is my go-to photo editor, it has a great amount of filters and plenty of basic tools for enhancing any photo. It’s design is simple and clean, and navigating is super fast because there’s nothing hidden away from you; what you see is what you get. For a single dollar, you get a great basic editor with great tools.
  2. SnapseedIf you’re not keen on spending money on a capable editor, and don’t want ads either, you should really consider Snapseed. it’s in my Top 10 free apps too, since it’s got everything an editor should have, and plenty more. It does have some limitations, but it’s close to nothing. Design is nice, navigating is a bit unique, but easily learned.
  3. OverNow here’s an app that’s a tough sell, but the sheer design and flow is brilliant. You can add professional, crazy, awesome, beautiful, and lovely stickers. As well as writing anything is an array of great fonts. Control color, opacity, size, or the angle. There’s plenty of room to be creative and enhancing your pictures with awesome text or cool stickers; they’re all classy and minimalistic. It’s fairly expensive for an app, but I see no other alternative in this high quality.
  4. Moldiv is yet another collage-app. However, once again, I’m adding this to the list for it’s quality of design (looks similar to Afterlight), and the amount of things you can do. there’s a free version, but if you want the full potential, and awesome frames and magazine-style collages, you need to shell out some dough. Aside from the huge amount of frames, Moldiv offer filters, basic editing tools, stickers, custom writing in different and nice fonts. It’s quite impressive, it’s filled to the rim with tools, and yet feels so simple. If you want something to cover almost everything, Moldiv’s a great way to get loads of features in one app.
  5. Repix is for adding a little extra to your great photos. Or maybe to have some fun with it. Repix offers many great effects that you manually brush over you photo. The effects are alive and moving, so it looks absolutely great, and gives it some natural detail. Bokeh, stars, birds, van Gogh styling, dots, stains, scratches… it has plenty of effects. Freely available, but pay for more effects. And it’s quite expensive all things considered, but well worth it in the long run.

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    From the left; Afterlight, Snapseed, Over, Moldiv, Repix.

  6. PicSay sligtly showing age, the interface is in Holo design, but the stickers, fonts and effects are something you’d probably be looking for back in the Android 2.0 era. However it does have plenty of features, lots of stuff to do and in good quality. I bought it 4 years ago, but I still find myself using it from time to time, because it has plenty of tools that are unique.
  7. PixlrPixlr is an app from Autodesk, and signing up through facebook gives you additional “essential” tools. It’s free and offers plenty of basic tools, making your photos the best they can be. Additionally, you can make collages, double exposures and add filters. Good alternative to Snapseed, especially if you sign up and get the extra free tools.
  8. Photo Editor by AviaryAdobe’s entrance to basic mobile photo editing, Aviary is connected to your creative cloud (if you activate it), giving you sync between your Adobe products. Aside from that, it offers all the basic editing tools and some nifty features like meme creation. It looks nice, has the tools, and has the connection. You can unlock exclusive features by connecting it to the Creative Cloud, and get future updates for free, if you make it before the deadline (20th of February 2015).
  9. PicsArt Photo Studio is a full package deal; offering editing as well as a social network for photographers. It’s free but has ads in editing, which you can pay to remove. Otherwise the app han all the basics, and additionally offers filters, stickers, picture-in-picture, and a store for expanding the tools. Plenty of useful tools, and simply a great free alternative, with the option to expand tools and connect with other users. Honestly though, we have Instagram or EyeEm for that, right?
  10. FragmentIs a special photo editor, and I’m not aware of any similar app. What Fragment does, it to make layered effects of a single photo. It has tons of patterns and figures, and you have full control of basic tools and coloring, placement and size. There’s plenty of room to get creative and give any photo a cool and great look, something that isn’t quite found anywhere else.
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    From the left; Picsay, Pixlr, Aviary, PicsArt, Fragment.

    Okay, that’s it from me! Be sure to share some of your thoughts on these apps. Maybe you use an entirely different (but awesome) app? Maybe I’ve given you a good idea of what to try out? Let me know! Photo editing is essential to making good photos great, fun, awesome, or just plain different. Get out there and take some photos where ever you go, and have fun with it! 🙂

Top 5 Camera Apps for Android

Hello and welcome to yet another list of some of my favorite things on Android! This time around, I’m presenting 5 camera apps available in the Google Play Store. It’s a mix of both free and paid apps, and I think all the paid ones actually have a free alternative with some limited features, so feel free to try them out!
To be clear, this list does not contain camera apps that are preinstalled in some phones, like the Samsung camera app, or the HTC, or Sony version. It’s a top 5 list of camera apps available in the Play Store 🙂
All right, here we go!

