The Top 6 Photo Apps for Summer

Open Camera (Android)Open Camera
This free camera app can be used alongside, or in place of, your phone’s default camera. Multiple focus modes, nifty color effects, exposure compensation and an overlay grid can help you take your photos to a professional level. New versions of the app include manual ISO and exposure, and aperture control on supported devices. Snap a picture via touch, or take the perfect selfie with the app’s voice commands. Just say “cheese!”

Darkroom (iOS)DarkRomm app
If you’re looking for a camera app that offers the ultimate in control, look no further than Darkroom. This iOS app earned a 4.8 rating out of 5 in the App Store for its broad array of customization features, including hue, saturation, luminosity and curves. Create your own filters and adjust your portrait mode with advanced tools and unlock more features with an in-app purchase.

Pixlr (iOS)Pixlr
There are no intrusive ads or clickbait on this photo-editing app; just a smooth editing experience that offers hundreds of fun effects, like stickers, frames, collage options and more. You can even save your edits with the Favorite button to copy them for your next photo. Bring on the creativity!

Cymera (iOS, Android)Cymera
One of the most popular photography apps on the market, Cymera offers a wide array of options in picture doctoring. The app makes it effortless to cover up blotchy skin and lets users stretch and slim their bodies with its controversial shaping tool. Make your photos shine with more than 100 filters, accessorize with stickers, masking, framing options and apply handwritten messages directly onto your photos. Cymera will satisfy even the most obsessive selfie-taker.

Prisma (iOS)AugustFeatured2020_Prisma
If you’re into photography as an art, try Prisma. This free photo-editing app uses artificial neural networks to make your pictures look like they were painted by Picasso, Munch or Salvador Dali. The app also offers an online community like Instagram, allowing you to share your photos or link them to an external social media app.

Snapseed (iOS, Android)SnapSeed
This mega-popular photo app offers powerful editing for beginners and advanced users alike. Bring your everyday photos up a notch by adjusting their exposure and color, and use the app’s features for smoothing skin and brightening eyes. You can crop, rotate and sharpen your photos for that perfect perspective, and remove unwanted objects with the healing feature. Brushes enable selective editing, and enhancements include vignette, lens blur and double exposure. The “last edits” option will save you time by allowing you to apply identical edits across a large batch of photos.
Use your chosen photo apps to make summer 2020 a season to remember.

Your Turn:
What’s your favorite photo app? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Learn More:
iphonephotographyschool.com
oberlo.com
digitaltrends.com

7 Apps to Download this Summer

Project Noah logo - patch-like representation of an embroidered leaf over on greenstitched field with gold stitched edging/borderProject Noah
Give your kids a super-fun experience this summer without leaving your backyard. This free app will act like an interactive field guide, coaching kids on the flora and fauna that can be found right outside their homes. Project Noah lets users upload photos of what they’ve found so they can learn even more about local plants and animals.

GetMyBoatget my boat logo - aqua dolphin silhouette over Get My Boat text
Nothing beats a day out on the waves, but if you don’t own your own boat it can get pricey fast. Enter GetMyBoat. The free app works just like Airbnb for boats, with more than 35,000 boats, from kayaks to yachts, available for rent in 135 countries around the world.

Back2SchoolCountdownBack to School Countdown logo corkboard background wiht #2 pencil and title in chalkboard fontforegorund
The back-to-school countdown takes on extra intensity this year with school being out of the classroom for nearly six months in most of the country. When your kids are driving you up the wall and it’s doubtful you’ll make it through the summer with your sanity intact, check out Back2SchoolCountdown. For just 99 cents, you can check how much time is left until the first day of school, down to the second. The app won’t magically get your kids to behave, but it’s the next best thing!

SkyGuideSkyGuide logo - blue gradient background with stylized illustration of Little Dipper constellation
Turn an ordinary night into the extraordinary with this fantastic app. For a one-time fee of $1.99, you’ll have a complete guide to the inky night sky right inside your pocket. Learn how to spot constellations, planets and satellites by pointing your smartphone toward the sky. SkyGuide works well even in weak data signal zones, making it the perfect accessory for your camping trip.

PackPointPackPoint logo - ilustrated white suitcase with stylized sun coming up behind suitcase on teal background.
Nothing kills a vacation like pulling open your suitcase only to find you’ve forgotten your cellphone charger. Or your toothbrush. Try the free PackPoint app and never forget an essential item again. You’ll plug in your trip details, whether it’s a family road trip, a business convention or a romantic beachside getaway. The app will use your itinerary and the forecast weather at your vacation destination to draw up a packing list, chargers and toothbrushes included. PackPoint will even save your packing list to make your next trip that much easier.

