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

By Tom Pritchard on at

If there is one thing I enjoy doing when I go shopping it's looking at the foreign food aisle. Not the American stuff, because it's majorly overpriced (£6 for Oreos? Are you kidding?). But stuff we don't normally find here is incredible.

I'm a big fan of cherry flavouring, so finding the cherry equivalent of Jaffa Cakes in Sainsbury's was like a dream come true. So I am sitting here eating Créme Brulée-filled chocolate while I write up this week's list. Doesn't get much better than that folks.

iPhone Apps

Photoshop Mix: 'Photoshop lite' as some might call it, Photoshop Mix is designed to be an easy-to-use version of Photoshop for mobiles. It's not quite the full experience, but its enough for you to do what you need. It's only been available on the iPad previously, but now it's a universal iOS app meaning you can use it on your iPhone. Provided you're capable of editing on a smaller screen. [Free]

Pennies: The folks at Pennies believe that personal finance shouldn't be boring, that's why the app doesn't come with a single graph or chart, just a simple design to make personal finance easy. It's all there to manage your budgets and spending on-the-go, managing as many budgets as you need when you need them. [£1.49]

News Republic: There is so much news out there that personalised feeds that collate all the newest reports are gaining a lot of popularity. News Republic allows you to customise the interface by following the topics you're interested in. Plus it has a today-screen widget for people who are using iOS 8. [Free]

Traktor DJ: Most DJ apps on iOS are designed for the iPad, which makes sense given the larger screens. Traktor DJ is not one of those apps, specifically designed for the iPhone. So whether you want to record, mix, or edit, you can do it all on your phone. [£0.69]

Moments: An app designed to make video clips from your photos in an easy and simple way. So whether you want to make stop-motion clips, time lapses or flipbooks you can do it all. Afterwards you can add a soundtrack, throw in some text, maybe a few filters or frame. [Free]

iPad Apps

Autodesk Sketchbook: If you're serious about digital artwork, you want to create something good, so you need a high-quality application. Autodesk Sketchbook is more of a professional-grade painting and drawing app for when an iOS device is what you want to use. There are many different tools for you to use, and a 2500 per cent zoom function so that you can get all the finer details just perfect. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Scanbot: Mobile scanning is great, it means you can make a digital copy of something on-the-go without the need for a bulky equipment. Scanbot is one such app that allows you to create PDF and JPG versions of real-life documents that you can share. It's also a QR reader. This update brings in iCloud integration, TouchID security, and themes to customise your UI. [£1.49 -- with in-app purchases]

Quip: Quip is a productivity app that brings everything you need in one place. Documents, to-dos, spreadsheets, and chat, which combined makes it perfect for project collaboration. You can import content from various email and cloud services, and share it with whomever you please. [Free]

ebookers Travel: If you're going on holiday you're going to need flights, hotels, maybe a car to hire, and ebookers Travel is one of the many services you can use on your iPad. It's better than using a the computer, because there are many mobile exclusive offers available. Plus there's a reward scheme to encourage you to get what you need. [Free]

Skylanders Trap Team: It's a rare thing for mobile games to be the exact same version as their console counterparts, and Skylanders Trap Team is one such game. In fact, according to Kotaku it's the best way to play the game. You'll need some extra accessories to get that effect, but if games with toys are your thing then you can't go wrong with this one. [Free -- with in-app purchases]

Android Apps

Chromecast: The app that makes it possible to stream from Android to Chromecast has just had an update. Now instead of the default built-in backgrounds that show up on your TV, you can set your own custom backgrounds from your own pictures. [Free]

Camera51: A smarter photography app designed to help you take photos like a professional. Camera 51 will detect faces, scenery, objects and lines to find the perfect frame for every photo. You can do it automatically, or you can use manual selection to find the objects within shot. [Free]

ShutApp: Battery life is precious, and you want to do everything you can to savour it – especially if you have an older phone. ShutApp will find all the apps that are running in the background so you can shut them down to save both battery life and mobile data. If there are some you want to keep active, you can whitelist them so you don't miss out on anything important. [Free]

Treehouse: A great way to learn to code in Java, Python, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Swift and Objective-C. That covers you for web design, writing apps for Android and iPhone, and more. With over 1,000 videos to help you along the way, Treehouse is a great way to help you learn and remember a brand-new useful skill. [Free -- with subscription]

Shake App: Do you want to get yourself a legally binding contract without having to shell out an exorbitant amount of money for a lawyer? Shake App is a great little app that lets you create your own contract based on many templates. Once completed you can send it to someone else for them to sign electronically. It's easy, free, and actually a great idea. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps

NFC Safe: An encryption method for your NFC-enabled Windows Phone that allows you to lock everything up and make sure only you can access it through the use of an NFC tag. Whether it's text messages, photos, files, or whatever. You name it and the tag/app combo will lock it up tight. Sure as hell beats using a password right? [Free]

blinkbox Music: An app that streams the latest and best music, with 12 million tracks to choose from right there on your phone. Follow other people's stations (playlists), or make your own, whatever suits you. Plus it's all totally free, with just a few adverts to deal with. [Free]

Cookie Clickers: Many of you will know about Cookie Clicker, that infuriating game that  you can't stop playing even though it has no point. Well it's been unofficially ported to Windows Phone for you to continue its pointlessness there. It's simple, one click = one cookie. You then use those cookies to buy upgrades which help you earn more cookies. [Free]

Lumia Creative Studio: A cool little app that lets you add a few creative touches and a bit of flare to your photos if you use a Lumia device. Lumia Creative Studio has just had an update which brings back the Colour Pop feature, as well as support for PNG files and screenshots. [Free]

Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview: You should know this one, the app that lets you access and control your home PC using your smartphone as a conduit. It's had a bit of an update with a few useful features that should make your experience slightly better. The default input is now the mouse pointer, the shift button appears on the extended keyboard, and there's a resume button that lets you continue where you left off last time. [Free]