  1. Google Camera. Aahh, Google. So much you do right. The Google Camera is free, and while it doesn’t offer particularly advanced features, the app is simple and has some excellent exclusive features. 360 degree photospheres to capture an entire place in rich detail, endless panoramas (vertically or horizontally), wideangle shots, and fish-eye features too. Google Camera is quite handy to take photo’s differently than many other alternatives. Only works on Android devices running 4.4 and up though.
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  2. Lapse It. I do enjoy me some timelapse, and Lapse It is a great and simple way to make them. Control everything from taking pictures, to editing it afterwards (even adding music), lapse It is a complete package. Pro version availble for HD timelapses, and more settings.
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  3. Camera FV-5. If you have a DSLR camera, and feel as though your phone doesn’t resemble it enough, or it actually lacks several useful features you know how to use, Camera FV-5 will serve you well, offering advanced settings and controls similar to a real camera. Additionally, if you happen to have ” a real camera” running Android, Camera FV-5 support some extra advanced features.
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  4. Camera Zoom FX. Are you looking for features? Then check this out! Camera Zoom Fx offers great tools to taking pictures, and different ways to take them. Real-time effects, (extremely) fast burst mode, filters to go with them afterwards, Camera Zoom FX offers plenty. Pro version unlock settings, features and filters. And additional plug-ins are available for it, expanding it’s functionality!
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  5. A Better Camera. A Better Camera reminds me of the Sony camera app. It’s just more simple, looks minimalistic, and offers a good amount of features. it looks great, so that’s really what is going for it, so consider it if you want something minimalistic, but also offers good features.
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I love taking pictures, I now have a DSLR for that, but I always have my phone on me. So I want the best camera apps for my phone. i switch around regularly, but I find these apps to be the ones I come back to, and use the most. And I think most smartphones can take excellent pictures in the right conditions today, they may just lack some features and some refinement.

Next list will consist of the best photo editors for Android, so be sure to come visit again soon! Taking the picture is one thing, but being able to edit it just right, with the best quality is quite another. 🙂
If you have some suggestions for me, please leave a comment, follow me on Google+ to ctach my pictures, or on EyeEm or Instagram @the_arcticbear.

Top 10 Paid Android Apps You Should Consider Buying

I recently did a Top 10 Free Apps, today I have the direct (not so timely direct though) follow-up!
In the beginning of Android history, Android was known for having a bunch of free apps. Popular app on iPhone? There was probably a free alternative in the Play Store (formerly known as the Android Market). Quite honestly, Android was way more practical back then; design and integration wasn’t a priority. That time has changed now, and iPhone apps are also directly ported or redesigned for Android by now. The thing is though, quality apps can require you to spend a little money, and some apps are absolutely worth that price!
Here’s my top 10 paid apps:

