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048 Sing like a
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Find your voice and belt out some
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EVERYDAY
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Get green fingered with these out
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A moving account of the famous
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Take your work with you and keep
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The productivity app with a
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A round-up of the greatest games to
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076 Tabletop Racing
Fancy a quick lap around the picnic
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006 Get Excited About
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013 Q&A
England sports star Jimmy Anderson
discusses his new cricket app
010 Apps in Real Life
We discuss what it is like to work in
the app industry with a developer
012 How To... Run 5k
Get up and running with apps
014 Win! t-JAYS Four
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Win one of six pairs of earphones
for a tailor-made listening experience
015 Appcessory
Film your extreme sports in 1080P
with this mountable camera
016 Gear Group Test
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Is this Android’s answer
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LOSE YOURSELF
IN YEAR WALK
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WITH THIS SPOOKY GAME
I
nspired by Scandinavian legend, enter the
woods and go on a vision quest encountering
supernatural beings and solving cryptic puzzles
in Year Walk.
From the minds behind Beat Sneak Bandit and
Bumpy Road, developers Simogo have traded
the bright, cartoon colours for a dark, brooding
adventure in the Swedish wilderness.
The game is based on ancient Swedish
tradition, in which men dared to walk into
the forest at midnight on New Year’s Eve to
get a glimpse at the future. After playing this
terrifying frst person horror game, you will
soon learn there are some things best left
alone. Set in a snow-covered forest, frostbite
is not the only thing you have to fear. Solving
puzzles and completing tasks in an efort to
achieve prophetic revelation, you will encounter
monsters such as the Night Raven and the
Church Grim. However, just as Beat Sneak Bandit
was famous for its jazzy soundtrack, Year Walk
builds an atmosphere and maintains the tension
with the crunch of snow underfoot and strange,
half-understood noises.
If you want to learn more about the folklore
behind the game, Simogo has also released a
free app called Year Walk Companion. Created
in collaboration with ethnology expert Theodor
Almsten, the app details the year walk tradition
in depth and the supernatural creatures you will
encounter in the game. The Companion is worth
reading carefully, as it also holds subtle clues to
solving many of the games mysteries.
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IPOE 2
Love scary stories?
Discover the gothic
poetry of Edgar
Allen Poe in this interactive
collection, including
terrifying tales such as The
Raven and The Black Cat.
iPad+ | iOS 5.1 |
£2.49/$3.99 | v1.5
BEAT SNEAK BANDIT
From the same
developer, this
game’s colourful
sights and sights are nothing
like Year Walk, but they both
represent imaginative design
and addictive gameplay.
iPad+ | iOS 3.1.3 |
£1.99/$2.99 | v1.0
THE ROOM
Set to the backdrop
of mysterious
goings on, the
object of this game is to fnd
clues and solve increasingly
intricate puzzles to open a
safe.
iPad | iOS 5.0 |
£1.49/$1.99 | v1.0.1
DEAD SPACE
Bloodcurdling sci-f
adventure, immerse
yourself in the
spine-tingling soundtrack
and kill alien monsters.
iPhone | iOS 3.0 |
£4.99/$6.99 | v1.3.8
Android | OS 2.1 |
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FIRST APPS FOR
SAMSUNG GALAXY S4
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he latest model of the Samsung most
popular series, the Samsung Galaxy S4, was
announced in Time Square, New York on 14 March.
This keynote was too late to cover for
Apps Magazine before we went to print,
however rumours have abounded about the
new smartphone for weeks. Mobile watchers
were in agreement that the screen size would
be larger than the S3, around 4.9 to 5 inches.
Others claimed it would have a full HD screen
and a 13 megapixel rear camera – nearly twice as
powerful as the iPhone 5. The New York Times
also quoted an anonymous source from within
Samsung claiming the S4 would have eye-tracking
technology to scroll the page down as you read it.
However, of cially the mobile manufacturers
Samsung have been tight-lipped, only releasing
a promo poster bearing the number 4, and a
YouTube video that ramped up the excitement but
gave no secrets away.
Therefore all this tech gossip should be
taken with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, we are
confdent in recommending the below apps for
your Samsung Galaxy S4. Even if the tech pundits
are far of, these are excellent apps for Android
(and iOS) and will be essential frst downloads
whatever the S4 looks like.
KINDLE
The S4’s Eye Scroll
technology scrolls
up and down pages
according to where the
user is looking is perfect for
reading eBooks.
Android | Varies | Free |
Varies
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
| v3.6.2
PIXLR EXPRESS
With a rumoured
13 megapixel rear
camera, nearly twice
that of the iPhone 5, touch up
your high resolution images
with this photo editing app.
Android | OS 2.2 | Free
| v1.1
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | Free
| v1.1
REAL RACING 3
A hot new game
for a hot new
device, Real Racing
3’s meticulously detailed
graphics will look great on the
expected 5 inch screen.
Android | OS 2.2.3 | Free
| v1.0.56
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | Free
| v1.1
HAILO
Ideal for the Times
Square launch in
New York, hail an
iconic yellow cab and pay for
your ride with just a few taps
of your touch screen.
Android | OS 2.2 | Free |
v2.3.13
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free
| v2.3
NETFLIX
Watch TV shows and
movies on the extra
large screen, and
stream with ease thanks to
the new smartphone’s built-in
4G wireless connection.
Android | OS 2.2 | Free |
v2.1.2
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free |
v3.0.1
ABOVE: Previous Samsung generations
showcase great Galaxy apps
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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TOUCH FOR PHONE
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0.0
Android | OS 4.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0.0
A
dobe’s industry-standard photo-
editing software Photoshop has
now launched on iPhone and Android
smartphones, so you can transform
your pictures wherever you are.
Already available on the iPad, this
newly optimised version is even
more mobile, and syncs between
your tablet and desktop editions for
increased productivity.
The core features of the program
are all here, including layers,
selection tools, flters, and tonal and
colour adjustments, meaning you can
work magic on everything from your
social media profle picture to more
creative projects.
Working on the smaller screen
doesn’t mean the app packs any less
punch. Photoshop Touch for Phone
still supports high-resolution images
up to 12 megapixels and employs
intuitive gestures to perform actions
with ease.
MASTER YOUR DEVICE
WITH THE ANDROID BOOK
IN-DEPTH ADVICE FOR YOUR DEVICE
O
fering a complete guide to everything Android, a
revised edition of The Android Book Vol. 2 is out
now. Fully updated to include everything from the
Jelly Bean operating system to the Nexus 7, this book
features detailed tutorials and essential apps for your
smartphone and tablet.
This ranges from customizing your setting and
using your phone, to mastering Google Play and
managing your email. Step-by-step app guides include
Facebook, Spotify, Skype, Google+, Google Drive,
Google Currents and Google Goggles.
Available from Imagine Publishing, The Android
Book Vol. 2 Revised Edition is out now, along with
other books such as the iPad App Directory Vol. 6 and
The Samsung Galaxy Book, in shops and available
via Apple Newsstand and Zinio iOS and Android
apps. Visit www.greatdigitalmags.com to save time
hunting them down on other platforms and letting
you browse all these great magazines and bookazines
at once. Join the digital revolution now and check out
this outline store today.
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PLAYSTATION 4 GAMES ARE
COMING TO YOUR DEVICE
P
layStation has experimented with
mobile gaming in the past with the
Xperia Play smartphone (see right), but
now the manufacturer is promising even
more with the PlayStation 4. The new
console will sync with iOS and Android
devices using an of cial app.
Following the launch event in New
York City on 21 February, Sony announced
players will be able to download
the PlayStation Of cial App to their
smartphones and tablets and use them as
‘second screens’ for their gaming. This will
allow players to view maps on one screen
while playing games on their television,
and watch other users’ gameplay
remotely. The app will also allow you to
purchase games through the PlayStation
Network and download them directly
to the console.
There is currently no launch
date for the PlayStation
Of cial App, but the
PlayStation 4 itself is not
expected until winter. At
the moment, there will be
no actual gaming available
on the app – it’s meant to
be a companion for the
console. The handheld
PlayStation Vita, however,
has gained a Remote
Play feature that allows
gamers to pull PS4
games from their TV to
the 5-inch device.
EDITING
TOOLS
Use popular
features such as
layers, selection
tools, flters,
tonal and colour
adjustments.
CLOUD
STORAGE
The app includes
2GB of free
storage on the
Adobe Creative
Cloud. This saves
tonnes of space.
PINCH ZOOM
Zoomin up to 400
per cent closer
with the intuitive
gesture on images
12 megapixels
large for incredible
detailing.
SONY PROMISE PLAYSTATION APP FOR iOS AND ANDROID
PHOTOSHOP
TOUCH COMES
TO SMARTPHONE
THE PICTURE EDITING APP NOW
ON IPHONE AND ANDROID
BELOW: Mobile image editing reaches a peak
with Photoshop Touch for Phone
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DEAN’S TOP FIVE APPS
Already being in the apps
business means plenty of
exposure to mobile devices
and all that they do. The
Vice President of Brandwidth
Innovation Lab, Dean Johnson,
spoke to us about being
immersed in the industry
B
eing a developer in the app
industry is an extremely exciting
place to be in today, more so
because there are a constant
stream of new devices and operating
platforms onto which developers can try
out their creative ideas. For Brandwidth
Innovation Lab’s Vice President, Dean
Johnson, being fully immersed in this
culture is an essential part of their
development of new apps for iOS and
Android, and that means surrounding
himself with devices for virtually every
type of ofce eventuality.
“We have a Retina display iPad which
we use as our main app demo iPad,
alongside an iPad 2, which is used as our
testing device,” explains Johnson. “Then
we have an iPad Mini for day-to-day
use, as well as a Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire
HD for Android testing. Then I have my
iPhone 5 for personal and business use
that I never turn of and keep two back-
up batteries for!”
All this tech is for a reason.
Brandwidth Innovation Lab is not only
fne tuning their own developing apps
but also keeping an eye on the trends
elsewhere and looking for inspiration.
And if you’re wondering why, it’s because
there are the other obvious benefts to
having such an army of cross-platform
devices always ready on hand.
“In theory, I’m always available to my
team or clients,” says Johnson. “We’re
usually able to respond to anything at
any time – especially useful when we’re
working across time zones from LA
to Tokyo. Using multiple devices also
means I live and breathe the stuf that’s
essential to our audience.”
Interestingly though, Johnson
maintains that not all aspects of app
development are better when conducted
on a mobile device, citing a lack of
originality in some quarters. “It helps
for testing on the fy, not necessarily
pushing boundaries,” he says.
“The current crop of ‘self assembly
apps’ for [making your own] apps
ofer existing mobile features without
challenging designers and developers
to think beyond current trends and
experiences. I’ve never been a fan of
apps that draw too heavily on standard
OS buttons and functions. They tend
to look as if they’ve been pulled of the
shelf rather than considered for more
than fve minutes.”
Johnson’s answers reveal a deep
passion for today’s app marketplace and
he and Brandwidth are always looking
elsewhere within the fast-growing app
industry to gather inspiration while
working on their own creative projects.
“Usually it’s the smaller teams that
have thrown all their time, skill and
passion behind a single title rather than
the bigger players that have hit on a
formula and appear to be milking it,”
says Johnson.
“We’ll have some interesting cues to
take from Apple in the next 12 months,
having fnally ditched their pursuit of
skeuomorphism in apps.”
Brandwidth had an obvious incentive
for the introduction of mobile devices
into their everyday working lives, but the
impact and potential that they have to
make on any type of business isn’t lost
on Johnson.
When asked what he would say to a
company who are considering introducing
iOS or Android into the workplace: “You
haven’t introduced mobile devices to
your business yet? And you’re still in
business?!” he says with a smile.
SNAPSEED
The freedom
of editing your
image without the
constraints of Instagram-
style flters is one that
highly appeals to Johnson.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
| v1.5.1
Android | OS 4.0 | Free
| v1.4.1
TWITTERRIFIC 5
FOR TWITTER
Despite numerous
Twitter clients,
the simple black
interface with white text
makes this one of the most
simple and appealing apps in
its class.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 |
£1.99/$2.99 | v5.1
SHAZAM
It not only helps
you to instantly
identify music as
well certain TV adverts but
you can also buy tracks and
products with a few taps.
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free |
v5.5.3
Android | OS Varies |
Free | Varies
FIGURE
Not many apps
can boast of being
easy-to-create
music apps but Figure is
a noteworthy mention in
this category. It also now
supports sharing content
via SoundCloud.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 |
£0.69/$0.99 | v1.4
VINE
The new way
to post to social
media is Vine and
its 6-second video clips.
Vine forces you to think,
capture and edit
(if possible) your video
footage creatively.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free
| v1.0.6
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GET UP AND RUNNING
HOW TO…
W
e all wish we did a little bit more
exercise, but few of us actually act on
this impulse. However, there are plenty of
ftness apps promising to lick you into shape
if only you would let them. To put these
coaching apps to the test, we challenged
one of our writers to train for a 5K run.
Here’s how he got on.
USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO HELP GET YOU OFF THE SOFA AND STAY MOTIVATED WHILE RUNNING
APPS USED
5K RUNNER: 0 TO 5K RUN
TRAINING
The perfect starting point to
get you up and exercising in
gradual, manageable doses.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.0 | £1.99/$2.99
| v4.0
ZOMBIES, RUN!
A very diferent take on
running that plunges you into
a zombie apocalypse, forcing
you to run for your life.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | £2.49/$3.99 |
v1.5.2
Android | OS 2.2 | £2.79/$3.99 |
v1.2.1
ENDOMONDO SPORTS TRACKER
– GPS TRACK RUNNING CYCLING
WALKING & MORE
Create and try out diferent
routes, listen to pep talks
from your friends and log all
your exercises in one place.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v8.0.0
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
1. Easing into it
Having examined the respective
app markets, we decided it would
probably be best to ease ourselves
into our new regime, and so opted
to take a look at 5K Runner, as the
app aims to take you from nothing
to a 5K runner.
2. The First Run
The beauty of using 5K Runner is
that it really does ease you into
your 5K regime. The frst run you do
lasts 25 minutes. This run contains
six bursts of one minute runs with
walking in between, which is quite
a manageable breakdown.
3. Stamina
5K Runner has three sessions per
week and aims to build up your
stamina by gradually fading out the
walking time and increasing your
running time. We also think that the
voice prompts that work with any
music app is also a nice touch.
4. An Added Incentive
Having found our feet thanks to
5K Runner, we felt the time was
right to move on to something a
bit diferent. Enter Zombies, Run!
There’s nothing like the sound of
the undead chasing you to get your
adrenaline going.
5. The Freedom
The great thing about Zombies, Run!
is that it ties in your music with
the audio clips of your ‘missions’ as
well as tracking your distance and
speed. This gives you freedom to
run as long as you want, which we
appreciated at this stage.
6. Logging your Progress
Having used the start-up and the
gimmick to get us running, we
turned to something more serious
and long term in the form of
Endomondo. Now we can set routes,
track calories burnt and get social -
all this as a part our routine.
Final Thought
The best thing about this challenge was how easy
it was to get started, and then ultimately start to
do more ourselves when it comes to creating and
managing our exercise. The key is defnitely to get a
solid foundation using a program like 5K Runner.
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D
uring a recent One Day
International in New
Zealand, Jimmy Anderson
overtook Sir Ian Botham to
become the all-time highest wicket
taker in English cricket history. Now
the England star has launched his
own app, which goes into great
detail in terms of technique and
improving your own bowling, but
also deals with diet and nutrition and
how this can change depending on
diferent cricket formats you’re training
for. We sat down with Jimmy to discuss his
love of apps, the importance of smartphones
and tablets when on long tours, and how
devices today are becoming a more regular
part of a sportsman’s preparation before a match.
This is a pretty comprehensive app about you
Jimmy. What made you want to do it?
I’ve always loved online technology and in
particular apps. No one in cricket has ever done
this sort of app before so I wanted to be the
frst to do something that was
innovative & fun. The aim was
for the content to be varied
and interesting on a number of
levels, hopefully we’ve achieved
this.
Was there anything in
particular that you were really keen to
include, be it on the coaching or personal
side?
I’m really proud of the Bowling Masterclass
feature. That is my craft and it was great to put
something on camera that explained what I do
when playing for England. Fashion is also a passion
of mine, so it was good to get that side of my life
across as well.
As well the in-depth bowling guide, there is
a lot of personal and light-hearted content,
which is unusual for a sports app. Was it
always the plan to include such a mixture?
Defnitely. The point of the app is that it hopefully
appeals to a wider audience than just the
traditional cricket fan base. I hope it does that.
Touring is a huge part of being in the England
team. Is your iPhone/iPad a big part of the
down time when you’re away?
It is a big part of life in the team in general. All
coaches have iPads so they can flm us during
practice and give us immediate feedback. We
also receive info from coaches via Dropbox on
TOP FIVE CRICKET APPS
JIMMY 613
Impressive details
on how to improve
your own game, and
get match-ft like bowling
superstar, James Anderson.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
| Free | v1.0.3
ECB CRICKET
Scores, news and
more from the
of cial ECB app.
iPhone | iOS 5.0
| Free | v3.0.5
Android | OS 2.2
| Free | v2.0.7
STICK CRICKET
Bat in diferent
formats and beat
your highest score.
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| Free | v2.3.0
Android | OS Varies
| Free | v Varies
YOU ARE THE UMPIRE
The ultimate trivia
quiz that will help
you understand
and expand on the laws of
the gentleman’s game.
iPhone+ | iOS 3.1.2
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1
CRICKETCOACH
Videos to improve
technique and
analyse stance.
iPad | iOS 4.3
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.1
Android | OS 2.2 |
£1.99/$2.99 | v1.2.1
The England cricket
team’s strike bowler,
Jimmy Anderson,
discuss his new
sporting masterclass
app and reveals what
the team get up to
when they are on
tour and of the pitch
LEARN FROM A
MASTER
opposition players so we can see footage and
study stats. Then, of course, we use it in our
down time. News apps are popular to keep up
with what’s going on in the world. Also the guys
play games on theirs. I try not to on mine as I
get addicted and stay up until the early hours of
morning playing them.
What would be your essential apps
to take on tour?
As I said news and sport apps I like for obvious
reasons, and I like Twitter and Facebook, so I fnd
Flipboard really useful too. WhatsApp Messenger
is very common when on tour. There are a lot of
iPhone users so we set up a group when away
and it’s very easy to keep in touch. I love Sky Go
and BBC iPlayer so I don’t miss any TV – it keeps
you close to home in a way. I’ve been getting into
Instagram recently as well. I try and take plenty of
photos on tour so this is great for that. 
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SOMETHING ON CAMERA THAT
EXPLAINED WHAT I DO WHEN
PLAYING FOR ENGLAND”
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COMPETITION
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on your competition entry.
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INFORMATION
ON T-JAYS
EARPHONES, SCAN
DON’T HESITATE TO
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As a set of earphones go, the t-JAYS Four pack a real punch in terms of
sound quality and general music experience. The adjustable cable length
means you can customise how you use the earphones, whether your
music player is strapped to your arm during exercise, or in your pocket as
you walk home from work. This idea of personalisation is central to the
t-Jays Four, with its own app available on iOS to give your music library a
fresh new look.
Designed specifcally to work with the t-JAYS Four earphones, the
JAYS Curves app gives your music collection a makeover with a smart
black interface. But the real innovation lies in the app’s ability to get
the most of the Four earphones, boosting them with Dirac HD Sound
- something usually reserved for cinemas, music studios and other high-
end listening environments. Background noise is reduced further, and
your music becomes clearer than ever.
Even if you don’t download the app, the earphone’s built-in remote
syncs with your device to easily shuf e tracks and adjust volume, as well
as gives the option to accept and end calls with the touch of a button.
We have six pairs to give away, each worth £89.99/$129.99. To be in
with a chance of winning these goodies, you simply need to send us the
answer to the following question:
What is the t-JAYS app called?
A. JAYS CUSTOMIZE
B. JAYS CINEMATIC
C. JAYS CURVE
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I
f you’re an adrenaline junkie that loves to
skate, BMX, skydive or ski, why not record
you adventures with the Drift HD Ghost
Action Camera? This palm size device comes
with various mounts to connect to your helmet
or goggles, so that you can shoot 1080p high-
defnition, wide-screen video. With 3 hours of
recording time per charge and support for up
to 32GB Micro SD memory card (with 4GB card
included with your purchase), not to mention
being waterproof up to 3m (9.8ft), the Drift HD
Ghost can easily last the whole nine yards even
on terrain that would scare most other cameras
in its class.
The camera includes four diferent modes to
capture your extreme exploits. As well as Photo
and Video, Timelapse will capture a series of stills
at a specifed rate; Photoburst will take a steady
stream of stills for an allocated duration. These
modes can be easily switched between using the
rubber buttons on top of the camera, which are
chunky enough to use even with ski gloves on. A
2-inch LCD display (made of scratch-proof glass)
guides you through the options, and allows you
to view a real-time view of what your camera’s
lens can see.
However, once the camera is mounted onto
your helmet, it involves a lot of clumsy fddling to
adjust these settings without taking your helmet
of again. Fortunately, the camera connects
wirelessly with your smartphone using the
of cial Drift App - on iOS and coming to Android
soon - you can control your camera remotely.
Capture photo and videos in-app, switch
between modes, and playback every in the
gallery. The app interface is also better suited
to adjusting the nitty-gritty, adjustable features
to improve your images, such as exposure,
resolution, and the self-timer. The only downside
to the app is that it will only work when paired
with the camera, but all photos and videos can
be exported directly to your phone and shared
across a range of social media.
Alternatively, for speedy, in-the-moment
switching between settings, the camera also
comes with a wrist-bound remote control. Click
the Drift icon to switch between modes, signifed
by fashing LEDS changing colour between green,
yellow, purple and cyan. The Drift HD Ghost is
the ultimate device for your extreme adventure.
05 APPS TO USE WITH YOUR DRIFT HD GHOST CAMERA
MULTISHOT CAMERA
Take consecutive
pictures with just
one click, and
capture high quality motion
shots from your phone.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| Free | v1.0
VIDEOPROOF
This app provides
actual speed,
height and metrics
you attain while shooting
footage yourself.
iPhone | iOS 5.1
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.2
OPTRIX VIDEO PRO
Designed to use
with the Optrix XD
Rugged Case, this
app records your speed, laps
and tracks your map run.
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| £6.99/$9.99 | v16.7
BEST SESSION EVER
Geolocate and
statistically track
skateboarding,
snowboarding, surfng and
other outdoor activities.
iPhone | iOS 3.1
| Free | v1.0.1
MPORA
Get inspiration for
your own stunts
from this dedicated
sports video app, which aims
to get you out and about.
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| Free | v2.1.1
IN TOUCH
“WATERPROOF, WITH UP TO 3 HOURS OF RECORDING
TIME, THE DRIFT HD GHOST IS BUILT TO THRILL”
CAPTURE YOUR WILDEST STUNTS IN
HD WITH THIS HIGH TECH CAMERA
WRIST REMOTE CONTROL
If you’re parachuting out of a plane, you don’t want to take
your iPhone out of your pocket to start recording anymore
than you want to adjust the camera. The wrist remote
allows you to record and stop video, as well as toggle
between settings. LED lights change colour to indicate
Video, Photo, Timelapse or Photoburst modes.
BUILT IN LCD
DISPLAY
The 2-inch screen allows
total control over the
camera even without the
app. The screen allows
quick, real-time viewing
of camera angles before
you even press record.
The screen is made of
Gorilla Glass so that it is
scratch-proof even in the
harshest terrain.
PROTECTED LENS
Made up of seven elements ensuring
greater correction for distortion, the
lens promises ‘pure performance’
whether flming in the Gobi desert or
on top of a high mountain peak. If this
wasn’t impressive enough, the camera
can take still photos as well as shoot
video simultaneously.
APPCESSORY
DRIFT HD
GHOST ACTION
CAMERA
driftinnovation.com
£299/$399
EXTREME SPORTS
HELMET CAMERA
DRIFT APP
Use your smartphone
as a two-way remote
to control the camera
and adjust its settings.
iPhone | iOS 4.2
| Free | v1.0.0
Coming soon to Android
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STYLE-IT
2-IN-1
Perfect for both on and
of the screen, the Style-iT
stylus has both a rubber
nub and a regular paper-
and-ink pen on the other
end. The spherical nub
fows across the screen
in all directions with fuid
ease, and we found that
handled best in our group
test for handwriting. The
stylus comes in a range of
colours, designed to match
Apple’s Smart Covers. The
ballpoint pen adds weight
to it, so the Style-iT feels
good and solid while you’re
gripping it in your hand and
it works excellently as well.

£N/A/$24.95
| Bracketron
| bracketron.com
SUCK.UK
TOUCH
SCREEN
STYLUS
Whimsically resembling a
pencil, the Suck.uk stylus
is the second chunky-
grip design in our group
test. While this provides a
comfortable size and weight
to wrap around your hand,
this stylus can’t compare
with the Cosmonaut. While
the nib is quite accurate, it
experiences significant drag
on the screen as to make
drawing a frustrating, stilted
process. Unfortunately we
can only recommend it for
prodding at the screen.

£7.50/$N/A | Suck.uk
| suck.uk.com
COSMONAUT
Built like a chunky crayon,
the Cosmonaut has one
of the largest nibs in
our group test. It sufers
slightly with accuracy – but
much less that might be
expected given its size. Its
size, weighted aluminium
core and all-over rubber
coating make this stylus
extremely comfortable to
hold and use. The coating
also means the entire
stylus is conductive, so you
can use both the tapered
nib and the rounded end to
draw with, if you so wish.
It’s a great app to look at
and perhaps let kids play
with, but sufers if pin-
point accuracy.

£19.99/$25.00
| Studioneat
| Studioneat.com
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GEAR GROUP TEST
SENSATIONAL STYLUSES
APONYO CLICK
The Click is so-called
because its woven fbre
nib is retractable, almost
exactly likethat of a
ballpoint pen. The patented
nib is worth protecting as
it is incredibly responsive
and glides across the
screen. Not that the nib is
delicate. In fact, it’s quite
the opposite. Despite
being made of fabric, it is
surprisingly frm. It never
missed a swipe, making it
ideal for creative works as
well as day-to-day use with
your device. All in all, the
Click represents real value
for money. Purchase this
you’re looking
for a stylus that
looks great and
works smoothly.
£9.99/$12.99
| Kosella | stylusx.com
PROCREATE
All styluses’ usability
was tested with the
Procreate app.
iPad | iOS 6.0
| £2.99/$4.99 | v1.7.1
SENSU
PORTABLE
ARTIST BRUSH
& STYLUS
On a frst inspection, the
Sensu is just another
stumpy, rubber-tip stylus,
albeit with a chrome fnish.
However, unscrew the
stylus and discover it not
only extends to twice the
length with a comfort grip,
it also has a paintbrush tip.
This allows you to switch
between the frm accuracy
of the nib for swiping
between pages as well as
drawing lines,
which is good
for gestures.

£29.99/$39.99
| Sensu | sensubrush.com
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IN TOUCH
AWESOME
ACCESSORIES
THE BEST GADGETS FOR iOS AND ANDROID
GEAR ROUNDUP
01: VERS 2Q SOUND
SYSTEM
Play your tunes wherever you are with
the perfectly mobile Vers 2Q. Connecting
with Bluetooth, pairing is simple and works
with everything from your laptop to your
smartphone, with a 10m wireless range.
Only 152mm long and weighing just 339g,
it is compact enough to take anywhere,
but provides a clear sound, loud enough
to fll large spaces. The wooden fnish
comes in a variety of styles, including
bamboo, beech and walnut, all sourced
from renewable forests in
partnership with the US Arbor
Day Foundation.

$199.99 | Vers | versaudio.com
02: MAGNATUFF FOR IPAD
This iPad hardcover is durable enough to protect your
tablet from knocks and drops, while a fabric inner lining
cushions the blows to your front cover. Designed for
iPad generations 2 to 4, the cover also has a built-in
auto-shut of magnet to conserve your battery life.
While the case is made of a toughened plastic, when
folded up into a stand position it arguably holds that
position better than an Apple Smart Case. While the
matte black fnish is always stylish, it wouldn’t hurt to
see the case in a range of colours.

£39.99 | ETactus | tactus.com
04: T-JAYS FOURS EARPHONES
Uniquely designed, the t-JAYS Fours earphones are
designed to be used in two diferent ways. As well as the
traditional earbuds, which are placed straight into the ear,
there are external thumb-sized speakers. The cable can also
be adjusted in length, and is ftted with a remote control
that syncs with your iOS device and is ftted with a pinhole
microphone for calls. The sound quality is warm and clear
and can also be enhanced with the free JAYS Curve app.

£89.99/$129.99| JAY| jays.se
03: CUSTOM BUTTONS
IPHONE 5 RANGE
If you like to change your iPhone case on a regular
basis, the latest innovation from QDOS is for you.
In addition to the standard camera lens cut-out,
the sturdy plastic case has an extra hole that you
can insert diferent buttons to refect your current
mood. With three buttons included in
every pack, the cases come in a range
of themes.

