• Fotor iPhone review
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Stick with us on this one because, while Fotor might not initially blow your mind, it could well become one of your most-used apps. It's two things: a tooled-up replacement for your phone's default camera app and a cracking photo editor.

Fotor is free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone but the features you get vary depending on your platform. This review is based on the iPhone version. Scroll down for details of the Android and Windows Phone editions.

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Camera tricks

Fotor camera mode

Fotor boots into a start screen that offers you Edit, Collage, Camera and PhotoBox options. Our advice is to go into app's settings and tell it to start up in camera mode - that way you're more likely to use it when you need to capture a fleeting moment.

Once you're into the camera section you'll find a load of handy photography tools, including a flash mode that keeps the LED switched on rather than flashing it, three types of grid overlays to help compose your photos, a "Big button" mode which shoots when you touch anywhere on the preview screen, Burst mode (we got around 4.2fps on an iPhone 5C), a timer, square format option and an image stabiliser (not that it seems to have much effect).

You can overlay a zoom slider too. By the way, Fotor is entirely concerned with stills photography, so for video you'll still have to use your phone's default camera app or another of your chosing.

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Sharing the fun

Fotor sharing options

Fan of retro colour effects? Fotor is full of them. Along with the regular colour shifts and cross-processing simulations there are also some faux light leaks and light painting overlays. Of course this is nothing new, but here as with the rest of the app, it's the huge array of alterations that makes Fotor remarkable.

Stickers and text overlays can be slapped across your more happy-go-lucky snaps, which is fab for jazzing up a snap and adding a bit of humour before sending it off to a friend. You want more? OK, how about adding some borders, or using the tilt shift feature to miniaturise your scene?

The sharing options are pretty comprehensive, with the ability to push your pictures out through Instagram, Facebook, What's App, Twitter, Flickr, WeChat, SMS, email or printed postcards.

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Fotor collage maker

As a bonus you also get the ability to make up collages from snaps on your phone.

This is like an app within an app. It does refuse to play ball with panoramas (they exceed the app's size limit) but aside from that it's brilliant. You can choose from templates accommodating up to nine images, push and pull the grid around, drop and swap pictures, add curved corners, fatten up the borders and choose from lots of different background patterns and styles.

Fotor review summary

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Fotor would be a fantastic app even if it wasn't free. The fact that it is makes it unmissable. Perhaps your iPhone's ability to launch into its own camera from the lock screen will hold Fotor at arm's length, but otherwise it's hard to see a good reason for not using it any time you take out your phone to fire off a photo.

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Review by Tony Horgan.

Stuff says... 

App of the week: Fotor review

A superb camera app that deserves a place on every iPhone
Fotor iPhone review
Good Stuff 
Simple to use
Powerful post-processing options
Easy to share pics with loads of other apps
Bad Stuff 
Windows Phone and Android versions less impressive
No video mode