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

By Tom Pritchard on at

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Remembering all the great things from the past is one of life's great pleasures, and sure as hell beats remembering all the moronically stupid things you've done more recently. I've been re-igniting the flame of my inner child by re-watching Disney favourites which were exactly as I remembered them. Sadly there is no nostalgia in this week's list of apps though...unless you're a North Korean defector?


iPhone Apps

North Korea Travel App: Most of you will never be able to visit the glorious country that is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, so the Supreme Leader Kim Jon-Un has personally developed this most excellent app for you to experience the wonders that North Korea has to offer. You can view up-to-date information and photographs of North Korea's best tourist attractions, and browse a phrasebook to help you pick up some basic Korean. Maybe it will convince you to take your next holiday in North Korea, rather than taking in the evils of capitalist America? [£1.49]

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

Stereo: Apple music players haven't had much in the way of design changes over the past 13 years (blimey, the iPod is 13 years old?), but Stereo is there to make it a bit more interesting. Designed to help you reminisce about the days flicking through your vinyl records, it's a great way to make your music player a bit more visually appealing without ruining the functionality. [£1.49]

Instapaper: This one lets you save articles offline so that you can go back and read them at your leisure, whether it's for reading on a plane, the tube, or just because you live in an area with shoddy signal. This is a hefty update which includes the ability to save highlighted text, multi-device synchronisation for your highlights, and improved social sharing. [£2.49 -- with optional subscription]

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

TuneIn Radio: This one is an app that aims to give you better access to radio stations across the world. Since it offers 100,000 stations from different parts of the globe I'd say it does just that. It's just been updated, and now includes recommendations based on your previous activity, a personalised news feed with everything you need to keep up with your stations of choice, and the "Echo" function which lets you share what you're listening to with friends and family. [Free]

Voice: Voice is described as a way to gather opinions and debate with people across the world. It's a bit like a polling app, but with a social feature built in. You can pose questions and hypotheticals to the world, or you can answer questions that are put forward by other people. Whether you keep your activity restricted to your friends, or you're willing to branch out and find other people, it's a cool way to gather data, sate your own curiosity, or just waste a bit of time. [Free]


iPad Apps

Adobe Voice: This is unusual in how it works, but it's still pretty damn cool. Adobe Voice helps you create animated videos easily and quickly, all you have to do is talk to the app and tell a story. You choose from 25,000 images, and Voice will automatically add motion and music. Making videos has never been so simple. [Free]

The Photo Cookbook: This one teaches you to cook, but instead of just giving you written instructions it helps you along the way with high resolution images. It starts off with a picture of all the ingredients, and then moves onto simple step-by-step visual instructions. There are 84 recipes included, with the option to buy more in-app. [£2.49]

Hopscotch: The full title of this app is "Hopscotch, Programming Designed for Everyone: coding for kids," but that's a bit of a mouthful and it makes my job redundant. As the name suggests, this is an app designed to making coding accessible to everyone, especially children. It involves coding characters to do things on screen, whether that's moving, colliding into each other, or drawing. This is version 2.0, which comes with a lot more features, as well as giving the app a major facelift. If you have kids you might want to try and get them into this, as learning to code later in life is pretty difficult. [Free]

Tumblr: Ah Tumblr, that blogging website that seems to be populated with wannabe social activists, teenage fan-fiction enthusiasts, and people who are offended by everything. Not everyone on Tumblr is like that though, and normal people do use it to host their blogs. If you're one of them, you might want to know that the latest update to the app gives you total control over your blog's design right there in the palm of your hand. [Free]

NinJump Smash: The follow up to the ever-popular game NinJump, NinJump Smash is a bit of a deviation from what you might be used to. Rather than jumping up the side of a building, you play as a fat ninja smashing through walls. It's like an endless runner, but you need to time your taps exactly right to be able to progress. [Free]


Android Apps

MUBI: MUBI is a video streaming service that specialises in classic and cult movies. Unlike Netflix or Amazon, which have stuff on offer for a seemingly indefinite amount of time, movies on MUBI are only available for 30 days. With a new movie uploaded everyday, there should be plenty for you to watch through. This one is a must for film fans, and people looking to watch classic movies that aren't available on other platforms. [Free -- with subscription]

Spoticast: Chromecast is great for streaming music to your TV, but it relies on you having an extensive collection of your own music. With Spoticast, Spotify Premium users can stream their Spotify playlists to their TV easily and quickly. [Free -- Spotify Premium users only]

Slyde: Got some apps that you use all the time? Isn't it a pain to have to go through your menus or home screens to get back to them? Slyde is a quick menu that hovers over your screen and gives you easy access to five of your favourite apps. It's non-intrusive so it won't affect your day-to-day Android fun, but it can help you save a few seconds here and there. [£0.59]

HabitBull: Whether you want to develop a new habit, or break an old one, HabitBull is on hand to help you out. The app basically functions as a diary for your habits, so whether you're doing something like trying to wean yourself off cigarettes, or trying to drink more water, HabitBull is there to help you out. [Free]

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

Waygo: Learning Chinese and Japanese can be particularly tricky thanks to issues with English transliteration, as well as the whole brand new alphabet thing. So if you're going to China or Japan you will need this app to help you out. Waygo uses your phones camera to read printed words and will show the translation on your phone's screen. Best of all, it will give you the phonetic pronunciation of a word and doesn't require an internet connection. [Free -- with in-app purchases]


Windows Phone Apps

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

6Snap Beta: Snapchat is one of the many apps that hasn't made the official leap to Windows Phone, which would normally be bad news for anybody wanting to try out the new features. Luckily 6Snap has you covered and has already updated to let you use the new Snapchat chatting feature through the app. [Free]

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

VLC Mobile Remote: VLC is the ultimate media player since it plays every kind of filetype under the sun. But the lazy amongst you might want to control VLC whilst away from your computer, so VLC Mobile Remote has you covered. Control playback, volume, and even the aspect ratio. [Free]

Movie Moments: A great little mobile editing app that lets you trim your videos down to the very best moments (up to 60 seconds each). Once you've done that you an add music, effects, and captions so you end up with the perfect piece. [Free]

Darts Match: A nice mobile darts app for you to practice your skills with. Play against your friends, or against the computer. With three difficulties, and a number of classic darts gametypes. [Free]

Windows Reading List: One of the awkward things about surfing the web is that you often find yourself with more than you can manage and have to send yourself a bunch of links to keep track of them all. Windows Reading List will keep tabs of all that content, whether it's from Internet Explorer or other apps. With an easy to use interface and simple categorisation, this is ideal for the heavy readers out there. [Free]