£19.99/$30.00| QDOS| qdossound.com
MY HOMESCREEN –
THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Add a personal touch
to your smartphone by
replacing default apps
with unique upgrades
T
his month we’ve focused
our homescreen
on today’s mobile
photographer, who, as well as
never leaving their tripod at
home, keeps their smartphone
close at hand. Today, so-called
‘phone-tography’ is bigger and
better than ever, with apps for
everything from navigating to
telling the time with pictures, not
to mention editing and sharing.
So do away with your default
apps and make your life even
more image-centric.
VIDDY
Replacing Videos
Not only a good
place to keep your
videos, but Viddy is
a slick one-stop location to
capture and share clips of up
to 30 seconds, signifcantly
more than services like Vine.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.1
ROUGH GUIDES
WORLD LENS
Replacing Maps
The best way to
view the world
via your phone -
professional photography
showcasing the globe.
iPhone+ | iOS 3.1.3 | Free
| v2.0.1
THE
PHOTOGRAPHER’S
EPHEMERIS
Replacing Weather
Denotes sunlight
angle and horizon
for better images.
iPhone | iOS 5.1 |
£5.99/$8.99 | v2.5.1
EVERNOTE
Replacing Notes
The ability to add
image attachments,
check-lists, create
voice notes and live syncing
makes Evernote a solid piece
of home screen functionality.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free |
v5.2.2
NIGHTSTAND
CENTRAL FREE
Replacing Clock
The Apple native
Clock app is a little
more photography
minded thanks to a selection
of backgrounds in the app.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free |
v3.3.1
CAMERA
AWESOME
Replacing Camera
Comes with
professional
standard edit
controls that gives
users impressive
powers when it comes
tweaking their images.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 |
Free | v1.1.3
FLICKR
Replacing Photos
Provides users
with an
impressive
alternative library of
photos that includes
those shared by others
and a slick array of
efects that you can
add to your images.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free
| v2.10.803
PHOTOCAL
Replacing
Calendar
Your photos
laid out as a
calendar, so
you can see all your
days as images in a
single screen.
iPhone | iOS 5.1 | Free
| v1.7
INSTAGRAM
Replacing
Messages
The social
photo sharer
is the ideal
way for any
photographer to stay in
touch while
simultaneously
pursuing their passion.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free
| v3.4.2
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WE ASKED…
Got any questions for
the Apps team?
I’ve just got my frst iPhone,
a 4S, and can’t help but
constantly download new apps
to try out on my device. I just
wondered if there was a limit
on the number of apps I can
have on my phone?
Natalie Taylor, via email
The frst thing we have say
is it depends on the apps you
download as they all difer in
size. Currently iOS allows for up
to 11 pages of apps, with each
page on an iPhone 4/4S holding
16 apps. Of course each one of
these spaces can be flled by a
folder, which can hold 12 apps.
I wondered if there were any
iOS apps that documented
crime in your local area? I’m in
the UK.
Kevin Harris, via email
The best recommendation we
can make is Crime Map England
& Wales, which is exactly
what it sounds like. Users can
zoom in and get more details
on the type of crime that was
committed, and the app is
updated as the police publish
reports. Not only do these keep
you informed of crimes that
have occurred, but the apps
are used to aid crime detailing
recent crime in your area. It is
also worth checking whether
the local police where you are
have their own dedicated app,
as this is something that is
beginning to catch in mainly in
the US, but also in the UK.
This means that in theory each
page of your iPhone could hold
192 apps, and across 11 pages
plus the four folders you could
place in the dock, takes the fnal
count to an impressive 2,160
apps. All this maths suggests
that unless download many
large apps, you’ll take time to hit
your storage limit.
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FiftyThree, best app
on my iPad, and Zapd
app on my iPhone is
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IN TOUCH
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FEATURE
|
APPS HALL OF FAME
A
ny hall of fame is designed to showcase
the best of everything in that category
or world. Inductees might deserve
mention because of for being pioneers in their
fled, for outstanding achievement, or simply
because it’s extremely popular with its fans. The
apps we have gathered here have all stood out
for diferent reasons, but they all have one thing
in common, and that is they have risen to the
top of the App Store and Google Play charts, and
have changed the way we interact and use our
smartphones and tablets. When putting together
the list of apps you see here, we tried to think
of those that are truly unique, trendsetting and
universally popular in this age of mobile computing.
There are plenty of names here you will recognise,
and perhaps one or two that you have yet to try
out, hopefully its inclusion in our Hall of Fame will
persuade you to explore it for yourself.
The aim of devices like the iPhone were to be
innovative and change our lives for the better, and
we believe that the apps on that device should
do the same. So our choice of apps here are those
that best demonstrate that positive attitude, and a
desire to change even the smallest aspect of daily
life for the better. We have included apps from
across diferent platforms, app market categories
and genres, from great games, to amazing music
streamers, even incredible eReaders. So take your
time as you move through this collection of digital
masterpieces and marvel at the record breakers
and trendsetters to come out of iOS and Android
over the last few years.
CELEBRATING THE
BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST
STARS TO HAVE TOPPED THE
APP STORE CHARTS
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APPS HALL OF FAME
|
FEATURE
Remaining one of
the most iconic
releases on iOS,
Infnity Blade was
the beginning of serious gaming
on iPhone and iPad. This was
the frst game that could truly
be compared to console titles
for the way it looked and played.
Infnity Blade was the frst to
use the Unreal Engine on mobile
devices, and the result was
quite stunning for something
that could ft in your pocket
or into your bag. The dynamic
nature of the gameplay and
the repetition of battles and
character progression were all-new to the platform and made a lasting impression. When it comes to the
battles themselves, users are submerged into cinematic fghts where quick gestures are needed in order
to wield the sword as well as dodge and block enemy attacks. It is fantastically immersive and adrenaline-
fuelled, and forms part of a single-player campaign that you want to work through. This app served as
a benchmark for iOS and indeed mobile gaming, and the ranking fgures refect this as the game made it
into the top fve download lists in more than 100 countries, and remains incredibly popular to this day. It
spawned a sequel that again captured the imagination of gamers, and with this original having now gone
free on the App Store, those who somehow missed this phenomenon the frst time can now experience it
for nothing.
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | Free | v1.4.1
Voice dictation is something that
many apps have tried over the years,
but few will ever reach the universal
success of Dragon Dictation. First
launched on the App Store in late 2009, it is one
of the elder statesmen of the mobile universe,
and set the benchmark for dictating. The beauty
is in its simplicity and range of function. The
dictations can be applied to a range of services
and destinations, whether it be to send an email or
text, as well as update your social network feeds.
Users can also copy the transcription and then
paste it into other apps for note-making purposes.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.0 | Free | v2.0.28
The chances are that if you look
through a list of the 100 must-have
apps, you will see Evernote in there
somewhere. The note-making and
saving app pretty much invented the concept
back in 2008 (yes it really was that long ago) and
since then hundreds, even thousands of others
have tried to replicate the idea without matching
the sheer simplicity that keeps Evernote popular
to this day. Being able to sync notes across
devices, as well as create to-do lists, attach
photos and audio notes were all here frst, and
as such many came and have since stuck with
Evernote. The app is efortlessly simple to work
with, syncs with services like Dropbox, as well as
your social network accounts on Facebook and
Twitter in order to allow users to stay impeccably
organised and on the pulse with all their important
information, and be able to share it in an instant.
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v5.2.3
Android| OS1.6| Free| v4.5.6.1
If the already mentioned Evernote was
the original when it comes to note-
making and to-do lists, there can be
little doubt that Clear was a pioneer in
the way users interacted with their list of errands
and the way they managed these tasks. The Clear
interface contains no buttons or icons to press,
instead choosing to strip back menus and settings
to provide just your list of to-dos, colour-coded and
in your order of urgency. Taps, swipes and pulls
will help you do everything you need to with the
items on your list, whether it be
to check them of, delete them
or rearrange the order. Perhaps
the highest compliment
paid to Clear has been
that many assumed
the app was Apple
developed (it isn’t),
because of the near-
native smoothness
and intuitive
function that
comes with using
it. Just a few minutes
organising your life in
Clear is enough to see
why it’s in our Hall of
Fame.
iPhone | iOS 6.0 |
£1.49/$1.99 | v1.2.1
One of the few apps on the
market that really requires no
introduction at all, Angry Birds is
probably the biggest phenomenon
of the mobile era so far. The physics puzzle
game was frst released in 2009 and has
topped the download charts in pretty much
every country with an iTunes store since. In
fact, the game is still ranked inside the top 100
apps in more than 100 countries today, despite
having been around for four years. The original
game has spawned various sequels and spin-
ofs, most notably a collaboration with Star
Wars, as well as a TV show, reported movie
deal and various stufed toys. Rovio created the
frst truly global heavyweight app franchise,
and that simply can not be ignored when it
comes to this Hall of Fame. It also shouldn’t be
forgotten that Angry Birds reinvented how the
physics puzzle game operates, and has changed
the landscape of this genre to the point where
every new title seems to use Angry Birds as
their starting point.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free | v3.1.0
Android| OS2.2| Free| v3.0.0
INFINITY BLADE
DRAGON
DICTATION
EVERNOTE CLEAR
ANGRY BIRDS
Made it into the top 5 games in 108 countries
Featured on 437 official App Store lists
Featured in the App Store’s Best Work
Apps List 2013
An App Store veteran having launched
back in 2008
Still part of the Apps Starter Kit on the
App Store
Featured in Apple’s Best of 2012 list
Reached number one ranking app in
36 countries
Reached number one in 121 countries
Ranked as the highest grossing app in
60 countries
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It’s fair to say that Instagram is more than just an app;
it is essentially the third social network along with
Facebook and Twitter. Instagram could be the poster
child for app success stories; having started life as a
two-man project in 2010, and then just two years later in 2012 was
purchased by Facebook for $1 billion. At the start of 2013, it was
estimated there were 90 million active users every month, with the
total membership coming in at over 100 million. When the app was
launched on Android in Spring 2012, more than a million downloads
occurred on the frst day – this is an app with draw and infuence and
is something people want to be
a part of. In addition to being
insanely popular, Instagram
serves as the benchmark for
one of the biggest revolutions
on the app marketplace; that
of photo editing and sharing.
Vintage flters and hipster-
inspired photos certainly
weren’t unheard of, but Instagram made them part of mainstream
life, suddenly placing them on nearly every Twitter feed and
Facebook timeline going. The revolution started here.
iPhone|iOS4.3|Free|v3.4.2
Android| OS2.2| Free| v3.4.4
INSTAGRAM
More than 100 million downloads
Much like Angry Birds, Temple Run is a
game that has changed the landscape
in which it resides purely through
its own existence. Endless running
platform games were in no way a new idea when
Temple Run was released back in 2011, but Imangi
Studios changed everyone’s perspective by using
3D and utilising touch gestures for directing the
character. The game was also one of the frst
to truly embrace the freemium model and be
successful doing so. It’s a testament to just how
popular and addictive Temple Run has become for
many iOS and Android users. The game has now
passed the 100 million downloads mark, which
emphasises just how much of cornerstone of the
App Store and Google Play it has become. These
are numbers
you can’t
ignore, and as
such means the
Apps Hall of
Fame without
Temple Run
would be a very
empty place.
iPhone+ | iOS
4.3 | Free | v1.6
Android| OS
2.1| Free| v1.0.8
Aside from Infnity Blade, this
game served as one of the clearest
examples of the power of the iPad and
iOS in terms of creating visuals that
compared with consoles. This sequel to the already
impressive original appeared around the same
time as the iPad with Retina display. There are so
many things to love about the game, even beyond
the obvious beauty you see when playing it. The
multiplayer mode, for instance, is one of the best
around, with up to 16 players able to take part in
a single race. Real Racing also has one of the best
AirPlay setups, where your device becomes a fully
functioning controller while your TV takes over as
the screen. Developer
Firemint has created
a gaming experience
that is truly
memorable, and in
many ways unrivalled
on the platform; no
matter how you choose
to play the game, you
are promised stunning
visuals and hours
of entertainment.
iPad | iOS 4.0 |
£4.99/$6.99 |
v1.13.01
Music creation has always been a
dif cult app genre to get right, with
many trying and failing to provide a
similar user experience to programs
like GarageBand, where instruments and sounds
of actual quality are within the grasp of even
the most novice of musician. However, Figure
deserves to be put in that bracket as this clever
little music-making app has turned beat creation
into something that can be done when you have
fve minutes to kill, and don’t want to concentrate
too much. Figure’s biggest asset is its interface;
which combines some wonderful touch-sensitive
pads, and three tabs for the diferent layers of
your beat. Move your fnger across the screen to
change the sound of the bass, change the number
of drum beats in a tap, tweak the feedback in three
taps, and you’re done. You can record and re-record
layers and store your favourites for later, making
this an intuitive app for some joyful creative
playtime with your iPhone.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.4
It’s incredible to think that this game
was only released in early 2012,
having already made such a lasting
impression on the app community.
Draw Something gives users the chance to engage
in gameplay with friends or random challengers
from all over the world and across
devices and platforms.
This is a game which
mustered more
than 50 million
downloads
within its frst
6 months. It’s a
simple premise
– your screen
becomes a canvas
where you draw a
picture to represent
a word that your
opponent has to guess.
You and your opponent
both earn coins for successful
guesses. Coins can then be used to
purchase more colours, which enables players to
create ever-more detailed drawings.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | £1.99/$2.99 | v1.11.94
Android| OS2.2| £2.17/$2.99| v1.1111.104
REAL RACING
2 HD
FIGURE DRAW
SOMETHING
TEMPLE RUN
Made the top 100 list in all but
two of the world’s App Stores
Features a Campaign mode
that is more than 10 hours long
Made into the top 10 in 50
countries
Made the top 5 in 90 countries
on iPad
Received more than 276,000
five star user reviews in the US
App Store
Surpassed more than 100
million downloads
Spawned a comic book in
addition to several spin-off
games
“INSTAGRAM IS ESSENTIALLY THE
THIRD SOCIAL NETWORK, ALONG
WITH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER”
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The result of a brainstorming meeting
between two developers on what
they thought the web might look like if
redesigned from scratch, Flipboard was also
a reaction to the growing infuence of social media on how
we all browse online. The idea was to create a personalised
digital magazine made up entirely of news stories from feeds
and sources that interest you. This then combined with your
social network accounts to give you all the diferent kinds of news
in your life in a single, well-designed location. Flipboard is another
app that set a trend, this time in the form of aggregated news readers
on mobile devices, and the way they are presented. The personalised
magazine was born here, and the number of fve star reviews and amount
of users testify that this is something the app market has bought into. The
interface is a great place to be. The more you use and explore the app, the more
catered to you it will become as you add new feeds and sources. The fact that
Flipboard has featured in the top fve of 87 App Stores is certainly a reason to explore
it, and in terms of news apps, this is the one that started the sleek news feed trend that we
see today.
iPad+|iOS4.2|Free|v1.9.8
Android| OS2.2| Free| v1.9.23
FLIPBOARD
Apple’s iPad App of the
Year in 2010
Named in TIME Magazine’s
Top 50 Innovations
When it comes to searches, there are
few apps that can compete with the
brilliantly clever, yet simple nature
of Google Goggles. Goggles searches
purely by image; users just point their camera
at something, be it a painting, a bar code or a
book cover and the app will analyse it. If Goggles
recognises it, you’ll get all the info you would
from a web search. The real beauty of Google
Goggles is in the range of functions – it has the
ability to translate text, as well as carry out price
comparisons on products you scan. The app even
has the power to solve Sudoku puzzles! The idea
for this app was for it to be your essential go-to
search and answer app, and given the amount you
can do with
it, there is no
reason why it
shouldn’t be.
Android| OS
2.2| Free| v1.9
Paper has made it into our Hall of
Fame for the way it looks and works
as a creative sketchbook/notebook
app, and how it encourages the user
to be more expressive in what they do within the
app. The themed in-app purchases and range of
notebooks mean that Paper has always felt like an
app you can easily personalise, and the way the
app reacts to your brush strokes is wonderful to
see. The large canvas also means plenty of space
to be creative in, and the visual texture of pencil
strokes on the screen can’t help but impress you. A
few moments casually brainstorming within Paper
and you will understand why this app was named
iPad App of the Year 2012 by Apple. Everything
you create can be easily shared via Tumblr or other
social networks, and the instantaneous nature of
sharing is another positive on an already long list.
iPad | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.2.6
When it comes to popularity and
number of downloads, there is an
app that is a long way out in front;
WhatsApp Messenger. Out of more
than 100 countries with an App Store, there are
only seven where this isn’t currently in the top fve.
These incredible fgures tell you just how popular
this app is, and it is easy to see why once you start
using it. WhatsApp Messenger gives users
the chance to trade instant messages with
other users regardless of the device they’re
using or the platform they’re on. It enables
messages as well as images, audio and video
clips to be traded for free. WhatsApp also
supports group chats as well as automatically
syncing with your contacts when you frst open
the app, so you can instantly connect with those
using the service.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99 | v2.8.7
Android| OS2.1| Free| v2.9.1547
Shazam is the app that completely
changed the idea of music discovery,
and how smartphone users fnd and
download music. Shazam is the answer
to a problem most of us has encountered – that
moment of hearing a song that’s vaguely familiar
but not being able to place it, whether it starts
playing in a bar or shopping
centre, and you don’t have
any way of identifying it.
Shazam makes this a thing
of the past by using your
phone’s microphone to
identify the music playing
in seconds. From here you
can then stream the lyrics
to sing along, as well as
use the direct links to
iTunes to buy the track
if you so wish. As time
has passed, Shazam has
updated and evolved to
become a more complete
music experience, now
ofering tour dates for
the artists you discover.
This is the ultimate music
lovers’ app.
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free
| v5.5.3
Android| OSVaries| Free
| vVaries
WHATSAPP
MESSENGER
SHAZAM
GOOGLE
GOGGLES
PAPER BY
FIFTYTHREE
Made it to number one in 149
countries
The highest grossing in 104
countries
Ranked as the top music app in
133 countries
More than 10 million
downloads to its name
iPad App of the Year 2012
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Star Walk
has been a
success not
only because
of its brilliant design and
execution, but because of
the imagination it inspires
and fulfls among those of
us who have ever stared
at the sky in wonder. The
numbers are also on Star
Walk’s side, with more than
6 million downloads to its
name, as well as spots in
several of Apple’s fagship
TV ads. There is no doubt
that this is an App Store
heavyweight, and as such a Hall of Fame without it would just be wrong. There are few apps that can give as
much instant joy as this one, with one tap of the AR settings users can be marvelling at what flls the sky above
them, even in broad daylight. Star Walk hits upon arguably the most powerful human emotion in curiosity,
and tries to go some way towards satisfying it with extensive features on the stars above us, as well a Time
Machine that allows you to look at the sky layout of years gone by and those to come. It’s an app that has
earned its place in the higher echelons of the App Store because of the brilliant simplicity, yet near endless
wonder it can provide; a worthy member in the Hall of Fame.
iPhone|iOS4.3|£1.99/$2.99|v6.1.1
STAR WALK
Ranked as the number one education app in 128 countries
CloudOn has to be recognised simply
for the sheer weight and value of
what you get from the app without
having to part with a penny. The app
essentially gives users Microsoft Of ce on their
device, with full access to not only view or edit
existing Word, Excel or PowerPoint fles uploaded
from cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive,
but also create brand new fles within the app. The
app boosts productivity, bringing all of your crucial
work fles at your fngertips on your device, fully
accessible and open to edit no matter where you
are. The idea of being able to build a professional
level PowerPoint presentation while on the train
to the of ce from an app that cost you nothing, is
surely the defnition of what the mobile revolution
set out to achieve.
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | 4.0.0
Android| OSVaries| Free| vVaries
Reading is a very personal thing,
with all of us taking away something
diferent from every book we read.
One of the very best things about
discovering a great new book is sharing your
experience with someone else. This is something
that the developers of Kobo clearly realised and
so made sure that the social aspect was at the
forefront of the app. Being able to jump into a
debate with other users mid-book is one of the
eye-catching features that makes Kobo such a
worthy part of our Hall of Fame. This combined
with the sheer number of free books on ofer
makes this an absolutely essential download for
your smartphone or tablet. Kobo’s achievement
system – ofering badges for your reading habits,
is also an excellent way to decorate your virtual
reading space, and the Stats section will appeal to
fgure-loving bookworms. There are so many well
thought-out aspects to this app that enhance the
reading experience, that it is hard to resist.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v5.9.1
Android| OSVaries| Free| vVaries
From the very frst moment we
opened this app on an iPad, it was
clear that this was something special.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris
Lessmore started out life as an animated flm that
later went on to win an Oscar. In between these
landmarks came the launch of the app, which
combined the animation with picture book style
pages of text, as well as a few mini-games to make
the experience fully interactive. The result is an
app that anyone who uses it, immediately falls in
love with. Whether it be the charm and vintage
style of the animations, or the heart-warming story
itself, this app is a benchmark for what can be
achieved if the right care is taken when developing
an interactive story. This market was always
going to be huge on smartphone and tablets, and
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
remains one of the leading lights, inspiring readers
and other developers.
iPad | iOS 5.1 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.4
Without a doubt the internet,
smartphones and tablets have
changed the way users can get hold
of and interact with comic books.
However, Comics remains the only app to have
Marvel and DC Comics in the same place, making it
the biggest digital comic book store around. That
is just for starters, as this app has also altered
the way in which users interact and absorb the
comics they read thanks to the app’s Guided View
technology. This allows users to move through
stories panel-by-panel, stripping the story back for
a smoother user experience. There are also cloud
saving options within Comics, so users can not only
access their comic library regardless of the device
they’re on, but also go back to the exact page
they left. These are touches that were new to the
digital comic world, and as such have changed the
way the media is consumed, as the app’s continued
popularity shows these are features users want to
have at their disposal.
iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v3.2.1
Android| OS2.1| £2.17/$2.99| v3.0.7.9
KOBO BOOKS
THE FANTASTIC
FLYING BOOK
OF MR MORRIS
LESSMORE
COMICS
CLOUDON
Currently contains more than one
million free eBooks
The original animated film landed an
Oscar in 2012
The only comic book eReader with
both DC and Marvel titles
Ranked the top Productivity app in
40 countries
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Although Procreate
contains the sort of
subtle features and
programming that makes
the professional artists that use it
swoon, some of the craftsmanship on
display in this app is blindingly obvious
to the untrained eye. Procreate is the
place to go if you care about the artwork
you want to create, because this is the
canvas that will do it the most justice.
The app contains 48 brushes, as well
as an ultra-high defnition canvas that
renders in such a way that brush strokes
show of real detail. Users can smudge
as well as see their strokes in such
incredible clarity that even novice artists will appreciate the realism. The quality
of this app is what makes it stand out, and in a market that is full of high-end
products, Procreate continues to delight despite having been released back
in 2011. Procreate has stood the test of time because it remains the highest
quality art creation app around, and the details and tools it contains make it an
obvious choice to be included in our Hall of Fame.
iPad|iOS6.0|£2.99/$4.99|v1.7.1
PROCREATE
In the top 10 highest grossing apps in 130 App Stores
Proof that you don’t need to make a
detailed game in order to score huge
success, Fruit Ninja is pretty much the
simplest example of gesture gaming
in the mobile world. The pace and frenetic nature
of the game are what make it such a popular title,
with downloads now numbering in the hundreds
of millions. There is nothing dif cult to understand
about Fruit Ninja, with only a single screen to play
on and a single piece of interactivity for users to
carry out in order slice fruit and keep your score
ticking over. This game has made it into our Hall
of Fame on sheer weight of numbers, and the
100 million plus who have downloaded it can’t be
wrong when it comes to simple, fun gameplay. As
time-killers go, Fruit Ninja is perfect.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.8.4
Android| OS2.1| £0.76/$0.99| v1.7.6
In a crowded marketplace, Epicurious
is the recipe app that people seem to
turn back to, and with good reason.
The app carries the same name as the
respected and renowned recipe site, and has a
library to make anyone salivate. The app’s search
engine is one of the best around, allowing users to
search by recipe as well as by individual ingredients
in order to fnd recipes that suit or appeal to them.
The app also allows users to
search by what’s in season,
as well as upcoming holidays
and beyond. The Epicurious
app works best when heavily
personalised, and the ability
to save recipes, as well as
create and share shopping
lists based on needed
ingredients started here,
and have since become
a staple in recipe apps.
Epicurious is most defnitely
a trend setter.
iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Free |
v3.0.6
Android| OS1.5| Free|
v1.0.1
Having already taken the music lovers
among us by storm with its desktop
version, Spotify on mobile was exciting
for all given the track list it already
boasted, and the ease with which users could
listen to anything in seconds. Even if you didn’t
have a premium account, downloading and signing
in with the app gave you a 48-hour free trial.
The joy, though, came from gaining access to all
your playlists, as well as downloading tracks and
playlists so they were accessible of ine. US users
also have access to free radio, and the chance to
discover new music and artists efortlessly. Spotify
set the bar for music streaming and the news that
it’s going completely free is hugely exciting.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v0.5.10
Android| OS2.1| Free| v0.6.0
When it comes to numbers, Cut The
Rope has some of the most impressive
around, with more than 250 million
downloads by people who want to try
out the 350 levels on ofer. Much like Angry Birds,
this is a physics puzzle game that stands out for
redefning a genre and changing
the way other developers look
at game creation. Interactivity
is also a huge part of Cut The
Rope’s legacy, as the gestures
used in this game aren’t just
triggers for pre-determined
animation; when, where and
how you interact with the screen
and cut the ropes is crucial to
your success. Of course the game’s
popularity is also helped by the
fact that the central monster
you’re trying to feed, Om Nom, is
particularly lovable. It’s an enticing
and addictive combination and with so
many levels to play, this is such value.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99 | v2.2.1
Android| OS1.6| £0.69/$0.99| v2.2
SPOTIFY CUT THE ROPE
FRUIT NINJA
EPICURIOUS
RECIPES AND
SHOPPING LIST
The service has more than 20 million
active users worldwide
Set a record as the fastest iOS game to
reach one million downloads
Has more than 300 million downloads
across all platforms
Contains more than 30,000 recipes
Has achieved over five million
downloads
“SPOTIFY SET THE BAR FOR MUSIC
STREAMING APPS”
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WATCH TV
FOR FREE
Is your boyfriend hogging
the TV to watch endless
cycles of football? No
matter! Never miss your favourite
shows by streaming over 50
channels to wherever you are.
TVCATCHUP
iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v2.60
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v2.2.8
SEND FREE TEXT
MESSAGES
Don’t waste money on SMS,
use this app to chat with
friends one-on-one and as
a group. You can also share your
location so that they know when
you’re nearby.
FACEBOOK MESSENGER
iPhone| iOS 5.0 | Free | v3.1
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.2.5-release
ACCESS YOUR
FILES EVERYWHERE
Throw away your USB stick
and view, edit and store
5GB of word docs,
spreadsheets, presentations and
photos. You can even save items for
of ine use.
GOOGLE DRIVE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.2.2
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.1.592.10
I
f you’re new to iPhone, iPad
or Android, you may know
the basics of what apps
can do, such as following
celebrities on Twitter and
playing Angry Birds. But this is
just the beginning. The app world
is packed with opportunities to
enhance your device and improve
your everyday life.
Here we showcase 101
activities that are possible with
your smartphone and tablet and
recommend the top apps to achieve
them. There is everything, from
supercharging your phone, to
learning to cook or setting up a blog.
And we haven’t forgotten about
you veteran app users; we have also
thrown in a few suggestions for
how to use the apps in cunning new
ways. So read on and discover what
new things you could be doing.
Enhance your life with your smartphone or tablet
APPS TIPS
& TRICKS
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COMMUNICATE
ABROAD
No need to shout, point
and mime ‘where is the
bathroom?’ any longer
when on holiday, translate your
speech instantly in 40 languages
with this app.
TABLETOP TRANSLATOR
READ THE WEB AS
A NEWSPAPER
Read the latest news, but
without all the fashing
images, adverts and
distractions of the web with this
stripped-back reader.
INSTAPAPER
iPad+| iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99| v4.2.7
Android | OS 2.3.3 | £1.93/$2.99
| v1.2
MANAGE YOUR
DAILY FINANCES
Stretch your pay cheque
further, get out of debt and
save money by tracking
your daily incomings and outgoings.
Record your transactions as you
make them.
YOU NEED A BUDGET (YNAB)
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £2.99/$4.99 |
v2.0.5
Android | OS 2.1 | £3.09/$4.99 |
v2.0.2.147
BECOME A DJ
Rock your next house party by
scratching music live and
downloading your remixes straight
fromiCloud.
DJAY FOR IPAD
iPad| iOS4.3 | £13.99/$19.99| v1.6.3
CREATE YOUR OWN HOLLYWOOD
SPECIAL EFFECTS
Jealous of all those Russian meteor
crash videos? Add a little extra
excitement to your home movies and
insert explosions, tornadoes and missile
strikes galore.
ACTION MOVIE FX
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free | v2.1.3
COUNT YOUR CALORIES
Track your daily calorie intake to help
you cut down on unhealthy foods
and work out howmuch exercise you
need to shed those unwanted pounds.
CALORIE COUNTER –
MY FITNESS PAL
iPhone| iOS5.0 | Free | v3.7.1
Android| Varies | Free| Varies
CHAT ABOUT TV
Want to knowwhat’s good on
television? See which TVshows are
trending, read real-time viewer
reviews, and invite your friends to watch
along with you.
ZEEBOX
iPad+| iOS5.0 | Free| v2.11.0
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.0
COOK LIKE GORDON RAMSAY
Find inspiration in recipe apps for
your signature dish and hone your
skills with invaluable step-by-step
guides. This app is complete with mouth-
watering photography.
THE PHOTO COOKBOOK
iPad+| iOS5.0 | £2.49/$3.99| v6.2
SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
We’re living in a post-28Days Later
world, if you want to escape the
undead you’ve got to be quick. Get in
shape with Zombies, Run!
ZOMBIES, RUN!
iPhone| iOS5.0 | £2.45/$3.99| v1.5.2
Android| OS 2.2| £2.79/$3.99| v1.2.1
MAKE A COMIC STRIP
Always wanted to be a superhero?
Use your photos to create a comic
book adventure starring you and
your friends. Agreat way to display those
special moments.
STRIP DESIGNER
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | £1.99/$2.99|
v1.1.1
TURN YOUR PHONE INTO
A WALKIE-TALKIE
Communicate directly with one
friend or a whole group of friends,
with all messages recorded so you
can play themback later and even record
themof ine.
VOXER WALKIE-TALKIE PTT
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | Free| v2.6.4
Android| OS2.2| Free|v1.0.8.0009
“ALWAYS WANTED TO BE
A SUPERHERO? USE YOUR
PHOTOS TO CREATE A
COMIC BOOK ADVENTURE”
MAKE YOUR
FRIENDS LOOK
STUPID
Know the answer to every
question you’re asked,
guess every pub quiz and
reveal salient trivia points with this
app. Especially good for maths.
WOLFRAM ALPHA
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | £1.99/$2.99 |
v1.5.1.3996543
Android | OS 2.1 | £1.86/ $2.99 |
v1.2.0.3888710
GET EVERYONE
SINGING
Sing along to the biggest
hits with friends at home,
or post your renditions to
the StarMaker community and
compete to see who is the best.
STARMAKER: KARAOKE +
AUTO-TUNE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.7.2
FIND THE BEST
PRODUCT DEAL
Not sure you’re getting a
bargain when out
shopping? Scan barcodes
there and then to compare product
prices with nearby competitors in
addition to online retailers.
GOOGLE SHOPPER
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v3.1
Android | OS 2.1 | Free |v3.1
GET A FREE
EDUCATION
Knowledge is increasingly
free to learn and free to
take anywhere, so attend
virtual lectures whenever it suits you
or use apps as study aids.
TED
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v2.0.1
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.1.6
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DON’T GET LOST
IN THE OUTBACK
Australian police have
described Apple Maps as
‘life threatening,’ after its
directions left users lost in the
desert. Use Google Maps for turn-by-
turn navigation you can trust.
GOOGLE MAPS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | Free | v1.1
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
RECORD YOUR
FIRST ALBUM
With instrument simulators,
mixing decks, samplers,
voice autotuners and more
available on the App Store, why not
try showing your music (and app)
prowess by cutting your frst record
using your iPad?
GARAGEBAND
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.3
PAINT A
MASTERPIECE
Touch screens make for an
amazing canvas, allowing
you to create any size
images you want, imitating any
traditional medium you like from
pencil line to painting.
PROCREATE
iPad | iOS 6.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.7.1
WAKE UP ON TIME
Struggle to get up in the
morning? Analyse your
sleep patterns so your
morning alarm goes of when you
are in your lightest sleep phase.
SLEEP TIME+ ALARM CLOCK
AND SLEEP CYCLE ANALYSIS
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | £0.69/$0.99 |
v2.2.0
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.0.7
JUDGE A BOOK BY
ITS COVER
Don’t waste
valuable time typing
in title names, snap
a photo of a book or album
cover and this app will go of
and search for reviews and
online prices instantly.
GOOGLE GOGGLES
Android| OS2.2| Free
| v1.9
MAKE YOUR BATTERY
LAST LONGER
All too often phone
batteries die when
you really need
themto make a call or access
a fle. Conserve energy with a
task management app.
BATTERY SAVER –
POWER DEFENDER
Android| OS1.6| Free
| v5.2
HAVE YOUR TWEETS
READ OUT BY RON
BURGUNDY
Save time in the
morning and have
your social feeds
and favourite news sites
read aloud to you by your
own personal news anchor.
WINSTON
iPhone| iOS5.1 | Free
| v2.0.2
VIDEO CHAT WITH ALL
YOUR FRIENDS
Keep your social life
alive and talk face-
to-face with up to
nine friends at once, no
matter howfar apart you are.
GOOGLE+
iPhone+| iOS5.0| Free
| v4.2.0
Android| OS2.2| Free|
v3.5.3.42448346
LISTEN TO
AUDIOBOOKS
The world of
eBooks is not
limited to the
written word.
AUDIOBOOKS FROM
AUDIBLE
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free
| v2.0
Android| Varies | Free
| Varies
FIND YOUR
MISSING PHONE
If your phone is lost,
there are apps that
use alarms to help
recover it, but Lookout also
uses GPS to fnd its location.
LOOKOUT
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free
| v2.7.1
Android| Varies | Free
| Varies
BECOME THE
NEXT STEVEN
SPIELBERG
Now that flms shot on
iPhone are picking up
Oscars, use video editing
apps to create your own.
IMOVIE
iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | £2.99/$4.99 |
v1.4.1
PUT BACKGROUND ON
TWO LINES
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CREATE
STOPMOTION
MOVIES
Try your hand at DIY Aardman
Studios claymation with this
app’s innovative interface, which
makes it easy for you to shoot videos
frame-by-frame, simply by tapping the
screen repeatedly.
VINE
“KEEP YOUR SOCIAL LIFE
ALIVE AND TALK FACE-TO-
FACE WITH FRIENDS, NO
MATTER HOW FAR APART
YOU ARE”
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STREAMLINE
YOUR SEARCHING
Browse with ease by
syncing your bookmarks
across devices. Chrome
users can also sync all the private
data Google collects.
CHROME
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v
25.0.1364.86
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
DEVELOP A ZEN-
LIKE STATE
Close the Twitter app,
redirect your calls, and plug
in your headphones for a
moment of quiet contemplation
using one of the relaxation and
white noise apps.
RELAX WITH ANDREW
JOHNSON LITE
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v7.0
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
DON’T FORGET
YOUR PASSWORDS
Store your passwords on
your smartphone, but make
sure you encrypt it in a
vault app for safety.
ONESAFE – SECURE
PASSWORD MANAGER
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | £3.99/$5.99 |
v2.0.8
STAY FOCUSED
ON WHAT YOU’RE
WRITING
Don’t get distracted by
formatting, just write with
this stripped-back app. iA
Writer also blurs out other
paragraphs so you can focus on the
one you’re writing.
IA WRITER
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.8
STAY IN TOUCH
WITH YOUR
SWEETHEART
Forget staying connected
with people you don’t even
like, use social media to
send love to your special someone.
COUPLE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.5.8
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.2.3
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GET CINEMA TIMES
Hunt out the cinema times in your
area, discover what the flmcritics of
the world thought of it and if you still
want to go, purchase your tickets using the
in-app function.
MOVIES BY FLIXSTER
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free| v5.9.1
Android| Varies| Free| Varies
DISCOVER NEW DISHES
Tried of eating the same meals
week-in, week-out? Mix things up a
little and search for newrecipes
using what ingredients are already in your
fridge as search parameters.
EPICURIOUS
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | Free| v3.0.6
Android| OS1.5| Free| v1.0.1
DISCUSS THE WEATHER
Too often weather apps ofer global
forecasts and don’t ofer enough
localised detail. Turn to social media
to fnd crowdsourced, and therefore highly
accurate, weather reports.
WEATHERMOB
iPhone| iOS5.0 | Free| v1.2.4
CREATE A SKETCHBOOK
Use your notebook-sized tablet to
write down and sketch your ideas,
with the added bonus that you can
create journals by category and also share
images online.
PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE
iPad| iOS5.0| Free| v1.2.6
WISH UPON A STAR
Point your phone towards the night
sky for your own personal
planetarium, with astronomy apps
using your GPS to project the constellations
above you.
STAR WALK
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | £1.99/$2.99|
v6.1.1
KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST FASHION
Discover what the top fashion
bloggers and style icons are wearing,
where you can buy it, and share your
favourite outfts with your friends.
POSE
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free| v3.1
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.8.6
GET RIPPED
Cancel your gymmembership, throw
out the protein shakes: the only
