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

By A Kennedy on at

I'm on one of my regular nutrition buzzes this week, as I've taken on another interesting client for my nutritional consulting side-job. Spending countless hours trawling the app store for an app recommendation for him, considering he's allergic to, well, everything, has proved a challenge. Has anyone else ever tried to make a dairy, gluten, and egg-free coffee cake? The results of my latest app-squizzing are below, among many others:


iPhone Apps

ESPN UKIt's already been a cracking summer when it comes to sport, and we still have the football and rugby seasons to come. With this in mind, ESPN has launched its new app for the UK, adding news, videos and social media feeds for a range of sports. A big feature is personalisation, from individual sports to favourite teams -- you can set it in notification settings to give you mind-bogglingly rapid updates if you can't turn the game on at that particular moment. [Free]

Salvador Dalí: I took a trip to Barcelona a few years ago with an art class, and among many other things, we visited the Dalí museum in Figueres (the one with the huge golden eggs on top). From then on I was fascinated by the artist and his works. If you're a fan of Salvador Dalí too, this app is a must-have. Published by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and curated by the Centre for Dalinian Studies, it tells you all about the surrealist artist's life, paintings and places. The app has puzzles too, and is promised to be updated regularly. You could head over to Spain instead, but this is definitely the cheaper option. [Free]


Notograph: Notograph was designed based on the idea that the simplest way to take down reminder notes was to take a quick picture of them using your iPhones in-built camera. But the more convenient part about it is that they aren't stored within your Camera Roll or Photo Stream, they're stored separately. It's all explained in the rather-funny video above. [£1.49]


2 Note: In direct contrast to Notograph above, 2 Note is not a simple snap and shoot note taker. For those who need more detailed notes than both the stock notes app and simpler apps like Notograph, it features photo, video, map, music and voice notes. You can organise notes to decrease storage space taken, and encrypt the more sensitive of entries. And you can sync it all to Dropbox, so it can be accessible on a range of your devices. A very simple interface, and incredibly easy to use. This one's my notebook app of choice. [Free]


Caveman Feast -- Paleo Recipes: There are fantastic new nutrition and recipe apps popping up all of the place these days, and the nutritionist part of me is loving this fact. A few of these involve the paleo diet (low carb, low sugar, grain-free, gluten-free, nutrient-dense whole food), and although not as popular as others, it follows a very simple plan. Eat simple, non-processed foods and you'll feel healthier. It can be manipulated to fit in with both a weight loss (or weight gain) diet very effectively to achieve whatever your goal is -- fit into those jeans, pack on that muscle, or just feel healthier in general. This treasure trove of deliciousness contains over 200+ Paleo recipes by George Bryant of; I've already tried about 50 of them -- they're delicious. [£1.99]


iPad Apps

Leith's Kitchen Wizard: As "how to" cooking apps go, this one is the bees knees. Although before downloading I didn't particularly know too much about Leith's, it's slowly becoming a brilliant resource in my kitchen. I'm usually the "toss everything in a pot and see what happens" type cook, but this app forces you to follow recipes with ingredient and equipment check-off lists. It also contains a great glossary of cooking terms for the novice chef, and for the more seasoned of cooks, you can test your foodie knowledge with a cookery quiz to keep you on your toes.  [£1.49]


Duolingo: Duolingo works like most other language-learning programs; you work through exercises or activities to complete lessons which are part of larger units. The structure is clear in progress, and the app keeps track of your progress synchronously across both the iOS app and the Web version. The thing that makes Duolingo different is that it also offers a translation service to check webpages and the like after you've mentally translated them. I've started using this in the last week to relearn my horrifically-rusty French. As I quickly progressed through the various levels, I noticed a few slight inaccuracies, but for a free app, it's a fantastic service. [Free]


Infiniscroll: This app is described as an "open-ended storytelling tool" for children, presenting them with a scrollable feed of drawings, ready for them to record their own voices telling a story about the pictures, then share it with friends and family. Using both sight and sound of your senses, it breaks down the rules of traditional linear storytelling, even allowing you to make a short film involving your own characters. A clever, creative idea that's very neatly done. [£2.49]


