If you just got a smartphone or tablet for Christmas, I'm sure you want to load it up with apps.
Here are some of my favorites. By the way, I own an iPhone. Some of these are available for other devices. You'll have to check into that on your own.
Evernote Cloud based notes. That means you can access it from any device, phone, tablet, laptop. It has a great search function so, if you're unorganized like me, you can find anything you put in there. It also stores photos (I take pictures of my prescription bottles so I always have that info) and it will convert text in pictures to words so they're searchable.
PhotoToaster Photo processing. This is my go to photo app. I use it to crop, straighten and rotate my photos. It also has a ton of great cool effects and frames built in. You can choose the effects you want or use some of the presets.
Camera + I like it much better than the default camera app on it iPhone. It has separate focus and exposure points. That way you can focus on your subject, and if they're too dark, move the exposure point to another place to get the exposure you want.
6x6 Another camera app. This one takes square photos, the kind you find on Instagram. I really like the square format for the iPhone, and this app lets you see how it will look right then.
Feeddler If you don't use RSS feeds, you should. They allow you to create a custom newspaper from your favorite websites. If you do use RSS, this is my favorite RSS app. I created a Utah RSS feed that combines all the news stories from the TV stations and newspapers so I'm always up to date.
HeyTell Push a button to record a message. When you let up, it gets sent to the other person. Great for short messages when you can't text but don't really need to leave a voicemail.
Flashlight Uses your phone's camera flash as a flashlight - because you just never know when you might need one. I use it for late night dog walks so I can see to clean up my dog's poop. Sexy, huh?
iHeartRadio 1500 streaming stations, including Oldies 941, and custom stations you create, by song or artist, all in one app. It's pretty cool and free.
Kindle I find this easier to read than the iBooks app. I didn't like reading on my tablet at first, but after changing it to a black background and white text, it's great. You can adjust the brightness too. I love reading again becuase of this app.