thing you need to build up your
muscles is your smartphone and the right
workout app.
BODY WEIGHT TRAINING:
YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | £1.99/$2.99| v3.3
Android| OS2.2| £1.25/$1.99 | v1.60
RECORD THE RADIO
With 70,000radio stations and
podcasts fromaround the world to
sample, record live concerts and talk
shows to listen to at your convenience.
TUNEIN RADIO PRO
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | £2.99/$4.99| v3.4
Android| OS2.1 | £3.31/$4.99 | v7.0
MASTER
ORIGAMI
With a few simple
careful folds you can
create beautiful
decorations for your friends, get
step-by-step advice, inspiration
and AirPrint templates with this
inspiring app.
FOLDIFY
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JOIN A BOOKCLUB
Read along with friends on Kobo,
discuss and dissect your favourite
parts and characters of a book within
a group, and earn yourself badges for
completing goals.
KOBO
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | Free| v1.5
Android| Varies | Free | Varies
GET ON YOUR BIKE
Cycle apps aren’t just for tracking
your ride, with the right accessories,
such as those in the Digift range,
they can also track your heart rate as part of
your ftness regime.
IBIKER
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free | v6.61
NAME THAT ACTRESS
Have you got a celebrity’s name
stuck on the tip of your tongue?
Make things easy for yourself and
search this database by actor, director or
movie for a full flmography.
IMDB
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free| v3.1
Android| Varies | Free| Varies
BLOG LIVE EVENTS
Unleash your inner reporter and
cover a special event, such as a music
festival or a peaceful protest, for
your blog in real-time by writing mobile posts
and uploading images.
WORDPRESS
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free | v3.5.1
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.2.7
WAKE UP WITH APPS
Just like a dog fetching the morning
newspaper, you can set this alarm
clock to launch your favourite apps
when you wake up in the morning. It’s a great
way to start the day.
START BY TACK
iPhone| iOS5.0 | £0.69/$0.99| v1.1.2
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Even a quick search reveals that
there are lots of free logic puzzles on
the app market, but for the best
workout try the app that uses of cial Mensa
IQtests.
MENSA BRAIN TEST
iPad+| iOS3.0| £1.49/$1.99| v1.2.3
FIND A HOUSEMATE
The days of studying the classifeds
section are over. Search online
classifeds for anything froma
tenant to a television, then call, email and text
advertisers in-app.
GUMTREE
iPhone| iOS5.0 | Free | v2.0.0
Android| OS2.3.3 | Free| v1.0.05
SPLIT THE BILL
Avoid arguments and split
complicated restaurant bills with
ease with this clever app, which is
highly customisable and also allows you to
work out a tip separately.
DIVIDED BILL SPLITTER
iPhone| iOS5.0 | £1.49/$1.99 | v1.6
RECORD YOUR
KIDS GROWING UP
Keep a digital scrapbook of
your child’s development
with photos and videos. Use
Dropbox to back up this archive, or
use a specialist app like Notabli.
NOTABLI
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.0.3
STREAM MOVIES
ANYWHERE
Liven up a long journey
with a marathon of road
movies, may we suggest
Trains, Planes and
Automobiles
followed by Thelma
and Louise?
NETFLIX
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| Free | v3.0.1
Android |
OS 2.2 | Free
| v2.1.2
TURN YOUR
PHONE INTO A
REMOTE CONTROL
Take control your TV and
stereo remotely with your
iPhone or iPad, pausing,
playing, and rewinding music and
video streaming via Bluetooth from
your library.
REMOTE
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v3.0.1
FIND YOUR
FRIENDS NEARBY
Become a social butterfy
and meet up with friends
face to face. Highlight
shares information about people all
around you and signals when friends
are close.
HIGHLIGHT
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.5.1
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.5.1
TURN YOUR
PHONE UP TO 11
Bring HD sound to your
device and immerse
yourself in a richer audio
experience for every instrument,
vocal, chord, twang and pluck in your
music collection.
SONICMAX PRO
iPhone | iOS 5.1 | £1.99/$2.99 |
v1.5.5
Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.0.5
NEVER FORGET
ANYTHING
Memories can fade, but
Evernote allows you to take
notes, capture photos and
create to-do lists that will never be
forgotten and sync across devices.
EVERNOTE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v5.2.2
Android | OS 1.6 | Free | v4.5.5
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RUN YOUR OFFICE ON THE GO
Never fall behind with your paper work and
ensure that the important report gets in on time
by running a mobile of ce suite on your
smartphone or tablet.
DOCUMENTS TO GO
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USE YOUR IPHONE
TO IDENTIFY
COLOURS
Whether you’re choosing
paint to decorate your
house or you are a
professional designer, matching
colours is important. Instead of
struggling to communicate, simply
use apps to share swatches.
MYPANTONE
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | £6.99/$9.99 |
v2.3.0
Android | OS 2.2 | £5.03/$7.99 |
v1.2.2
DISCOVER NEW
MUSIC
Your device isn’t just for
listening to songs you
know, use apps such as
Pandora, and the Recommended
Artists option on Spotify to discover
new talent.
HITLANTIS
iPhone+ | iOS 3.1.2 | Free | v0.9.6
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v0.9.6
BECOME A DIY
MASTER
In addition to using your
accelerometer as a spirit
level, make the most of the
DIY tutorials on the App Store.
HOME DIY WITH CRAIG
PHILIPS
iPhone | iOS 4.0 | Free | v1.2
FIND OUT WHAT
IS ON REDDIT
Rather than trawling
through forums on your
small screen, use a Reddit
reader app to instantly access the
latest news and pictures all within a
stylish interface.
REDDIT SYNC PRO
Android | OS 2.2 | £1.25/$2.00 |
v7.7.4
“WATCH PERFORMANCES
FROM TOP ACTING
COMPANIES IN STUNNING
HD FROM THE COMFORT
OF YOUR SOFA”
GET HELP WHEN
MOVING HOUSE
Moving can be extremely
stressful, so use apps to
create an inventory of your
possessions and work out costs such
as hiring a van.
IMOVING
iPad | iOS 3.2 | Free | v1.1.1
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WATCH WEST
END SHOWS AT
HOME
There is no need to get
dolled up for the
theatre anymore, watch
performances from top acting
companies in stunning HD from
the comfort of your sofa.
DIGITAL THEATRE
CREATE A PHOTO
PORTFOLIO
Showof your
photos with a
photography app,
especially if it posts your
images online.
FLICKR
iPhone| iOS4.3| Free|
v2.10.803
Android| OS2.1| Free
| v1.5.1
SURVIVE IN THE WILD
With an App Store’s
worth of
information and
tools, your phone can be as
useful as a Swiss Army Knife
when out in the wild.
SAS SURVIVAL GUIDE
iPhone| iOS4.1 |
£3.99/$5.99| v1.4
Android| OS2.2|
£3.07/$4.99| v1.2
MATCH YOUR MUSIC
TO YOUR MOOD
Dubstep is great for
working out.
Songza ofers you
playlists dependent on the
time, your mood and activity.
SONGZA
iPhone+| iOS5.0 | Free
| v2.9
Android| OS2.2| Free
| v4.1.6
SIGN A DOCUMENT
Make the most of
your touch screen
and sign emails and
PDF documents, such as
business contracts, with your
virtual John Hancock. Then
feel very smug and righteous
at all the paper you’ve saved.
ADOBE ECHOSIGN
iPad+| iOS4.3 | Free|
v10.4.4
SET UP A WEBSITE IN
MINUTES
Building a website
no longer needs to
be expensive or
time-consuming, simply
select a theme and start
uploading content straight
fromyour handheld device.
WEBR
iPhone+| iOS4.3.5 |
Free| v2.2.3
MONITOR YOUR BABY
Have your phone
call you when your
baby wakes, play
music to it, even use the
screen as a nightlight.
BABY MONITOR
& ALARM
iPhone+| iOS5.0 |
£1.99/$2.99| v2.72
Android| OS2.1 |
£2.79/$3.99| v2.9.7
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PLAN A WEDDING
Rearranging seating plans is easy
with a touch screen to drag and drop
virtual place cards around, as is
playing with the colour scheme.
WEDDING PLANNER FOR IPAD
iPad| iOS4.3| £6.99/$9.99 | v1.5.2
RENT THE LATEST MOVIES
Fancy a movie? LoveFilmsubscribers
can log in to their account remotely
and add or remove over 70,000titles
on DVDor Blu-Ray as well as games.
LOVEFILM UK
iPhone+| iOS4.3 | Free| v1.5
Android| OS2.1 | Free| v1.5.3
SOLVE A DILEMMA
Let your iPad be your life coach with
Unstuck, which helps you diagnose
your problems that you’re facing and
ofers insightful advice to fx them.
UNSTUCK
iPad| iOS4.3 | Free| v1.2.3
SAY GOODBYE TO CREDIT CARDS
Apps like Barclays Pingit and PayPal
allowyou to transfer money from
your mobile, Square Wallet is the
next logical step, allowing you to pay for items
in select stores by scanning QRcodes.
SQUARE WALLET
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.5.1
SWIPE TO SURF THE WEB
Designed exclusively for touch
screens, Dolphin Browser enables
you to assign gestures to websites
– such as a Gshape for Google – for super
speedy surfng.
DOLPHIN BROWSER
iPhone+| iOS4.3| Free| v7.2
Android| OS2.1| Free| v9.3.1
NEVER MISS A FLIGHT
Search by fight number or track
planes in the sky, get real time
information on fights, including
reminders for boarding times and alerts for
any delays.
PLANE FINDER
iPhone+| iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99| v3.4.0
Android| OS1.6| £3.00/$2.99| v1.4
BECOME A MASTER BAKER
Baking is extremely big business on
the app market, with lots of recipes
apps – especially for cupcakes –
available, complete with mouth-watering,
food-porn photography.
THE PHOTO COOKBOOK - BAKING
iPad+| iOS4.0| £2.49/$3.99| v2.1
EAT HEALTHIER
Scan barcodes in shops to fnd out
the nutritional benefts of foods,
create shopping lists, and track your
diet to improve your eating habits.
FOODUCATE
iPhone| iOS5.0| Free| v3.10
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.22
BECOME A
CARPENTER
Switch between 2D and 3D
blueprints with this wood-
working app and design
everything from a dining table to
garden decking.
WOODCRAFT
iPad | iOS 5.0 | £6.99/$9.99 | v1.6
DECORATE YOUR
HOUSE
Get tips from Houzz Interior
Design Ideas and use AR
apps like Paint My Walls to
visualise how rooms will look.
HOUZZ INTERIOR
DESIGN IDEAS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v5.1.1
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.0.7
DON’T STRAIN
YOUR EYES
Here at Apps Magazine, we
love staring at screens
more than most, but make
sure you take regular breaks to avoid
eye strain.
EYECARE – SAVE YOUR VISION
iPhone | iOS 4.0 | £0.69/$0.99 |
v1.0
CREATE A PARTY
PLAYLIST WITH
FRIENDS
Everyone can DJ at your
house party using Spotify’s
collaborative playlist option.
Simply share a playlist with all party
guests and they can add their own
tracks instantly.
SPOTIFY
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v0.6.0
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v0.5.9.29
DO MORE WITH
YOUR MONEY
Keep on top of your
fnances by using banking
and budget tracking apps.
Many budgeting apps also include
reminders to pay bills on time.
MONEYWIZ
iPad | iOS 4.3 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.4.0
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BROADCAST
YOURSELF
Create your own radio
show featuring all your
favourite music, or make
a podcast discussing a subject
close to your heart, then share it
with the world.
SPREAKER DJ
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LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR FAST
Between the step-by-step classes
and instrument emulators, it is easy
to learn and practise guitar wherever
you are.
LEARN GUITAR
iPhone+| iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99| v3.7.5
Android| OS2.1| £1.29/$1.99| v2.14
MANAGE A SPORTS TEAM
Video record games so you can
analyse themlater, or invest in a
playbook app to plan your tactics
play-by-play on the touch screen.
COACHNOTE
iPhone+| iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99|
v1.5.5
GO ON A WEEKEND BREAK
The mobile travel agent, TripAdvisor,
allows you to read reviews from
fellowtravellers about hotels,
restaurants and tourist attractions, then
compare prices and book journeys.
TRIPADVISOR
iPhone+| iOS4.3| Free| v6.6
Android| OS2.1| Free| v1.5.3
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Social media isn’t just about staying
connected to people you know, use
chat roomapps to have causal
conversations with people all over the world.
BONFIRE – CAMPFIRE FOR ANDROID
Android| OS3.2| £3.17/$4.99| v1.0.8
READ THE WEB OFFLINE
Spot an interesting article in your
newsfeed but don’t have time to
read it now? Save it to reader apps to
read later and of ine.
POCKET
iPad+| iOS5.0| Free| v4.3
Android| OS2.2| Free| v4.3.4
LEARN TO DRIVE
Use your tablet as a steering wheel
with driving simulators to learn to
drive. However, for the record, Real
Racing doesn’t count!
AA THEORY TEST FOR CAR DRIVERS
iPad+| iOS4.0| £1.99| v2.0.5
Android| OS2.1| £1.99/$3.15| v1.0.5
BOOK A RESTAURANT TABLE
Look up user reviews for restaurants
on TripAdivsor and Urbanspoon to
fnd out what they are really like
before booking a table in-app.
TOPTABLE
iPhone| iOS5.0| Free| v4.3.0
Android| OS2.1| Free| v2.2.1
GO GREEN
As well as using word processing and
fle-sharing apps to go paperless and
save the trees, use apps to fnd
recycle centres and test energy ef ciency.
EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS GUIDE
iPhone+| iOS3.0| Free| v1
Android| OS1.3| Free| v1.3
NEVER MISS A
GOAL
As well as streaming live
matches to your device
with Sky Sports TV, many
apps receive regular alerts whenever
your team of choice scores.
ESPN GOALS
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free | v2.6
Android | OS 1.6 | Free | v2.6
NEVER MISS YOUR
FAVOURITE BAND
It is one thing to stream
music and discover new
artists on Spotify, but apps
can also help you fnd live shows in
your area.
SONGKICK CONCERTS
iPhone | iOS 3.1.3 | Free | v1.0
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.3.0
DISCOVER NEW
STORIES
Interactive fction is a boom
industry, especially on the
iPad, and allows you to
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musical score.
CHOPSTICKS NOVEL
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ENTER THE
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virtual signposts popping
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much more.
WIKITUDE
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SOLVE SLUGGISH
WI-FI
If you’re struggling to access
web pages or download
apps, use Wi-Fi scanning
apps to fnd alternative channels
around you that are not as crowded.
WIFI ANALYZER
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AUTO REPAIR AND
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Don’t miss alerts, such as
airplane boarding calls,
while wearing headphones.
This app pauses music when it
senses a loud external noise using
your microphone.
AWARENESS! THE
HEADPHONE APP
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LEFT: Clear is
an intuitive
to-do app
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CAN ANY FREE APP MATCH THE INNOVATION OF THE MUCH-LAUDED TO-DO LIST?
FREE ALTERNATIVES
TO CLEAR
THE PAID APP
CLEAR
Stylish to-do list app Clear consciously
does away with the bells and whistles
that have made other time-management
apps overly complicated. Instead, it ofers a simple
colour-coded system ranging red to yellow that
can be used to list everything from things to do to
shopping items. However, the most impressive
feature is the one-touch gesture controls that
allow you to mange the app through just swiping,
pinching and pulling at the screen. Clear has picked
up many accolades, including Apps Magazine’s
own Innovation Award 2012, but the price tag will
put some of purchasing such a simple utility app.
Also existing not only on iOS, but exclusively on
iPhone, seriously limits its user base.
Simple and stylish, Clear offers the
easiest way to manage your day.
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REMEMBER THE MILK
Compared to other apps in this group
test, Remember the Milk has a more
convoluted registration system, with the
need to create a detailed user profle, verify your
email address and create an extra RTM email
address. This does not endear RTM as a time-
saving application, however, once set up it works
quite well as a to-do list. Tasks are displayed
plainly for easy reading, and iOS users can use Siri
to add tasks. Reminders can be sent by SMS and
email so as not to shirk responsibility, and unique
time estimates for each job can be planned. All
information is synced with your desktop at home,
though only once every 24 hours.
A well-rounded service, but a subscription is
required for features that are free in others.
Android|OS1.5|Free|v2.0.13
iPhone+|iOS5.0|Free|v3.0.1
TODOIST: TO DO LIST
Todoist is a very comprehensive app,
with the option to create multiple
projects that can be both colour coded
and ranked in terms of importance on a scale of 1
to 4, before you even start adding tasks to be
completed. Tasks can be given as long a name as
you like – allowing for a very high level of
description – given a due date, and also subdivided
by rank within a project. However, although the
task management is exhaustive, the navigation is
surprisingly easy to use. Mark a job as done with
one tap or press and hold to reorganise tasks and
projects by priority.
By the time you have finished dividing and
subdividing tasks, they are likely to be
overdue, which is a shame.
iPhone|iOS5.0|Free|v5.2
Android|OS2.2|Free|v0.6
WUNDERLIST 2
This app allows you to choose the level
of detail of your to-do list app.
Managing multiple lists, and creating
one-line titles for tasks and tap-tick boxes when
completed is the simplest option, but tapping
on any task allows you to add more information.
This includes setting a due date or a reminder,
marking a task as recurrent, or inserting related
subtasks. Tasks can also be synced across devices
and collaborated on with other users. The
customisable background themes, including soft-
focus photography, is a nice touch and explains
why Wunderlist is also optimised for tablet use.
Reduce the clutter of your to-do list by
controlling how much info is included and by
changing the backdrop.
iPad+|iOS5.0|Free|v2.0.5
Android|OS2.2|Free|v2.0.5
EVERNOTE
Arguably more like a high-tech knot tied
round your fnger than a to-do list,
Evernote endeavours to make sure you
never forget a thing. With the ability to write
formatted notes, you can create detailed word
documents, or more pertinently use the bullet
points to create lists. Better still, you can take
photos and record sounds to insert into your
notes as an added reminder. The user interface is
easily navigated, and advanced search options
allow you to fnd notes by the location in which
they were composed, and using tags, such as
‘home’ or ‘work’, to distinguish them by type.
Despite being promoted as a function
without a calendar or reminder alerts, this
sophisticated app falls short as a to-do list.
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Android|OS1.6|Free|v4.5.4
DO IT (TOMORROW)
No matter how many push-notifcation
alarms and reminders go of, sometimes
you can’t complete a task due to forces
out of your control. Do it (Tomorrow) understands
this, and a simple tap allows you to reschedule a
task for the following day. However, don’t mistake
this app for an excuse to procrastinate; scheduling
is limited to only today and tomorrow, keeping it
in the immediate future. One-fnger touch controls
make it easy to slide between dates, add/delete
tasks, and drag and drop tasks above and below
each other. Registering your email also allows you
to remotely save and sync jobs.
Intuitive gesture controls and a
hyper-realistic notepad interface
make for an impressive freebie.
iPhone|iOS4.3.|Free|v1.9.9
Android|OS2.1|Free|v2.3.3
MAXATHON SKY NOTE
Designed to sync your notes between
your desktop and your smartphone,
email registration is required to use
Maxathon Sky Note. Notes are a blank canvas that
can be used to write individual reminders to
yourself or create lists. These can be sorted into
categories, but be careful to put notes in the
correct folders as they cannot be moved
afterwards. Though notes cannot be reshuf ed,
swiping right allows you to apply pastel colours to
headings in the main menu and could theoretically
be used as a colour-coded ranking like Clear. A
search engine also allows you to search note
titles, but not by contents of the notes.
A very basic note-taking app, with limited
functionality and no export options.
iPhone|iOS4.3|Free|v1.0
Android|OS1.6|Free|v0.9.4.1
OUT OF MILK
As both a shopping list and a task
manager, adding new items to the list is
as simple as pressing the plus symbol in
the top right-hand corner of the screen, with the
option to provide a simple title for the task or
tapping Details to add more information and set a
reminder. This simplicity is defnitely a plus. The
side menu allows you to apply broad changes to
the list, such as Reorder items and Mark all done,
as well as switch between lists and share lists
with others. The shopping list has an identical set
up, except that it calculates the list’s total cost,
and the price of each item that is inserted
manually or by using a scanner.
Compile and manage lists easily. The shopping
list calculator is a useful extra feature.
iPhone|iOS6.0|Free|v3.1.7
Android|OS2.2|Free|v3.3.5
ASTRID TASKS/ TO-DO LIST
Astrid prides itself on its fexibility so
that it can be adapted for everything
from compiling groceries to a wish list of
places to visit. This is epitomised by the Checklists
option that includes top 5 lists and step-by-step
guides, accessible to all Astrid users. As a task
manager, Astrid is easy to add jobs, though the
interface involves moving through multiple
screens to apply further details such as due dates
and adding descriptions, which is time-consuming.
Connecting through social media and your
Contacts, you can share tasks with others so that
you can assign and comment on tasks to one
another, which is nice.
The interface is quite clunky, but the ability to
share tasks is well integrated and very useful.
iPhone+|iOS4.3|Free|v2.1.8
Android|OS2.1|Free|v4.5.3
THE ALTERNATIVES
ANY.DO TO-DO LIST
Beautifully designed and highly
functional, tasks can be added with a
tap, rearranged with a simple drag and
drop, and you can apply notes and alerts with one
touch. A slide to the right will also mark items as
complete. Rather than waste time typing, you can
even dictate tasks by tapping the microphone
icon. Sort tasks by date or by category, or turn
your screen landscape to view a more detailed
calendar. The only downside to Any.DO is that it is
always trying to spam your friends, with the
promise of extra features such as Location Alerts
in exchange for inviting friends to join the app.
Its simplistic layout and intuitive
gestures means Any.Do can match
Clear’s aesthetic minimalism.
iPhone|iOS5.0|Free|v1.7.2
Android|OS2.2|Free|v2.24.1
A night at the theatre, for
most of us, is a rare and
notable occasion that we
generally don’t tend to
forget in a hurry because of that mixture
of atmosphere and closeness that comes
from being sat within a stone’s throw of
the action.
The idea then of trying to make this
experience not only more accessible but
also making it truly mobile via your iPad,
without losing any of that ambiance,
would be no mean feat. Enter Digital
Theatre, which has taken the idea of
movie streaming from the likes of Netfix
and LoveFilm, and applied it to West End
shows. Within the app there are 20 full
productions to watch via the download
or rental service that exists via the
website. The idea is to manage your
account from the website, paying for
permanent downloads or 48-hour rentals
of shows, before logging-in on the app
and watching them on your device.
The flms themselves have all been
shot during actual performances,
so an audience soundbed is present
throughout, certainly adding to the
authenticity. What helps is that each
production has been captured at
multiple angles, so for the frst time you
clearly see all the subtle movement and
expression on stage, and the distance
that normally exists between the
audience and actors vanishes, arguably
making the whole experience more
engrossing in some ways. At the very
least it cancels out the fact that you’re
not really in the theatre, but watching on
your iPad as you commute home.
The streams are all high-quality, with
no bufering or loading times to worry
about, and you can jump in and out of
shows efortlessly. Sadly there is no
cloud feature that allows you to pick
up where you left of, so should your
viewing be interrupted you’ll need to fnd
your place again. But you can’t help but
be impressed by the experience that has
been crafted for you to enjoy here, with
the number of camera angles and close-
ups in place making these productions
look as if they were made for the screen
and not the stage.
Of course there is the question of
just how appealing theatre productions
on your iPad actually are, but there is
no doubting that any flm or pop culture
lover will get a kick out what is on ofer.
This is partly down to the way the shows
have been flmed, as we have already
discussed, but also due to the number of
recognisable names that appear in the
various productions. The former Doctor
Who partnership of David Tennant and
Catherine Tate feature in a modern
adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much
Ado About Nothing, while Bond villain
Jonathan Pryce appears in King Lear.
There are more than enough familiar
names and faces to entice the most
sceptical of you who may not initially see
the draw of Digital Theatre.
In terms of functionality, the app
also scores high because it keeps things
simple in every possible sense. The main
page (Productions) has all the plays on
ofer shown as a swipeable list of grids.
RIGHT: Each show
comes with a detailed
information section where
you can read press reviews
and a plot synopsis
The first app of
it’s kind in terms
of broadcasting
theatre
Well designed and
easy to work with
The download and
rental fees are a
little annoying
No cloud saving
so you can’t retain
your place
PROS/CONS
DOWNLOAD
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DIGITAL THEATRE THE WEST END STAGE TRANSPORTED TO YOUR iPAD
ABOVE: All the shows featured are
filmed in high-definition and from
multiple angles
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LEFT: There are twenty shows to
choose from in all, and you can either
download permanently or rent each
of them
ABOVE: There are plenty of big names
and familiar faces from the acting
world to entice everyone in
Tap any one and you can watch the
trailer for the show, as well as access an
impressive information section complete
with reviews and write-ups on the show.
The only real setback in this section is
that there is no marking or bookmarks on
those that are part of your collection. So,
you need to keep track of this yourself
to avoid minor disappointment, just in
case you go to open King Lear only to be
greeted with the message that you don’t
actually have it.
The aforementioned Information
section is a lovely interactive space
where users can swipe through reviews
from various publications, read a full
synopsis of the show, as well as see
the entire cast list and creative team.
There are also links to the theatre
company involved and images from the
show. There is defnitely an element of
promotion of the art as well as viewing
enjoyment to be found in here.
The best way to view this app if
you’re not already a theatre fan, is as a
novel chance to experience something
new – a West End production – without
potentially having to leave your own
front room; and that is something any of
us can appreciate.
iPad| iOS5.0| F| v1.0
An exciting idea that has
been well designed and
executed, and will only get
better as more is added.
The best bits of
Digital Theatre
01 SHOWS
The home
screen shows
everything on
ofer within
the app, from
Shakespeare
to modern
theatre.
SHOWCASE
02 TRAILERS
If you are new to a
particular show, or
just want to get the
favour of a new or
alternative production
of a classic, the app
provides trailers
before you buy or rent.
03 STREAM
Buy or rent any
of the shows and
them watch them
in high-defnition
from multiple
angles for a unique
and engaging
theatre experience.
04 MORE
INFORMATION
This impressive
section comes
with a range of
press reviews, as
well as images,
cast lists, and
full synopses.
05 THE JOURNAL
A collection of
extra multimedia
material that
might be of
interest to the
user, ranging
from short flms
to animations.
01
SEARCH
The first step is
to look through all the
productions on offer.
Swipe through the
Productions page to find
something that piques
your interest.
02
HIT IT
Once you have
found something that
appeals to you, tap on it
to open the show’s own
page, on which you can
find more information
about the production.
03
DOWNLOAD
Choose the Watch
Nowoption at the
bottomof the screen
to open the download
instructions. It directs
you over to the Digital
Theatre website.
04
DIRECTIONS
Before you head
there however, there
are directions that will
point you towards your
account and howto
watch using both the
app and the website.
05
WATCH IT
Once you’ve
bought or rented the
showthrough the
website, the app will
update and you will be
able to enjoy the show
on your device.
HOW TO…
Experience
the theatre
on your iPad
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ABOVE: A lot of the performances were recorded live in the theatre, and as such make
for an authentic experience thanks to the ambiance from the audience
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Anyone that is familiar with
either the Tiny Tower or
Pocket Planes universes
will instantly feel right at
home with Pixel People. The colourful
8-bit graphics do a fantastic job of
pulling you in and selling you the idea
of the gameplay.
If you really break it down, Pixel
People is in essence a fusion of
sandbox and town building gaming.
Here, you must build Utopia by splicing
the genes of diferent workers in
order to create new jobs. For example,
putting together a doctor and a park
ranger gets you a vet, but you’ll need
to put together engineer and nurse
frst in order to get a doctor. Each
new job you create comes with a new
building, and flling each one with
Addictive and infuriating
in equal measure – you’ll
be back for more.
relevant employees earns you more
coins. Coins then have to be used in
order to buy more land so you have
room for housing for new clones that
arrive, which you can splice in order to
get more jobs, buildings and therefore
coins. And so the cycle continues.
Of course with all games of this
nature there is a huge emphasis on
time management and being patient.
It is very easy to get sucked into the
fun of trying to create new clones, but
the trick here is to fll the buildings you
have and increase your coin income,
which will ultimately help speed up the
gameplay as you can buy more land
sooner. The other commodity comes
from the mine you begin the game
with, and is called Utopium. There are
various ways you can earn more it
during gameplay, and this is valuable
as it can be used to cut down building
or splicing times. Going back to the
central theme of management, each of
your business close down after a few
minutes, and it’s down to you to tap
the lightning icon and reactivate them
and the coins they create. Combine
this with the extra money and
upgrades you earn from planting trees
and other amenities and suddenly
you fnd yourself in the midst of some
serious town planning. Pixel People will
happily take over your gaming life, if
you let it.
CLONES, GENE-SPLICING AND 8-BIT VISUALS – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN UTOPIA
PIXEL PEOPLE
iPhone+| iOS4.3| Free| v1.10
ABOVE: The design of your Utopia is
completely down to you - build roads
and plant trees as you see fit
ABOVE: One of the best ways to up
your coin production is to fill all the
vacancies within your buildings
ABOVE: Keep and eye on your
Arrival Centre to see when new
clones appear, ready to be spliced
Pros/Cons
A completely new
spin on sandbox
gaming
Great depth and
detail to the town
management
aspect
The time delays
will infuriate you
The jump in price
with each level up
is a bit steep
DOWNLOAD
NOW!
01
SPLICE
When newclones
appear at your Arrival
Centre, get over there
and get splicing to
create the workers you
need. You can’t advance
without them.
02
BUILD
With a lot of new
clones, there’ll need to
be a newbuilding to go
with them. This is your
chance to plot out and
organise your Utopia as
you want it.
03
FILL
The real key to
success is to fill the
buildings you have
created, as this will
hugely increase your
coin output, and speed
everything else up.
04
OPEN
Every so often
your buildings become
inactive and stop
producing coins. Tap
the lightning icon that
hovers above themto
get themgoing again.
05
HOUSE
You can then view
this list in chronological
order with any incidents
along the route marked
alongside the road. Tap
the markers to get more
info about the alert.
SHOWCASE
The strategy
needed to
master Pixel
People
ABOVE: Users have to keep
returning to reactivate
businesses and keep coin
production up in the process
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MEDIAFIRE
If you’re not already familiar with
the website nudgemenow.com, The
Nudge List is a weekly list of the best
and most interesting stories from the
worlds of books and flms. The idea is to be able
to discover the essential parts of the bestseller
and box of ce charts, so you always get the very
best of what is out there.
The app has stuck to this theme in fne style,
with each weekly roundup streamlined into ten
key stories that fll your iPad screen. Each one
of these is numbered and comes with varying
extra options depending on the type of story.
For example if it’s a book release you can link to
the iBookstore and download it as soon as you’ve
read the review. The same is true of movie
trailers and other news stories. You can flter the
stories by the tags that the Nudge List ofers,
and by tapping one of these flters you can see
all the news featured in the app under that tag.
On some stories it is also possible to read
extracts from the subject text without leaving
the app. This adds to the seamless experience
THE
NUDGE LIST
iPad| iOS5.0| Free| v1.00
Smart and with a smooth interface, but lacking
when it comes to content and extra features.
that is interacting with The Nudge List. There
is an argument that at this stage the app is still
slightly lacking in content, with only four weekly
titles available to look through, but this of course
can only get better with time and increased
popularity. Putting that aside, this is an ideal app
ABOVE: Tap on a story to read it fully as well as access any extra features on offer
for quick-fre usage and getting all the literary
and flm news each week.
BOOKWORMS AND FILM BUFFS REJOICE
MediaFire was the go-to desktop
service for fle sharers way before
cloud computing, and the app is
a simple but powerful extension.
This utility allows you to access your MediaFire
folders, upload and download fles on the go, and
share links to them with others.
When you go to www.mediafre.com and
create an account it’s worth noting the payment
options. The free account has a whopping 50GB
of space and, unless you caught Dropbox’s S3
deal, chances are that’s enough to tempt you.
The $1.50 per month subscription, however,
increases the 200MB limit on individual fles to
1GB and allows whole folders to be downloaded,
while also removing ads from anything you share.
The app itself does look a little bare, though.
With minimal furniture, it opens into a fle
explorer and is all business. Through the Options
menu you can create folders, upload fles directly
from your device or browsing the Gallery, take
pictures and videos (by booting the native apps)
or access the app settings. You can only upload
one fle at a time until you upgrade, but you
can always ZIP fles. As a porthole to 50GB of
content, simplicity is better.
Not feature-laden, but with
masses of free storage and
sharing, functionality wins out.
iPhone+| iOS5.1| Free| v.1.0.3
Android| OS2.2| Free| v1.0.1
BELOW: New folders can be created when uploading
ABOVE: File download URLs can be shared
CLASSIC CLOUD COMPUTING WITH A
50GB FREE ACCOUNT
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Best known for the fantastic Wind-
up Knight, developer Robot Invader’s
new release Rise of the Blobs swaps
medieval platform gaming for a vivid,
candy-coloured puzzler. The object of the game
is to defend a marshmallow from hundreds of
jelly cube blobs as they ascend up a column to
try to eat him. Fortunately, blobs will explode if
they absorb certain fruits of the same colour. If
other blobs of the same colour are touching the
erupting blob, the blast will ripple through the
group. The marshmallow continually throws fruit
to keep the blobs at bay, and you must swipe
sideways to rotate the 3D column so that his
fruit lands on the appropriate coloured blob and
takes out as many blobs as possible.
Essentially Rise of the Blobs is a matching
game, which as a genre can be quite addictive
for a short period of time, but won’t keep your
attention indefnitely. However, the developers
are seemingly aware of this and have sought to
vary the gameplay. As well as adding objectives
to complete and power-ups to earn through
collecting coins, such as coconut bombs and fruit
hammers, there are multiple modes. One of these
is Star Mode, where you have to collect stars
Android| OS2.2| Free| v2.0
iPhone+| iOS5.0| Free| v2.0
ABOVE: Don’t let the blobs reach the top of the
column – or the marshmallow gets it!
ABOVE: Rise of the Blobs includes various modes to
make the colour matching more fun
The dominant thought of every
parent is the happiness and safety of
their children, and that thinking is at
the heart of WOWMUM. The aim of
the app is to provide a simple-to-digest list of the
best child-friendly places close to you, based on
your location. In theory this is a very smart idea,
as any location fagged up comes with a list of
child facilities, such as whether it has high chairs
available, a play area, or will warm your baby’s
bottle. Tie this in with the fact that parents can
add and review locations themselves, and you
have a solid network. What could be better?
Well the level of content for a start – the
trouble with WOWMUM is, at this point there
aren’t enough active users reviewing and adding
new locations to the map that forms its focal
point. This means that beyond the obvious city
centre locations, there are few places highlighted
on the map. It is also a shame that the map
itself isn’t without its faults – the pinch to zoom
feature is very sensitive and limited, with any
attempts to zoom in too far being met with a
never fully loading screen. There is plenty of
THE GO-TO MAPPING SERVICE FOR THE ACTIVE PARENT?
WOWMUM MAPS UK
potential to this app, with a clean interface and
a clever fltering system that allows you to fnd
locations based on specifc needs, but until the
community becomes more active, we will have to
stick with that word, ‘potential’.
Eliminate the bugging issues and
this is very nearly the whole package.
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.03
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A MASS WOBBLY UPRISING!
RISE OF
THE BLOBS
This quirky, colourful puzzle offers addictive
and varied gameplay – for a while.
hidden inside certain blobs before they vanish,
while also keeping the blobs from rising up the
column. However, the repeated requests to
publish your scores and stats on Facebook is very
frustrating, and quickly undoes all this good work.
BELOW: Users can edit the filter settings and
find locations to match their specific needs
Simplistic and addictive game play
that creates a frantic experience
every time.
A simple and highly effective data
monitor which could save you lots
of money.
A competent free storage solution
for BT Broadband customers that
works very reliably.
A colourful and original game with
some annoying limitations that
may reduce longevity.
A game and an educational tool
in one, with a few downsides,
including its age limit.
Defence shooters are
not new, but they often
ofer an engrossing
experience. Colosseum
Defense is one of the better titles
in this genre and is incredibly
addictive once you start playing.
With splendidly colourful graphics
and SFX that are perfect for this
type of game, you will quickly fnd
yourself immersed in every aspect
of the challenges built in to the title.
The only downside is an overuse of
banners in some parts of the game,
but aside from this we really did
enjoy playing it over and over again.
Sketch O Paint aims to
ofer a simple drawing
experience that will
be hard to beat on any
mobile device, and this is highlighted
by the single paintbrush that is
available in the free version. Drawing
feels natural and works perfectly,
but the limited demo may cause
some to look no further. The free
version does not allow the saving of
drawings and continually pushes the
user to buy the full version, which is
a shame because it looks like a very
competent ofering. If the demo is
opened up, it could do very well.
BT Cloud is a free
extra service for BT
Broadband customers
that lets you back-
up photos and videos, and then
retrieve and share them over social
networks, with the storage you
get dependent on the package you
have. The interface is clean and the
service is reliable and fast, but the
setting up process could be a little
easier and more intuitive. It may not
compete with more popular services
like Dropbox, but it ofers a lot of
potential uses at no extra cost. Very
handy for BT customers.
NFL Matchups attempts
to merge the age-
old hobby of trading
card collecting with a
multiplayer gaming experience that
you can play against a community
numbering in the thousands. The
graphics are colourful and the
variety in gameplay is just enough
to keep you playing, but it would
be nice to see a few more options
included. There are fashes of other
retro turn-based games in the
structure of the game, which will at
times limit the amount the player
has to do. It has the potential to
please serious NFL fans, but others
may fnd it confusing and limited.
The aim of Climate
Defense is to both
educate and provide
an enjoyable gaming
experience – and in some ways,
it just about works. However, we
found the intricacies of the game
limited with a feeling that it is better
suited to children. This is not a bad
thing at all, but the use of intrusive
video adverts really does get in
the way, and creates a disjointed
experience that can be hard to
follow – let alone the fact that
they’re quite annoying. The idea is
good and the graphics are clean, but
it needs some changes to fulfl its
well-intentioned goals.
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.0.1
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.1.3
Android | OS 2.2 | Free |
v1.40.190309
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free |
v1.40.190401
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v2.0.41
Android| OS2.2| Free | v1.0
COLOSSEUM
DEFENSE
SKETCH O
PAINT FREE
BT CLOUD
NFL MATCHUPS
CLIMATE DEFENSE
Live TV over a strong connection
is possible most of the time with
FilmOn Family TV.
FilmOn Family TV makes
some bold claims, the
largest of which is to
be able to watch live
TV at any time. You can do this in
standard defnition or pay to record
and watch high-defnition shows,
and in our tests the system worked
very well most of the time. There
were some streaming problems with
particular channels, but the overall
performance was on a par with
similar services we have seen. If you
need something to fll a few spare
minutes, this is a decent solution for
your TV watching needs.
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v2.0.41
FILMON
FAMILY TV
WATCH
CARTOONS
01 CRUNCHYTOLL
Watch over 600 of the
newest and hottest
anime shows, only one
hour after they are broadcast
on TV.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v2.10
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v0.7.9
02 TOON GOOGLES
Promises 100 per cent child-
friendly cartoons on-
demand, and AirPlays to
your TV.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v5.00
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
03 POKEMON TV
The official app for Pikachu
and friends, watch the
pocket monsters on your
pocket size screen.

