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

By Tom Pritchard on at

You know those days where you get up and decide you can't be bothered doing anything? That's what my entire week has been like, sitting at my desk groaning about how I have work to do, or a gym to visit, or cleaning that needs to be done. I don't know what it is, the only real change to my week is I just bought a 2DS and Pokémon X. Is Pokémon making me lethargic? Going to have to test this hypothesis, so while I'm devising a research methodology you can occupy yourselves with the apps list.

iPhone Apps

Fixr: One for people into the clubbing scene. Fixr is a way of easily searching for local events, as well as the function that lets you pay for your entry before hand so you don't have to waste time fumbling around with cash when you get to the end of the queue. Currently it's restricted to London, but there are plans to expand the service around the country. [Free]

goCarShare: We've seen a massive rise in apps that let individuals become cheap taxi services, but what about people who just want a cheap journey without all that hassle? goCarShare is quite simply a car sharing app that lets you network with other people who want a cheap journey, whether they're the driver or a passenger. Plus all it costs the passenger is a set contribution to fuel costs. This is great for long journeys, and trips to big events like festivals. [Free]

Facebook Messenger: The end is nigh. The end of the official Facebook app being an all-in one system. The Americans are now finding that messenger has been removed, so you better get the new app downloaded before that happens to you. Or stop using Facebook, that also works. [Free]

Mediafire: Cloud storage is incredibly useful, especially as a back-up for your mobile devices. Mediafire is one such cloud back-up, one that offers you 15 GB of storage right off the bat. This new version has a whole host of new features including automatic photo uploads, a built-in music player, and a fast cleaner design. [Free]

Telegraph Fantasy Football: The new season is very nearly here, and of course that means all the fantasy football leagues are starting up in anticipation. The Telegraph's offering includes 200 prizes worth £120,000, with the person in first place winning £35,000. Think you know your stuff? Give it a go. [Free]

iPad Apps

TED: Ah the TED conference, showcasing some of the best minds the world has to offer on a variety of topics including business, science, tech, and education. The app lets you keep up-to-date with all of the latest TED talks at absolutely no cost to yourselves. Why not give it a whirl? It's a great way to expand your horizons and hear about the latest ideas. [Free]

Jimdo: A handy little app if you want to create and edit a website or blog on-the-go. You might wonder why you wouldn't do this at your computer – it is probably easier –  but the thing about this app is that you can update from your iPad or iPhone. Blogging inspiration doesn't always come when you're within reach of your computer, believe me I know, so at least you can type things up as and when you think of them. [Free]

ECD Cricket Live: Now cricket lovers can follow the game on their iPads with this app. Not only does it include results as and when they occur, the app also includes a 3D pitch for you to see all sorts of statistics about the game that's just been played. This includes heatmaps, bowler delivery, and batting shots. [Free]

Ukulele Karaoke Ukeoke: A handy little app for people looking to learn to play the Ukulele. The app will convert all the songs included into four chords for simplicity and includes tutorials on how to play them. Each song's chords and lyrics are displayed on screen for you to play along with. Who said music was hard? [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Pandadoc: We live in an ever-expanding digital world, but there's one thing that hasn't really caught up with technology: signing documents. Pandadoc on the other hands lets you sign documents from all over the place and even includes integration with cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive. The main problem is that you only get three free signings, the rest you have to pay for separately. It's a pain, but the cloud integration is more than handy when it comes down to it. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Android Apps

Tomi File Manager: Most Android file managers are the same as the file manager on a PC, just a menu for navigating through all your folders. Not really handy if you don't feel like organising it thoroughly. Tomi, on the other hand, will organise your files automatically by type. Whether it's music, video, apps, it's all there and easy to find. [Free]

Journal (by Journey): A journalling app that's designed to capture the full experience when to enter your logs out and about. Whether your entry be a random thought that popped into your head, or a full-on diary entry. You can view your entries by the date you logged them, by the photos you included, or based on where you were in the world at the time. Journalling is something that has fallen out of fashion thanks to social media, but if you're wanting to get into it, then this isn't a bad option. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Freesat: An app to go along with your Freesat box, this is a handy little tool to enhance your TV viewing experience. Not only can you use it to control your TV box, you can also use the app to look at the listing for the week ahead and set them to record from wherever you are. Better still it can be used to launch on demand programming right there on your TV. [Free]

VSCO Cam: A social photo platform that emphasises the sharing of photography above all else, meaning there are none of the popularity features, like follower counts, that you see on other social media platforms. It's a hassle free way to share your photos, and to find other photographers from around the world. [Free]

Vine: Everybody knows what Vine is, Twitter's app dedicated to recording and sharing short videos. The Android app has had a hefty update which improves the quality of recorded videos, as well as allowing you to set what kind of notifications you get from within the app. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps

Movie Maker 8.1: One of Windows Phone's most popular video making/editing apps has just had a hefty upgrade, and now you can upload to Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook on-the-go, as well as adding in a whole host of editing options to the already extensive pallet. [£0.79]

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]

Snaptastic for Snapchat: Windows Phone is absolutely chock full of third-party versions of famous apps, and it's hardly surprising when app developers basically ignore the platform. Snaptastic, as you may have already guessed, is a third-party app that gives Windows Phone users access to Snapchat. There are a few of these around already, but if you want some choice it's right here. [Free]

The Lego Movie Paint: Mainly aimed at kids, but it could also be used by people who need to practise colouring within the lines (maybe they're starting an art degree next month or something). It's filled with characters from The Lego Movie including Batman if you only fancy colouring in black, or sometimes very, very dark grey. [Free]

Hoarding Photo Frame: Have you ever wondered what it would look like if your face was plastered on billboards around the country? Well if you are that narcissistic, or you're just looking for a framing app that's a little bit different, then this is definitely an app to check out. It only takes two steps to achieve that coveted feeling. [Free]