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

By Tom Pritchard on at

Conventions are like geek heaven. Except hotter, busier, and full of sweat. OK that makes them sound worse than they are, but they really are great. You can almost any form of geek paraphernalia somewhere in the many stalls present. But what does that have to do with these lists? Absolutely nothing. I just felt like sharing.

iPhone Apps

Do not forget your pills: One thing that I remember from the Top Gear special in the Amazon Rainforest was Richard Hammond lamenting that he had no idea whether he had taken his malaria pill that day. I imagine that remembering might be a serious problem if you need to take pills on a regular basis. Do not forget your pills is a reminder to take them as and when you need them. With times, quantities, and named users, it covers all the bases. [Free]

Top Trump It: I'm sure many of you remember playing Top Trumps in your youth, and you may have been annoyed that you couldn't get a theme that you really wanted. Well thanks to this new app those feelings are long gone. Top Trump It allows you to create your own custom cards, with pictures, stats and all. [Free]

Orbitum: A rhythm based game that relies on you using your reflexes to switch the orbits of colourful shapes. What is the purpose of the game? It's a surprise, and I'll leave you all to work it out for yourselves. Be warned, once you've got the hang of it, the game can get quite addictive. [£0.69]

Timbre: For the music lovers out there, keeping up with who is playing in your area might be a a bit of a hassle, especially if you have to go rooting through numerous websites to do it. Timbre is a way to get around that, showing you exactly what is playing and when without all the fuss. Once you've found something you want, you can buy tickets and even listen to the artist. [Free]]

GoCam: GoCam markets itself as touch-less selfie taker, but really it can be used far more sensibly. It essentially works by allowing you to control your phone's camera from a distance, without the need for those pesky remote controls. Need to take a family portrait? No problem. Need to take a picture of you holding Big Ben? Fine. There are many uses. Selfies are just the tip of the iceberg. [Free]

iPad Apps

Capo Touch: Learning to play music by ear is difficult, especially if you don't have the knack for it. Being unable to reproduce your favourite songs on your own instrument can be rather disheartening, which is where Capo Touch comes in. The app can detect the chords in a song with a great deal of accuracy, so even if you are completely tone deaf you don't miss out. [£2.99]

iStock: Sometimes you might need a photo for whatever reason that you can't procure yourself, so you go to libraries of stock photos to buy some. iStock is a library of stock photos that you can browse on your iPad, so you can access then wherever you are. If you're not going to use them, this still has a function because stock photos are hilarious[Free]

Typhoon Time: Have you ever wanted to fly a Eurofighter Typhoon? Who am I kidding, of course you have. Luckily for those of you who aren't members of European Air Forces, and don't have access to simulators or the real thing, this new app will let you. It's not quite as exciting as the real thing, but it's a darn sight easier to pilot. [Free]

The Open Championship 2014: One for the golfing fans out there, The Open Championship app has updated ready for the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Included is a course guide, real-time scoring, as well as live video and radio coverage. [Free]

Sonic Jump Fever: You might think that the time of Doodle Jump clones was over, and that app's devs have moved onto other things. Not Sega though. While it's not a clone per-se, Sonic Jump Fever has the same game mechanics: let your favourite blue hedgehog jump up the screen and get as far as possible. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Android Apps

fuseMe by Acision: Secure communication apps are all the rage these days now that people are very aware that government bodies might well be listening in. The problem is these apps tend to cover only one feature, like texting or calls. fuseMe does away with that by giving you everything. Voice calls, video calls, instant messaging, voice memos, you name it. Except smoke signals and carrier pigeons, sadly.  [Free]

Commandr for Google Now: Google Now is fantastic for hands-free searching, but it's not that good for hands-free everything else. Commandr is a way to fix that, by utilising Google Now and allow you to control more aspects of your phone. Say you're driving and you want read a text you've just been sent? Commandr will read it for you. It doesn't give you total control yet, but users get to vote on future voice commands in the many updates to come. [Free]

BraveNewCoin: Want to get into the growing world of Cryptocurrencies but have no idea what's what? BraveNew Coin is you guide to this new found world of digital currency with in-depth market information, market capitalisation, weighted average price index, and how much is being traded. [Free]

Theftie: You may be thinking, "why do I need a theft manager since Android Device Manager exists?" I felt the same way, since the aforementioned is simple, and can locate, lock, and wipe your phone remotely. The problem is that if you don't have a backup of your phone, wiping with Android Device manager means you've lost it all. Theftie allows you to backup your data to Google Drive before you wipe that phone clean. [Free]

Wear Aware - Phone Lost: Always losing your phone? Got an Android Wear smartwatch? You might want Wear Aware. This is designed to make sure you never leave your phone somewhere by vibrating and warning you that you're about to leave it behind. But what it it's nearby, but you have no idea where it is? By using Wear Aware on your watch, you can make your phone's alarm ring. {Free]

Windows Phone Apps

Picture Sketch Camera: A simple app that will let you alter your existing features with 14 different effects without all the hassle of using the likes of Photoshop. Such effects include cartoonifying and sketching. While it's not exactly the world's most innovative app, it is great to give your photos some sort of spark. [Free]

Video Tuner: A cool little app that lets you edit video on-the-go, so you don't have to deal with the hassle of loading them onto your computer when you get home. It's simple, and easy to use, so its perfect for any budding film makers out there. [Free]

iPlayer Radio: When the Windows Phone iPlayer app updated to include live TV, Radio was unexpectedly pulled from the app, much to many people's annoyance. Fortunately, the Beeb kept good on its promise to bring BBC Radio back to Windows Phone, and has released the iPlayer Radio app. You can listen live, or catch up over Wi-Fi, 4G, and 3G networks. [Free]

POF: The Windows Phone app version of the dating website, POF is a free app for a free website that lets you do everything you can in the browser. Search, chat, flirt, and manage your profile. [Free]

Le Tour 2014: It's basically Wimbledon for cycling fans. Le Tour de France is now going on – even though bits of it are in England. Weird. Anyway, some of you might be wanting to keep up to date with what's happening, which is where the app comes in. Included are details on the riders, teams, routes, and cities, as well as live timetables, real-time tracking, and interactive maps. Everything you need to stay in the know. [Free]