iPhone +| iOS 5.0 | Free | v1
Android | OS 2.3| Free | v1.0.15
04 CLASSIC
CARTOONS
Rediscover the joys of
Donald Duck and Tom&
Jerry wherever you are.

Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.6
05 CARTOON
NETWORK FANS
Find out what TV shows are
coming soon, watch videos
and discover more details
about your favourite cartoons.

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Bolting out of the Twitter stable is Vine
– a social app dealing with quick-to-take
videos that can instantly uploaded. It’s an
Instagram for GIF-style shorts, if you will.
Record by simply tapping the flm icon and holding
your fnger on the screen. As you press, some video
is taken. You can continue for the full six seconds, or
hold and release for multiple shots. With increased
use of Vine, the creative possibilities become all the
more apparent. The fnished shorts are then placed in
your Camera Roll and posted to your feed, and there
is the option to share via other social media. You can
also add comments and a location.
The community aspect means viewing and
commenting is intuitive and recognisable. Other
people’s creations are shown on the main page
complete with comments, and there is as much fun
to be had looking at these as there is producing your
own. The wit and ingenuity of the uploads acts as an
inspiration for your own, and because the mini-flms –
which last mere seconds – are so creative and simple
to do, you will become hooked in next to no time.
A SIX-SECOND SOCIAL PHENOMENON IN WAITING?
VINE – MAKE A SCENE
Gogobot is a fantastic tool for
planning holidays with handy
itinerary features. A free app with
a surprising level of content (our
tests yielded numerous hits in both Sydney and
Grimsby), it has the potential to take on the likes
of TripAdvisor once the platform matures.
The quick, responsive interface boots in
seconds. The app uses your Facebook account
too, so you’ll see the odd ‘so-and-so visited here’
sticker. These aspects of the app make it stand
out from rest – speed and a highly social element.
The app’s Featured page, for example, throws up
postcards that people have snapped and shared,
which can be liked, commented on and re-shared.
When working on route maps, a search tool
takes you to your destination and ofers a wide
range of categories to browse. As you read
through hits, you’ll fnd photos, descriptions,
ratings and reviews, and also an option to search
for more places nearby. Using Gogobot like this,
you can chain together lists of things to check
out and then – our favourite feature – view them
together on a local area map. With an integrated
booking service for hotels using the service at
www.booking.com, you can do a sizeable chunk
of your holiday planning on your device.
CHECK OUT HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS
GOGOBOT
A solid system with social signposting
underpinned by web-harvested data that we
hope to see grow.
BELOW: Users can share photos in-app as postcards
iPhone+| iOS5.0| Free| v.2.3.0
Android| OS2.2| Free | v1.2.8.1
ABOVE: Locations can be viewed on a route map
iPhone| iOS5.0| Free| v1.0.5 ABOVE: Comments are one of the social aspects
If Vine takes off as it should, six seconds will
be the new 140 characters.
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Bloom.fm ofers a literal
interpretation of ‘music library’. Just
as you would check a book out of
your local library, Bloom.fm ofers a
unique ‘borrow and return’ policy, which allows
you to download tracks, then return them for
something else. Unlike public libraries, there is
no due date, and you can even share music with
your friends via email, Facebook and Twitter, but
there is a catch – depending on your subscription,
you can only borrow so many songs per month.
Unlike rival services, Bloom.fm ofers a basic
free package – unlimited streaming of a genre-
based radio, but no of ine listening, and music
discovery searching. Music discovery takes the
form of a spider diagram in which tapping on
bands reveals similar artists and double tapping
reveals a discography with music to sample.
Premium services start at £1.49 in the App Store
(just £1 on the Bloom.fm website) for 20 tracks
a month, £6.99 for 200, or unlimited downloads
from their 16 million strong collection for £13.99.
The UI deserves special commendation for
being fuid and functional. Sliding to the right on
listed tracks to return them is great. Alas, Bloom.
fm is currently only available in the UK, but the
company aspires to expand internationally.
HONEY FOR THE EARS?
BLOOM.FM
Both a music streaming and
discovery app, wrapped in a very
yellow, very functional interface.
iPhone| iOS4.3| Free| v1.1.2491
ABOVE LEFT: Borrow a set amount of music each
month, but feel free to share it with friends
ABOVE: The app interface is both bumblebee themed
and extremely functional
Moxtra labels itself as a ‘mobile-centric
social collection and collaboration
application service’, or put more simply
a virtual binder. Able to sync across
devices, Moxtra is a way to store fles, receipts,
photos, notes, and much more in one space. In
theory its intention is to replace physical binders,
allowing you to free up space and keep everything
you need with you all the time.
Once you’ve signed up for an account you can
start creating binders. This allows you to store and
organise items however you wish, keeping all your
work documents in one place, all your utility bills
MOXTRA
STORE ALL YOUR DIGITAL CONTENT IN ONE PLACE
iPad+| iOS5.0| Free| v1.0.1
ABOVE: The app comes with a number of sample
binders to offer inspiration
ABOVE: Offering plenty of functionality, the app is
simple to navigate
ABOVE: Store all your holiday documents and photos
in their own binder
A nice-looking storage solution that allows you
to work collaboratively and share selectively.
in another, and all your holiday details elsewhere.
You can upload documents, and the ability to
sync and access fles from your desktop machine
adds to the app’s usability. Once you’ve built your
binders you can choose who to share them with,
giving you control over who sees what.
There are a number of other features to Moxtra
that are worth mentioning. Note ofers the ability
to add vocal or visual notes to your work, while
Meet includes VoIP conferencing so you can host
meetings direct within the app.
How useful Moxtra will be to the average
person is questionable, as many will prefer to keep
physical copies of all their important documents,
but for those that do wish to give it a go you’ll fnd
an app that delivers on everything it promises.
RIGHT: You can have
binders full of media
A feature-laden restaurant finder
with some unusual interface
tweaks. It works very well.
A functional and original news
app that’s let down by a slightly
crowded interface.
Despite the occasional niggle, this
could be a useful and time saving
job search tool.
A worthy and fun social
networking experience that may
suffer from a lack of longevity.
A clever solution with
an interface perfect for
the task at hand.
One of the most flexible and
colourful social networking
experiences we have seen.
Finding a good
restaurant is one thing,
but experiencing what
it will be like is another
when you are using just a phone.
Cibando is designed to ofer as much
detailed information as possible for
local searches, which cleverly let you
circle an area on the map with your
fnger, and also in other countries.
The amount of data and the overall
quality is high, with unusual results
popping up occasionally. Overall,
however, the feature set, quality of
information and the presentation
make it an excellent choice for all
your gastronomic leanings.
Newswhip is a new
entrant in to the news
curation category of
apps, and it ofers a
new twist on the idea. It scans
Facebook and Twitter to see which
stories are being shared the most,
and can also break down the news
feeds by country as an added bonus.
It does all of this quite efectively,
but the presentation is not up to
the level some of the competition
produces – think Flipboard, Pulse,
Google Currents, et al – and this can
make it feel a little clunky at times.
However, with some changes, it
could one day prove a worthy rival to
the best of the rest.
This app is not
specifcally designed to
help you fnd a new job,
but to let you research
and understand what salary you
could be earning in certain roles. It
also lets you check out some of the
biggest companies worldwide to see
what they would be like to work for,
and in theory it could save you time
when job searching. There are some
problems, however, such as salaries
often appearing in $US no matter
which country you are searching
from. However, despite the US-
centric nature, it remains a useful
tool that could prove a genuine time
saver during the job search process.
Pixplit is a clever idea,
and one that will likely
become very popular in
a short space of time.
You sign up and can then either
create your own split images or add
to those of other users, creating a
photo collage. The results can be
amusing and at times look extremely
impressive, but you may need to do
some work to create an image that
truly stands out. Everything from
the interface to the ease of use are
excellent, but we do wonder if this
idea has the legs to compete with
the competition long term.
Moves is a clever (if
somewhat Orwellian)
app that can monitor
everywhere you go
and each step you take. You are
presented with stats showing how
active you have been and also the
routes you have taken. It works in a
similar way to apps that use wireless
hardware to track your movements,
but the amount of information
provided is of course less. However,
this should not detract from what
is an innovative app that will ofer
many benefts alongside an addictive
novelty factor for any user. Whether
for fun or serious exercise, it
succeeds in every area.
Via.Me aims to ofers
a media-centric social
networking experience
when mobile and
succeeds in most areas. You can
share photos, videos and sounds and
then customise them to add extra
personality, and all of your work is
presented in a vibrant, but slightly
busy environment. The quality of the
app is excellent and there are many
touches which lift it above the rest,
but it is potentially the fexibility
that may lessen the appeal to some.
Simplicity can work best for quick
mobile social networking, but Via.Me
still has a bundle of potential.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.8.4
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.05
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v1.0
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iPhone | iOS 5.1 | Free | v1.1.0
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.2.5
CIBANDO
NEWSWHIP
GLASSDOOR
PIXPLIT - SOCIAL
PHOTOS
MOVES
VIA.ME
REPLACE
FACEBOOK
01 GOOGLE+
Limit who sees what
on your profile with the
Circles feature.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| Free | v4.20
Android | OS 2.2
| Free | v3.5.3.42448346
02 TUMBLR
Share photos, videos,
quotes and links with this
vibrant community.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3
| Free | v5.00
Android | OS 5.0
| Free | v3.2.4
03 BUBBLY
Send voice posts and
receive messages back from
celebrities and sports stars.

iPhone | iOS 2.5
| Free | v2.5
Android | OS 5.0
| Free | v2.4.2
04 PICLE
Create an animated story
out of still photos and an
audio clip.

iPhone | iOS 5.0
| Free | v1.0.5
05 COUPLE
Private network for couples
– instant message, share
photos, and ‘thumb kisses.’

