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

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's been a funny week. People back into their normal routines after Christmas--work, school, university, and what not. Then there's me in my (mostly) unemployed state, marathoning through Parks and Recreation, unable to remember what day of the week it is. I even had a mild panic attack over the weekend because I realised I hadn't done this week's apps round up. Then I realised that it was Saturday. Whoops. So, without further ado, here's your list:

 

iPhone Apps

Slow Shutter Cam: This one does exactly as its name would suggest, allowing you to configure the 'shutter speed' of your iPhone's camera so that you can adapt your pictures to your environment, or to get a particular effect that you may want. Ideal for photographers out there that want to make their phone's photos feel like they were taken on a DSLR. [£0.69]


The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout: Getting into shape has never been easier with the idea of the seven minute workout. This one is another phone based version, with over 1,000 workouts, iTunes library integration, 20 different levels of intensity, and the crucial personalisation of goals and targets. [Free]


Sunrise: Every tech giant has its own calendar service nowadays, Apple have iCal, Google have Gcal--so far they haven't been compatible. Enter Sunrise, designed to sync data from both services into one calendar. So if you do use both, this could well make your life much easier. [Free]


Citymapper: The ultimate guide in urban transport, Citymapper is a journey planner that updates in real time based on whatever variables might have an effect on your journey. A new update means that the app is no longer restricted to New York and London, letting you now plan journeys in Paris as well. [Free]


Directr for Business: Say you work for a small startup, or you have a blog, and want to market yourself but have very little in the way of budget. Directr for Business is there to help you record video to get your business out there. Whether it's an FAQ, how-to guide, or even a video for Kickstarter, Directr gives you step by step storyboards and guidance to help your video get made. Better yet, you can share your videos directly from the app. [Free]

 

iPad Apps

Hotels.com: The app designed to find you the perfect hotel, wherever it may be across the world. With local deals, an easy to use interface, and an in-app reward scheme, Hotels.com is a great way to sort out your nights away from home. A new update has given the app a design overhaul, so now it's nice and pretty to match up with iOS7. [Free]


Chore-inator: This one is perfect if you have young kids who struggle to motivate themselves with their household tasks. By completing chores and ticking them off in the app, kids will earn stars which can be redeemed for rewards that are set by you. It can be used simultaneously with multiple kids, as well as syncing across multiple iPads so that you can keep on top of things. Who knows, maybe you can use it to finally get your slob of a flatmate to do the dishes? [£1.99]


Real Simple No Time to Cook: Struggle to decide what to cook in the limited time that you have? No Time to Cook has over 900 recipes that take between 20 and 40 minutes, with step-by-step instructions, timers and different categories to choose from. With monthly updates it's ideal for all. [Free -- with optional subscription]


NHM Alive: A virtual tour of London's Natural History Museum narrated by none other than David Attenborough. View the exhibits during the day, or via torchlight at night to see the exhibits come alive. But if you happen to be in the museum itself, the app can be used to unlock special bonus content. [£2.99]


Robocop: Third person shooter tie-in to the upcoming Sci-Fi reboot. Take control of the titular cyborg in his quest to rid Detroit of crime. Play through the levels, and upgrade your equipment to tackle the criminal underworld. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

 

Android Apps

Weight Watchers Simple Start U: The New Year always comes with a bundle of people promising themselves that they'll lose weight. Whether they do or not is a different matter. This app will give you a number of tips and meal ideas that will help you lose weight, as well as including a food diary to chart your journey. Sadly, you do need a Weight Watchers subscription to use any of the app's features. [Free -- with mandatory subscription]


Rakuten Play.com: Probably the best alternative to Amazon in the world of internet shopping, shopping via Play.com is now that bit easier. With 20 million listings, free delivery as standard, and a loyalty scheme, you can't go wrong. [Free]


Construction Simulator: Ever wanted to work in some of the Monster Machines they have on building sites? I know I did when I was a small child. Sadly these beasts require lots of specialist training and licences to use, so a simulator is the best you'll probably get. With 14 different machines and detailed 3D graphics, this should keep your inner child satisfied for a little while. [£2.25]


Clean and Green Eating: A recipe app designed around a healthy lifestyle, with everything from drinks, snacks, and deserts. With 125 different recipes, and various functions such as shopping lists, favourites, and filters for dietary requirements, this app is  guaranteed to help you kickstart a healthy lifestyle. [£1.99]


Make Me Cash: The business of trading in old games, DVDs, and even books, has become rather lucrative, but who should you sell your stuff to? Make Me Cash will scan the barcode of whatever you have and show you just how much you can get from it from various different vendors. Or you could sell it on eBay and probably make more money. This way, however, is much simpler. [£0.99]

 

Windows Phone Apps

Dark Lands: Based on the infinite-runner-games that have become ever so popular in the past couple of years, Dark Lands does it with a twist--the game is a side-scroller, rather than rear-view-third-person. To continue running you have to take out the obstacles in your way. Slice down hordes of monsters, leap over deadly traps, and upgrade your weapons and skills over time. Perfect to ease the boredom. [£1.49]


Bubble Wrap: There are two kinds of people in the world. People who love popping bubble wrap, and liars. Whether it's to de-stress, waste time, or just because you like the popping sound, Bubble Wrap for Windows Phone is here for you. [Free]


8List for Craigslist: Craigslist may have a fairly unsavoury reputation, to put it nicely, but it's still there as a free-to-use classified ad service for whatever you want to do. Maybe you want to sell a car, or rent a house, or maybe you want to mess with people for your own amusement. With 8List, you can browse Craigslist in the palm of your hand in a stress-free, mobile-friendly format. [Free]


CamFish: Designed for the photographers who wish they had the same level of settings customisation on their phones as on their dedicated, beefier cameras. CamFish contains an array of settings so you can take the photo you want, even if you are only doing it on a phone. Things like shutter speed, auto/manual focus, timers, and even editing options--it's all you'll ever need in a photography app. [Free]


Yahoo Mail: If smartphones are great for just one thing, it's that you're pretty much never out of contact, especially by email. Fiddling about in your browser to log in and find something is always a pain, so if you prefer to use Yahoo's email service you will need this app. Make it easier and faster to access your account and do whatever it is you use your email for. [Free]