The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

As any recent university graduate will tell you, unemployment sucks. I've been spending my week making trips to the local Job Centre, trying not to spend my hard earned savings on trivial things and working out whether or not taking unpaid work is actually worth it. Luckily this doesn't take up a great deal of my time, which is all the better for researching new apps for Giz. Take a gander at this week's list:

 

iPhone Apps

Human: Move 30 minutes or more: A fitness app designed to get your lazy self away from the sofa/desk and out into the big bad world to exercise for, as the name suggests, 30 minutes or more each day. 30 minutes? Anyone can do that! The app records running, biking, and even walking for those who want to take it easy. Best of all this nifty little programme can pin your stats to a map for later reference. [Free]

Shnergle: Ever gone out and wondered what that restaurant around the corner is like since it's refurbishment? Or maybe that bar down the road that you walk past everyday but have never been in? Enter Shnergle, a community-supported app designed for people to take and share photos of places they've been. Best of all, Shnergle is designed to show photos from the past eight days so there won't be any big surprises. Currently it's restricted to Hoxton and Shoreditch in London, but there are plans to expand the service. [Free]

Push Launcher: Hate trawling through your folders looking for your favourite apps? Sounds like you need Push Launcher. Push Launcher is a nifty little app that allows you to stick all your favourite apps into one place, your phone's notification centre. Not only can you add, delete, and edit which apps are included as you please, you can also assign them a time for easy access when you want it. Do you always read your news apps in the morning? Set the time and make it as easy as possible. [£0.69]


AVG PrivacyFix: Privacy on the internet can be fickle. Especially when social networks are seemingly making it their top priority to ensure that privacy and visibility settings are as confusing as possible. This is where AVG's PrivacyFix comes in. This handy little app can take a look at your Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts and show exactly what you're sharing to the public. Better yet, it can take you straight to the privacy settings to get it fixed. Most importantly though, it will tell you when policies change so you can readjust your privacy settings quickly and easily. [Free]


KakaoGroup: Spin off from messenger app KakaoTalk, KakaoGroup is a way to privately chat with people, whether they be family, friends, or colleagues. Exactly the people you'd want to talk to with a messenger app anyhow. Useful if you don't have one already. [Free]

 

iPad Apps

Call of Duty: Strike Team: With the kids off back to school, now is one of the few times you'll be able to play Call of Duty without being called a n00b or some sort of homophobic slur (aren't 12 year olds great?) But adult life isn't exactly known for being abundant in free time, which is why mobile games are so great. Use that bus/train/magic carpet commute time to catch up on some much needed gaming. Just no shouting any insults ok? You might be mistaken for a crazy person. [£4.99]

Rock Prodigy: Let's face it, at one time or another we've all wanted to be a rich successful rock star, but we just couldn't get round to learning that vital instrument to make it a reality. Rock Prodigy aims to change that, helping you learn guitar right there on your iPad. It's true guitar tutorial apps have been around for years but here's the clincher -- this bad boy actually listens to you play and gives you feedback according to how your playing is in real time. So quit making excuses, go out there and make yourself a star already. [Free]

Mobento: Programmes to teach things to children have been all the rage for a good 15-20 years, but stuff to teach adults has been a bit lacking. This is where Mobento comes in. Designed for adults, the app offers a variety of videos from the likes of TED, NASA, Stanford University and many more. A keyword search lets you sift through thousands of available videos, with an option to download them for reference as and when you need them. [Free]

Giant Boulder of Death: As if Temple Run wasn't enough to channel your inner Indiana Jones, those kind people at Adult Swim brought us Giant Boulder of Death, the perfect way to sort of re-enact that opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. But maybe, god forbid, you don't like Indiana Jones. How about I entice you with the promise of destroying countless Bavaerian-esque villages? [Free]

Change4Life Smart Restart: This nifty little app is aimed at parents who want their kids to develope a healthy routine on their way into the new school year. The app works by offering one of five healthy changes to a routine for kids to stick with for six weeks. On top of that it features a number of resoruces to help that healthy routine become the norm, including alternatives to sweets and 10 minute exercise activities. [Free]

 

Android Apps

OS MapFinder: Ah the Ordnance Survey, how I remember your stableplace in the Geography classroom. Then Google Maps and GPS came along and destroyed the usefulness of your enormous maps. But the OS lives again, thanks to their new app. Designed for offline use, the app includes a 1:250 000 scale map of Great Britain in the glorious high detail the OS are known for. Local maps are also available as in-app purchases. [Free with in-app purchases]

ITV Player: This doesn't need any introduction. ITV's on demand service comes to Android so that you can catch up with Coronation Street, The X Factor and countless other programmes whilst out and about. [Free]

CamCam: People taking selfies absolutely everywhere is now a thing. In comes CamCam which enables you to take a picture with both of your phone's cameras: one of the scenery, the other of your lovely face whilst taking it.  Pretty useful if you want to make a video montage of places you've been for YouTube. [Free]

Silent Text: Nowadays the NSA just can't seem to leave anyone alone, leading to a new wave of encrypting personal data. Silent Text is available for those with with a Silent Circle account, allowing you to send encrypted text messages and files up to 100MB. Best of all, either party can ensure it remains confidential thanks to a function that burns the data from both devices. [Free - with £7 per month subscription fee]

CyanogenMod Calculator: Based upon the existing Android calculator CyanogenMod Calculator offers a number of exciting new functions, including scientific and graphing functions. Pretty damn cheap if you find yourself regularly needing such a device. If not, you could always amuse yourself by graphing the Batman symbol. [Free]

 

Windows Phone Apps

 

InPic: Unfortunately Instagram has yet to release an official app for the Windows Phone. But never fear! Third Parties are here! InPic will provide you with everything you need to take, edit and upload photos to your Instagram account. Best of all? No ads! It's all 100 per cent free of charge. [Free]


OneNote: Phones are great for many things, one specific use is making notes when you're out and about. If you're like me though, you tend to just forget about them. In these cases OneNote is one handy tool to have. By utilising the cloud, OneNote can access your notes when and where you need them, regardless of what device you're using. [Free]


Comic Director: Ever fancied yourself a professional comic writer/artist? Unfortunately this app can't land you a job in the big leagues, but it can help you create your own graphic novellas. You can use your own photos or videos in conjunction with the supplied art to design and create your own comic masterpieces, right there on your phone. Who knows, maybe this handy little app will help you become the next Stan Lee. [Free]


Breez: Internet-enabled phones have forever changed the way we find information, weather forecasts are no exception. Breez allows you to pin a permanent weather forecast to your home screen, making it that bit easier to find. With a choice of 24 hour or three day forecasts it's handy for anyone to have. [Free]


School Timetable: Back when I was at school, and university for that matter, my timetable was usually a printed off piece of paper stuffed into my bag. Nowadays we have nice phones and apps to do that job for us. Isn't technology wonderful? School Timetable, as the name suggests, is a handy place to store your timetable without having to faff about with the hassle of printing or remembering where you're supposed to be. [Free]