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SONGIFY
Designed to give even the most laid back
and casual vocalist something to be
relatively proud of, Songify turns your
spoken word into it’s own song. The app has been
used to create YouTube sensations, and with the
AutoTune featutes users might just be able to
create something cool of their own. What Songify
has going for it is it’s fun and simplicity, with just
one button to start recording. There are in-app
purchases for diferent styles and themes to vary
up the end results, but this is mainly a great way
to have a little fun with your musical creativity.
Doesn’t try too hard to be professional or
serious, this is for those who just want to play
around with words and music.
iPhone+|iOS4.0|£1.99/$2.99|v2.1.1
Android|OS2.2|Free|v1.0.9
KARAOKE ANYWHERE
One of the most interesting aspects of
Karaoke Anywhere is defnitely the
ability to share your performances with
the rest of the singing community. Users are able
to post their versions of songs and see them on
the in-app feed, and others are then able to like or
comment on your vocal talent. This app uses a
subscription system as well, but there are some
free songs that you can have fun with – and there
are thankfully some karaoke classics in there. The
app also allows you to build playlists, which is
useful, as well as unlock achievements and even
mix your tracks.
There are some well-thought-out features and
plenty to keep you busy.
iPhone|iOS4.0|£1.49/$1.99|v6.0.1
Android|OS2.2|Free|v1.1.3
SING! KARAOKE
As soon as you open this app you realise
just how much emphasis is placed on the
community aspect of Sing! Karaoke; with
a map covered in pins representing other users.
The point of this is that you can join in with other
users, duets or group songs at any point. Just tap
on a user and you can listen to their latest
performance, and like or comment on it. You can
follow other users and even improve the sound of
your own vocals thanks to the in-app flters that
allow users to enhance their voice, with three
themed settings to choose from.
A hugely impressive all-round
experience and an ideal place to
showcase your singing talent.
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THE KARAOKE CHANNEL MOBILE
This is possibly the most straightforward
app within this test, simply containing a
catalogue of around 8,000 songs for
users to pick from and sing their hearts out to. In
this sense then the KARAOKE Channel is a little
lacking when compared to the others, although it
too does boast a subscription service. Having
signed up users can listen to previews of tracks,
as well as toggle a supporting lead vocal on and
of for that extra bit of help. It is good to see
AirPlay support also ofered, so you can send the
lyrics screen to your TV if you so wish.
Not a bad app, but perhaps a bit too simple to
ever really be considered a contender in this
group test.
iPhone|iOS3.1|£0.69/$0.99|v1.6.0
Android|OS2.2|£0.62/$0.99|v1.0.0
TUNEWIKI LYRICS
Although this app contains no recording
facility for enhancing or sharing your
potential or maybe even lack of vocal
talent, TuneWiki is still useful as it gives users the
chance to sing along with almost anything. The
app identifes and plays any music, complete with
lyrics, so you can sing along at will. There is a
community aspect to help you discover new
artists and bands, and maybe in the process fnd
the sort of vocalist you want to be. There is an
undoubted passion for music running through this
app, and that can only be a good thing.
Not the most diverse or useful app here, but
TuneWiki definitely has a purpose, and some
will enjoy it.
iPhone|iOS5.0|Free|v4.3
Android|OS2.2|Free|v4.2.3
VOICE TUTOR
A much more serious app than the others
in this test, Voice Tutor takes diagnostics
from your vocals, pinpointing where you
have issues, and then assigns exercises to you to
do with your device. Within each of the sets of
lessons you take – each one contains more than
an hour’s worth of content – users can refer to the
pitch meter to ensure that they’re getting their
voice just right. As well as physical lessons the app
comes with a host of text-based tutorials and
guides on subjects like posture, in order to help
you improve the sounds you make.
It might be serious, but that
doesn’t mean it’s not a great app
if you’re a budding vocalist.
iPhone|iOS5.1|£2.99/$4.9|v1.3.8
Android|OS1.6|£1.81/$2.99|v1.1.7
THE LAND OF ME –
SHAPE, SIZE AND COLOUR
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE LAND IN ME CONCEPT?
We wanted to create an enchanting and engaging world for
children to explore without specific objectives. In the same
way that the enjoyment of classic games like Myst and
Riven is more down to exploring the world than it is solving
the puzzles. Each app is a different area of The Land of Me
and the desktop version ties themall together. Fromthe
beginning we were joined by prof John Siraj-Blatchford who
helped us shape the interactions to maximise their positive
impact on the development of language and early literacy.
The ‘learning’ stuff has been shoved into a game concept
but subtly woven in fromthe start. Hopefully children and
parents won’t even notice that it’s there.
WHAT AGE GROUP IS LAND OF ME TARGETED AT?
I’d say two to six, and any combination of those ages. Some
of the most incredible experiences I’ve had seeing children
playing with The Land of Me is when siblings of different
ages work together. The design incorporates two main
control systems; choosing symbols and changing words.
These both equally influence what happens and cater
to children who can’t read as well as those that can. As a
parent who has more than one child, getting themto play
together cooperatively is an achievement, trust me.
WHAT CAN TECHNOLOGY BRING TO THE LEARNING AND
DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN?
Technology can avail all kinds of exciting newopportunities
for early learning and development. But even as someone
who lives and breathes digital technology at work, the
degree to which it has a positivi impact on children is down
to context. What hardware and software specifically?
Where are they using it? Howlong for? Is it solitary or
collaborative? Too many times you see controversy stirred
INTERVIEW:
JAMES
HUGGINS
The managing director
of Made in Me
discusses the thinking
behind the education
game series
Previous incarnations of
The Land of Me series have
involved storytelling with
an elderly tortoise, creating
buildings with an aardvark, and learning
songs with a crocodile. The latest seeks
to develop small children’s creative skills.
Set on a snowy mountaintop, Yama-
San the Japanese Macaque monkey
guides us through the game. The series
regulars, Eric the raccoon, Buddy Boo the
bear and Willow the owl return, and are
invited by the paternal primate to play a
game and use their imaginations.
After this intro, the young user
(recommended age two to six-years-old)
is prompted by simple questions from
Yama-San to choose what they want
to create. This starts with choosing
which character the user wants to
play as; Buddy Boo wants to pretend
to be a vehicle, Willow wants to be an
animal, and Eric wants to be a monster.
Whichever you choose, the characters
will be asked the same questions: do
they want to be land, sea or sky based,
and what size and colour they want to
be. Once all choices have been made,
an animated cut-scene is triggered of
a character transforming into anything
from a tugboat to a fre-breathing
dragon. It is slightly disappointing that
created combinations cannot be shared
in the manner of spliced creations in
Pixel People (see page 40), at least to
the Camera Roll if not Facebook given
the target user’s age group. Once this is
complete, the creation will remain on the
screen until the player selects the redo
button and the whole process will be
reset, with Yama-San again asking who
would like to play a game.
ABOVE: There are 80 combos of colour, shape and size
LEFT:
Everything
happens
on the one
screen, but
there are
many subtle
animations
from ripples
in the water
to the sky
changing
colour
IT’S TIME TO PRETEND WITH BUDDY BOO AND FRIENDS
Thoroughly
engaging way of
educating young
children
Incredibly detailed
artwork and lots
of hidden extras
Only contains the
one game to play
There is no way to
record or share the
combinations you
end up creating
PROS/CONS
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From this summary alone, the game
might sound quite formulaic, which it
intentionally is. After each creation is
revealed, the choices the user makes are
spelled out, such as ‘Buddy the big blue
land vehicle’ helping children to develop
word associations and develop their
language and literacy skills. However,
more than just learning by rote, through
making their own choices young users
engage with the subject. The top-right
box out also regularly encourages
children to interact further with the app
or a parent. For example, ‘How many
Willows do you think could ft in Buddy
Boo’s bus?’ it asks, and ‘Where does a
balloon go when it foats into the sky?’
With 80 combinations to create, Land
of Me: Shape, Size and Colour ofers
hours of entertainment. In addition to
the commentary and suggestions from
the box out, there are other hidden
extras to discover. Tapping on the
creations will trigger further animations,
such as making a dragon breath fre
or a hippo sing. As with every Land of
Me app, there is the Where’s Wally?-like
game to fnd the secret fourth member iPad| iOS4.3 | £1.99/$2.99| v0.3
An excellent app offering hours of
educational entertainment with
beautiful artwork and hidden extras.
Learn to pretend with
Land of Me
01 WHO SHOULD PLAY?
Choose a cuddly
character to play as
to create something
diferent. Buddy Boo
the bear loves vehicles,
Eric the racoon loves
monsters, and Willow
the owl loves animals.
HOW TO…
02 LAND, SEA OR
AIRBORNE?
Select from the
illustrated icons
whether you want to
create something that
exists on land, swims
underwater or fies
through the air.
03 BIG, MEDIUM
OR SMALL?
Select what size ‘thing’
you would like to start
creating. It can range
from anything such
as a giant fying
dragon, to a tiny
sailing tugboat.
04 PICK A COLOUR
There are up to six
shades to discover, but
dependent on what
options you select, you
can only chose from
three at a time, so
certain objects must be
a certain colour.
05 USE YOUR
IMAGINATION
Once you’ve selected
all the options, your
character will be
transformed in a cut
scene animation. Tap
on the creation to
reveal hidden extras.
ABOVE: Tapping on your creations reveal additional animations
of the gang, Leonard the Lizard, who
hides in the background.
At £1.99/$2.99, the price tag might
seem steeper than other apps generally,
however is quite in keeping with cost
of most educational apps. Equally, while
Land of Me is essentially a one-trick pony
in terms of selecting options to trigger
an animation, and then doing it all over
again, the quality of the app is extremely
high. Painted like a picture book, it is
beautifully illustrated with attention to
detail obvious in the individually drawn
blades of grass, through to the subtle
animations such as the movement of
the water. In keeping with Yama-San
and his mountaintop home, the app is
soundtracked with traditional Japanese
instrument, which is a nice touch. Also,
if you leave the app alone for a few
minutes, Yama-San will sing a hushed
lullaby and the other characters will fall
asleep, snoring gently.
up by claims that technology and screens are bad for
children, by definition? To me this is the equivalent of
saying food is bad for children.
WHAT ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT DOES THE LAND OF ME
SERIES FOCUS ON AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT DOES SHAPE,
SIZE AND COLOUR FOCUS ON?
The Land of Me can be applied, and has been successfully,
to almost any area of the preschool and early primary
curriculum. By not getting too specific with any learning
outcomes and keeping the experience very open ended,
parents and teachers can use it to inspire and initiate all
kinds of learning fromproblem-solving and geography
to physics and creative writing. Shape, Size and Colour
is what it says on the tin really, and involves crazy
experimentation with the physical characteristics of
various animals, monsters and vehicles.
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO CLAIMS THAT THE LAND
IN ME IS TOO FOCUSED ON THE LIBERAL ARTS, SUCH AS
DANCING AND STORY-TELLING? WHAT ABOUT ARITHMETIC
AND THE SCIENCES?
I think it applies to all levels of education but particularly
in the early years there shouldn’t be too much discrete
categorising of different areas of learning. In reality they
are all interlinked and in early learning various concepts
are explored holistically. So for example you could help
children think about numbers using music, or anatomy
with dance. In The Land of Me even if children are having
fun making a big red dragon in Shape, Size and Colour
they are making choices that have consequences, which
they can then manipulate to create different outcomes.
This kind of problemsolving, often collaboratively, is
hugely important for their development.
HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE A
LAND OF ME GAME?
It took us about 18 months in total with a year of full
blown production to create all six chapters of The Land
of Me.
CAN WE EXPECT ANY FURTHER CHAPTERS?
We’re releasing each of the six chapters as a standalone
app and Shape, Size &Colour is the fourth and latest in
the iPad series. For technical reasons the last two are
tricky but time will tell. We have been discussing the
creation of some The Land of Me picture books which we
might launch through our digital book shop, Me Books,
but those plans are still at the coffee drinking stage. As
long as don’t run out of coffee we’ll continue plotting
more treats fromThe Land of Me.
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01
GARAGEBAND
Apple’s stalwart is a
fully-featured recording
studio, that has a host of
instruments whichsound
just like the real thing.
iPad+| iOS5.1
| £2.99/$4.99| v1.3
02
NANO STUDIO
Asplendid but
expensive studio that
lets you record in real
time and add effects.
iPhone+| iOS5.0
| £10.49/$14.99
| v1.34
03
ANIMOOG
This professional
polyphonic synth lets
you create soundscapes
and sculpt fluid tunes.
iPad| iOS5.0
| £20.99/$29.99
| v2.0.0
04
DJAY
Love to DJ? Then
this is the app for you.
An award-winner with a
professional feel to it.
iPhone+| iOS3.0
| £13.99/$19.99
| v1.0
05
FIGURE
Producing music
on the fly is made easy
with Figure with three
channels operated with
a slide of the finger.
iPhone+| iOS5.0
| £0.69/$0.99| v1.3
ALTERNATIVELY…
Here are
fve other
great music
apps
ABOVE: This a new creation that we
have started as a fresh project. You
are able to build up the tune, with
information, from here
ABOVE: The Setting page allows you
to set up push notifications if there is
a new piece of music that you may be
interested in
ABOVE: You can sign up using
Facebook and Twitter and post to
both of these if you wish. Features
are made available when you do
Pros/Cons
You can jam with
your friends
There are great
editing functions
It costs money to
download
So you have to be
dedicated
MAKE SWEET MUSIC IN AN APP JAM SESSION
JAM.IT
Making music can be
a solitary afair if you
are using a computer or
something electronic to
compose with, but it doesn’t have to
be. Jam.it lets you create music with
other people, then edit and share it
with the world. The makers refer to it
as social jamming and it’s about as apt
a description as you will fnd.
The interface can be a little
daunting at frst – not because it is
cluttered or dif cult to navigate – but
because it requires a little fnding of
feet. It is not an app that immediately
grabs you and becomes intuitive to
use. While you get the basic premise of
Stick with this app and you will be
rewarded when others begin to
sign up. It has amazing potential
that we’d love to see delivered.
it right away, fguring what you have
to do can be daunting, and you may
fnd that you don’t want to persevere.
It is worth it if you do but we can see
how it could be of putting.
You also need to log in to access the
bulk of the features which is a pain
that we wish wasn’t there. In some
sense, you can see why: social media
is what this app is all about so you
will need to hook up into some sort of
system. It doesn’t help, we guess, that
one option is in Japanese but there
is Twitter and Facebook too so don’t
worry about that.
You can also use the app as a way
of discovering new creations. As you
follow others and build up a following
yourself, you will fnd new techniques
and understand more about how to
get the best out of the app. Songs
can be saved in a favourites list and
you can also comment on projects.
Messages can be sent too.
In terms of your own music,
instruments can be isolated. You can
also mix them together. Throw in
some singing, play a keyboard or insert
guitars, bass and strings and you
will be eking out some terrifc tunes.
Looping, undo and redo as well as
sequencing all help to elevate a tune
that can then be shared or uploaded
to Soundcloud or Dropbox.
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GUESS THE MOVIE
If you fancy yourself as something of
a movie buf, then your knowledge
will be seriously tested by this visual
quiz. You are presented with a series
of images, from which you must decipher the
flm. It’s not easy as some are rather abstract and
creative, but that is all part of the fun.
There are hundreds of images, ensuring you
won’t get bored too quickly. There are hints to
help you though some of the trickier ones and
you can also get solutions, some of which make
you slap your head, others will frustrate (the
Superman one stumped us until we realised it
was Superman Returns and then it annoyed us
because you really needed the hint for this one).
The images are beautiful and the presentation
is slick. There are multiple levels too, which adds
longevity, though the whole input system of
having to type in the answers can be fddly and
dull at times. It would work extremely well as a
party game with everyone trying to guess and
chip in. This can be essential after the fourth
level where things really do get hard.
LEFT: There are lots of different levels which you can
unlock, each offering a host of logos to guess
ABOVE: The images must
have taken ages
An addictive game for film fans and a challenge
for anyone who loves a trip to the movies.
The developers could have been lazy but they
haven’t. The pictures look amazing and the game
moves well. It’s a blockbuster of a movie game.
Android| OS2.2| £0.61/$0.99| v1.234567
iPhone+| iOS4.0| Free| v4.2
MOVIE POSTERS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN
CAN YOU DECIPHER THEM?
ABOVE: You can share
results via social media
Having tried but failed to get this
app to work on one of our Android
phones, we got it going on our Nexus
7 and were eventually rather taken
by it. It’s a music app inspired by the Tenori-on
instrument produced by Yamaha.
Although it is far from a serious bit of kit, it
does let you play around for some interesting
results. As well as being able to play melodies
and string an assortment of sounds together,
you are able to change the output in a variety of
ways and come up with half decent tunes.
We enjoyed fnding out what each of the
colours running down both sides actually did
and we liked the way you could merely move
your fngers around the screen to get something
decent. It’s all about the play but with features
that add depth, whether they be the 12 base
tones, the tempo or the pitch for each sound.
There’s an inviting nature to the app, given
that it consists of a bunch of circles and no other
complexity nor learning curve. It’s inexpensive
and fun, and that suits us fne.
ABOVE: These circles contain lots of sounds
It looks frivolous but it has some depth and
most of all it lets you just mess around and get
some decent sounds.
Android| OS1.6+| £0.50/$0.99| v1.6
GREAT DIGITAL SOUNDS AND A CHANCE TO FEEL MUSICAL BLUEBOX
ABOVE: Tapping a colour will alter the sounds
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The perfect tool for
collecting and reading
news articles.
Kasabian fans will love the content
which is presented in a simplistic
and clean manner.
A brilliant idea with lots of
potential, but performance
problems get in the way.
The presentation is wonderful and
the sounds are of good quality,
but the content is slightly limited.
A beautifully presented and
engaging gaming experience for
the very young.
2player 2.0 has the
potential to bring all of
the goodness of home
Windows networks to
your Android device, and it really
does do what it says on the tin. We
found the service to work ef ciently
and with a minimal set-up process –
this makes it a true ‘pick up and play’
experience. Few apps that ofer such
advanced functionality are able to
perform so well, and for this alone
it deserves our top marks. When
you delve deeper into the app and
realise just how much functionality
is included, you start to realise that
this is a gem among mobile apps.
The Google Reader
service is very ef cient
and able to bring
together a huge variety
of news sources in one place,
but the standard presentation is
not ideal when trying to navigate
hundreds of articles. Press is
designed to make the article
presentation clearer and to ensure
that the text and images are as
cleanly laid out as possible. Merely
changing the look may not sound like
a big change, but if you read a lot of
articles it makes a massive diference
to every aspect of the experience. It
really could not be better.
Apps that are designed
for fans of a particular
artist are often coveted
because they ofer
unique content not found elsewhere.
This app includes a gallery with
photos of the band, a wall showing
the latest comments from the
musicians, and a tab for the latest
news. The design is simple and feels
genuine all the way through, which
means that the content shines
out of the interface every time. It
is a basic app overall, with a few
features, but it does exactly what
it needs to for the target audience
who will love it.
The idea of multiple
sporting TV channels
that are viewable on
a smartphone is too
good to miss for many people, but
the implementation and reliability
must be able to back up the promise.
In this case we had many problems
connecting to a lot of the channels
and found ourselves spending more
time looking for one that worked
that actually watching the content.
When it works the experience is
impressive, but more work needs
to be done to ensure the user can
enjoy it every single time. It is a
missed opportunity at the moment.
The popularity of
the show cannot be
understated, but the
content included here
is maybe not as complete as some
fans may hope for. It will all boil
down to personal opinions, but the
presentation is vibrant and captures
the idea perfectly and we could
still see some value and a generous
amount of entertainment which will
be enjoyed initially at least. If the
content is increased over time it will
serve as a fun distraction, but until
then the appeal may be limited.
Wombi Airplane is
designed for very
young children, and
much care has been
taken to create an experience that
is engaging enough to keep interest
levels high, but easy enough to
prevent confusion. The basic premise
involves building your own plane
and fying it over a 2D environment
while avoiding objects and picking
up bonuses. It’s simple all the way
through and unsuitable for older
children, but this is likely what makes
it work so well for younger children
who need a distraction. It’s charming.
Android | OS 2.2 | £2.51/$3.97
| v2.0.39
Android | OS 4.0
| £1.22/$1.95 | v1.0.2
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.01
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.3
Android | OS 2.1
| £3.31/$5.29 | v1.0.4
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
Android | OS 2.2 | £0.99/$1.58 | v1.0
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.01
Android | OS 2.2
| £2.31/$3.69 | v1.0.1
2PLAYER 2.0
PRESS
KASABIAN
SPORT TV PRO
MRS. BROWN’S
BOYS
WOMBI AIRPLANE
DO THE HARLEM
SHAKE
01 HARLEM SHAKE
RECORDER
Record your own video
in two simple steps.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.1
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
02 HARLEM SHAKE
CREATOR PRO
Includes dance tips and
direct Youtube upload for
videos.

Android | OS 1.3
| £0.66/$1.00 | v1.0.2.3
03 HARLEM SHAKE
RINGTONES
Set the song for phone calls
and message alert tones.

iPhone | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
04 HARLEM SHAKE:
MAKE YOUR OWN
VIDEO!
Edit your videos before you
upload themwith this app.

iPhone | iOS 6.0
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
05 HARLEM SHAKE
VIDEO MAKER PRO
Create your own video, but
will only play song once.

iPhone | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
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Does exactly what
it should, with extra
features included.
Having a brilliant idea is one thing,
but turning that idea into an app
that can work beautifully on an iPad
and also create real-world objects is
another. Foldify however, manages to not only
be brilliant in theory, but also in practice. You can
select from a variety of included images and add
your own to make them personal to you. Writing
on the objects is easy, and so is painting them
in diferent colours, but you can also add special
objects to create fun and original creations that
you can then print wirelessly or send via email
to be printed from a desktop. It sounds good so
far, but the real beauty comes from what you
are printing – which are foldable objects that can
easily be turned in to 3D shapes for playing with,
or simply to add a touch of personality to your
otherwise boring work space. You don’t need a
degree in origami to fold the objects accurately
and the end results are almost always fun and
unique in every way. You can use the ideas of
other Foldify users, of which there seems to
be thousands, and so the potential is almost
A unique and compelling app that
transcends what software can do.
iPad| iOS5.0| £1.99/$2.99| v1.1
ORIGINAL, TACTILE AND BRILLIANT. FEW
APPS OFFER AS MUCH AS FOLDIFY
FOLDIFY
ABOVE: The end result takes minutes to create once you have printed it
unlimited. Foldify works on every single level
and will be fun for adults and children alike, but
it is the ability to easily create objects that are
tangible that makes it stand out.
AN ORIGINAL, FUN, AND ENGAGING
PHOTO MANIPULATION APP
STICKR
Ask any iPhone user and chances are
that they have at least two or three
photography apps installed on their
device, and very likely many more.
The excellent iPhone cameras and the ability of
developers to come up with novel ways to tweak
your snaps makes the genre very popular and
extremely diverse.
Stickr is quite a simple app, which is primarily
designed to let you add stickers to your photos
and to include your own wording on some of the
110 that are included. It sounds basic, but it is
the way the stickers attach themselves to the
photos that makes the app work so well because
the end results are as seamless as you could
possibly hope for. Simply choose a photo, select
a sticker from the panels and then attach it to
the photo. You can then resize and reposition it
and you are done, at which point you can save
it to your Camera Roll or share it with others
in a couple of taps. Tweaking the stickers can
be fddly and takes some practice, but if you
persevere, the end results make the efort more
than worthwhile. The idea may not stand out in
the busy photography category, but the quality
of the interface and the way it works surely do.
Chances are, you will be using it for many months
to come.
BELOW: The interface
is unusual, but it
only adds to the fun
elements of Stickr
A professional photography app that is
designed to add fun and personality to all of
your photos.
iPhone+| iOS6.0| £1.49/$1.99| v1.2.0
RIGHT: You can add
your own text
to many of the
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Serious musicians will love
the simplicity and selection of
features included here.
This is classic Dr. Seuss retold in an
interactive format for the mobile
digital age.
A colourful and fun children’s
game that could benefit from
more features.
Improve every aspect
of your home media
setup with one app.
A charming and
engaging interactive
storybook.
A stunning interactive
book that employs
clever techniques.
This is a specialist app
which is designed to
remotely control Cubase
music editing software.
It is of no use to users without the
required software, but for those in
the industry that use it, the sheer
number of features on ofer is very
impressive. The cost is fairly high for
an iOS app, but when you consider
the likely audience and the fact that
they would have already paid for
the desktop software, this small
additional cost represents excellent
value for money. The fact that you
can now work away from a PC is yet
another added bonus.
Not the most popular
of Dr. Seuss tales, but
this doesn’t mean it isn’t
engrossing for children
and adults alike – the story keeps
you going through every single page.
The narration is clear and friendly,
and the animations work perfectly
within the context of the story, so
as an interactive book it’s perfect
for all ages. It also survives retelling,
making it great value.
This game uses
colourful graphics and a
very simple navigation
structure to let children
match up various parts of each
creature until they get things just
right. When they achieve a goal, the
animations and sounds provide a
welcome surprise, but the issue of
how many times it can be played
before it becomes repetitive is
apparent. Even though it is designed
for very young children, we would
still like to see more included to
increase the amount of fun on ofer.
Young children, however, may still
love it to bits, so don’t ignore it.
It is easy to simply
accept the picture
and audio quality you
currently receive, but
this app is designed to enlighten
you to the possibilities, and to let
you get the best out of your media
setup. It works with Apple TV and
via countless other devices, and
the interface is simple enough
to make complex adjustments as
easy as possible. The best feature,
however, is the ability to seriously
improve every aspect of your media
enjoyment, and few apps are able to
have such a dramatic efect on your
home environment. It is brilliant.
Interactive storybooks
are common, but few
succeed as well as
this title in keeping
children engaged every step of the
way. On each page they will need
to tap the screen and look for lost
objects, and the narrated words and
engaging 2D graphics do a good job
of ensuring that even the youngest
will understand what they need to
do. This may be a very crowded area
of the app store, but sometimes it
is the little touches that count, and
here they work very well indeed.
Interactive books where
you decide the ending
may seem old hat, but
when they are built with
stunning imagery, an imaginative
storyline, and enough depth to keep
you playing until the end, your view
will change. Underground Kingdom
has all the old school gameplay, but
it is truly immersive and suitable for
children and adults alike who will
quickly be drawn into the world it
is presenting. It is part game and
part book, and cleverly merges the
two genres together, creating an
experience perfect for the iPad.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £11.99/$16.99 | v1.0.1
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £2.99/$4.99 | v2.1.1
Android | OS 2.1
| £3.18/$4.99 | v1.33
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.0.3
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.0.1
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| 1.49/$1.99 | v1.0.2
iPad | iOS 5.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v1.1
CUBASE IC PRO
THE 500 HATS OF
BARTHOLOMEW
CUBBINS
HERD ABSURD!
THX TUNE-UP™
MOOMIN AND THE
LOST BELONGINGS
UNDERGROUND
KINGDOM
CHANGE YOUR
FACE
01 MORFO 3D
FACE BOOTH
Apply detailed effects
to morph and animate
faces frame-by-frame.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.1
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
02 iFUNFACE
Add effects to your photos,
animate themand add audio
messages for your friends.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v2.2
03 PLACE MY FACE
Paste your face onto all
sorts of bodies, fromthe
famous to friends.
.
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v3.01
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.5
04 BEARDIFY
Fromthe goatee to the
Santa, apply facial hair to
your photos with ease.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.3
05 BALDBOOTH
With a simple tap of this
app, give yourself a stylish
chrome dome. Integrates
with other Booth apps for a total
transformation.