Plants vs Zombies 2: The second instalment of everybody's favourite zombie apocalypse game is finally out. And it was a long time coming. I'll presume you've already played the original Plants vs Zombies game (if not -- go there first), but this sequel is jam-packed full of new features. New plants, new zombies, new locations and a slightly new, although questionably better, layout. Prepare your thumbs, because once you download it, and crazy Dave starts talking about that taco, you'll find it hard to put down. Not joking -- I'm playing as I type. [Free]

Editorial: This app is what you'd expect from a text editor, but there's also a tonne of automation tools that you can take advantage of as a time-saving exercise. There are pre-installed workflow automations, or you can script some new ones. It's a got a full-on Python interpreter built-in, which means if you can script it, you can pretty much do it. If you're an avid writer and you want to make use your iPad to its full potential for your writing, you should consider spending the three quid. [£2.99]


Android Apps

DraStic DS Emulator: For any gamers, this is an absolute godsend: The promise is that you'll be able to play "many" DS games at full speed, with support for add-on controllers or physical buttons on gaming-optimised devices like Nvidia Shield and Sony's Xperia Play. You can even enhance your gaming experience with an in-built database of thousands of cheat codes. This comes with the inevitable caveat that games "must be legally obtained from a Nintendo DS" to run – methinks we should watch to see what Nintendo makes of it. [£5.29]

One Cent Call: I know. Name reads "Cent". Bizarrely, this app, despite the name, is aimed at British mobile users. The concept is to give micro-donations to charities each time you make a call or send a text message. Choose a charity or charities from the range available; set how much you want to donate a month, and voilà, donations are taken from your phone bill. So far, supporting phone service providers who have jumped on board are O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile. [Free]


One Second Every Day: If anybody watches Comedy Central, this idea will be familiar; it's featured on the advertising for Seann Walsh World. Record one second a day for a year; what would your final video look like? This app does exactly that, taking a one-second video a day which are automatically sorted by date. They're then backed up to Google Drive, where you can watch a compilation based on the last month, year or any sequence of dates. Free for 30 days, with a 79p fee to carry on using it. [Free]


Samsung Wallet: Hint's in the name -- yes, this is an app for Samsung Android devices only. It's Samsung's equivalent of Apple's PassBook -- an app to store boarding passes, vouchers, event tickets and membership cards. It'll work with compatible apps, and with its appearance on the Google Play store, there's now have a way for people to get their hands on it if they don't have a brand new device which handily has the the app already preloaded. [Free] Wuaki TV and film streaming service aims to provide us with a little bit of competition for the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm in the UK. Owned by online shopping giant Rakuten, it offers a mix of buying, renting and subscribing to gain access to its large catalogue of videos -- the idea being that if shows or movies aren't available as part of the general subscription, you can buy or rent them from the same service, rather than having to go elsewhere. Sounds good. [Free -- with subscription]


Windows Phone Apps

UNOFriends: Who didn't love UNO? Especially now, when it couldn't be easier to play with the millions of UNO-lovers online directly from your phone. Xbox Live is one of the largest online gaming communities and you can tap into it from your Windows Phone. The usability is fantastic and you'll easily get addicted to the game of chance. It's also free -- even better. [Free]

WPCentral: WPCentral is designed to keep you up to date on the Windows Phone platform. If you're not sure whether to buy something, check out the screenshots and reviews, then you can go directly to the marketplace via the app to start downloading. Designed to make your life easier, and from what I can tell, it does that. [£0.79]


8bit Invaders: Space Invaders -- Everyone loves a classic: 8bit. Nostalgic. On your Windows Phone. Free. Need I say more? [Free]

Grin: Where would you go for the best (funniest) memes on the internet? Imgur. Obviously. This app puts the best of Imgur directly into your pocket. You can upload your own images, browse through top and noteworthy categories, and of course, share the best of the best (hilarious) to your friends. [Free]


Evernote: The marketplace describes it as turning "your phone into an extension of your brain". Just like Evernote for iOS or the web, this app is designed for the ultra-organised of the world, and is a welcome addition to the arsenal in the war against paper files and forgetfulness. [Free]