Best App/Gadget for Phone Pics (2014)


Our picture-taking readers have spoken, deciding the 10Best apps/gadgets for phone pictures with their votes.  

  • olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System

    olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System

    This clever accessory slides neatly into your pocket and can be quickly connected to your iPhone to give you four different lens options, taking your smartphone photography to the next level. There’s a fish-eye lens, a wide-angle lens, a 10x macro lens, and a 15x macro lens.
    Photo courtesy of olloclip

  • FX Photo Studio

    FX Photo Studio

    Here’s a complete photo editing suite for iOS that incredibly includes 190 filters, all the standard tools, and plenty of overlays and textures. You can make and save your own blends as presets, or you can download presets that other photographers have created.
    Photo courtesy of Macphun

  • iStabilizer Flex

    iStabilizer Flex

    Keeping your hand steady when capturing a shot can be very difficult, but shakes can ruin your results. With this tripod you can mount your smartphone and adjust the flexible legs to find the perfect angle. It’s portable and it has a standard tripod thread for cameras too.
    Photo courtesy of iStabilizer

  • Lensbaby Sweet Spot Lens

    Lensbaby Sweet Spot Lens

    This lens for iPhones and Android smartphones has just emerged from a successful Kickstarter campaign. It comes with a specialized app and allows you to focus on a sweet spot and softly blur the surroundings for some really eye-catching shots.
    Photo courtesy of Lensbaby

  • Incipio Focal Camera Case

    Incipio Focal Camera Case

    Here’s a clever iPhone 5S/5 case that turns your phone into a classic compact point-and-shoot camera with a physical shutter button and zoom controls. It also adds grip, a lanyard strap, and it comes with a companion app for capturing and editing your photos.
    Photo courtesy of Incipio

  • Instagram


    Capture precious moments, transform them with a range of interesting filters, and then share them easily with friends and family, not to mention a community of millions of smartphone photographers. That’s what the free Instagram app for Android and iOS is all about.
    Photo courtesy of Instagram

  • Afterlight


    You’ll find a wide range of filters, adjustment tools, textures, and frames to work with in Afterlight's photo editing app for iOS. It’s a good companion for Instagram and the interface is extremely clear, which makes it really intuitive to use.
    Photo courtesy of Afterlight

  • Kogeto Dot

    Kogeto Dot

    Attach Kogeto’s accessory to your iPhone 5S, 5 or 4S, install the free companion Looker app, and you have the power to capture the most amazing panoramic videos with a full 360 degree view of the action.
    Photo courtesy of Kogeto

  • TouchRetouch


    You’ll be amazed at the results you can get with this Android and iOS app. It allows you to edit out any unwanted object, person, or blemish from a photograph you’ve taken and use the clone tool to fill in the background gap.
    Photo courtesy of ADVA Soft

  • Cortex Camera

    Cortex Camera

    A lot of apps throw everything but the kitchen sink at you, while some choose to do one thing extremely well. This iOS app falls into the latter category and it’s all about lifting your low light iPhone photography onto a higher plain.
    Photo courtesy of Cortex Camera

The winners in the 'Best App/Gadget for Phone Pics' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:

  1. olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System
  2. FX Photo Studio
  3. iStabilizer Flex
  4. Lensbaby Sweet Spot Lens
  5. Incipio Focal Camera Case
  6. Instagram
  7. Afterlight
  8. Kogeto Dot
  9. TouchRetouch
  10. Cortex Camera

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