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

By Tom Pritchard on at

Public transport does my head in. So much of it in this country needs modernising. The worst thing? Long-distance train carriages that don't have plug sockets for every seat. There are bus companies who offer plug sockets and USB ports at every seat, so why not trains?

The horror of not knowing whether a laptop will make it all the way through the journey is not something we should have to suffer in this day and age. But enough about that, lets get your phones loaded with some great new apps.

iPhone


Mail Pilot 2: We see a lot of apps that offer integrated email and to-do lists, but how many offer your email as a to-do? Mail Pilot 2 is such an app: any appointments or tasks presented in an email can be turned into reminders. If you've not got time to do that straight away, set a reminder and you'll be prompted when it's time to sort things out. [£5.99]


Drops: Want an effort-free way to teach yourself a new language? Drops will teach you a language's core vocabulary in bite-sized five-minute increments, meaning you don't have to remember a memorise a ridiculous amount each day. Plus it helps you out by taking advantage of word association, user engagement, and gives you precise feedback to help you improve. Right now it includes French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English. [Free -- with in-app purchase]


Dull: Bored? Mindlessly fiddling with your phone? Why not put that time to good use and see something interesting? Dull will make sure you never have a dull moment, by sending interesting, trending, and popular content directly to your phone. Dull even uses swiping gestures to operate, so even a monkey could use it. [Free -- with ad-free subscription]


Reuters TV: Video news has traditionally been broadcast at set times. Reuters has had enough of that, and is offering up on-demand news videos to keep you up to date when you have the time. It even has a live feed, so that you can always keep tabs on the world's news. [Free]


Flood Risk Finder: If you're buying or renting a house then knowing about the area you're moving to is crucial, and with the floods of recent years this app could be a life-saver. Flood Risk Finder will judge how likely it is that your house will flood, simply by entering in the name of the area, or the postcode. Don't get caught out! [£0.79]

iPad


Where Chefs Eat: If you need recommendations on the places that provide great food and service, who better to ask than top chefs? Where Chefs Eat offers over 6,000 recommendations from 600 of the world's top chefs so you know where to take your custom. It's not all expensive fancy restaurants either, you'll find your fair share of affordable local eateries as well. [£10.99]


Game of Thrones: The latest episode in the adventure game is finally here. Catch up with the goings-on in Westeros and see where your decisions end up taking you. [£3.99 -- with in-app purchases]


Letterspace: Letterspace is all about making things easy, simple and organised. That means you have features like a swipe-based cursor (more refined than the iOS default), toggled to-do lists, hashtag and '@' mention-based organisation, a full search feature, and iCloud back-ups. Better yet it's totally free, the only in-app purchases are to change the colour scheme. [Free]


Laundrapp: If you're short on time or just a bit lazy, a service that will pick up your clothes, clean them, and bring them straight back to you is probably music to your ears. Laundrapp has a network of cleaners (currently limited to Edinburgh and London) who will do just that. Prices start from £1.50, and someone will be available seven days a week. [Free]

Android


Blinq: Keeping up with people on various social networks is tough, so why not have an app that bundles it all into one place? Each person has an individual feed where you can exchange messages, and get insights from their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. [Free]


PPSSPP: Android is great for emulating older games, and now you can play all your favourites from the PSP on your phone. Just download a game and transfer them onto your phone to turn them into .ISO or .CSO files, and play away! [Free]


theScore eSports: Finding eSports news isn't as easy as it is to find regular sports news, so if you want to see what's going on with games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft II, and more, you can get it here. That includes breaking news, top news stories, real-time scores, and the ability to watch live games on your phone. [Free]


Box: The cloud storage service (for those of you who don't want to use Dropbox or Google Drive) has been updated. It now includes features that make it easier to deal with shared content, support for password-protected PDFs, and support for backing up your bookmarks. [Free]


Microsoft Outlook Preview: It was released on iOS last week, and now it's available on Android. You can now get your Hotmail, Live, and Outlook email sent directly to you phone without the need for pesky email forwarding or third-party apps that don't update in real-time. [Free]

Windows Phone


#TileArt: If you want to add a bit of artistic flair to your Live Tile screen, you should check out #TileArt. Add your own artwork and customise the tile layout to suit your taste and style. [Free]


Teamviewer: There are a number of apps available for accessing your computer remotely, but most of them are restricted to one operating system. Teamviewer lets you control any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer from your phone without any set-up hassle. [Free]


Cycloramic: The easiest way to take a panoramic photo quickly, all you have to do is follow the onscreen guide and you'll have the perfect picture. No more blurry half-done panoramas for you. [£1.49]


Dropbox: The ever-popular cloud storage service keeps getting updates on Windows Phone, helping users catch up with iOS and Android. The newest feature lets you setup an automatic back-up system for your photos, so you don't have to worry about space on your phone (or losing them) ever again. [Free]


Office Lens: The handy little app that lets you capture images and scan them into your phone as a document that you can then send to OneNote. It's just had a handy update, and it lets you convert your captured images directly into PDF documents with selectable text. [Free]