It’s time to replace your old mouse-driven desktop image editor with a mobile experience that lets your fingers do the retouching. We tested six apps to see which is the best for tablet use, including the free Aviary Photo Editor, Autodesk’s Pixlr Express, Google’s Snapseed and two apps from Adobe. Photoshop Express is free and fairly limited, while the more robust Photoshop Touch for tablets costs $9.99. Apple’s $4.99 iPhoto, unsurprisingly, is iOS only.
Most of these photo editing apps handle the basics well. But as you’ll see in our reviews, not all take the same path to the finish line. We like Snapseed the best: From its intuitive design that takes full advantage of tablets to its in-app help, Snapseed makes finessing your images fun. However, the other apps we tested have their own unique strengths. Here’s how they stack up.
Adobe Photoshop Touch harnesses the power of full-bore Photoshop for the desktop, and translates it for the finger-friendly environment of Android and iOS touch-screen tablets. The resulting $9.99 app is unexpectedly deep and capable. But that power comes at the price of simplicity: Don't expect to jump right in, get a few quick edits done and output to social media, as you might on other apps -- including Adobe's own free app, Photoshop Express.