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

By Tom Pritchard on at

We're coming up to a very important part of the tech calendar, as many of you might have realised already. It's about the time when we start hearing the announcements for all the latest phones and other gadgetry. Samsung already set off that slow-burning fuse the other week, and you can tell it's going to be a news-packed couple of months. Not that I'm personally bothered about the new phones, mines working just fine.

But enough about hardware chat, let's talk about software. Time for our weekly list of mobile apps.

iPhone Apps


Flow: Tired of video that just plays back at a normal speed? Can't decide whether you want slow-motion or super-speed? Flow is the app for you to try out. It lets you slow down or speed up your videos with minimal fuss, even within the main photos app. It also has filters, the option to reverse your video playback, and save video snapshots as individual images. [£1.49]


GIPHY Cam: We all love GIFs, and while there are plenty of tools for making them, this one lets you spice them up with a bunch of special effects and filters. It's nice and easy to do, and you can share them via text and social media at the tap of a button. [Free]


Green Card Pubs: This is an app for football fans who enjoy watching the game while sipping down a few pints in the pub. It's a discounts app, and if you head down to participating pubs you can nab yourself some offers and 20 per cent off drinks on matchday. [Free]


WhatsApp: There's a big update to the iOS version of WhatsApp this week, and now you can all use the web client with your iPhone. It's been on Android for quite a while, and now it means you can deal with all your messages without picking up your phone. Just head over to web.whatsapp.com. [Free]


VHS Camcorder: Do you miss the old days where recorded video was grainy and rubbish? Boy are you in for a treat. VHS Camcorder throws your video through a set of filters to make it look like it was filmed in the 90s, making it perfect for an appearance on You've Been Framed. [£2.99]

iPad Apps


Arcadia: The thing about books is that they're fairly linear, and you can't really read them in any way other than what the author intended. Arcadia aims to be different, and it does that by telling a single story from the perspective of ten characters across three separate worlds. The whole thing also has a timeline where you can see how the stories intersect. It's still somewhat linear, but you can still read it in the way you feel is right. It's a sci-fi book as well, if that's your thing. [Free/£2.99]


QUEST: Productivity is difficult, especially when it means working through a big list of tasks. QUEST aims to help motivate you by gamifying the whole thing into an RPG. Complete your tasks and your character will grow and earn new items. Earning pointless things in games is incredibly addictive, but at least this way you can get a lot done in the process. [£1.49]


TravelMate: Holidays are expensive, but going with friends can help reduce some of the costs for you (and make it a heck of a lot more interesting). TravelMate is an app that lets you bring together all your friends for planning a great holiday, splitting costs, and budgeting everything in the local currency. There are also charts to show you where your money is going, and a packing list to make sure you have everything you need. [£1.49]


The Everything Machine: This one is aimed at children, but personally I think it sounds pretty damn cool. The Everything Machine lets you build incredible things using the existing hardware within your iPad. You use the app to connect different components together to create cool things. You can also connect to other iOS devices to use their hardware and continue the creativity. Examples you can make include a slow-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, and anything else you can imagine. [£2.49]


BEAKER: One for science enthusiasts, BEAKER turns your iPad into a virtual beaker for you to mix a bunch of different chemicals together to see what happens. There are more than 300 reactions to do, and the whole digital thing means you can play around without having to worry about health and safety. [£0.79]

Android Apps


Opera Max: This one has been around for a while, letting you compress the data you use on your phone to stop you breaching your data cap. But before it couldn't compress data from secure streams like YouTube and Netflix. Now, though, it can. That means you can feel safe knowing that watching Netflix on the bus won't ruin your mobile browsing for the rest of the month. [Free]


Bing Search: The upcoming Android Marshmallow has a new feature called 'Now on Tap' which lets you find key information based on what page you're looking at. Marshmallow isn't arriving until later this year, but the Bing Search app has just updated to include that very same feature. So now your search experience is going to be that bit easier. [Free]


Vurb: There is far too much content on the internet, so it makes sense that there are plenty of apps designed to make it easier to find what you need. Most are designed around news but Vurb is different because it pulls together information about movies, TV, restaurants, events, and more. It's all presented in easy-to-digest cards, too. {Free]


Webmaker: This one is for you creative types, helping you create great web content specifically for people using mobile devices. It's simple and intuitive, so it should be easy for you to create some great stuff and get it online. It's not just web content either, you can create videos, images, and even basic apps. [Free]


Ninja Snap: Like it or not, we all have those nosey friends who can't not try their best to search through your phone at any given opportunity. If you'd rather they didn't sneak around your photo album, this app can help. Ninja Snap will take pictures of them while they browse your phone, and then force them to scroll through them. If that's a bit too creepy for your taste, you can also set it to add random shots of Kanye West's face onto them. That should make them laugh. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps


Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the WeekSlack (Beta): For those of you who don't already know, Slack is a popular business collaboration tool that includes built-in messaging, and file sharing. It's now available on Windows Phone in beta form, but it's a public beta so everyone gets to download it. There's also a Windows 10 design to make it stand out. [Free]


Lumia Camera: This one isn't exactly new, but it has been exclusive to Lumia devices until now. Now non-Lumia Windows Phones can skip the built-in camera and go for the one Microsoft is constantly tweaking. It's not the same version as on Lumia phones, so it's missing a the 'Rich Capture' feature. It does still has all the bonuses like the Bing Vision QR code reader, and a bunch of settings that you can play around with to get the perfect shot. [Free]


VLC Beta: There's already a stable version of VLC available on Windows Phone, but that doesn't mean you can't help test the new features before they get 'officially' launched. It also means you get more updates more often. This one will also work on Windows 10 preview phones. [Free]


6tin: There's no Tinder on Windows Phone, so thank god for the tireless efforts of the third party devs. 6tin is your best Tinder client, and it's had a nice little update to improve your swipey-dating experience. Now it's starts up much faster than before, and has had a few changes to the UI. [Free]