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3 alternative photo managers that are better than the one on your smartphone

Liane Cassavoy | May 8, 2015
Sure, your smartphone comes with its own photo management app--but that doesn't mean it's the best photo app for you. We found three alternative photo managers that make your Android or iOS stock photo app look like yesterday's news.

QuickPics also includes a camera for snapping photos, and a photo editor, which allows you to do some work on the photos you've already taken. You can crop, enhance, and adjust the colors in your photos, or apply fun effects, like filters, focus areas, stickers, text, and more.

Individual photos can be shared via MMS, email, or social media, or uploaded to the cloud, via Dropbox, Google, or iCloud. Unfortunately, batches of photos can only be uploaded to the cloud or printed, not shared directly with another person. QuickPics photo manager isn't as automatic as Tidy, requiring you to put a little more work into organizing your photos. But investing your time results in a photo collection that's well organized according to your own specifications.

QuickPic (Android, iOS)

It's easy to see why you might confuse QuickPic, a free, Android-only app for managing photos with QuickPics Photo Manager, the free, iOS-only app for managing your photos. The similarities, after all, go beyond the name. Both of these apps are comprehensive solutions for organizing even the most sizable collections of snapshots. Both offer photo editing tools with some fun features, such as filters and other effects. And both let you share photos via cloud services like Google Drive and social networks like Google+.

The Android version of QuickPic, however, lacks some of the fine-tuned photo management features that its similarly named iOS rival offers. QuickPic doesn't let you add tags and names to photos, and its sorting features are limited because of this. You can sort photos by moments, but not by location or other criteria, as you can with Tidy. I do like how QuickPic neatly organizes your photos into folders, though, requiring no work from you.

I also like some of QuickPic's additional features, like the fact that it displays your pictures beautifully, in full resolution. And how you can set pictures as private to hide them from view. And how you can share photos easily via WiFi or using photo services like Picasa. With all of these features available, it's hard to think of a reason why you'd rely on Android's stock photo manager instead.


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