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| £0.69/$0.99 | v3.4
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.6
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MYGARDEN
This is a social network for those with
green fngers, allowing users to share
and compare diferent aspects of their
gardens with their connections. This is the digital
equivalent to old-fashioned chat over the garden
fence about the lawn or tulip borders, with users
able to post pictures of diferent parts of their
garden for others to comment on. The app has an
organisational layer to it, so users can set to-dos
based on garden tasks, as well as use the
reference section to see and take note of the
correct time to plant and work on diferent areas
of the garden.
A nice spin on the traditional garden reference
app, allowing users to interact with friends.
iPhone+|iOS4.3|Free|v2.1.1
Android|OS2.1|Free|v2.1
LANDSCAPER’S COMPANION
When it comes to the scale of a reference
guide, Landscaper’s Companion will take
some beating, with more than 26,000
plants covered in this app, ranging from those
native to North America, the UK and Australia.
There are high-res images of many of the plants
featured, as well as general information on water
requirements and beyond. The only real faw is
that to use the more practical side of the app with
notes and your own plant list, users must upgrade
to the Pro version via an in-app purchase. This
isn’t the case with others in this group test.
A seriously broad and impressive reference
guide that doesn’t quite have as much
practical use as some of its rivals here.
iPad|iOS5.0|£2.99/$4.99|v3.0.0
Android|OS1.5|£4.99/$4.99|v1.15
FRUIT GARDEN
As the name suggests, this is a very
specifc app in terms of what it wants to
help you with in the garden. The
interface is very basic, but there are some rather
handy growing guides for all manner of fruit. The
level of personalisation is also impressive, with
users able to add extensive notes to diferent
fruits based on their own experiences of trying to
grow them. It is also possible to upload your own
images, as well as use the in-app calendar to track
harvest times, so users can stay organised when
it comes to managing their fruit growing.
A very simple app on all levels and on a single
subject, meaning that it lacks the depth to
win here.
iPhone|iOS3.0|£1.49/$1.99|v1.4
Android|OS2.1|£0.59/$0.99|v1.2
GARDENING
WITH APPS
AS THE WARMER WEATHER ARRIVES, HEAD OUT TO YOUR
GARDEN, AND TAKE YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET WITH YOU
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GARDEN TIME PLANNER
Following a similar pattern to the other
apps here, this provides a combination of
reference and organisation for you in the
garden. Garden Time Planner does come with
some video tutorials, though, on certain plants
and vegetables to give you more information on
how to plant and care for them. Garden Time
Planner also comes with localised weather to help
you maintain your organisation, although using
this app does feel slightly soured by the fact that
there are lots of corporate links and references to
the developer – a vegetable and seed retailer.
Nothing here to really stand out from the
crowd. A good enough app overall, but not
really a winner.
iPhone+|iOS4.3.5|Free|v1.0
Android|OS2.2|Free|v1.0
GARDENATE
Gardenate is less of a management app
and more one for inspiration. The app
tells you the edible fruit, vegetables and
herbs that are in season right now, so users know
what to plant and when. The content within
Gardenate is very direct and to the point, making
it easy to understand and follow as a step-by-step
guide as you plant. Users can also add their own
notes to any items within the app list.
Interestingly all the information is available of ine
so should you be in the garden without an
Internet connection you won’t be slowed down.
To the point, very easy to work with, and with
plenty of useful information. Definitely worth
a look.
iPhone|iOS4.2|£1.49/$1.99|v5.1
Android|OS2.2|£0.99/$1.99|v2.1
GARDEN MENTOR
A useful garden-reference app that takes
the huge amount of info embedded
within it and applies it to your plants. The
app database has over 1,500 plants in it, each
with details on how to correctly plant and care for
them. Should you add a plant to the My Plants
section, Garden Mentor will provide you with a
timetable and infographics on what you need to
do and so on. This includes adding events to your
to-do list so you stay on top of your gardening
tasks. Garden Mentor works because of its simple
interface and impressive levels of detail.
Smart and simple, it’s easy to
envisage this on your phone while
your hands get dirty in the garden.
iPhone|iOS3.0|£2.49/$3.99|v1.0.1
Android|OS2.2|£2.49/$3.99|v1.0
INTERVIEW:
KIRK BOWE
HOW DID YOU SETTLE UPON THE TYPE OF APP YOU WANTED
TO CREATE?
As a teenager in the 1980s I was absorbed by Tolkien’s
books and really wished that a ‘concordance’ of all the
characters, locations, and beasts was available in one
convenient place while I was reading the text. I dabbled
with approaches to this while reading Computer Science at
university, but it’s only in recent years that the technology
has caught up with what I wanted to achieve. So we
created our company, Beyond The Story to develop what
we call ‘+BOOKs’. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
is a wonderful book to start this journey with, and we’re
absolutely honoured to have been able to bring it to a
whole newreadership.
THERE ARE SOME TRULY STUNNING DETAILS ACCESSIBLE TO THE
USER HERE, WAS IT DIFFICULT TO GET ACCESS TO ALL OF IT?
We assembled a small teamof education specialists – our
‘curators’ – and gave themthe onerous task of analysing
the wide range of source materials. We worked with the
Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland, which was founded
by Anne’s father Otto, and we worked with a large number
of rights owners globally. It was no small feat for our team
to bring so much valuable content to the app.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE HAVING ACCESS TO THE ARCHIVE OF
THE ANNE FRANK FONDS, WAS THERE CONTENT THAT YOU
WANTED TO INCLUDE THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT IN?
The Anne Frank Fonds museumhas a substantial vault in
which they store many archived materials. We spent several
days with themin Switzerland, taking notes and high
resolution images of many items. We even used Hollywood
computer modelling techniques to create an accurate 3D
model of the diary. We collected an incredible amount
We caught up with
the chief creative
ofcer of Beyond The
Story, to discover how
the company brought
Anne’s story to life
There are events in history
that demand to be studied
for so many reasons, and
of course the diary of Anne
Frank is one of them. If you haven’t got a
complete grasp of the impact her words
have had over the past half century
and more, then you defnitely need to
remedy that situation. One way to do this
is to head straight for this app. It ofers a
wealth of information about her and the
state of the world she experienced, and
is presented in a manner which never
demeans the impact she has had.
The full text of the diary is included
and presented in landscape form, two
pages at a time. This can make things
feel a little cramped on the iPad mini,
but on the larger iPads it works very
well and ofers an enjoyable reading
experience. The price of the app is the
same as the diary in eBook form so
immediately you will be getting more
value for your money thanks to the
many extra features. These include a
superb Timeline section which details the
important moments in Anne’s life from
1929 to 1945 and a World War 2 line
which runs in parallel ofering snippets of
textual and image-related information.
The timelines are managed by touch
alone and the process of navigating them
has been balanced to ensure you can
jump through the dates, but not miss any
of the important events in-between.
The diary itself has supplemental
information in the form of Story Trails.
These are broken down in to four
categories and are overlaid onto the
diary to ofer more detailed information
about specifc parts. When you select
one, the corresponding text in the
diary is highlighted and background
information presented in a panel to add
extra information to the words. It is a
simple feature, but one that helps you
try to understand the thoughts and
motivations behind each diary entry and
a greater emotional insight comes forth
because of it.
When you frst open the app a video
presented by Bernd Elias (a cousin of
Anne’s) sets the scene nicely and ofers
a brief overview of how Anne came to
write the diary. From here on in you
get to experience the locations, events
and artefacts that were so important
to Anne through the Timeline, Story
Trails and of course the diary itself.
The interface is simple to navigate and
The content
is complete
and extremely
accurate
The presentation
is authentic
It is only available
on the iPad
currently
Some may feel
that it is too
expensive
PROS/CONS
ABOVE: Care has been taken to make the
design reflect the style of the time
ABOVE: The selection of video content included
has been carefully curated
ANNE FRANK AN EDUCATIONAL AND AUTHENTIC HISTORY LESSON
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SHOWCASE
Explore the world’s
most famous diary
01 HIGHLY INFORMATIVE
LINKS
Within the diary you
will see links under
certain words. When
you tap on one, you
will be presented with
more information in
various mediums.
02 A HOST OF MEDIA
The media available
includes audio clips,
photos and extra
information which is
overlaid on the diary
when selected. All
of this enhances the
learning experience.
03 EMOTIONAL FOOTAGE
It is hard not to feel
emotionally attached
to Anne when you
watch the included
video clips. Hearing the
diferent accounts also
help to bring history,
and her story, to life.
04 ACCURATE TIMELINES
The Timeline feature
is incredibly easy to
navigate and gives a
useful insight in to
how events built up
during the period and
also how they afected
Anne’s life.
05 QUALITY CONTENT
From the hand-
drawn maps to the
background music, the
sheer quality of the
content is impressive
throughout and
captures the style of
the moment perfectly.
exquisitely presented in a manner that
refects the style of the time, and the
amount of content hidden behind the
menus and features turns this into a fully
immersive experience. Within the diary
you will see underlined words which link
to more information including images,
maps, text and videos. In all there are
21 videos, more than 40 audio clips,
hand-drawn maps and so much more
accessible directly from the diary section.
It is blended together perfectly to follow
a set order so as you read each diary
entry, a picture is drawn for you which
works like a genuine set of memories
to let you experience what happened
and the impact the events had on
Anne. Of course there is no way to fully
experience some of the events, but this
really helps you understand the story
behind the diary and for this alone the
app is a success. The care and attention
that has been put in is astonishing and
the clever way that a slice of history
has been re-created in digital form is
testament to the amount of research
that has obviously been carried out by
the developers. It is educational, at times
emotionally draining and an example of
how the past can be brought into the
future using every medium possible
on a tablet today. It is a remarkable
achievement and highly recommended.
iPad| iOS4.1| £6.99/$9.99| v1
The perfect tool to
understand not just the
diary, but the world Anne
lived in for so long.
“YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE THE LOCATIONS, EVENTS
AND ARTEFACTS THAT WERE SO IMPORTANT TO
ANNE AND HER STORY”
BELOW: Story Trails offer detailed information behind specific parts of the diary, giving you a
full understanding of every part of the tale
of material, and I’msure that more of it will appear in
future updates.
THERE ARE SOME GREAT PIECES OF FUNCTIONALITY
WITHIN THE VARIOUS SCREENS, HOW MUCH OF A
PRIORITY WAS IT TO MAKE THE APP SO IMMERSIVE?
Documents like The Diary of a Young Girl have an
important place in history. However, as time goes by I
feel that younger audiences are becoming disconnected
fromevents. Key to our approach was to reach out
to these audiences, who are spending more time on
devices, and are demanding more fromtheir digital
experiences. By making the app interactive, I hope we
give younger digital readers a deeper connection with a
remarkable story.
WERE THERE PARTICULAR EMOTIONS YOU WERE LOOKING
TO TRIGGER THAT SHAPED THE PRESENTATION?
The overriding motif in the app is to showthe world
through Anne’s eyes. This is why the reader is sitting at
the desk as the app begins. We want users to feel an
instant connection with Anne, who was as bright and
as thoughtful as they are, yet lived during a terrifying
period of history. We hope we’re successful in turning
the tablet into a windowthrough which they can
understand the world Anne lived in.
HOW WAS THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS? WITH SUCH A
RANGE OF MULTIMEDIA CONTENT TO INTERTWINE IT MUST
HAVE BEEN INTERESTING?
The quality of the content is always paramount to
our work, especially in such an important document
as this. A big challenge is sourcing as wide a range of
material fromas many rights holders as we did with the
Diary app. Even more so is presenting that information
both accurately and beautifully. Luckily we have asset
pipelines which ensure material always stays attached
to its description and media format.
WHAT HAS THE FEEDBACK BEEN LIKE SO FAR?
We have been delighted with the feedback we have
received frompeople who have purchased the app.
Throughout the development process, we were aware
of our responsibility to an important historical document
so it’s been really gratifying for the teamto see people
respond positively to what we have produced. We are
delighted it has been so well-received.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS IN PLACE FOR FUTURE, SIMILAR
APPS BASED ON OTHERS’ TEXTS?
Yes, absolutely! We are currently in confidential
discussions with several different publishers about
creating +BOOKs for a number of very exciting and high-
profile projects.
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Pros/Cons
Adding events is
very easy
You can add voice
memos
We would like to
email events
Some video
element would
be nice
COUNT DOWN TO THE DAYS THAT MATTER
DREAMDAYS
Big events are important;
small ones are too.
Dreamdays is an app that
lets you count down to
those moments that mean something
to you, whether it be an anniversary,
a birthday, or holiday. Maybe you have
a wedding coming up, or perhaps you
have exams. Whatever it is that you
want to count down to, this app is
designed to help you do just that.
Adding an event requires you to fll
in a form into which you add a title,
date, and what type of event it is. You
can create your own event types too,
and you can also customise dates by You will never be able to
forget a major event if
you tell others you have
this app.
adding your very own background,
which you can bring in via your Camera
Roll or by taking a brand new image on
your camera. We also like the way you
can add a voice memo to your event
and set it so that it repeats on an
annual basis.
All of your events are placed in
a list on the front page of the app.
From here you can edit them or add a
voice memo. You can also use Twitter
or Facebook to share the event with
other people so that they can be in on
your special time.
We like the way the whole app
is designed. Navigating from each
section is intuitive. Large icons point
the way towards each section and
you can call up menus and settings
with ease. Events can be synced with
iCloud and you can add a passcode
to protect the app from prying eyes
which is great if you are organising a
surprise party, for example. You can
also restore events from iCloud and
send feedback to the developer.
At the central hub of the app is a
reminder service and this is what we
had in mind when we played around
with it, trying to fgure if it justifes
putting the built-in Reminders to one
side and paying for this instead. And
it does. It adds so much more to the
basic app that you get as standard,
giving you the customisation options
that make life so personal.
iPhone| iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99| v1.2.1
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ABOVE: Inputting information is easy
with each step clearly explained and
drop down menus to help
ABOVE: You can add a voice memo to
your event by holding and recording
in the required section
ABOVE: The events can be displayed
with a customised background,
obtained via the Camera Roll or in-app
01
SETTINGS
The Settings icon is
in the bottomright hand
corner of the homepage
of the app so tap on it.
02
ACCESS
Tap on the
Passcode switch to
activate the passcode
input process.
03
TURN IT ON
Turn the switch
on – it will go blue and
you will be prompted to
input the code.
04
NUMBERS
The app will ask
you to verify the code
you input. The code is
always numerical.
05
SAFE AS HOUSES
Nowwhen you
re-open the app, it will
prompt you to enter
your newpasscode.
HOW TO…
Add a
passcode to
your app
ABOVE: The app puts your events into a
list so that you can see at a glance when
events are due. They can be colour coded
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The pace at which modern life moves
means that smartphone users are
forever seeking ways to streamline
everything they do on their devices.
Sidebar Pro is the latest example of Android
developers looking to take advantage of this,
with an app that allows for universal multitasking
anywhere on your device.
The app creates, as the name suggests, a
new sidebar that can be summoned at any point
by swiping inwards from the side of the screen.
The main bar has room for a selection of your
essential apps, and with all of them accessible via
a list under the plus icon, it’s a very quick process
to get organising the sidebar to suit your needs.
The beauty of Sidebar is that the menu is
accessible anywhere, anytime, so should you be
browsing the web and want to send an email, pull
up your bar and tap the Gmail icon you put there.
Its efortless and fuid, and is such a simple idea
that it feels surprising that Android and indeed
iOS have integrated something like this into
their systems already. The app has also neatly
integrated certain features that you would
normally fnd in the pull down notifcations menu,
in that you can add shortcuts for Bluetooth,
Wi-Fi, brightness and volume controls to your
ABOVE: Sidebar Pro tidies up any Android interface
and allows for swift access to apps
ABOVE: Sidebar Pro works
on any screen
Uncomplicated and exceptionally
useful, it’s very hard to argue with
the value of Sidebar Pro. Get a tidier
home screen today.
sidebar. All of which can be adjusted in one tap.
Sidebar Pro then is a fuid and functional addition
to your Android home screen, and one that might
speed up your multitasking in the process.
Android| OS2.2| £1.28/$1.99| v2.7.0.0
BRINGING SOME SLEEK EXTRA FUNCTIONALITY TO YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
SIDEBAR PRO
ABOVE: Swipe and jump to
another app
The best apps are those that focus
on a few specifc things, but do
them excellently. This is exactly
where AppLock Pro scores. The app’s
functionality is simple - create a random four
digit password (or pattern lock) and use it to gain
access to whichever app or system setting on
your device you choose.
No one likes being made to sign in to every
account (social media, email, bank details, etc)
every time you open an app. Today, we assume
our device is secure with us and are almost
always signed in to all our accounts (after all, how
else would we get our updates, right?). But this
means that our treasure trove of our personal
information is only a tap away from anyone using
our device. If this falls into the wrong hands,
others may be able to access all our information
at the tap of an app.
AppLock Pro has a few nifty features like
random keyboard, a lock icon from where you
can lock everything on your device with one click
and short exit unlock, but overall the app is small,
cheap, simple and very easy to use.
What if you forget your password? The frst
time you sign in, you’ll need to enter a security
ABOVE: The keyboard is
scrambled, annoyingly
AppLock Pro is a must – especially
for apps that have access to your
finances and other bits of personal
information.
question, answer and hint through which you
can retrieve your password. Just make sure this
is easy enough for you to know, but dif cult for
someone else.
Android| OS2.2| £1.27| v1.62
EASILY SECURE APPS ON YOUR DEVICE WITH MAXIMUM PROTECTION
APPLOCK PRO
RIGHT: Prevent
others from
answering and
making calls
ABOVE: The Settings tab
is simple to use
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STOW – THE MODERN PACKING LIST
Do you know which President owned
a pet raccoon? Which one posed for
his portrait in a cape? And who on
earth James K Polk was ? The answers
to all these questions and more can be found in
America’s Presidents. As the frst ever virtual tour
of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the
app ofers an interactive journey through some of
the most iconic fgures in American history.
Optimised for Retina display, you can view the
brushstrokes of all 43 portraits up close with
pinch-zooming. This in itself will ofer art bufs
hours of joy, but the app includes so much more.
Each portrait includes additional artefacts, such
as newspaper clippings, campaign badges, and
photos of the First Ladies. As an added multimedia
layer, there are also videos and audio. You can
also test your knowledge in The Games Room,
including matching quotes with the correct
Commander-in-Chief.
With the option to view the portraits on a
timeline, individually with a description, as well as
tapping on an image for a biography of the painter,
the user is forced to navigate more windows than
they might need to. However, while it is somewhat
cumbersome, this interface issue is no worse than
having to crisscross the halls of an actual museum,
AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS
EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENCY FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON TO OBAMA
Not just for historians and art
buffs, this offers a content-rich
experience for everyone.
BELOW: Pinch-zoom on
portraits to examine the
paint strokes up close
and the rich level of detail the app ofers more
than compensates for it. The app should also
be commended for avoiding partisan politics,
and instead ofering a balanced view of each
president’s triumphs and failings. iPad| iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99| v1.0
Stow is an ingenious idea aimed
at people who tend to make hard
work of packing for various trips. It
is also near perfect for those who
are rather more organised, ensuring nothing is
forgotten as you embark on a holiday, camping
trip, or business weekend.
The app works by allowing you to create
various packing lists, working from a variety of
templates that range from beach or city trips
to a theme park or ski holiday. In allowing you
to categorise your holiday, you are able to take
guidance in terms of the more specifc things you
need to take. Thermal underwear is going to be
no use in the tropics. You can also produce your
own templates if your trip is more bespoke.
Each trip starts the same: you input the name,
the dates, who you are packing for if there is
more than one of your and whether or not you
are able to make use of laundry services while
you are away. Then it is a case of ticking of
items from a long suggested list as you pack
them. It is possible to search for and add your
own items and you can even create lists that are
dependent on diferent types of weather so you
cover all eventualities.
ABOVE: Personal info
tailors lists to you
While there are some problems with being
able to unassign items once you have assigned
them, packing has never been easier.
All of the lists can be shared via email or placed
on a spreadsheet, and it is also possible to print
for those who want to stick a list in their bags for
checking. The ease of use and the clear nature
makes for an uncluttered app and, hopefully, a
more organised trip.
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HELPFUL HOLIDAY CHECKLIST
ABOVE: There are many
categories of trip
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A simple app which will
offer its rewards over
time and with effort.
A highly effective data
monitor that could
save you cash.
A focussed solution for collecting
all of your child’s artistic and
educational work.
Perfectly functional, near perfect
results, but an experience that we
have seen before.
A highly educational
title that utilises
smartphone tech.
Add some clever artistic touches
to all of your photos with the
swipe of a finger.
This app looks and
works simply with just
enough features to
keep you recording
snippets of video every day.
Reminders are included and as
you build up your collection, a long
video will be produced which shows
one second from each day in an
automatically compiled result. The
end product is extremely impressive,
but you will need to keep at it and
make sure a video is captured often
to make it all worthwhile. You can
even create separate timelines for
loved ones as an added touch.
Monitoring your
data usage is a very
important task if you
are on a limited monthly
plan, but many solutions only
serve to make the process overly
complicated. Dataman Next asks you
to input your billing date and data
allowance, and the rest is done for
you. Whenever you return to the app
you will see a large percentage sign
signifying usage, and you can set it
to be notifed when a certain level
of usage is reached. It could not be
simpler and it will save you lots of
money in over-usage charges if you
are a power user. Few apps work as
well as this one.
The idea behind Artkive
is excellent because it
lets you keep a record
of your child’s creative
ventures over time. You can share
the work within predefned groups
of people, and the simplistic setup
and interface makes the process of
capturing their work as easy as can
be. It all works, but we do wonder
if other solutions that are not
specifcally aimed at this task can do
the job just as well (there are plenty
of scrapbooking apps, for example).
If, however, you really do want to
keep a visual record of your child’s
development, this app will do what
you need.
Piction App is designed
to let you add text to
any photos you take
on your phone. You
can choose from a variety of fonts
and can also place the text where
you want which creates some
surprisingly efective results. The
interface is especially efective and
it all works perfectly, but we can’t
help feeling that we have seen it
all before, and in some cases for
free. There are countless apps that
include this feature and many also
have much more functionality built
in, so it is hard to recommend this
particular title, no matter how well
it works.
This history app
provides a detailed tour
of over 100 castles
across Europe. Tying
in with a Discovery TV series, the
presentation is highly professional
and the content well researched. As
an educational title it is informative,
interesting and at times fun. Dan
Snow’s narration only adds to the
sense of depth included here and
it all comes together to build into
something rarely seen on an iPhone.
It’s like an iPad cofee-table app
squeezed down to iPhone size, and
it works brilliantly.
Portray, like so many
other apps, can
transform your photos
into completely new
creations in a simple way. Where it
difers, however, is in the end results
which are often incredibly realistic
and which could easily fool others
into believing that you really did
draw or paint them yourself. The
controls are simple and a lot of the
work is done for you which is an
advantage, but it would be nice to
have even more control for those
who really want to spend time
building something unique. Overall,
however, it succeeds on almost
every level.
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iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £0.69/$0.99 | v6.0
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £1.99/$2.99 | v2.1
iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.1
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DATAMAN NEXT
ARTKIVE
PICTION APP
DAN SNOW’S
CASTLES
PORTRAY
STAY OUT OF
THE RAIN
01 WEATHER LIVE
Detailed forecasts on
scenery that changes
to reflect your weather.

iPhone+ | iOS 3.0
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.9.1
Android | OS 2.2
| £0.99/$0.99 | v1.5.3
02 HAZE
This stripped-back app
displays five-day forecast in
a stylish interface.

iPhone | iOS 6.0
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
03 WEATHER PRO
Viewsatellite and radar
images for the US, UK and
much of Europe.

iPhone | iOS 5.0
| £2.49/$3.99 | v3.02
Android | OS 1.6
| £2.49/$3.99 | v2.3
04 WEATHER HD
Stunning videos depict the
weather, with maps and
forecasts around the globe.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £1.49/$1.99 | v2.2.0
Android | Varies
| £0.63/$0.99 | Varies
05 EWEATHER HD
The unique ‘Weather Clock’
design displays hour-by-
hour forecast, and receive
extreme weather warnings.

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DOCUMENTS TO GO
Documents To Go is a title that has been
synonymous with Of ce document-
handling on mobile devices for many
years, and to this day it is still capable of providing
all of the features you need in a relatively clean
space. With support for the creation of MS Word
and Excel documents, plus the ability to view
PowerPoint and PDFs alongside many other
formats, almost all of your needs should be
catered for when travelling. You can synchronise
your documents with free desktop software and
also take advantage of the quite superb email
integration which makes dealing with
attachments as easy as can be. Word counts, deep
formatting and so many other features continue
to lift it higher, with only the occasional stability
problem getting in the way. If you need to edit
documents and view any attachment that is sent
to you, this is quite an efective solution.
A highly capable Office document editor and
viewer with an extensive feature set.
SPLASHTOP REMOTE DESKTOP
This app has one feature that makes it
stand out from the crowd above all
others and that is the price. Splashtop
Remote Desktop is a capable solution that will let
you manage your desktop from afar in times of
emergency, such as when you need access to a
fle or to use an application that is too complex for
your mobile device. The set-up process is not too
strenuous, but you will have to spend some time
ensuring that it all works as you require, and with
a decent Internet connection you could efectively
be carrying your desktop PC with you all of the
time. Security may be an issue for some
businesses, and so this app is more suited to the
individual, but that should not detract from what
is an ofering that could completely change how
you use your smartphone or tablet every single
day.
A competitively priced and competent method
of controlling your PC from a mobile device.
Worth a download.
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iPhone|iOS4.2|Free|v1.0.2
QUICKOFFICE PRO
Like many other Of ce solutions,
Quickof ce Pro comes with a huge array
of features that are designed to cover
most of your work needs when travelling. The
inclusion of a feature allowing you to annotate
PDF fles is a bonus, and so is the wide range of
online service compatibility, but there are times
when the interface and general navigation can
feel crowded and slow, particularly on smaller
smartphone screens. Within this presentation is a
set of graphics that may also limit the professional
appeal of the solution and, although it works for
individual users, we would understand if business
people feel that the interface is not quite what
they want to use for serious work. Overall,
however, this is a competent solution which does
what it needs to, but some changes to the design
would improve the experience completely and
potentially make it a must-have option.
A competent Office solution, but with an
interface that can feel crowded at times.
LOGMEIN IGNITION
The idea of remotely viewing and
controlling company PCs will send a
shiver through the spines of some, but
LogMeIn Ignition ofers an answer to these
concerns. With full security built in, it’s possible to
run and interact with corporate systems from a
smartphone or tablet using just this app. The
process for setting up connections is
straightforward, but there will be some settings
to input to allow such sensitive access and these
will usually be done by an IT team. Once set up,
future connections are a breeze and open up
possibilities for employees when on the road and
who need to access all of the systems they would
use during a normal working day. Costs will be
lower, ef ciency increased and quality could
improve which is more than you could expect
from any app.
A professional solution that can
open up a mobile device to be the
perfect work tool.
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Android|Varies|£19.81/$29.99|Varies
iPhone+|iOS4.3|£89.99/$129.99|v3.2.1193
HANCOM OFFICE HANWORD
This app is unusual in that it not only lets
you manage Of ce-formatted fles, but
can also deal with a diverse range of
other media from MP3 fles to Hanword
documents. There is some potential for companies
who use specifc types of documents and the
system works well, but the overall impression is
one where the software could feel much more
refned for serious use on a day-to-day basis.
While we liked the general feature-set and the
uniqueness of use some of these features ofer,
we couldn’t help feeling that more work is needed
to make it suitable for the majority of potential
users. If you need to deal with specifc fle types
that other solutions cannot manage, this app will
work well, but for general Of ce fle management
we would suggest looking elsewhere. It does at
least highlight the diversity of solutions available.
Unique support for some file types is
unfortunately not enough to lift this solution
above the competition.
SMART OFFICE 2
Outside of the well-known Of ce titles,
there are oferings that are surprisingly
complete and able to help you do almost
anything when on the road. Smart Of ce 2 looks
very professional and is able to edit and let you
view countless fle formats, including all of the
standard Of ce types as well as image fles and
the ability to save as PDFs. Throw in multiple
storage and sharing options, plus an advanced fle
browser, and you can quickly see the potential of
a solution that could help you carry and edit all of
your most important documents no matter where
you are. Perhaps most important is the interface
which manages to make the most complex of
documents and fle structures usable on a tablet
or smartphone, thus letting you work in a much
more detailed way than you can with some other
solutions. This truly is an of ce in your pocket.
A true office solution capable of
complex editing and desktop-class
file management.
Android|OS2.3|£7.56/$11.55|v1.2.2
iPhone+|iOS5.0|£8.99/$12.99|v1.9
Android|OS1.5|£7.74/$9.99|v2.1.4
iPhone+|iOS4.3|£6.99/$9.99|v2.1.3
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When you are in a foreign
country and need to fnd
places, there is nothing
worse than being unable to
quickly get help. If you do not know the
language, things will become dif cult
quite quickly, and it can make all the
diference in more serious situations
such as business meetings. If only there
was a tool you could use to converse
with others in their language and to
achieve what you need in perfect clarity.
Well, there is now a tool to help you
and it doesn’t come from a Star Trek
version of the future. It is here now and
it’s called TableTop Translator. The app
is designed to let you converse in 40
languages and to either speak or type
your sentences, which are then audibly
translated in the language of your choice.
This allows you to hold a conversation
and to let the iPad do the pronunciation
work for you which should ensure that
every party understands what everyone
else is saying.
In our tests, the app worked very
well the majority of the time with the
occasional problem understanding what
we were saying. This is understandable,
but it does highlight that the software
is not quite at the level of Siri when
it comes to recognising your voice.
However, if you take your time to say
your words clearly it will understand and
you can always tap the keyboard icon to
type your words instead if a particular
sentence if proving tricky. On a brighter
note, the actual translations proved
to be very accurate when translating
from English to certain other languages
such as French, but we did fnd some
problems when translating the other
way. Some simple phrases such as ‘Je
m’appelle Shaun’ became ‘I’m at Auchan’
on the English side of the panel. This
suggests a potential problem on the
ABOVE: The app can detect when you
have finished speaking
ABOVE: Conversations can be made
public using AirPlay
TABLETOP TRANSLATOR
TURN YOUR iPAD INTO AN INTERPRETER CAPABLE OF SPEAKING 40 LANGUAGES
The simple
interface
highlights the
words being
spoken
Keyboard and
voice input offers
useful flexibility
Some translations
came through
muddled and
inaccurate
An internet
connection is
needed to use
the app
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translation side rather than with the
recognition, and so some tweaking
would be useful to ensure that the
software works a hundred per cent
of the time. Having an app with you
that can translate what you are saying
and then do the same in reverse when
someone is speaking to you in a foreign
language is wonderful. When it does not
work, the potential for confusion is great
and can make the entire experience
quite damaging from a relationship
perspective, so you should look at the
screen to ensure that the text matches
the audible phrasing at all times.
TableTop Translator is very well
designed and the simplistic nature of
the interface ensures that the words
and on-screen text shine through, and
the back up of being able to use the
standard keyboard is a bonus. When it
works well, the experience is hugely
positive and really will be benefcial when
you are travelling. The problems come,
however, when you start to lose trust
in the service and are not sure if the
translations are working as they should.
In our experience, the app can be relied
upon most of the time, and for simple
conversations such as asking directions
it does what it needs to, but for more
natural discussions it tends t:o struggle
a little. You should also be aware that an
internet connection is required to use
the app which could be problematic, and
expensive, when roaming.
Overall, however, we can’t help but
like the way TableTop Translator works
and see it as potentially being one of
the most useful apps ever created. If the
translations could be tidied up and the
ability to use it ofine enabled, it would
be a fve star app every day of the week.
iPad| iOS5.0| £7.99/$11.99| v3.0.2
01 PICK LANGUAGES
Tap the bars at the top
to choose your native
language and the one
to translate to. They’re
listed in alphabetical
order, so shouldn’t be
hard to fnd.
02 CLEAR THE PAGE
Tap the bars at the
top again and the
language lists will
clear. Now tap the
Speak icon in the
bottom-left corner to
prepare for translation.
03 TALK
Simply start speaking
and the app will show
the transcription of
what you are saying
on the left screen, and
the translation on the
right screen.
04 BACK AT YOU
The other person in the
conversation can then
do the same, and you
should hear and see
the transcription and
translation of what
they’ve said.
A simply presented, but extremely
useful translator which could help you
when travelling every single day.
ABOVE: The inclusion of 40 languages should be enough for most people
Strike up a
conversation in a
foreign language
HOW TO...
SHOWCASE
Five features
that will let
you speak
any language
01
VIEWFROM ANYWHERE
The arrows at the
top-left of the main
screen let you spin a
language pane 180
degrees, making it easier
to have a conversation
across a table.
02
FAVOURITE
CONVERSATIONS
Youcansavea
conversationat any
timetorefer back to
later. This is useful for
business discussions or
commonconversations.
03
SHARING THE TALK
Any conversation
that is translatedcan
alsobesharedvia the
usual routes of email,
messaging, or Twitter,
withjust a coupleof
swift taps.
04
HIGHLIGHT A PHRASE
Tapany sentence
onscreentohighlight
it. Youcannowreplay it
tohear it again, just in
caseyouneedtoreally
hammer that tricky
enunciationhome.
05
SPEECH PERFERENCES
Thegender of
theaudiblevoicecan
bechosentosuit you,
andtheplayback speed
canalsobechangedas
requiredsoyou’ll never
miss important words.
05 I CAN’T HEAR YOU!
At any time you can
adjust the volume
using the volume icon
in the top-left. This
is particularly useful
when outdoors or in a
loud environment.
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Pros/Cons
Presentation
makes finding
your tasks
incredibly easy
The flexible nature
allows for great
organisation
The lack of a
reminder service
is grating and
much needed
Requires a way
to strikethrough
rather than just
delete tasks
AN ORGANISER APP THAT TURNS ORGANISING
INTO SOMETHING OF AN ART FORM
REMEMBER –
FAST GROUPING
As one of many task
organisers on the App
Store, Remember – Fast
Grouping has to stand out
from the crowd and have a unique
selling point. Here it is all about the
presentation and the speedy way in
which you can gather ideas, tasks and
lists together.
Doing this requires a series of
gestures as you sweep through the
categories, making use of those that
are already suggested and coming up
with your own so that you can tailor
the app for your exact needs. For
example, everyone goes shopping, but
remembering to walk and the ferret is
a bit more niche.
It then gives an attractive way
of presenting the ideas in a series
of moveable blocks that you can
rearrange in a manner that puts the
most crucial information to hand. The
good thing about this is that there is
very little clutter – particularly on the
input page – but there is also a great
deal of fexibility. You can colour-code
categories, for instance, and you can
send notes via email.
This is not as open as some
systems, which will also integrate with
the usual social areas like Facebook
and Twitter, and have alarms for
when tasks are due – but it is a
step in the right direction. For an
app called Remember, not having a
reminder service for the things you are
supposed to remember is a little odd.
Well-presented and thoughtful,
Remember – Fast Grouping isn’t the
perfect app, but it fills a void and
will work well for many.
Note taking is the key aspect here
though. Tap the screen in a category
and you are able to add a new note,
which is then added when you select
Done. Tap again and you can add
another. We like the fact that these
can be lengthy. Getting rid of notes
is also easy. Holding down on one
of these notes allows you to delete
them which is good for when you are
chalking of the to-do lists.
All of this said, there are more
fexible note and task organisers out
there, perhaps not in the way the
data is presented to you but the way
in which it is inputted. However, it
depends on what you are after, as the
end result and presentation of tasks
can be very important, and it’s here
that Remember delivers.
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ABOVE: Tap the screen to add tasks
using the built-in keyboard of your
iOS device
ABOVE: The handy six-step tutorial
shows you how to get the most out
of the app
ABOVE: By holding down on a task list,
you are able to change its name to
something else
01
DUE
Allowing you to
create reminders in
double-quick time, Due
does away with tagging
and start and end dates.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £2.99/$3.99 | v1.9.4
02
COL REMINDER
Catering for all
manner of scenarios,
COL reminds you of calls,
errands, project due
times and more.
Android | iOS 2.1
| Free | v1.0
03
CHECKMARK
Checkmark gives
you the ability to add
location or time-based
reminders and it takes
three taps to do it.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0
04
ASTRID TASKS/TO-DO
LIST
Collaborate on projects
with a reminder app that
doubles as your very
own personal assistant.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| Free | v2.1.8
05
REMINDER APP
Ano-nonsense
app that lets you add
reminders, enable a
snooze function, and see
key times on a calendar.
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| Free | v1.8.2
ALTERNATIVELY…
Here are
fve other
wonderful
reminder
apps
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There are plenty of apps designed
to help you create and share great
presentations on your iOS device, but
if you’ve ever found them lacking in
presentation-based features, then Mobile Slides
is defnitely for you.
Mobile Slides’ interface and slide creation tools
are a little basic to say the least, but once you’ve
got over the somewhat primitive interface and
limited options on the creative side of things,
you’re left with an app that has everything you
need to deliver a great presentation.
By far our favourite feature here was the
ability to generate a web address that can
be shared with viewers on the same Wi-Fi
network, allowing them to see the presentation
you’re showing on their own, fash-based, web
browsers. Not only that, but Mobile Slides allows
browser-based viewers to ask questions which
signals an alert on the Mobile Slides app, allowing
to you to keep track of any important questions
that may be raised during your presentation, and
save them for a more suitable time.
MOBILE
SLIDES
iPad| iOS4.3| Free| v1.1.9
Mobile Slides has some great features for
perfect presentations, but could use a face-lift.
There’s a lot of features here that are geared
towards creating great presentations, even if
the aesthetics aren’t always there. The ability to
generate and print slide summary sheets with
Apple’s wireless printing technology, AirPrint, is
just one of them and it’s incredibly useful. It’s just
ABOVE: You can create slides from PDF documents and images from your iPad’s Camera Roll
a shame the that Mobile Slides’ interface is a little
drab and in need of a little more love.
PERFECT PRESENTATIONS, iPAD-STYLE
CARROT: THE
TODO LIST WITH
A PERSONALITY
CARROT is a novel take on the
ever-expanding world of to-do list
apps, adding some much-needed
personality to an app that forces
you to be more productive by keeping it happy.
Looking like a cross between Clear and HAL
9000, CARROT awards you a varying number
of points for every time you clear an item from
your to-do list. The points you earn translate into
levels and afect the mood that CARROT is in.
Keeping CARROT happy isn’t just about ticking
of your to-dos, though, it’s also about staying
constantly productive. Leaving too long a gap
between completed items will send CARROT
into a bad mood and you’ll soon fnd yourself
compelled to be more productive in order to
make the app happier again. It’s a bizarre concept,
but once you get involved, the emotional element
CARROT’s combination of humour,
emotion and tasks is an odd yet
entirely winning formula.
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RIGHT: Can you
spot the film
references?
SLACKERS BEWARE, CARROT IS COMING FOR YOU
of the app really does help you become more
productive. Sure, you can cheat the system
and create nonsense tasks, but the emotional
attachment you end up having here prevents
you from taking shortcuts.
Once you’ve completed tasks, CARROT
rewards you with humour and mini-games
depending on what level you’re on. It’s
beautifully produces and incredibly well-written
and, while it might not be for power users, it’ll
undoubtedly leave you a lot more productive or
at least feeling guilty if you’re not. Grab this app,
you won’t regret it.
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A simple and effective to do list
manager which will work well for
the majority.
A clever and convenient web
clipper with Evernote integration.
A beautifully crafted
expense manager with
just enough features to
keep you satisfied.
A great-looking organiser with
some unique touches, but it feels
somewhat familiar.
An incredibly simple
and polite solution for
when you can’t answer
the phone.
A colourful and liberating to do list
solution that works exactly as it
should. Cracking.
Taskable is a new to do
app that is designed
to make dealing with
multiple tasks as simple
as possible. It bears some similarities,
looks wise, with other apps, but
includes extra functionality such
as the ability to share entries with
the calendar app Fantastical and via
text, and also lets you add reminders
on set dates for each task. The
learning curve is short and it feels
natural from the frst use, but it is
competing in a very crowded area.
There is no doubt that it works
exactly as it should, but power users
may want more.
EverClip Pro is the
perfect companion for
Evernote users. You can
use the app to quickly
grab a whole website, an image or
some text from the web and store
it with a couple of taps. It is then
up to you how and where you send
it in your Evernote account and
despite a small learning curve, the
process is quite straightforward. The
compatibility with so many diferent
types of web content within this app
is the highlight and it will potentially
change the way you use your phone
forever more.
Expense managers
are ten a penny on
the App Store, but
DailyCost really is
something special. The graphics
and navigational tweaks make it
exceptionally easy to use and all you
have to do is pull down to add a new
entry. You then choose a category
and input the amount. Stats are
included at the top of the screen
and everything about it is built for
speed with an elegance that is rarely
seen in smartphone apps on any
platform. This really is one of the
best expense managers we have
ever seen.
Finish is a clever little
organiser that can help
you manage your short,
medium and long-term
goals. The presentation is built
around fexibility and you decide
how you want to set it all up, but it
still does a good job of arranging all
of your tasks in a logical way. There
really is nothing to complain about
in this app, apart from the fact that
it is similar, in specifc ways, to other
oferings in a very crowded area of
the App Store – the tick on the logo
seems to be a recurring theme with
to-do apps. It is still, however, a very
capable organiser that works well for
a fair price.
There will be many
times when you cannot
answer your phone,
such as when sleeping,
driving or in a meeting. The natural
thing to do is just turn the phone
of, but DND - Do Not Disturb will
send a polite text to anyone who
calls letting them know why you
can’t answer. You can customise this
message to receive urgent calls, and
the entire process takes a couple of
seconds to set up and manage. This
is an example of an app that solves a
big problem in the simplest of ways.
Stuf To Do! takes the
traditional to do list app
and adds many splashes
of colour to help you
prioritise the tasks that are most
important to you. With multiple
fonts and some simple navigation
features, such as pinching to resize
a task, you really can keep on top
of the little things that you need to
remember. The look may not be to
everyone’s taste because it is very
colourful (and we mean Will Smith
outft circa Fresh Prince of Bel Air
colourful), but for most people it will
prove benefcial every single day. It
is unusual, but in a good way and it
works well.
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TASKABLE
EVERCLIP PRO
(WEB CLIPPER)
DAILYCOST
FINISH
DND - DO NOT
DISTURB
STUFF TO DO!
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RECORD YOUR
CONVERSATION
01 AUDIO MEMOS
Record, listen with
extra loud playback,
and export to iCloud.

