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

By Tom Pritchard on at

Sometimes I feel sorry for Windows Phone users; the app selection is pretty poor and from my perspective it looks like a lot of the new apps that get released are rehashed versions of stuff that's been available for a very long time. Weather apps, social networks, browsers, and stuff like that.

But you're in for a treat this week because for once I've had to cut stuff from the Windows Phone apps list; that almost never happens.

iPhone Apps


Waterlogue: Fancy bolstering some of your inner creativity? Why not take up watercolours? Waterlogue is a way to create your own watercolours without having to invest in art supplies like paint and canvases. [£1.99]


Lucky Voice Karaoke: An app that gives you access to thousands of karaoke hits right there on your phone, from the best karaoke chain in town (in our opinion), any time and any place. You can use the pre-built playlists, or you can go ahead and make your own. No need for any bulky karaoke machines either, and it's not limited to your phone screen, thanks to Airplay integration. It's free to download, but if you want access to the songs you'll have to fork out £1.49 for 24 hours of access. [Free -- with in-app purchases]


Glitch Wizard: A pretty cool little app that lets you create your own GIFs and photos, before glitching the living hell out of them. So now you can create some amazing pieces of work, and then ruin them, or make them better – whatever floats your boat. [£0.69]


Makr: A creativity app that makes designing your own products simple, and fun. Ever wanted a specific T-shirt design, but can't find it in shops? Make it in-app and you can have it delivered to your door, or you can make designs and sell them on the marketplace for a bit of extra cash. So if you've ever wanted professionally printed custom T-shirts, tote bags, or temporary tattoos, this is the app for you. [Free]


 

Fuzel Collage: A cool way to create your own custom collages with photos from your photo-reel, Flickr, Instagram, and Facebook. Use templates, decorate them with stickers, animate them, and add your own music or watermarks. Then share them with whoever you choose and be on your way. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

iPad Apps


The Good Pub Guide 2015: The most comprehensive guide of the best pubs in the UK has been updated for 2015. Whether they be gastropubs, specialist pubs, or just the typical English old-man pub, any establishment in which it is worthwhile having a drink will be present here. So if you're in need of a place to celebrate or drown your sorrows, this is the app to help you to find it. [£4.99]


Sky Sports for iPad: A handy way to get your sporting news on the go, especially if you're already a Sky Sports customer who get access free of charge. You get access to a number of Sky Sports channels, a personalised homepage, and coverage of all the biggest sporting events. You can still get this if you're not a Sky Sports customer, but it's going to cost you. [Free -- with subscription]


WunderStation: WunderStation is a weather app that collects its data from 37,000 personal weather stations across the world. That means the app can deliver you data straight from the source, updating quickly to show you what's happening and where. You can also personalise how you receive that data so that it makes what you want to know more prevalent. [Free]


Expedia: A fantastic way for you to plan any trip. This price-comparison app will find you the very best deals on flights and hotels. There are also mobile-exclusive deals to encourage using the app over the website. This is brand new to the iPad, with new features that show hotels and flight prices side-by-side, as well as brand-new search filters. [Free]


Valiant Hearts: The Great War: An animated comic-book adventure based on the letters sent home from the trenches of World War One. With a mix of exploration, puzzles, and action, you have to traverse, and survive, the Western Front with your canine companion. Sadly, this is split into episodes which you have you buy separately, so don't expect the whole thing for £3. [£2.99 -- with in-app purchases]

Android Apps


Folr: It's a big scary world out there, and you might want to keep track of your loved ones. It seems rather personal I know, but if you've got children making their own way home from school, or you need to keep track of friends when you're all in a strange place, having the app installed on their phone lets you keep track of them wherever they are. [Free]


 

Drawft: You might remember Nintendo's Pictochat that launched with the original DS (that was ten years ago by the way), and essentially Drawft is the same thing. You communicate with your friends with hand-drawn pictures rather than words. It's simple, yet effective. Plus anything you delete is not held in the external servers. [Free]


Blinkist: Who has the time to read through masses upon masses of books? Probably no one, academics aside. But if you want to learn and expand your horizons then it's rather important. Blinkist cuts everything from a massive selection of non-fiction books down into 15 minute presentations. From there you can read up on the things you find interesting in more detail. If nothing does pique your interest, well at least you know a little bit more than you did. [Free -- with subscription]


Wakie: Alarm clocks are awful, especially with the terrible jarring noises they make to wake you up. Wakie, on the other hand, wakes you up with a 60 second phone call from another Wakie member at your allocated time. It might seem a little awkward, but what better way to wake up than a phone call from a complete stranger? [Free]


Bring! Shopping List: A nice way to make crafting your shopping list quick and simple. Bring! allows you to make a basic shopping list in seconds using over 350 shopping items inside the app. Not just that but you can also share it with others, whether it's the family, flatmates, or whoever. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps


Run Rabbit Run: A simple way to encourage keeping yourself healthy in the form of a fun mini game. The concept is quite simple, you've just adopted a rabbit and for the creature to stay healthy it has to walk a certain number of step everyday. The only problem is it'll only walk when you do. Walking will also earn you "carrots" which can be used to purchase decorative upgrades like costumes. [Free]


Wunderlist: There are plenty of list-making apps out there, so what's so special about this one? Well Wunderlist has the distinct advantage of allowing you to collaborate lists with other people from around the world (or your friends, whatever suits). It also allows you to attach files, set reminders, and even converse with the other people involved. So whether you're making something as simple as a shopping list, or organising a work project then you can't go too far wrong with this. [Free]


CellarTracker: Definitely one for the wine lovers, CellarTracker is a massive collection of all things wine. It's got reviews, stories, and tasting notes from other users, as well as tools to manage your own wine collection, and a barcode scanner so that you can see what people have been saying about the 'vintage' that's 2-for-1 at your local supermarket. [Free]


Microsoft Remote Desktop Viewer: Just in case you've been living in a cave for the past year, let me explain this one or you: Remote Desktop Viewer is a way for you to access your home PC via your phone so that you can get your work done wherever you are. This has had a hefty update, and now includes function keys on the extended keyboard as well as, importantly, Cortana compatibility via voice commands. [Free]


Pushbullet: For those of you who don't know what Pushbullet is, it's an app that allows you to transfer links and bodies of text between devices – usually a computer and a mobile. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the Windows Phone users have so far been ignored by developers, meaning you all have to rely on third-party developers. Fortunately, everything you need is right here. [Free]