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

By Tom Pritchard on at

August is almost over and we're heading into September; with it comes IFA, one of the biggest events on the tech event calendar. But we can't get ahead of ourselves, so first we should look back at the month gone by. Apple decided that we are once again worthy of attending its press events, we know of a smartwatch capable of making calls, reversible lightning USB cables were made available by a third partyDoctor Who came back to our TVs, and Facebook decided that some of its users might not be clever enough to understand The Onion.

But August also saw some fantastic apps. It was no easy task picking out the cream of the crop.

iOS Apps

DSTRUX: I included an app like this in last week's Android apps; DSTRUX functions in a fairly similar way. Basically it ensures that you are in control over the files you send to people. If they share them, you'll know about it and can stop them from viewing it. Screen capture is disabled, and you can completely destroy the file anytime you like. [Free]

Hanx Writer: Do you just wish you could use the far-superior writing implement that is the typewriter but without having to deal with things like slow typing and only having a single physical copy? You could buy one of those USB typewriter stands for your iPad, but you're still stuck with the problem of slow typing. Instead you should try out Hanx Writer, which gives you the illusion of using a typewriter, but with the same speed and precision you get from typing on the iPad's screen. Though, admittedly, it would be much faster (and easier) if you just used a keyboard. [Free]

Roamer: Using your phone abroad isn't as easy as it is at home, and your network doesn't always make it easy to find out what charges will be accrued by calling and texting in another country. Fortunately Roamer is an easy, and low-cost, way to ring international mobiles and landlines without building up enormous charges. Just buy some in-app credit and you're good to go. Our benevolent editor Kat actually used this in Morocco recently and found it incredibly easy to set up and use. If that's not a reason for you go try it, I don't know what is. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Rantable: I'm a big fan of ranting, and sometimes Twitter just doesn't have enough space to rant effectively. Rantable is a new platform that allows you to rant away without having to worry about sticking to 140 character increments. Best of all it can link to your Twitter account to reach out to all your Twitter followers and ensure your rant is heard by the masses. [Free]

Read our updated list of essential iOS apps here.

Android Apps

WeTransfer: Transferring big files isn't that easy; your only real options are to use cloud storage, or perhaps even share using a torrent file (which is highly frowned upon for no good reason). WeTransfer aims to take the hassle out of it, and will let you send files up to 10GB in size absolutely free. All you need is an email address. Better yet, you can share from anywhere on your device; just hit the share button and you're good to go. [Free]

Endless Jabber: You may recall that back in May I covered Notifyr, which lets iPhone users get their notifications on their Mac. Endless Jabber is similar, except instead of simply reading things like texts you can send them from your computer. But that's not all, you can also do things like check your contacts, and even check the status of your phone's battery life. [Free]

Olocode: The problem with handing out business cards is that you can't really update them once they've been printed and given to people. Olocode is a way of getting around that, by linking people to a digital business card. As it's all digital, if you update your info, the app will automatically update the information other people have on you. But not everyone is willing to transfer to digital, so if you receive any paper business cards, you can scan them into the app and store them in one handy place. [Free]

TapPath: An app that can be used to customise what happens when you click a link on your phone. A single tap may open a web browser, a double click might send it to Pocket, and a triple click might send it to another device via Pushbullet. It's all up to you, but no longer do you have to fiddle with menus to do something with a link. [£0.59]

Read our updated list of essential Android apps here.

Windows Phone Apps

CoPilot GPS: A step-by-step GPS app that functions in basically the same way as most GPS apps, but you have the option of purchasing maps for various regions around the world (US and Europe are free) in glorious high detail. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Best Daily Apps: Finding all the best apps yourself is no mean feat, especially with the sheer amount of stuff that gets uploaded. Best Daily Apps will find the the best apps in the app store and display them for you on a daily basis. You'll also be able to find apps that are free for a limited time, saving you your precious cash. [Free]

Who Called Me UK: Keep getting random calls and have no idea who's trying to pester you for whatever stupid reason? Who Called Me UK has an extensive list of numbers belonging to telemarketers, debt collectors, banks, and interviewers. All so you can find out exactly who's disturbing you in the middle of your dinner. [Free]

BBM Beta: It's been available on iOS and Android for a while now, and now Windows Phone users can utilise the wonder of BBM. Send messages, videos, images, and voice notes to your friends, regardless of what phone system they use. [Free]

Read our updated list of essential Windows Phone apps here.