Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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- #5 Social
Instagram turns the stock camera on your iPhone or Android smartphone into a photo-processing powerhouse, complete with effects that simulate everything from antique photo finishes to high-speed blurring. The app enables easy uploading to Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, and other sites, so you can share professional-looking snapshots with anyone in your friends list. It’s not just for personal photos, either — try Instagram’s X-pro II filter to make your eBay and Craigslist snapshots look like they came straight out of a professional catalog.
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