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  1. AutomateIt is an automation app for your smartphone. Your smartphone has a lot of cool sensors built in; a GPS, an accelerometer, a fast processor, data from contacts, cell recievers, wifi, I could go on. What AutomateIt does, is to open a world of posibilities. You can set it to recognize certain wifi signals for example; the movie theater’s wifi, and automatically set your phone to silent. Or you could set a preset setting, for when you open an app (open music app -> set volume to x). Every night at 11 pm, set ringer to silent, and set to normal by 8 am. these are just examples, and there’s plenty more to do. The app has a section for recipies, where people share their unique automations. It’s super easy and effective, there’s a free version with some limits, and a paid version. Try it out! It’s super fun to play with! If you’re looking for something more advanced, I highly recommend Tasker too.
  2. Knocklock is something very simple. Here’s the thing; I love touchscreens. Especially how it feels to just gently touch the screen for actions. I’m never going to have physical buttons again on any phone, but there technically still is; the power button and the volume buttons. The power button specifically, is kind of pointless to me; I only use it for turning my screen on/off. Knocklock is a little spot on the screen which acts as the power button, double tap it, and your screen goes off. Combined with a phone with double-tap-to-unlock, you almost never have to use the power button, so it’s all a touch experience. You may find it useless, but this is absolutely so nice to just have, when you first get used to it. Free version available, but with limited options!
  3. Link Bubble is brilliant on different levels. Basically it opens up links as small bubbles, and loads them. Sounds simple enough, right? It is. Trust me though, the impact is big! Imagine browsing Facebook, or twitter, or just about anything, and you stumble upon a link you want to open. Then you open it, and leave the place you are, and wait for it to load, read it, and then there’s another link. Before you know it; you’re far away from where you began. With Link Bubble, you’re never sent away, and you can continue to browse, while the page is loading in the bubble, resulting in you being more productive (well, maybe not productive, but you simple get more done, and wont wait around).
    The browser itself is quite limited compared to other browsers, and it’s due to the nature of it, but it’s smart by having a very simple way to open it in Chrome (or whatever) if you want to, or sharing it. It can even see if there’s a youtube video included, which you can watch immidiately. Super effective and in high quality. You won’t regret this purchase (trial versioan available).
  4. Lecture Notes is a powerful note-taking app with tons of settings and back-up solutions. There’s options for folders, digital pens, paper styles and much more. It’s a complete replacement for the physical paper. And you can add additional features like voice and video recording. There’s a trial version available. I highly recommend this for students with a 8″+ tablet, or just people who wants notes with lots of options. It works on a phone too, with all the same features, there’s just less room to do it on.
  5. ez PDF Viewer is PDF viewing for those seeking advanced features. While most would be fine using just a PDF viewer, ezPDF goes far beyond that with features like annotations, filling out forms, notes, cutting, voice recording, Google Drive plug-in. I’ve always appreciated having it installed, since it can fill out documents, documents for school or just legal stuff, taking care of it on the go is great. There’s a trial, a lite, and a pro version available. The Lite is $1, but if you want the advanced features, the Pro is the one to get.
  6. Manga Rock is a reader for Manga books. Manga is a cartoon style in asia, and there’s thousands of comicbooks available. With Manga Rock, you can view entire books and chapters on the go. You can also download them for offline viewing, but you are restricted to a few if you don’t pay. Plus you get rid of the annoying ads on the bottom, not to mention you just part ways with $5 to get a huge amount of entertainment!
  7. Archos Video Player is by far the nicest video player for android. It has good features, a great design, online connection with popular movie-sites. There’s plenty free video players, but hardly one as nice as this. Remember to install all the codecs on the side, which will enable the player to play virtually any file.
  8. Afterlight is a photo editor. Now I know I recommended Snapseed the last time, and Snapseed’s free, but Afterlight has plenty of filters Snapseed doesn’t, and frames too. Ones that play really nice with Instagram. The design is good, the features are great and many, so for a single dollar, you get a great photo editor.
  9. Tondo/Naxos iconsYou probably have a nice phone. Nice meaning; it can do a lot. It may not be the best out there, but it’s nice. I think it should look as nice (at least).
    If you followed my previous advice, you’ve installed a 3rd party launcher. One that supports custom icons. There’s an abundance of icons available on the Play Store; free and paid, but my two favorite ones are Tondo Premium (which is extremely hard to find, so follow my link) and Naxos (squared). I like these, because they are colorful and very simple. Perfect for a modern smartphone, signaling simplicity and style, as well as personality. We might disagree on what our phone’s should look like, but you can go in and search for icons you prefer. This will make any phone look more complete and consistant (even more so than the iPhone, without copying it).
  10. Endomondo/Runtastic is for sport activities. I highly recommend a healthy lifestyle, even if it is just casually doing sports (any sport). It has absolutely positive effects on our mind and body, so having an app just for that, may just help keeping you active. Any of these two can track a lot of sports for you, keeping you in the know of how well you’re doing. Helping developers who wants to help you track your sport just seems like a nice gesture, and you get rid of ads and even some Pro features along the way.

That’s it, all 10 apps I recommend having and spending a little bit on, to help you get through your busy day. There’s obviously way more apps I’d like to share with you, and those are in the works as well. But these are sort of basic apps i need on my phone, that just makes it nice and capable in many ways. Be sure to follow my blog, or follow me on Google+ for regular updates!
If you have any apps you’d think should’ve made the list, please comment below and tell me why it’s so good. It’s always great to get some feedback and simply get different perspectives 🙂

As a final note, I’d like to say that we should support the developers for their hard work and creative ideas. These apps aren’t all that expensive, and considering what they give you, it’s a small price to pay for some quality work. We should move on together, from demanding free apps with lots of features, to being greatful for what they give away, and showing appreciation by sending a few dollars their way. It’s a win-win situation, as we both get what we want; awesome apps!