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

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's no exaggeration to say that for every good app available, there are at least 5,000 crappy apps out there; the Google Play store for Windows Phone, for instance – none of the apps work, so don't even try. Anyway, here's your weekly list of sensible apps:

 

iPhone Apps

Discover Films: A fantastic way to find films available in the iTunes library, just shake your phone and voilá a new film for you to consider. The films are ranked based on their Rotten Tomatoes score and give you plenty of information to help you make a decision. Read reviews and synopses, watch trailers, or see what people are saying on Twitter. Not a bad way to find something to watch. [Free]


Olympic Athletes' Hub: The Winter Olympics are well under way, and while there are many ways to stay up to date, what's better than getting the info from the athletes themselves? Athletes' Hub lets you follow the verified Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts of the athletes competing at the games; a fantastic alternative view of the games based on those taking part. [Free]


Hum: One for the musicians out there, Hum is a recording app that utilises notes and audio to record and organise your songwriting ideas. You can tag your notes based on key, mood, and tune, as well as being able to keep your notes separate from the lyrics. [£1.49]


Flink: I'm not really one for following fashion, but if it's your thing then Flink is the app you need. Flink is designed to help you discover the latest trends from over 700 fashion bloggers across the globe. Once you've discovered something to your liking, you can then share it via Facebook and Twitter to show your friends. If reading fashion blogs is your thing it definitely makes keeping yourself up-to-date easy work. [Free]


Rookie – Photo Editor: A photo editing tool that aims to go beyond basic editing, Rookie is determined to bring a professional feel to your photos to display even the most subtle of moods. You've got the usual array of hue, brightness, cropping, and rotation, as well as more advanced tools--focus, exposure, anti-shake, and 6x digital zoom being some examples. As is the trend these days, the app also includes 116 different filters to suit your needs. [Free]

 

iPad Apps

Avoid – Sensory Overload: This retro looking runner is designed to bring back memories of the coin-chomping arcade machines. The whole point is to dodge obstacles and survive as long as possible. Whether you choose the level based story mode, or the infinite random generation mode, this should definitely bring back some fond memories--and hopefully create some new ones. [£0.69 -- with in-app purchases]


Final Fantasy VI: The classic 1994 JRPG has come to the iPad, although this version is the 2006 remake. Optimised for touch screen controls, with iCloud save data back-up, this is definitely one for any Final Fantasy fan. [£10.99]


Slice Fractions: Lets face it, everybody  hates maths. Even professional mathematicians hate maths, so kids definitely need all the help they can get to make it interesting. There are over 60 innovative puzzles which require you to break clear lava or ice from the mammoth's path. Covering a variety of fraction concepts, it's a great way to help your kids learn. [£1.99]


Capturing Windsor Castle: A cool way to explore Windsor Castle and its grounds through a series of watercolours. In the app you can: view a map to see where all the watercolours are based; compare the watercolours against modern day photographs; take and compare your own photos to the paintings; Share everything that is available in-app with your friends. [Free]


On The Line: Remember when those games where you had to move a metal hoop around a small course without hitting the edges? This is pretty much that, except it's on your iPad. The objective is simple--keep your finger on the screen following the course and don't hit the edges. Infuriating but addictive. [£0.69]

 

Android Apps

Travalarm: If you're anything like me, if you're going somewhere in the morning you tend to get up at the last minute, so any road obstacles have a very good chance of making you late. Travalarm is an integrated alarm clock and traffic monitor. So if there are any reported delays on your route it'll wake you up earlier to compensate. If you commute via public transport it'll also alert you when you're nearing your stop, so you can nap on the way. [Free]


Pitfall! Krave: A tie-in game for the surprisingly-not-terrible cereal Krave, this is a Temple-Run-esque running game. You have to navigate six levels in the mysterious realm of the Krave Chocovores to locate six broken pieces of the Chocovore Idol. [Free]


EverythingMe Launcher: EverythingMe is designed to anticipate what you need your phone for, and when you'll need it. The prediction bar will try and determine when you'll need apps, news and weather in the morning, train schedules in the evening for instance; Smart folders will automatically organise your apps based on your interests; The search function will also learn based on your usage, so searching for D will bring up your dad's number, or possibly directions--whichever you use the most. [Free]


5by: Deciding what to watch is always a pain, there is that much out there, so what do you choose? 5by is designed to personalise the experience to your liking and curate a vast array of online video. It'll base its findings on your mood, the time of day, as well as your own interests, all so you'll never again have to waste time finding something to watch. [Free]


The Great Martian War: Another endless running game, with a pseudo-historical basis--it's set in 1913, during a Martian invasion. The game mechanics are nothing new, but the setting makes this an interesting game. Everything is period specific including the environment, dangers, and power ups. [Free]

 

Windows Phone Apps

2020 - My Country: A follow up to the city-building-hit My Country, this one takes you to a futuristic metropolis for you to build and manage. You can customise the city's buildings with thousands of features, but beware of the ever present threat of natural disasters and alien invasions. [Free]


Ask.fm: A fully functional app giving you access to ask.fm, so you can browse, ask, and answer while on-the-go. With a simple, intuitive design, this is ideal for those of you who enjoy having random strangers ask you intrusive questions. [Free]


Migram Beta: An unofficial app for you to use the messaging app Telegram. You can chat with up to 200 people, share videos up to 1GB in size, and share multiple photos at the same time. Best of all, like Snapchat, none of these messages are stored on external servers, so there is much less chance of your conversations being snooped on. [Free]


Sticky Run: A side-scrolling endless runner, you need to jump and roll to avoid the obstacles and to try and beat the high score. Nothing unusual, but it should be good to spend some time when you've got a spare few minutes. [Free]


Poki: An unofficial app for the app Pocket, this makes reading on the web a smidge easier. Find an article, or video that you like online but want to come back to it later? Rather than bookmarking it you can store it in the app for later use. You can completely customise your reading view, as well as storing said webpages offline for use in those hard-to-reach signal-less areas. Best of all, it will record your progress through an article in case you aren't able to read it all at once.[£1.49]