GeoZillaGeoZilla logo white location pin in White with large capital G on bright aqua background
If you’ve ever been to a crowded amusement park or music festival and lost sight of your friends, you need to download GeoZilla. The app lets you track your friends or family members, and keep contact with them via group chat or a check-in feature. GeoZilla takes the stress out of a trip — without draining your phone’s battery.

Surflinesurfline logo - stylized white drop with two blue swirls over blue background
If you have plans to hit the waves this summer, you may want to download this free app before grabbing your surfboard. With more than 100 live-streaming HD cameras at breaks all over the U.S., Surfline provides users with the most accurate surf reports and forecasts. Data is available for thousands of surf spots around the world, up to five days in advance. Surf’s up!

Your Turn:
What’s your favorite summertime app? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Learn more:
realsimple.com
lifehack.org
lifewire.com
geozilla.com
surfline.com

Save Big With Prescription Apps

GoodRxgood rx logo
GoodRx promises robust savings on all your medications. There’s no need to share your email address, phone number or even Facebook account to enjoy the advantages of GoodRx. Just download the app, search for your medication and start saving money today! GoodRx claims to save Americans an average of three billion dollars a year on medication costs.

Best features
GoodRx discounts are accepted at 70,000 pharmacies nationwide, including major retailers like Costco, Kroger, Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. On average, GoodRx also offers the steepest discounts on medications compared to competing apps. It does an especially great job at highlighting $4 generics and select medications that are completely free with membership status.

The paid version of the app, GoodRx Gold, promises to save users 90 percent on most drugs, offering 1,000 medications for less than $10. At $5.99/month for individuals and $9.99/month for up to six family members, including your pets, the premium version of the app is generally worth the price for users with chronic conditions requiring ongoing medication. GoodRx Gold also offers online physician consultations for just $10, so you can get that script without a traditional doctor’s visit.

Glaring Glitches
GoodRX’s most glaring issue seems to be its failure to consistently deliver as promised. While the app’s commercials will have you believe you can easily save 80 percent off most prescription drugs, many users complain that the actual savings they ultimately enjoyed through the app amounted to far less. Some users also dislike the app’s interface, calling it clumsy and dated.


SingleCareSingleCare logo
Like GoodRx, SingleCare promises steep savings on your medications. There is no membership fee or sign-up information required to download, and there is no paid, premium version of the app.

Best Features
Users love SingleCare’s sleek and modern interface, which makes it a pleasure to use.

Glaring Glitches
With just 35,000 participating pharmacies across the country, SingleCare can be used in only about half the number of pharmacies as GoodRx.

Users also found that SingleCare’s savings tended to be less significant than those offered by GoodRx. It’s important to note, though, that this is not a hard and fast rule, and that SingleCare’s discounts are sometimes steeper than those offered by GoodRx.


RxSaverrx saver logo
RxSaver, formerly called LowestMed.com, is another free discount prescription finder owned by coupon giant RetailMeNot. With savings on thousands of meds and acceptance at 60,000 pharmacies across the country, RxSaver is a favorite among many prescription-fillers.

Best Features
The RxAdvocacy Program, the premium version of RxSaver, offers thousands of dollars in savings on expensive drugs. You’ll need to pay $50 a month and register for The RxAdvocacy Program. But, for individuals relying on expensive ongoing medication that is not fully covered by insurance, this can be a great money-saver. RxSaver also features an attractive, updated interface.

Glaring Glitches
When you input medication info into the app, RxSaver will only show you its preferred pharmacies and prices. You’ll need to click a “see more” button to view the medication info at other pharmacies. This extra step can mean missing out on some of the best prices in your neighborhood. RxSaver also consistently fails to highlight free options available in users’ areas.


How they stack up
Note: When using an app primarily for saving money, the most important factor when choosing one to use will be how much each app can help you save. Dozens of testers have tried these three apps, and most have found that GoodRx tended to offer the lowest prices on most meds. However, there were several meds that the other apps feature for half the price or less—and that medication may be the one you need. If you’re looking for a prescription app to help you save money on a medication you require on an ongoing basis, it’s best to test all three apps and see which offers the steepest discount on that particular medication.

 

AppMost Widely AcceptedPaid VersionHighlights Free MedsSleek Interface
GoodRxYesYesYesNo
SingleCareNoNoNoYes
RxSaverNoYesNoYes

 


Your Turn:
What’s your favorite prescription app? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Learn More:
clark.com Review of SingleCare
singlecare.com – How SingleCare works
trustpilot.com Review of SingleCare
clark.com Review of Good Rx
goodrx.com Review
sitejabber.com Review of GoodRx
Retail Me Not RxSaver Review
SingleCare vs GoodRx