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02 HT RECORDER
FOR IPAD
Ideal for board meetings and
lectures, designed to record
and edit in large rooms.

iPad | iOS 5.0
| £4.99/$6.99 | v5.41
03 EASY VOICE
RECORDER PRO
No time limit, lots of editing
options, and send to stereo
speakers using Bluetooth.

Android | OS 2.1
| £2.55/$3.99 | v1.6.1
04 RECORDER PRO:
PROFESSIONAL VOICE
RECORDING ON-THE-GO
Save voice recordings in
different formats, then sync
it to iCloud or Dropbox.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.2
05 QUICKVOICE2TEXT
EMAIL (PRORECORDER)
Dictate and send emails
with this clever app, and you
can record ringtones.

iPhone | iOS 3.1
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.4.4
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A ROUND-UP OF THE BEST WAYS TO EXPLORE, DISCOVER AND SOLVE PUZZLES ON iOS AND ANDROID
THE BEST
ADVENTURE GAMES
MACHINARIUM
Set in a beautiful dystopian world of
machines, Machinarium is full of head-
scratching puzzles and brilliant
characters. Make your way across the unfriendly
city, using the objects around you to solve puzzles
and help you move further along on your journey.
There are contraptions to build, locks to pick and
other machines to avoid; all this being played
against a stunning backdrop. This is a point-and-
click conversion that has made the transition to
touch screen seamlessly, and is without doubt one
of the most enjoyable and immersive titles here.
Tough puzzles, amazing scenery
and cool characters make for a
very memorable adventure.
iPad|iOS4.0|£2.99/$4.99|v1.2
Android|OS2.2|£4.00/$5.00|v1.6
ANOTHER WORLD –
20TH ANNIVERSARY
Having developed cult status since its
original release in 1991, Another World’s
arrival on mobile devices was an exciting
moment for plenty of gamers, who now had the
chance to see if the original keyboard controls
could be converted to touch screen. The answer is
most defnitely yes; with HD visuals and new
controls, as well as the option to revert to the
original look and feel. The one-touch controls help
to set a nice pace for the game, and there are
enough puzzles here to drive you mad, yet players
will keep coming back.
Nostalgia is very much on this game’s side, yet
it is easy to see why it’s still so popular today.
iPad+|iOS3.1.3|£2.49/$3.99|v1.2
Android|OS1.5|£1.99/$2.49|v1.0.9
LOST SOULS:
ENCHANTED PAINTINGS
Lost Souls is very simple in gameplay
terms compared to its fellow adventure
games, with single-screen still images
forming a large quantity of the game. The idea is
to fnd objects that will be of use to you in later
challenges, or that can be used to create
interactivity with other parts of the screen. There
are also various puzzle mini-games to complete as
you try and seek out your son, who has
disappeared into the mythical world you now
explore. There is most defnitely appeal here, but
it’s not a groundbreaker.
A simple game that never quite does enough
to challenge its rivals in this group test.
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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN –
THE GAME
One of the biggest selling points for this
game is that it doesn’t look too dissimilar
to the movie. You have the chance to
take control not only of Tintin but also Snowy and
Captain Haddock, and complete tasks and puzzles,
from sneaking past guards and sleeping dogs, to
much more dramatic events like sword fghts. The
controls are a mixture of touchscreen and tilt-
based, and are impressively intuitive when it
comes to guiding you through the stunning 3D
world you’re occupying and exploring.
A great game if you’re a fan of the series, or
just a fan of adventure. There’s no chance of
being disappointed.
YESTERDAY
This game is a real slow burner, but given
its billing as a thriller that is hardly
surprising. Yesterday is pretty much a
constant puzzle, with every screen containing
items and interactivity points that users can visit,
each one potentially leading you to a solution to
unlock a door or uncover a clue. This is very much
a noir-style game, as players investigate a serial
killer in New York through three diferent
characters. The point-and-click (tap) nature of the
gameplay makes it a simple enough game to
grasp, though it lacks the stunning visuals of some
of its competitors here.
A lot going for it in terms of story and intrigue,
but it doesn’t quite have enough to win here.
iPhone+|iOS4.|£0.69/$4.99|v1.0.3
Android|OS2.1|£4.99/$6.99|v1.1.2
iPad+|iOS4.3|£4.99/$6.99|v1.2
Android|OS2.3.3|£3.99/$4.99|v1.3
BROKEN SWORD – THE
SMOKING MIRROR
Nicely combining comic-book-style art
and animation, Broken Sword is another
originally point-and-click PC title that has
made the jump to mobile devices. The multiple
interactive controls combine with a narrative from
your character to help navigate properly through
the game, and fully understand every object you
encounter, as well as working as a hint system.
What Broken Sword also has going for it is Cloud
support, so you can pick up where you left of
across devices; something that only Broken Sword
ofers of all the games in this group test.
The surprise package of this group test and
definitely worth some of your time.
HORN
Having awoken to fnd your land overrun
by mysterious robot-like monsters, the
aim of Horn is to unravel the mystery of
what happened. This is done through cool action
sequences where players fght monsters, as well
as solve puzzles to open up more of the stunning
landscape, and free monsters of the curse that
swamps your world. Visually this game might be
the best here, with the open-world nature of Horn
making for a stunning experience. Look for the
Infnity Blade-like battles too; a nice sidebar to the
quest nature of this very good game.
Looks wonderful with great
layers, intense battles to win and
thoughtful puzzles to solve.
iPad+|iOS3.1.3|£2.49/$3.99|v1.4
Android|OS2.3|£2.99/$3.99|v1.0.14
iPhone+|iOS5.0|£4.99/$6.99|v1.6
Android|OS3.2|£5.07/$6.99|v1.0
SUPERBROTHERS: SWORD &
SWORCERY EP
A wonderful game to look at and play,
Superbrothers is indie-gaming heaven as
you set out on quest, solving mysteries
and taking part in sword duals. It is defned by its
retro visuals, but also the brilliant, modern
soundtrack. The controls can be temperamental
when it comes to movement, as players must tap
and hold in the direction you want to move, and
issues arise when you have to dart your fnger up
and down the screen to negotiate staircases, but
the switch to portrait orientation to enter battle
mode is a cool function.
Superbrothers will keep you
entertained and engrossed.
MCPIXEL
An unusual game when compared to the
others, mainly because of the frenetic
nature of the gameplay. McPixel is a host
of diferent, short levels where the aim is simple:
stop things blowing up. The game is nostalgic in
look and feel with 8-bit visuals and point-and-click
controls to interact with the various environments
you’re in. The frantic nature of the game comes
from the fact you have 20 seconds to solve each
puzzle, and sometimes even less than that should
you make a false move. However, this feels like a
great little time killer as opposed to the best
adventure game.
Kills a few minutes, but not the adventure
game that will take over your weekend.
iPad+|iOS4.3|£2.99/$4.99|v1.07
Android|OS1.0.12|£3.99/$2.99|v1.0.12
iPhone+|iOS4.0|£1.99/$2.99|v1.0
Android|OS2.2|£1.99/$2.99|v1.0.7
There was a game back in
the Nineties called Micro
Machines that was based
on a popular range of toys.
Gamers would race tiny toys across
a series of everyday landscapes that
were more than a little wacky. Not for
Micro Machines was the regularity of a
racing track: it was about roaring around
a breakfast table, avoiding ketchup or
trying not to splat through an egg.
If there was a Micro Machines on the
iPhone, then this would be it. It takes the
concept of that game and the small cars
and gives it a polished sheen, which not
only makes for a lush looking 3D game,
but gameplay that attempts to match
the multi-platform classic. Here we see
the same kind of environments – all of
which are tabletops as the name of the
game suggests – and we also have an
assortment of great vehicles from which
to choose, such as a VW camper van or
an ice cream truck.
Controlling these small cars as they
race around the table is easy. There are
icons on the screens which let you go
left and right. You don’t need to worry
about acceleration, this is taken care of
by being automated. In and of itself this
would be rather dull. Yes, there isn’t much
to actually do other than keep on the
track and steer around when you boil it
down. Except there is – power-ups make
all the diference and they lift the game
to another level.
Being able to blast away at a car in
front using a missile is brilliant – not
original of course, but brilliant all the
same. And you don’t have to play alone
either, there is a multiplayer option. It
sufers from a bug though because the
controls can lock when the prompt for
iCloud appears, but when it works it
makes for engaging play. We expect to
see this bug ironed out in due course.
Unfortunately, that is not the only
pain to be felt when playing. There
is a surprise when you fnd out that
the person behind the game is Nick
Burcombe, who co-created the WipEout
console games. That had speed and
amazingly diferent and difcult tracks.
These two elements do not exist in Table
Top Racing. Of all of the bugbears of
the game, these two parts are the most
annoying. The courses in particular lack
the twists and turns you need to up the
ante, and it needs to shift along a bit
more so that there is a greater gnashing
of teeth and nervous giggles as you try
and keep up. This just doesn’t seem to
happen at all.
But much work has been done and it
is a sterling efort in many ways. There
TABLE TOP RACING
PASS THE SALT, I’M ABOUT TO BE LAPPED
RIGHT: xxxx
xxxx
RIGHT: The small
nature of the
cars means
they can be
placed in some
wonderful
scenarios,
such as racing
around a beach
BELOW: The game seems heavily influenced by Micro Machines, a similar game from the Nineties
Micro Machines
homage is nice
Environments are
fun and look great
Races are too
short in the main
The courses lack
much-needed
excitement
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are six event types including time trials,
hot laps, and battles. There are four
tournaments too, and 30 special events.
Coins rewards you for a top three fnish
and this allows you to buy upgrades for
your car. You need to do this in order to
progress. It’s an element to the game
that we like (less so when you may be
expected to part with real cash, it has
to be said).
What we are left with is a game that
promises much and may, in time, deliver
when updates are ready and extra time
is spent. It does smack of being rather
functional, however. Races can be over
too quickly and there is a sense you can
always get back into the race even if you
are trailing far behind. You don’t really
want that in a racer, although we can
see why such an element would exist.
“POWER-UPS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE AND THEY
LIFT THE GAME TO ANOTHER LEVEL”
BELOW: There are lots of different tracks, which adds some variety to the game
CONNECT
Tap on the
Multiplayer
option and
choose whether
or not you want
to play via Game
Center or Wi-Fi.
SELECT ROLE
Select the part
you are playing. If
you are starting
the game and not
looking for one to
join, tap the Host
option on the left.
WAIT FOR RACERS
Here we have
selected Host. We
are now waiting
for others to
join our game
so we can get to
skidding around.
DIFFICULTY
While we are
waiting, we have
selected our
level of expertise
(Pro, of course).
Others can join by
tapping Join.
SEARCH
When looking for
a game to join in,
the app will scour
local networks
or Game Center
to see where the
nearest one is.
A game with tiny cars it may be, but the
developer has thought big even though
it ultimately misses out on first place
and needs some engine work.
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SHOWCASE
Five ways to
tear up the
tablecloth
01
SPECIAL EVENTS
You can play a host
of different challenges
and events, each of
which promises a fresh
spin on the traditional
‘race laps and finish first’
racing mode.
02
DIFFICULTY LEVELS
With Rookie,
Amateur, Pro and
Expert, you will find a
level of difficulty that
best meets your specific
abilities. Don’t jump the
gun too early, however.
03
DIFFERENT
CHAMPIONSHIPS
There are a number of
different cups, each has
a range of races within
them, adding to the
game’s longevity and
replayability aspect.
04
SELECTING EVENTS
Here you can see
just howthe events
break down and how
you get to become an
eventual champion of
the table top ketchup-
dodging variety.
05
DIFFERENT VEHICLES
Bored of one
vehicle? Then try
another. There are lots
to choose fromin the
app, with upgrades
for each and their own
advantages and flaws.
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Pros/Cons
Gorgeous visuals
and cleanly
designed
A fantastic concept
that innovates in
the genre
Awkward to control
on smartphones
Lacks replayability
when the game is
so tough to play
THE GAME OF TWO HALVES
IKARUGA
Just because a game
is great doesn’t mean
it should be ported.
Developers are constantly
saying how important the mobile
space is for gaming – and rightly so –
but not everything is compatible. The
‘bullet hell’ sub-genre of side-scrolling
shooters, a term that does a fantastic
job of explaining just how frantic the
game is, has always been hard to get
right on smartphones. The screens
are too small, your fngers are always
in the way and – invariably – corners
need to be cut.
A brilliant game that is just not well
suited to smartphone gaming.
All of these are similar problems
with Ikaruga. There’s no faulting the
game’s quality: as far as side-scrolling
shoot-’em-ups go, this is one of the
best. Concessions have been made in
the form of an auto-shoot function,
which makes up for any lack of control
you might have by fring a barrage
of bullets at your enemies. But the
key concept behind Ikaruga, and the
reason it is so cherished by fans of the
original, is it’s duality.
Here your ship can alter between
light and dark, meaning it can absorb
the bullets of whichever form it’s in.
If a white bullet hits a white ship, no
damage is dealt. The trick is fast-paced
alternating between the two modes
to best tackle each situation: but this
isn’t so easy. Not only is the central
button tough to hit when you need
it, but doing so distracts you from the
action on screen.
Additionally, the game’s scoring
system is reliant on matching the right
bullets against the right enemy. You
need to combine the corresponding
colour with the enemy its strong
against, but that’s practically
impossible to do with any real skill,
especially on the later levels.
It’s still fairly enjoyable, but when
the unique feature cannot be properly
leveraged, then the cost and limited
replayability – means Ikaruga isn’t
really worth your time. If you have an
Xbox 360, consider downloading it on
there instead.
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ABOVE: Boss fights tend to require
switching between the two while
targeting specific sections of the enemy
ABOVE: Visually it’s certainly one of the
better looking side-scrolling shooters,
which is always a nice added extra
ABOVE: Quite often the duality will
come in pairs, giving you a perfect
opportunity to build up a combo
ABOVE: Some parts require careful
navigation around the environment,
which keeps things interesting
01
SHOGUN: BULLET HELL
SHOOTER
One of the fewmobile
bullet hell shooters.
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| £1.99/$2.49| v1.2
02
SHOOTER
Easier than most
other bullet hells on
Google Play, and ease
is a necessity when
playing on smartphones.
Android| OS2.1
| Free| v1.0.1
03
NOVA 3
Not a side-
scrolling game, but one
of the best shooters.
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| £4.99/$6.99| v1.0.3
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| £4.99/$6.99| v1.0.4
04
METAL SLUG 3
It’s fared in the
crossover a little better
than Ikaruga has.
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| £2.49/$3.99| v1.1
Android| OS2.3.3
| £2.49/$3.99| v1.6
05
THE IMPOSSIBLE GAME
Alot of bullet hell
skills carry over to The
Impossible Game.
iPhone| iOS3.0
| £0.69/$0.99| v1.5.9
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| £0.60/$0.99| v1.5.2
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JOE DANGER
Pros/Cons
Graphics and
characters are
hugely engaging
and entertaining
Gameplay is
challenging enough
for players of all
ages
The camera angle
can occasionally be
off-putting
There’s almost too
much to look out
for in later levels
Based on the popular
PlayStation Network and
Xbox Live Arcade game,
Joe Danger puts you in the
driving seat of a stunt driver riding
across the desert, dealing with some
interesting objects and challenges
along the way. The narrative alone is
appealing enough, but it’s hard not to
fall in love with the bright colours and
crazy characters along the way.
Whether you’re nine or 90, Joe
Danger’s touch-based controls are
completely accessible and easy to
master thanks to the short tutorials
that precede the earlier levels. As well
as using a few simple swipes, ficks and
taps to control Joe Danger’s actions,
there’s foating letters and coins to
tap as you race through each course.
For the uninitiated, this may prove to
be a little too much to do, but there’s
nothing stopping you revisiting levels
to perfect your scores later on. In
fact, the better your overall score
(comprised of how often you hit your
cues to jump and duck, how many
coins you collect and any extras you
may pick up), the quicker you’ll be able
to progress throughout the game.
To keep things fresh, the basic
courses and levels are complemented
with the additional challenges
of bonus courses and unlockable
characters. Aside from being a
mechanism for collecting and spending
the plentiful coins that populate each
course and tour, they’re also a lot of
fun with their own personalities and
stories. You can buy additional coins
via an in-app purchase, but it isn’t
an issue to earn enough in the game
itself to progress, which is refreshing.
The gameplay ranges from a little
too easy to fairly challenging, making
it suitable for players of all ages and
abilities. The only real issue is with the
camera angle, making it a little hard
to see which lane you’re in and gain a
true sense of spatial awareness when
you’re coming up against obstacles
at speed. Once you’ve adjusted to
the way things are set out, though, it
becomes that little bit easier to time
your jumps, ducks, wheelies and fips.
RIDE, JUMP AND DUCK YOUR WAY TO SAFETY
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Bright graphics, simple controls
and great characters make Joe
Danger perfect for all ages.
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MASTER JOE
DANGER’S
MOVES
Five tricks
for a belter
of a run
01
DUCK
Ducking under
objects is as easy as
tapping your finger on
the screen and holding
for the duration of the
obstacle you’re passing.
02
JUMP
Tappingonceon
thescreenwill allowyou
tojumpover objects and
obstacles. Makesureyou
timethesecorrectly to
prevent a crash.
03
FLIP
Aswipefromright
toleft intheair will make
JoeDanger flip. Nowhe
canclear evenhigher
obstacles thanwitha
standardjump.
04
WHEELIE
Aright toleft
swipeontheground
will result ina wheelie
andspeedboost. Ideal if
you’reonpieceof road
withnoobstacles.
05
ENDO
Reversethe
wheelieswipeandJoe
Danger will perform
anendoandreceivea
speedboost. It’s basically
a fancy wheelie.
ABOVE: Joe Danger’s camera angle can
make courses harder to navigate
ABOVE: The app’s graphics are a real
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We’re not quite sure what cracking
sands are, but they sound painful.
As for the game itself, it’s little more
than a basic kart racer in the vein of
Mario Kart, but without the quality.
A less than decent racer that won’t feel
worth the high price tag. More has been done
elsewhere for less.
Android| OS2.2| £3.11/$4.99| v1.0.2
iPhone+| iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99| v1.0.2
Gene Efect is quaint; there’s no other
way of putting it. You’re in control of a
ship exploring dark caves to somehow
unlock the exit, but there’s no real
challenge and no real threat. It’s the Sunday
morning of games: tranquil, thoughtful, relaxing.
Most stages require hunting down certain
resource types to power the necessary gateways
or alien structures dotted throughout each stage.
The odd puzzle appears too, requiring you to
activate buttons in a certain order. It’ll take a long
while before you fnd any challenges, and even
GENE EFFECT
WE’RE GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND
Android| OS3.0| £2.00/$3.00| v1.0
THE END OF THE WORLD IS HERE – LET’S RACE
CRACKING SANDS
ABOVE: Your handful of abilities are easy to understand and use
Enjoyable for its graphics and relaxation
qualities, if not a little repetitive and
underwhelming on the whole.
then you won’t really feel overwhelmed. This
isn’t necessarily a problem, since it’s enjoyable
enough to just explore.
This does mean that you’re rarely compelled
to continue, however. It can make Gene Efect
feel a little repetitive, even if – technically – what
you’re doing does change from level to level.
This is where combat missions come in –
though we use the term loosely. Gaining access
to bots means you’re able to destroy objects and
paths – and yes, enemies – whenever needed. It’s
not much, but it helps mix things up a little bit.
Gene Efect won’t really compel you to fnish
it, but it’s a decent bus journey game – enjoyable
enough to waste a few minutes.
ABOVE: The environments a each have a unique aesthetic
feels fun to play. This isn’t helped much by a
poor implementation of nitrous and weapons,
which make either you faster or your enemy
slower. The problem is when the enemy uses it
on you, unfairly keeping you trapped in an almost
inescapable cycle of stutters.
The track design itself is entertaining enough,
but there’s not nearly enough variety here to
make the game worth the cost. As a 69p/99¢
app you’d forgive it, but this is considerably more
and you don’t get nearly enough content to really
make this purchase feel worthwhile.
Sure you can collect coins and unlock
alternative weapons or equipment for your racer
to use, but you’ll likely have the majority of races
done in a very short space of time – so it hardly
seems worth the bother. It almost feels like
Cracking Sands has been a rushed job. If it is that
cynical, then it’s disappointing. If not, it’s simply
not very entertaining.
The controls are simple to pick up, but if you
struggle they can also be customised. Even so,
the overall polish is just… lacking, somehow.
You can steer via on-screen buttons or your
phone’s accelerometer, but it just never really
BELOW: It can look really very pretty at times
ABOVE: Collecting electricity is necessary for both
turbo boosts and firepower, so use wisely
ABOVE: Some ore is hidden, but it isn’t until later on that you’ll struggle to find it
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A frantic and lovable platform
shooter with some difficult to
use controls.
A legendary game which has not
made the journey to the modern
age unscathed.
A classic marble roller with some
surprising twists and turns to keep
you involved.
An incredibly addictive sports
game, that unfortunately costs a
lot to continue playing.
A brilliant recreation of
a classic that will suit
fans to the ground.
A classic reinvented with care to
create an immersive adventure
gaming experience.
Gunslugs is a very good
platformer with likeable
characters and some
graphical touches that
make it feel more than a little retro.
The sense of pace and depth that
is built in makes it ideal for a mobile
device, and also makes it viable as
a pick up and play game when you
have some spare time. The only
downside is the controls, which are
hard to hit when you are thinking
about other parts of the game, and
we found ourselves struggling to hit
them most of the time.
Lode Runner is a
legendary game, of that
there is little doubt. In
this version care has
been taken to ensure that the title is
as close to the original as possible in
terms of handling. This will be a huge
positive for fans of the original, but
everyone else may struggle to get
to grips with the controls and overly
simplistic graphics. If you take a lot
of time to get in to the vagaries of
how the game plays you will enjoy it,
but it generally feels like a struggle.
Games where you
have to roll a ball
or marble using the
accelerometer on your
phone or tablet are not new, but
Chromasphere manages to include
enough challenges and subtle goals
to keep you coming back for more.
There are many levels to try and it
is all wrapped up in a story that will
make you want to progress through
each increasingly dif cult challenge.
The graphics are colourful and the
controls set just right to make this
game worthy of your money.
This game is extremely
addictive thanks to the
way you learn to throw
to specifc areas and
the excellent graphics. You will be
throwing like a pro in no time and
the sounds only add to the positive
experience. There is a problem,
however, in the progression scale,
which requires paying to progress
unless you are prepared to play for
ages. This system can work well, but
in this case the balance appears to
be weighted too far to one side.
Recreating a gamebook
series digitally is not
easy, but here we have
a title that feels as fresh
as it did all those years ago. You get
to make decisions throughout the
story and will soon fnd yourself
deeply involved in the outcome
thanks to the clever storytelling
and immersive atmosphere. Most
impressive of all is the artwork, and
the way the text and imagery works
together makes for one of the best
digital recreations of an analogue
form we have ever seen.
The Lords of Midnight
is a classic adventure
game from the early
days, and this version
brings it up to date without changing
too much. A balance has been struck
that will allow seasoned gamers to
feel the same emotions they did frst
time around, and new gamers to the
title will not necessarily feel they are
playing a port from decades ago. It’s
basic initially, but as you progress,
the ability of the game to make you
analyse decisions shines through.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99| v1.2.0
Android | OS 2.1
| £1.65/$2.55 | v1.2.2
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| Free | v1.0.860
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GUNSLUGS
LODE RUNNER
CLASSIC
CHROMASPHERE
NFL QUARTERBACK
13
HOUSE OF HELL
THE LORDS OF
MIDNIGHT
GET INTO A
DOGFIGHT
01 BOMBSHELLS:
HELLS’ BELLES
Fast-paced aerial combat
with over 200 weapons
to total your enemies.

