February's Essential Apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

By Tom Pritchard on at

February's been a hell of a month: we saw the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, possibly Marvel's biggest gamble to date; the unveiling of a massive array of mobile gadgets at MWC, and the disappearance of Facebook's email service, prompting confusion among many who were unaware that the service survived past 2010. Most of all, we saw the release of some hella' cool apps which you should download immediately, before the developer decides they've become too popular.


iOS Apps

Calcube: Calendar apps are quite useful, but they are a bit of a pain to navigate. Calcube is designed to be much faster and intuitive, so that organising your time isn't such a headache. Plus, there's weather forecasting integrated into the app itself and the design is a snazzy little cube. Really, what more could you want?  [£1.49]

Catchr: You never can be too careful with your phone nowadays, especially with all the sensitive information we trust them to hold. But how can you be sure some nefarious individual isn't using your phone when you're not looking? Catchr will log when it's been used, what apps have been accessed, and it will even map where the phone has been. Perfect for all you people with chronic paranoia. [£1.49]

Launch Centre Pro: This is pretty much speed dial for your device's apps and functions. Got anything you use on a regular basis but you have to scroll through a bundle of menus to get to? Set it to Launch Centre and you save yourself a wee bit of time in getting there. Now with iPad compatibility, this new update brings this app away from being solely for the iPhone. [£2.99]

SwiftKey Note: A way to make your note taking that extra bit faster, SwiftKey is designed to learn from you and predict what you're going to say from just a few keystrokes. Better still, you can sync up the app to Evernote, so even if the worst happens you're not without a back up of your work. With this, theoretically, gone are the days of terribly annoying autocorrect. [Free]

Read our updated list of essential iOS apps here.


Android Apps

EverythingMe Launcher: EverythingMe is designed to anticipate what you need your phone for, and when you'll need it. The prediction bar will try and determine when you'll need apps, news and weather in the morning, train schedules in the evening for instance; Smart folders will automatically organise your apps based on your interests; The search function will also learn based on your usage, so searching for D will bring up your dad's number, or possibly directions--whichever you use the most. [Free]

Superbeam: This is a very clever little app that I think could revolutionise file-sharing. Superbeam will let you share files via Wi-Fi through the magic of QR codes. Those of you who choose to pay 93p to go pro will also get the bonus of sharing via NFC. This is great, no more hassle with lousy Bluetooth connections or online storage to share your files. [Free]

Time Pin: A nifty way to ensure people can't watch and learn your phone's precious PIN (believe me it happens). Time Pin will ensure that the security number to unlock your phone changes regularly, based on either the current date, or time. It is a cool way to keep access to your device restricted, but obviously telling other people about the app turns it into a massive hole in your security. [Free]

Travalarm: If you're anything like me, if you're going somewhere in the morning you tend to get up at the last minute, so any road obstacles have a very good chance of making you late. Travalarm is an integrated alarm clock and traffic monitor. So if there are any reported delays on your route it'll wake you up earlier to compensate. If you commute via public transport it'll also alert you when you're nearing your stop, so you can nap on the way. [Free]

Read our updated list of essential Android apps here.


Windows Phone Apps

UK Bus Checker: Finding public transport timetables can be tricky. Different places have different websites, and even then it's dependent on which company controls the local services. UK Bus Checker has a dedicated database of 35 different locations, with comprehensive details on thousands of routes. It also updates in real-time, so if you rely on buses this one is an essential app for your phone. [£2.49]

Momento: For the journaling enthusiasts out there, Momento is designed to make it easy for you to record your personal thoughts and ideas. Sorted in a month-by-month timeline, you can throw in photos, notes, and pretty much everything else you'd need from a journaling app. Best of all, you can back it up to your OneDrive account. [Free]

Poki: An unofficial app for the app Pocket, this makes reading on the web a smidge easier. Find an article, or video that you like online but want to come back to it later? Rather than bookmarking it you can store it in the app for later use. You can completely customise your reading view, as well as storing said webpages offline for use in those hard-to-reach signal-less areas. Best of all, it will record your progress through an article in case you aren't able to read it all at once. [£1.49]

Flappy Bird: Flappy Bird never got an official Windows Phone release, not that it stopped someone from porting it. Since this wasn't an official version (like far too many Windows Phone apps), it was never pulled. So you lucky Windows Phone users don't have to manage with cheap rip-offs. [Free]

Read our updated list of essential Windows Phone apps here.