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

By Tom Pritchard on at

I don't always get ill, but when I do I catch something seriously nasty. I guess I must have a fairly strong immune system, because I tend not to come down with things that incapacitate other people. When I do, it takes me completely out of commission for a few days. Fortunately 21st century writing can be done from the comfort of one's own bed, and while I am able to type coherently, here is this week's list:


iPhone Apps

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Google Helpouts: Google's contribution to the world of digital learning, Helpouts is a portal that gives you access to a wide range of videos covering a number of topics. With topics like cooking, computers, fitness, and many more. [Free]

Club Penguin: The popular MMO for young children, Club Penguin lets them explore an animated world populated by, you guessed it, penguins. With mini games and social features, it's a fun game for kids to play online. The new update has optimised the game for older models, including the iPhone 4S, and brings in 40 varieties of pets to care for. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Cinetimes UK: For some, going to the cinema is the best way to watch a film. It's definitely the best (read: only) way to watch the new releases. There are various chains and screening times to choose from, but how do you find them all? Cinetimes UK has an extensive list of all films available, including information on when they're showing and when you can actually see them. A perfect way to find the best time and place to see the latest flicks. [Free]

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Flickr: There's not much you can't like about Flickr, it's one of the most popular photo storage services on the web. And with 1,000GB of storage it's not hard to see why that is. Flickr 3.0 features a brand new design built from the ground up, to make it simple to use and easy to look at. [Free]

Breeze: Finally, a RunKeeper For Those Who'd Rather Walk

Breeze: Most fitness-logging apps are focussed on exercise regimes and monitoring in the short term. Breeze will monitor you all the time, automatically, making it simple for you to keep track of how active you really are. It's designed to not drain your battery life, as well as making improving your fitness far more interesting. [Free]


iPad Apps

Smith Hotels: The official app for the boutique hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith, with a built-in search function, booking services, and access to exclusive member discounts. Unlike some apps they also realise people from places other than America are interested, and update prices in local currency on a daily basis. [Free]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The tie-in for Spider-Man's latest cinematic foray, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is an open world game that puts you into the shows of the titular hero as he fights to save the people of New York. Fire webs, climb walls, and fight infamous villains from the comics. A great mobile adventure featuring everybody's favourite wall-crawler. [Free]

Hitman GO: A strategy game based on the long-lived Hitman franchise, Hitman GO is almost like a virtual board game designed to test your strategic assassination skills. There are many ways to complete the levels and navigate the environment. Will you be for sneaking inside or forcing entry? It's up to you. [£2.99 -- with in-app purchases]

Foldify Zoo: Ah papercraft, the simple act of folding simple pieces of paper to create awesome-looking 3D models. Like origami but less complex and fiddly. Folidify Zoo provides you with templates that you can print out and create. Or you can use the app to create your own, whatever suits you best. [£1.949]

BBC Sport: The BBC is one of the most reliable news sources available on planet Earth, and its sports coverage is no exception. The BBC Sport app gives you access to live sports coverage, news, and now push notifications so you'll never be kept in the dark on how your team is doing. [Free]


Android Apps

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Fleksy Keyboard: An alternative keyboard to the standard built-in keyboard app, Fleksy is designed to learn your typing habits and intelligently determine what you meant to type, even if you hit the wrong keys. There is also gesture control, and customisable options to make it better suited to your typing style. The goal is to ensure that you can type accurately without having to look at your screen -- handy, eh? The latest version also brings in more keyboard layouts including DVORAK and Colemak. [Free]

Note Crypt Safe: Your phone's lock screen might normally be enough to prevent people from getting into your phone, but it's not foolproof. App locking software is also great, but the free versions tend to limit how much you can actually lock. Note Crypt Safe ensures that your notes have that extra level of security by locking them behind a password, ensuring that they are kept secret from the world. You don't want people finding out your innermost secrets now, do you? [Free]

Writeily Markdown Text Editor: A simple, yet visually appealing note taking app. Visuals are the main thing that sets Writeily apart from the competition. Rather than mimicking a notepad like other similar apps, Writeily is minimalistic and strips the design down to the very basic needs. While it's got everything else you'd expect like sharing, previews, and note organisation, there is one thing that sets Writeily apart: it can share notes from other apps. No longer will you have to manually transfer them if you want to switch. [Free]

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Frontback: This one has been out for iOS for a while, and attempts to get something out of this annoying selfie craze. Frontback takes a picture from both of your phone's cameras documenting the places you've been and the bizarre expressions you had when you were there. There's also social media sharing and photo tagging. [Free]

Flixtor: A mobile torrenting service that lets you either download or stream movies on your phone. All you do is search the database for the film you want to watch based on the title, the actors, or series. Once you've found something, let it download/buffer and watch to your heart's content! The great thing is there is no download limit and it's all 100 per cent free. [Free]


Windows Phone Apps

I'm Cortana: This isn't the standard version of Cortana that is rolling out with Windows Phone 8.1, no this is an unofficial version designed to give Windows Phone 8 users the illusion that they've upgraded. I'm Cortana is a set selection of responses that is designed to amuse you whenever you need to laugh. So basically it's Siri, minus the parts no one cares about. It'll also update from the actual Cortana feed from time to time so that the jokes don't get stale and repetitive. [Free]

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Color Weather: Another app that fails to change the title spelling for non-American-English users (urgh), Color Weather is a minimalist weather app that shows you everything you need but without all the fancy animations and art. [£0.79]

Bad Traffic: A game where you control the traffic heading into a junction where, depending on the game mode, you have to either keep them safe, or deliberately crash them. 14 different cities to play through will provide you with ample gameplay, just try not to throw your phone at the wall ok? [Free]

Dragon's Blade II: The sequel to the popular Windows Phone RPG has finally come to find the light of day. Dragon's Blade II is a turn based 2D RPG. With 11 classes to choose from, a customisable party, and mini games for when the quests are getting you down, this is one for any RPG fan. [£1.99]

Google Translator: If you're more loyal to Google than you are to Bing, why do you own a Windows Phone? Jokes aside, you might not want to use Bing translation app for whatever reason, in that case you can use this clone of Google Translate. With all 60 languages and speech recognition, it's a decent alternative. [Free]