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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- #6 Social
Vintage 1950s-style photo booths are increasingly hard to find outside of amusement parks, but with Pocketbooth on your portable gadgets, you can replicate the spontaneous, kooky aesthetic of a retro photo strip without having to leave home. The app captures your images in a classic three- or four-pose strip, which you can customize with filters such as black and white, sepia, or our favorite, “1975.” While having a photo booth on your smartphone is fun enough, you can also order prints (prices start at $1.99) and have your photo strips sent as gifts.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, $0.99
Get it for Android, $1.99