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

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are just some games should come with a built-in timer to stop people overplaying. MMOs, simplistic endless runners, and the Civilization series. Just five more minutes you say, then suddenly it's 2am and you haven't written up the list of apps due in by morning. I may or may not be speaking from personal experience here...

But, enough about conquering a simulated land as the man who gave Bluetooth its name, let's get down to business. That's why you're all here isn't it?

iPhone Apps

Jobmapper: Finding a job is not easy, and there are a lot of tools out there to help you in your search. I don't recall seeing one like Jobmapper, and it baffles me why. You use it to look for jobs in a certain geographic location, and they're displayed on a map on your screen. It's such a simple concept, but it's so incredibly useful. Why has it taken so long to get here? [Free]

OneShot for Screenshots: A screenshot app that let's you make some edits and then post them to Twitter. Any app could do that, though, and the point of OneShot is that you're capable of highlighting certain sections of the screenshot. That means being able to show someone what you want them to see, without any fiddling with cropping images and pasting them back together. [Free]

DICE: An app that lets you search for the best gigs, festivals, and club nights, and then pay for them without being screwed over by booking fees. DICE has been featured in these lists before, but back then it was limited to London. It's expanded now, and you can find the best events in Glasgow, Manchester, and Bristol. [Free]

Imgur: The image sharing/community app obsessed with giraffes, cats, and complaining about content on Reddit, is finally officially available on iOS. Now when you're not at your computer you needn't rely on third-party browsing apps to check out the best memes, sob stories, and viral content that Imgur has to offer. [Free]

Clips Video Editor: Editing video can be tricky if you don't know what you're doing, especially if you're working on a mobile device. It just had an update with additional effects like slow motion and dissolve, along with the option to share to multiple messaging and social network services. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

iPad Apps

RefMe: If you've ever written up academic work then you know that the worst part of the whole thing is adding the bibliography. So many different styles and pedantic details that you need to get absolutely perfect, so why not use something that automates the process? RefMe does all that from a book or journal's title, ISBN, barcode, URL and so on. [Free]

Yousician Guitar: Teaching yourself guitar can be tricky, and having the tabs in front of you is only part of the story. Yousician Guitar is your own digital tutor, and it will give you instant feedback after listening to you play along to your favourite songs. Yousician is free but time is restricted, so if you want unlimited playtime you will need to cough up £15 monthly for a subscription fee. [Free -- with optional subscription

Human Anatomy Atlas: One for students of anatomy and medicine alike, Human Anatomy Atlas is the most in-depth 3D model of the human body. It's not cheap, but if you need to study the human body with serious depth then this is definitely an app for you to consider. [£18.99 -- with in-app purchases]

Spring Ninja: One of those annoying Flappy Bird-esque games that has you trying to get as far as you can before you inevitably fail. This time you're taking control of a fat Ninja with springy shows attempting to jump onto pillars. Try not to break your phone, ok? [Free]

Android Apps

BitTorrent Sync: BitTorrent's alternative to cloud storage, which lets you sync files between devices without size limits and storage capacities. This new version includes a Pro version for businesses users, the option to select which devices you'll back-up to, and more details about your synced folders. [Free -- with optional subscription]

Source (News Reader): There are so many different ways for you to get your news these days, and if you're one who uses a multitude of feeds then Source is one to try. It pulls together feeds from various different RSS readers, like Feedly and The Old Reader, as well as Twitter lists. No more swapping around between apps for you. [£2.35]

BBM: New updates are here for BlackBerry's messenger service, including Android Wear compatibility, the option to share photos directly in group chats, in-chat playback of voice notes, and the option to pay for a customisable PIN and ad removal. [Free]

Flynx: Flynx has finally made it out of beta, and brings with it a slew of new features. Originally it just included the option to let links load as a 'bubble' on screen, but now it comes a Material Design inspired interface, the option to save links, and algorithms that will open a link in reading mode when it detect blogs and articles. [Free]

PhotoMath: It has finally made it to Android, after having been on Windows Phone and iOS for quite some time (weird order, I know). If you have trouble solving equations, all you need to do is open up the app and point your phone's camera at it. No straining your brain, or hitting yourself because you can't remember how to find x. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps

VLC for Windows Phone: VLC players do exist for Windows Phone, but none of them were official. That's no longer the case, and it makes Windows Phone the last major system to have an official release. No more worrying about filetype when trying to play a media on your phone. [Free]

Fedora Reader: Curating all your news sources in one handy place is one of the things RSS feeds are perfect for, but you'll need a reader to make all that work. Consider Fedora Reader, a minimalist reader for Windows Phones that lets you do all that. Plus, it's able to extract the info from most articles do that you can't have to leave the app to read them all. [Free]

Starbucks Locator: There are many reasons why you'd want to go to Starbucks. Maybe you're a stereotypical teenage girl, perhaps you enjoy drinking expensive coffees that are basically ice creams, or perhaps you just like the baked goods. All that depends on being able to find one for yourself, so this app will show you where they are, what's in each store, as well as support for your Starbucks card. [Free]

Electro Pad: If you want to create your own electro music then you can use this handy little app with 36 different beats that you can string together. Just set it off to record, tap away, and save it for your future aural pleasure. [Free]