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

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's a bank holiday! Which means we all get a nice day off from work and enjoy ourselves while none of the shops are open. Normally I would spend most of the bank holiday asleep, which is basically what I do every other day, but I actually have work to do. Like sorting out a list of apps for you lot to sink your teeth into:
 

iPhone Apps

Money Dashboard: This is a handy finance app, that lets manage your money on the move. Money Dashboard will link up to all of your current, credit, and savings accounts and automatically update as and when things change. You'll be able to see and monitor your money in one easy to read space, which is pretty damn useful if you ask me. [Free]


Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Vhoto: Have you ever recorded a photo and felt like some parts would be perfect as individual stills? Sounds like you need Vhoto. Vhoto can be used to record a video, and then used to find the best potential photos within for you to save and share with your friends. [Free]


Selfie Gym Pro Editor: Taking selfies is all the rage these days (unfortunately) and unsurprisingly, people (read: weirdos) use them to try and show off their bodies. Anyway, if you're one of those people, but you don't have much to show off then this is the app for you. Selfie Gym Pro Editor will let you fiddle with your photos to make it look like you hit the gym a lot more often than you do, as well as messing about with the tone of your skin. You know, for reasons. [£1.49]


Secret:  We've been so jealous of Secret since it debuted in the US months ago, and here it is for us Brits. Secret is a way of expressing your inner most thoughts completely anonymously -- I don't mean like Snapchat where you have no nefarious corporations peering at your messages, no. The secret will get shared to your friends, and if they like it it will get shared to their friends, and so on. It's a way of speaking openly and honestly without the negative repercussions. A bit like 4chan, but without all the hardcore porn. [Free]


Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

dot Melody: This is a cool little music generation game, simple enough to be used by people who usually suck at all things musical. All you have to do is move dots around the screen to create melodies, bass lines, and drum beats, with a variety of instruments. It can all be done on-the-fly, and any accidental masterpieces can be recorded for your listening pleasure. [£1.49]

 

iPad Apps

Star Wars Journeys - The Phantom Menace: Yesterday was Star Wars Day, so this one is rather fitting. Star Wars Journeys is a way to experience the Star Wars movies without actually having to watch them. The app is made up of interactive scenes which you must then scour to unlock secret content. Sadly this is The Phantom Menace which is pretty poor (not as bad as Attack of the Clones though), but at least you get to race in the Podracer. [£4.99]


Tesco Groceries for iPad: A native iPad version of the iOS Tesco shopping app, Tesco Groceries is a way for you to browse and buy your shopping with minimal fuss. The best feature is that you can update your orders even after you checked out for those little details you may have forgotten. All that, thrown in with a store locator and Clubcard admin and you've got yourself a handy little piece of software. [Free]


Adobe Photoshop Express: Those of you with the insatiable need to partake in some photo-editing on the move can find some solace with Photoshop Express. It's been out for a while now, but it's recently been updated with a brand new iOS 7 design, pet-green-eye correction, auto resume in case you forget to save, as well as basic navigational fixes to make your experience hassle free. [Free -- with in-app purchases]


Yahoo Finance: Those of you who know anything about the stock market will know that keeping an eye on it is handy to say the very least. Yahoo Finance will let you keep an eye on any stock you have an interest in, whether you have a stake in the company or not. You can personalise your news stream to follow companies you care about which now include videos, so you can do without all that pesky reading. [Free]


Plague Inc: A fun-filled game, where you try and wipe out all of humanity with a deadly disease. The brand new version has new scenarios, new cheats, and the new Mega-Brutal difficulty mode -- as if trying to infect Madagascar and Greenland wasn't hard enough. [£0.99]

 

Android Apps

Spotify: Everyone knows about Spotify; it's a nice way to listen to some decent tracks without paying (unless you want to). Lucky Android users got an update last week, with a brand new interface with a darker theme, as well as improved icons and fonts. The update also includes a new feature to make organising your music even easier. [Free -- with optional subscription]


GRE Vocab Lock: How many times a day do you unlock your phone? 10? 20? Even more than that? Apparently the average is 150. GRE Vocab Lock is there to make unlocking your phone more useful than it already is. Every time you want to unlock your phone, you're presented with a word and you have to drag it to the appropriate synonym. It's a great little tool if you do feel your vocabulary is lacking, or you have a language fetish. [Free]


Snaply: This one is a way to get hold of free/cheap stuff in your local area. Snaply works in collaboration with Freegle, one of the UK's biggest freecycling services. Maybe you have stuff you want to get rid of, or maybe you want to get hold of something on the cheap? Then Snaply is an ideal tool for you. [Free]


Google Docs: You know what Google Docs is, I'm sure. Google has released an Android (and iOS) app so you can use Google Docs on the go. Create new documents, edit old ones, everything you can do with Google Docs in the browser you can do with this. [Free]


GoPro App: This doesn't magically turn your phone into a GoPro (though that would be pretty sweet), no this lets you control your own GoPro camera from your phone and saves you doing a lot of fiddling during the action. The latest version includes options to share to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as automatically connecting to your camera when the app is opened. [Free]

 

Windows Phone Apps

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

SplitPic: One to add a bit of artistic flare to your photos, SplitPic lets you blend your pictures together via six different templates. Clone yourself, merge your photos, or split photos to share the screen. Then you have your usual filters and image editing to match your own artistic styles. [Free]


Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Tonido: Going off somewhere and realising you forgot to pull a file from your computer is a nightmare. Luckily if you have Tonido installed on your phone and your computer, you can access your files remotely. Not only does this mean you can get hold of your files wherever you are, you can also download files to your phone without the need for pesky fires. [Free]


Lottery Results: Whether you play the Lottery, Euromillions, or Thunderball, you need to check up on your results after the draw. Lottery Results updates automatically, and can even be set to check the results automatically if you have your usual numbers. The latest version has more features, including push notifications, a live tile showing off the most recent results, and a new 'upcoming draws' section. [Free]


YouTube to MP3: Some people who have an aversion to paying for their music like to download it from YouTube. While we're not condoning music piracy, you may find a use for this app. The app itself lets you download the audio file from YouTube videos on the go, and convert it into a nice MP3 file. [Free]


Mirror Cam: Another artsy photography app, Mirror Cam is designed to take a picture and create a mirror image somewhere else on screen. There isn't much in the way of practical use, but it'll be fun to mess around with. You can take selfies and pretend to have a twin! (I'm joking, please don't actually do that.) [Free]