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02 SKY GAMBLERS:
AIR SUPREMACY
Shoot down modern day
fighter aircraft in perilous
solo missions.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.5.1
03 ACES OF THE
LUFTWAFFE
Scores of enemies and
tough bosses to take out as
you fight against Nazi pilots.

iPhone+ | iOS
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0.0
04 AFTER BURNER
CLIMAX
Franticgameplayasyoudodge
ahail of bulletsflyingthe
world’sfastest fighter jets.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.0
05 AIRATTACK HD
Top down air combat
shooter with numerous
fighting upgrades.

iPad| iOS 3.2
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.3
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £3.99/$5.99 | v1.0
Android | OS 2.0.1
| £3.99/$6.19 | v1.0.5.1
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.2.0
Android | OS 2.2
| £1.99/$3.09 | v1.1
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.2.0
Android | OS 2.3.3
| £1.39/$2.16 | v1.2
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £2.99/$4.99 | v1.05
Android | OS 2.1
| £2.99/$4.63 | v1.05
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A fun platformer that includes a few
challenging features, but lacks in longevity.
iPad+| iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99| v1.0.1
Tin Man Can is an addictive
platformer featuring Tic, a HoverBot
dragged into another dimension
looking for a way home. It’s your job
to help him navigate his way through the 60
diferent levels – spread through four separate
worlds – collecting fuel cells and hovatrons
in order to reach the end. Acceleration is
performed automatically, leaving it up to you to
hover over chasms and gather the collectables.
Subtle screen taps are what’s required here, as
a press too long will have you hovering too high,
while too short will have Tic plummeting to his
demise. While in the air, the HoverBot’s energy
levels decrease, only able to recharge when on
the ground, or by hovering through fuel cells.
You can challenge friends online, as well as
customise Tic by spending the hovatrons you’ve
collected in the Hover Store.
Although very basic, Tin Man Can is an
enjoyable game. The pleasant visuals do become
repetitive and some levels feel empty, but
trying to collect everything is dif cult, and while
completing each stage may not be much of a
challenge, getting a perfect score certainly is.
HELP TIC FIND HIS WAY HOME TIN MAN CAN
ABOVE: Hover through the air and try to
get extra boosts and extra energy
Usually, when a game makes you
collect coins, you get little more than
an increased tally or maybe some
sort of power-up. With Wave Trip, you
get a sound, as each coin you grab adds a new
note to the game’s soundtrack, making this as
much of a unique, satisfying music creation tool
as it is an addictive game.
It is a game that breaks some of the
conventions of play. You cannot perish, and
you don’t have to spend time unlocking levels
because everything is presented to you from
the of, yet it keeps many of the others, such
as high scores. And while it is also marked by a
control system that takes a little getting used to,
staying power is richly rewarded. You control a
ship through a 2D side-scrolling world, collecting
those coins and avoiding obstacles.
There is a force feld which gives you
protection from many of these obstacles, and
this is a crucial thing because much of the time is
spent trying to grab those tricky coins, arranged
as they are in dif cult formations. Ensuring you
try to collect all of the coins is what drives you
on because the more you seize, the richer the
soundtrack becomes.
The obstacles break up the tune and force you
to start again, which is why you become intent
TRAVERSE A WORLD FILLED WITH SOUND IN THIS TRIPPY ADVENTURE WAVE TRIP
on not smashing into them. With cute, modern
and clean graphics, it is a beautiful indie game
package at a price you can’t aford to avoid. We’d
highly recommend you download it.
Call it interactive music if you like: Wave Trip
engages you in a deep, musical
experience that really screams to
be played and enjoyed.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | £1.49/$1.99 | v1.4.1 ABOVE: The aim is to collect coins as you fly
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Clean graphics,
simple gameplay and
addictive as could be!
A highly unusual and original game
that feels like an exercise
in relaxation.
A cute and surprisingly deep
arcade game from Chillingo that is
highly addictive.
A deep strategic game
that will keep you
thinking for hours.
A wonderfully
immersive title you can
play at your own pace.
A highly addictive
game that works on
every single level.
Banana Kong is one of
very few platformers
that manages to be
easy to pick up and
play, yet ofers more than enough
longevity to keep you coming back.
There are multiple obstacles and
bonuses available within the frantic
gameplay, and at times you really
do need to concentrate to do more
than two things at once and survive.
Imagine Temple Run in 2D mixed
with the best platformers from two
decades ago, and you’ll have a fair
idea of what it is like. It really is a
surprisingly good game that will suit
players of all ages.
There are no specifc
goals to achieve in this
game, and no points
or structure that is
obvious – which would in theory
make for a poor experience. The
opposite is true, however, because
the process of picking up objects
and setting them alight is relaxing
and somewhat addictive after some
time. You can burn combinations to
earn more coins to buy more objects
and so the process continues. It
shouldn’t really work and some may
question the ‘game’ tag, but believe
us when we say that it is well worth
checking out. It’s an unusually
enchanting way to have fun.
When you frst start
to play Dingle Dangle,
you would be forgiven
for thinking that it is a
kid’s game. However, as the levels
progress and the dif culty increases,
you soon realise that this is not that
case at all. It requires patience, skill
and a lot of dexterity to succeed
at this game, which mainly involves
picking up cute creatures and
rescuing them to progress to the
next level. It is adorably cute in every
way and is extremely addictive, but
there is a slight concern that it is too
similar to some other iOS games –
some of which are free.
Mushroom Wars is the
kind of strategy game
that will be adored
by players who enjoy
thinking about their plays on every
level. Despite including some clever
mechanics and lots of depth, the
graphics remain overly cute which
could take away some of the realism
for some. Getting the most out of
the game takes concentration, but
there is some potential for quick
plays when you have spare time.
Overall, however, it is a competent
ofering that excels in the specifc
area of real-time war gaming.
Some games hit the
exact right spot for the
device they are being
played on and Kairo is
one of them. The atmospheric but
simply-drawn world you navigate
through is enchanting, and there
always seems to be something
happening that makes you want
to travel just that bit further. It
feels like a retro title, but the care
and attention within the gameplay
creates the feeling that a lot of time
and care has been put in to building
a unique adventure title that is very
hard to put down. A great game that
is a potential classic.
The quality of the
graphics in Ski Jumping
Pro hit you immediately,
and you really do
make you feel as if you are fying
through the air when you jump.
While not immediately obvious,
there are a variety of controls you
need to use, alongside perfect
timing, to land a good jump and the
gameplay becomes very addictive in
a short space of time. There is good
longevity built in and the gradual
dif culty progression has been
perfectly balanced to produce a title
that will keep you coming back to it
over and over again.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.1.1
iPad | iOS 5.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0.1
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
iPad | iOS 6.0 | £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £2.99/$4.99 | v1.5
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
BANANA KONG
LITTLE INFERNO
DINGLE DANGLE
MUSHROOM
WARS
KAIRO
SKI JUMPING PRO
PLAY WITH
SHAPES
01 HUNDREDS
Hold circles to expand
them until they reach
100 without colliding.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| £2.99/$4.99 | v1.2.2
02 SUPERHEXAGON
Escape an ever-collapsing
hexagon in this devilishly
addictive puzzler.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.2
Android | OS 2.2
| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.0.2
03 MINECRAFT
Build an entire world from
blocks, go on adventures,
and play online with friends.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| £4.99/$6.99 | v0.6.1
Android | Varies
| £4.99/$6.99 | Varies
04 CUBES VS
SPHERES
Innovative game where you
fight waves of 3D cubes by
flicking spheres at them.

iPad+ | iOS 3.2
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.2
05 ROCK BLOCKER
A square-shaped, retro-chic
release fromEverplay
Interactive.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
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GAMES
It will take only a few moments
of opening Battle of the Bulge to
realise that this is not your average
war game. These days there tends
to be a lot of ‘shoot frst, ask questions later’
style of games, but this game couldn’t be
further from that. The setting is the infamous
battle of the same name from the Second
World War, and players have the choice to
play as either the Axis or Allied troops. It is
recommended the attacking Axis side is tried
frst by new players in order to grasp the
nuances of the game.
These nuances are one of the best aspects
of the gameplay, as users have to not only think
about the movement of their troops in general,
but also take into account terrain and presence
or lack of roads that could hinder organisation.
Both sides have their keys to victory too, with
the Axis needing to advance but keep open
supply lines, while the Allies must perfect the
art of holding out for reinforcements in order to
keep the enemy at bay.
BATTLE OF
THE BULGE
iPad| iOS5.0| £6.99/$9.99| v1.1.0
With a deep campaign and
thoughtful opponents, this is
mobile strategy gaming at its
absolute finest. A must buy.
This is deep strategy gaming backed up by
smooth and simple point and tap controls, and
board game style tiles to represent each of
your units. The game in essence is a marriage of
traditional board games and digital warfare, and
it’s completely engrossing.
ABOVE: The top down view makes it easy to keep track of units and the battle line
INTENSE WWII CONFLICT ON YOUR iPAD
Despite semi-violent undercurrents,
Tennis in the Face is one of those
games where you defnitely don’t
want the ball to go out. Instead
you want it to go into the face of some creepy
clowns, maybe, or whoever else you are called
upon to thwack.
This take on tennis will surely be up
there with Angry Birds before long
for the sheer ingenuity of it all.
iPhone+| iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99| v1.0.3
WIMBLEDON IT AIN’T TENNIS IN THE FACE
As you go deeper into the game, there will be
multiple enemies to hit. The aim is to hit one in
the face with a ball and see it ricochet into other
enemies in the least number of swings possible.
It gets quite complex and the polished graphics
and the fun feel makes it very rewarding.
It also helps that you have to factor in
obstacles such as glass to shatter or barriers to
overcome. The learning curve is spot on too – it
takes next to no time to work out what you have
to do and it is a brilliant time-killer.
The premise is that you are a tennis player
called Pete Pagassi who is out to save his city
from an energy drink company called Explodz,
and the only way to do it is by taking out anyone
who is addicted to it. You do this by lining up
a shot at an enemy, then letting fy with your
racquet, and taking them out with a swift volley.
ABOVE: It’s a photo finish as you take out your very first shot in the game ABOVE: Barriers are added in later levels
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V
ine is a new way to create and share short,
snappy, looping videos. The app, which was
released with much fanfare earlier this year
in conjunction with Twitter, has already amassed
a sizeable following of users keen to capture
movement in video. Abbreviation is the name of
the game here – Vine videos are only six seconds
long. No longer, no shorter. Its duration is aimed
at falling in line with Twitter’s 140-characters per
tweet limit and developers argue that the limit
inspires users to be creative.
Vine is a community very much in its infancy,
but it’s clearly already attracting a lot of users
keen to show of their video-taking skills, as one
look at the app’s Explore feature proves. Much like
Twitter, you’ll fnd yourself spending a lot of time
moving from one trending hashtag to the next.
In this tutorial we’re going to show you one of
the more creative things you can do with Vine.
Stop-motion animation is over a century old,
and was made universally popular by Aardman
Studios and its Wallace and Gromit flms in the
Nineties. You used to need an expensive array of
equipment to create something professional, but
now all you need is an iPhone or an iPod touch,
the Vine app, and a steady hand. We’ll go through
the basics and let you use your imagination. There
are plenty of examples already on Vine, and it
won’t be long before you’ve got the knowledge to
join in. Let’s get started.
Use Twitter’s new video sharing service
to make your own quirky animation
iPhone
UNDERSTANDING VINE
>Master the key to any app – the home screen
2 Feed
Your network of Vine’s six-
second movies will appear
listed in your feed. Each
movie will automatically
play when it’s on display.
3 Hashtags
Hitting these tabs will take
you to an Aladdin’s cave of
options all laid out by genre.
From country to hip-hop,
everyone’s tastes are
catered for.
4 Leave
comments
Like any social network,
you can leave comments
for the video’s director
and choose to like it.
1 Camera
Tap on the camera icon in
the top-right to be taken to
Vine’s recording screen. It’s
very minimal but easy to
grasp as a result.
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FILM WITH VINE
iPhone As Twitter moves into the
realm of short video sharing, we help
you nail it in six seconds.
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SPREAKER DJ
iPad Get your own radio show in the
web with this easy iPad app.
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WAY OF SCHEDULING
Android Get your life back on track
with Zime, the original and eccentric
scheduling app.
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Get some inspiration
We’ve already seen some great examples
of stop-motion projects. Check out
legovines.tumblr.com for some clever
LEGO-inspired work from Mark Weaver.
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2
3
4
5
6
VINE
>Craft a short animation flm
1 SIGN IN
Although Vine is inextricably linked to Twitter, you
don’t have to have a Twitter account to use it. You
can sign in with an email address, but we found it
much easier to create an account via Twitter.
2 GET STARTED
You’ll be taken straight to Vine’s homepage. Hit
the camera icon in the top-right to start recording.
Have a play around and create a normal clip by
tapping and holding on the screen to record.
3 PLANNING
To create a stop-motion clip, you’ll need to plan
meticulously. It’s not something that you can
do off the cuff. You need to be aware of your
surroundings, the tools at your disposal, and your
plan of action.
4 TAKE ONE
You’ll be surprised at how long six seconds is
in terms of animation. Keeps things simple. Cut
frequently to create the animation-style footage
you’re after by simply taking your finger off the
screen to create multiple shots.
5 FINAL CUT
As you build up the number of cuts you film, your
stop-motion clip will begin to take shape. Don’t be
afraid to mix up the style of shot for that added
element of surprise. When you’re happy, hit Next..
6 SHOWCASE
Now you can show off your creativity. You can
share it on Vine (a default setting naturally) and
to Twitter or Facebook. Don’t forget to add some
hashtags and a location if you deem it necessary.
About the app…
VINE
Create and share short looping videos
iPhone+|iOS5.0|Free|v1.0.5
Vine is a diferent approach to anything
we’ve seen and flls a void missing in the
market. That it’s such a beautiful app, which
impresses from the moment you open it, is a big
bonus. Vine is the only video-sharing service to be
ofcially acquired by Twitter and that says a lot; we
expect big things to come from Vine. As the app
grows and grows, expect it to do to video what
Instagram did to photos.
An app in its infancy, but an idea that has quickly
been embraced.
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CREATE A PODCAST USING
SPREAKER DJ
iPad
About the app…
SPREAKER DJ
Mix, record and share radio and podcasts online
iPad|iOS5.0|Free|v1.2
Spreaker DJ is an excellent app for creating your
own prerecorded podcast or live radio show,
and it includes a number of useful features to
ensure your recording will be top notch. You can add
music to a recording, record your own voice, share
entire shows across Facebook and Twitter, and even
hold a live chat with your listeners. If you want to start
a regular podcast, or you want a new platform on which
to record an existing podcast or show, then we’d highly
recommend giving Spreaker DJ a go.
Transform your iPad into a fully-fledged radio station,
capable of recording, post-production, and even live
broadcasts. Unbelievable amounts of tech for free.
ON AIR APP >How to manage your show
1 On the web
In the top-right are your
online options. From
left to right, these show
your network strength,
sharing options, live chat
and your account page.
2 Live
Simply tap the record
button to start or stop
recording. When you’re
live on air, the icon in the
top-left will light up.
3 Sound efects
On the right-hand side
you’ve got a number of
sound efects that you
can add into the podcast
at any time you want.
4 Playing music
With two tracks loaded
you can fade between
them, jump to a specifc
point, and mute or
monitor the music.
M
aking a podcast can sometimes
seem like a daunting task. You need
to get all of your elements together,
including music and sound efects, and also
add in your own voice at some stage. But
what if you could do it all with one simple app?
Thankfully, Spreaker DJ can do just that, and
we’re here to show you how to do it.
When you’re making a podcast, you want
to make sure that it’ll not only be interesting,
but that it will have enough elements to keep
your listeners engaged throughout its running
time. Whether you want to include music or
sound efects, or edit your podcast on the fy,
ensuring that your production values are up to
scratch will also ensure that people listening to
your podcast stay interested. Of course, if you
just want to talk into a microphone, you can.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you all the tips
and tricks to make the best podcast possible,
and we’ll also show you how Spreaker DJ makes
it so easy that you’ll be making new episodes
again and again.
If an ofine, prerecorded podcast isn’t
enough, though, we’ll also show you how to
record a live show that people can tune in for,
with live chat functionality and sharing options
to keeping your audience engaged, broad and
communicative. There is plenty on ofer in
Spreaker DJ, so make the most of the features
in our tutorial.
“WHEN YOU’RE MAKING
A PODCAST, YOU WANT
TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’LL
BE INTERESTING”
Use music, voice and sound efects for others
to listen to and then share it across the web
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TIP
Time limit
The free version of the app allows you to create 30
minutes shows, with a total storage capacity of 10
hours available. If you want to record more, you’ll
need to upgrade to the paid version of Spreaker DJ.
1 SIGN UP The first thing you’ll want to do is sign up for a free
Spreaker DJ account (a paid version offers more features). This will give
you an account page where you can manage your episodes.
3 RECORD At the top of the screen, hit the red button to begin
broadcasting. From here you can choose to either broadcast live on the
web, or record an offline podcast to share later.
5 LIVE BROADCAST If you’ve recorded a live show, you’ll be given
the option to share via a number of methods when you stop recording. A
link to your show will also appear at spreaker.com.
2 ADD MUSIC From the main dashboard you can now add up to
two music tracks, which can be played at any time during the podcast.
You can also fade between them if you want to transition at any point.
4 TALK TO ME At the bottom is the microphone button. You can
toggle it on and off to add voice to your broadcast, and use the Gain/FX
button to the right to adjust the audio components.
6 EPISODES When finished, your offline episodes are stored in your
account ready to publish online. You can name these, add details and a
description, and then share them via Facebook or Twitter.
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THE NATURAL LOOKING
ZIME INTERFACE
> Zime’s features are all
obvious and easy to use
TUTORIALS
GET TO GRIPS WITH
A NEW WAY OF
SCHEDULING
Android
Z
ime is a dif cult app to describe because it ofers a completely
new approach to time management, and it is an approach that
will ft nicely once you understand how it works. For years,
attempts have been made to create digital calendars that look and work
like the real thing, but it has never really happened. Zime may be the frst
app to bring such a natural feel to your organisation, and for that alone, you
really should give it a try. In this tutorial we will explain the basics of adding
new entries and how the interface works, but to truly understand all of
the features you will need to spend time using it until it feels completely
natural. Chances are that you will each use it diferently, and so there is
no one way to beneft from the features that are included. No matter how
you use it, just follow the steps to get started and then dive in and have
fun. It really will take away many of the complexities of your schedule and
magically make everything feel a little more organised than before, no
matter how busy your schedule is. Finally, try to learn from the information
the app gives you, because this will potentially improve your overall
ef ciency over time. It’s like magic.
2 Tap to edit
A simple tap on any entry will bring up
small windows with all of the available
editing options included. It saves you a
lot of time.
3 A natural calendar
You can scroll up or down or in and out
with a pinch to view a specifc part of
your timeline. It feels incredibly natural
to use.
1 New entries
You can create new entries by either
tapping the + icon or tapping anywhere
on the main calendar view. Options will
be given for tasks and events.
4 Are you succeeding?
The debriefng coach will show you
how well you are managing your tasks
and events. Over time, it really does
become very useful.
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Zime is original, unusual, and some
would say eccentric. It is very diferent
from other organisation apps, but in a
good way that really does work
About the app…
ZIME (BETA) | TO-DO
+ CALENDAR
LET ZIME MANAGE YOUR
CALENDAR, TASKS AND
EVERYTHING ELSE
Android|OS4.0|Free|v1.0.1.9
Zime is designed to bring all
of your scheduling needs
under one virtual roof, and
to do so in an intuitive way. The
design is very unusual, which may
take some getting used to, but if
you take the time to understand
how it all works you will likely
beneft from many of the clever
features that have been included. It
is much more than just another
calendar app and is capable of
completely changing your
organisational methods.
Understand all of the clever
features built in to Zime.
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IN ISSUE “IT WILL TAKE AWAY MANY OF THE
COMPLEXITIES OF YOUR SCHEDULE AND
MAKE EVERYTHING MORE ORGANISED”
ZIME (BETA) | TO-DO + CALENDAR
TIP
The debriefng coach
This offers stats showing how well you are
managing your tasks. It will potentially help
you work out where you are failing and let you
become more organised very quickly.
ZIME (BETA) | TO-DO + CALENDAR >Understand how Zime works
1 CHOOSE YOUR CALENDARS
Tap the menu icon bottom-right and select
Settings. Now choose Calendars and then select
Calendars to display. Here you will be able to
select Google Tasks and other suitable options.
2 THE UNUSUAL INTERFACE
You can now navigate back to the main screen
which looks unusual to say the least. Try
scrolling up and down and also pinching to zoom
in and out of the timeline.
3 THE BIG BUTTON
Tap the + button and new options will appear.
You should now tap Event, Task or All Day
to create your first entry. A new screen will
appear for you to enter specific details.
4 CONTACT INTEGRATION
As you type the description for the entry, the
app will automatically try to match names with
those in your contacts database.
5 EDIT YOUR ENTRIES
Tap to edit, and you will be given options
such as deleting and editing – or for tasks, to
complete or change the target times.
6 QUICK NAVIGATION
Tap the icon at the bottom next to the menu
icon and select from the various options
displayed to look back or forwards.
1 2 3
4 5 6
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SUPERHEXAGON
This minimal action
game recently
launched on
Android. Escape
the ever shrinking
hexagons in this
game from the ingenious Terry Cavendish.
Don’t be put of by the fact the easiest level
is marked Hard, the game concept is simple to
understand and quickly becomes addictive. The
music by Chipzel also deserves special mention.
iPhone+| OS4.3| £1.99/$2.99| v1.2
Android| OS2.2| £1.99/$2.99| v1.0.2
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iPhone/iPad
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH 01
Animated graphic
novel about
basketball in the year
2172 fromHollywood artist
Ryan Woodward.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
WAR HORSE
Children’s story read
aloud by author
Michael Morpurgo, plus
musical performance and a
historical timeline of WWI.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPad
KOOKY
Illustrated children’s
story and impressive
stop-motion feature
filmabout a little pink bear
that’s lost in the woods.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPhone/iPad
CHOPSTICKS NOVEL
In this novel
experience you are
given bits of people’s
lives as you weave the story
together in your own mind.
iOS4.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPad
THE FANTASTIC FLYING
BOOKS OF MR MORRIS
LESSMORE
Breathtakingvisuals
andaheartwarming
story. Essential reading.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
BOOKS
iPad
THE WASTE LAND
Discover T.S
Eliot’s epic and
revolutionary poem,
view interactive notes, and
watch related videos.
iOS4.2| £9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad
iPOE
Interactive
illustrations and
music bring the
macabre magic of Edgar Allen
Poe’s haunting poetry to life.
iOS4.3| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
THE LAND OF ME:
STORY TIME
Pick and choose
the plot lines of
stories in this
interactive children’s app.
iOS4.0| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
UPGRADE SOUL
Sci-fi comic series
about an elderly
couple who invest in
a radical rejuvination therapy
with unexpected results.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
DANDELION
This magical
children's story
encourages kids to
use their imaginations to
ward of bullies.
iOS5.1| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
THE ELEMENTS: A VISUAL
EXPLORATION
Viewhi-res, rotating
images of every
element on the periodic table.
iOS5.1| £9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad
STAR WALK
This augmented
reality app lets you
explore the stars,
planets and constellations in
the night sky in real-time.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
iPad
DK THE HUMAN BODY APP
Takes you deep into
the human body, with
video content and
annotated graphics. A
fine app on the iPad.
iOS4.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPad
PLAYART BY TAPOOK
Learn about the work
of five great painters,
including Van
Gogh and Monet, and then
experiment with their style.
iOS4.2| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
PYRAMIDS 3D
Viewthe pyramids
and temples of Giza
in stunning 3D and
examine the treasures that
were once inside them.
iOS5.1| £9.99/$13.99
EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT
iPad
ARTRAGE
Use all those tools in
exactly the same way
on your iPad as you
would on a real canvas, mixing
your paints with great results.
iOS4.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPhone/iPad
PLEX
Remotely access
music and videos
fromyour desktop,
and enjoy content fromPlex’s
many channels.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPad
PROCREATE
Paints, inks and
abstract shapes are
available, so you can
achieve the effect you’re
looking for.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
SNEAK
In this game you
literally have to sneak
up on your phone
froma distance to capture
photos of the shy monsters.
iOS5.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKETCHBOOK MOBILE
Includes a full set of
sketching tools in
a streamlined and
intuitive user interface.
iOS5.0| £1.49/$1.99
OS2.2| £1.22/$1.99
BUSINESS
iPhone/Android
CAMCARD
Scan business cards
for easy storage and
import contact details
directly into your address book.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
OS2.0| £1.90/$2.99
iPad/Android
QUICK OFFICE PRO HD
Create documents,
spreadsheets and
presentations and
viewPDFs on the go.
iOS5.0| £10.49/$14.99
OS3.0| £14.71/$19.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
POCKETCLOUD
REMOTE DESKTOP PRO
Gain remote access
to your desktop from
your device.
iOS5.0| £10.49/$14.99
OS2.1| £9.35/$14.99
iPhone
SAYHI TRANSLATE
Speak into this app
and have your words
translated into 40
languages, either spoken back
to you or sent as a message.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
CV EXPRESS
Create a stunning
CV with this step-by-
step app that creates
a polished final product that
can be easily exported.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
MEETING MINUTES
Visualise seating
plans, schedule,
meetings, save notes
and record audio for taking
minutes in this business app.
iOS5.0| £1.99/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
JOTNOT SCANNER PRO
All-in-one scanner,
JotNot can be used
to scan text files,
business cards, bills and more
using your smart device.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
SPLASHTOP 2 -
REMOTE DESKTOP
Gain remote access
to either your Mac
or Windows desktop
fromyour iPad.
iOS4.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPad
SHOWCASE APP
Share your portfolio
with clients instantly
in this impressive app,
and even access it without a
web connection.
iOS5.0 | £2.99/$4.99
iPad
PROOF
Ensure people get
feedback, direction
and encouragement
with this stylish project
management app.
iOS5.1| £2.49/ $3.99
Android
MAP MASTER
Pinpoint all the
major cities of the
world and learn their
locations with this addictive
geography game.
OS1.6| £1.40/$1.65
iPad
LITTLEBIGHISTORY
A broad approach to
the history of the
world, combining
science, culture and politics in
a handy timeline.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
iPad
NHM EVOLUTION
Explore 600 million
years of evolution
with a fossil timeline
and multimedia treatments
that explain the science.
iOS4.3| £9.99/$13.99
iPad
JOURNEY TO THE
EXOPLANETS
Discover alien worlds
outside of our solar system
with this immersive app.
iOS4.0| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
PYTHAGORAS THE GAME
This educational
game is a fun way
to master the
Pythagorean Theoremwith
great graphics and examples.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
iSPYCAMERAS
Watch the world go
by with this unique
app that lets you
viewthousands of public
video cameras in real-time.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/Android
FONEJACKER
Prank your friends
and family with
classic phrases from
the cult TV show.
iOS3.0| £0.69/$0.99
OS1.6| £0.60/$0.99
Android
TALKING TOM CAT 2
The ultimate virtual
pet, Tomwill repeat
what you say and
you can also dress himup and
customise his appearance.
OS2.1| £0.62/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
VLC STREAMER
The infamous
streaming service
comes to iOS, sharing
media fromyour desktop to
your device. Supports AirPlay.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPad
ART SET
Very realistic effects
in this app, with
textured oil paint,
virtual pressure sensitivity,
and smudge blending.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
WOLFRAM
ALPHA
Compared to the all-knowing
computer in Star Trek,
Wolfram Alpha has been 25
years in the making and can
answer almost any question.
Not just another Wikipedia
clone, Wolfram Alpha
offers expert knowledge
in everything from
mathematics to mythology.
iPhone+| iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99| v1.5.1
Android| OS2.2| £1.86/$2.99| v1.2.0.3
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iPhone/iPad
POCKETMONEY
The price you pay
for this app is fully
justified, thanks to its
superior functionality and the
useful tips it divulges.
iOS3.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/Android
MY BUDGET BOOK
Track your earnings
and expenses with
this app, and transfer
money between accounts.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.1| £1.59/$2.59
iPad
MONEYWIZ – PERSONAL
FINANCE FOR iPAD
This is one of
the best finance
managers around,
with easy-to-use functions.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
STOCKTOUCH
StockTouch gives
you the top 100
companies, but
what’s truly amazing is the
colourful interface.
iOS4.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
DEBT MANAGER
Clean, simple
interface allows you
to visualise your debt,
organise your incomings and
outgoings, and pay it off.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
FINANCE FOOD & DRINK
iPhone/Android
JAMIE’S 20 MINUTE MEALS
Step-by-step photo
recipes, plus extra
kitchen tips such as
howto sharpen knives.
iOS3.1.2| £4.99/$6.99
OS2.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone
GREAT BRITISH CHEFS
Its superb recipes,
detailed videos and
excellent expert
advice make it a great app for
cooks of all skill levels.
iOS4.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone
OTTOLENGHI
An absolute must
for all foodies, this
app features mouth-
watering full screen photos
and some clever features.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
iPhone/iPad
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING
The app is perfect for
any level of cooking
experience and can
teach you some great new
skills in the kitchen.
iOS4.3| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
THE PHOTO COOKBOOK
– QUICK & EASY
With images of every
ingredient and step
to each recipe, it
couldn’t be easier to follow.
iOS4.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
BASTION
Hand-painted
scenery, evolving
landscapes and a
reactive narration creates a
one-of-a-kind game.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
NEED FOR SPEED MOST
WANTED
Hi-res, high-octane
street racer.
iOS4.0| £2.99/$4.99
OS1.6| £3.73/$5.08
iPad/Android
CUT THE ROPE HD
A mesmerising puzzle
game that has you
cutting ropes to feed
candy to a gremlin.
iOS3.2| £2.49/$3.99
OS2.3| £0.62/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
SKY GAMBLERS: AIR
SUPREMACY
Epic dogfights in this
airborne adventure
with console-quality
multiplayer options.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
ANGRY BIRDS SPACE
A revolution in
physics gaming, this
game breaths new
life into the franchise.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.2| £0.69/$0.99
GAMES
iPhone/iPad/ Android
SUPER HEXAGON
Devilish difficulty
and a simple design
combine in this
addictive puzzle game.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GRAND THEFT
AUTO: VICE CITY
Control the criminal
underworld in this epic game.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
OS2.3| £3.74/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
BEAT SNEAK BANDIT
Part puzzle, part
stealth, all rhythm
action. Tap your
screen to the beat of the
music to navigate levels.
iOS3.1.3| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
MINECRAFT -
POCKET EDITON
Create your own
world, block by block.
iOS4.3| £4.99/$6.99
OSVaries | £4.99/$6.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
HORN
Visually-stunning
open world fantasy
adventure with
intuitive gesture controls.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
OS4.0| £5.07/$6.99
iPad
WEDDING PLANNER FOR iPAD
Plan everything, from
your big day’s budget,
to the colour scheme
and the seating plan with this
detailed wedding app.
iOS4.2| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone
TIME BACKER
Type in a URL
and select a date,
then discover how
websites used to look with
this web history time machine.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
DAY ONE JOURNAL
Record your life
with this magazine-
like app for your
memories, ideas, and photos.
Share online or keep private.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone
START BY TACK
Minimalist, gesture-
driven alarmclock
and stopwatch that
will launch your favourite apps
for when you wake up.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
Android
HD WIDGETS
Customise your home
screen with these
stunning widgets
for current time, weather
forecasts and other utilities.
OS2.2| £1.49/$1.99
LIFESTYLE
iPad
CYCLEPEDIA - ICONIC
BICYCLE DESIGNS
This app starring Sir
Paul Smith follows
the history of bicycle design.
iOS5.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
ICONS PRO
Unique icons in a
range of colours
and styles, including
animal fur and pastel sweets
for your device.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
Android
SPB SHELL 3D
Get smooth, rotating
3D effects for your
home screen, smart
folders, panels and other
assorted widgets.
OS2.1| £9.45/$14.95
iPad
MARTHA STEWART
CRAFT STUDIO FOR iPAD
Create decorative
cards in-app with
hints and tips from
Martha herself.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPad
MY WRITING DESK
Aspiring novelist?
My Writing Desk for
iPad is your space to
express yourself in a clean,
distraction-free environment.
iOS3.1| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
iSPREADSHEET
Compatible with
Excel, Google Docs
and Open Office –
manage all of your finances on
the go with this app.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
iPad
BILLS FOR iPAD
Keep track of your
in-comings and out-
goings with this app
that filters for paid, planned,
and overdue payments.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
Android
MONEY TAB
Update your
expenses in real time
with this tracking app
with stylish Holo-design. View
stats and export to MS Office.
OS2.2| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
BAKODO
Simply point and click
to find the lowest
price on the same
or similar products fromtop
online retailers with this app.
iOS4.0| Free
iPhone/iPad
MORTGAGE MENTOR
Comparemortgages
side-by-side, workout
what thetrueprice
wouldbe, andmanageyour
paymentswiththisfinanceapp.
iOS4.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
TEACH ME SUSHI
Videos showyou
howto select your
ingredients, and make
your own rice and sushi in this
detailed Japanese cooking app.
iOS4.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPad
LOOK & COOK – ISRAELI
CHEF MEIR ADONI
Use voice activation
to control this recipe
app for hands free
tablet use.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
GREEN KITCHEN - HEALTHY
VEGETARIAN RECIPES
Stylish interface
and inspiring recipes
prove healthy eating doesn’t
need to be bland or boring.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
NOM NOM PALEO
Recipe app for those
with specific dietary
needs, such as gluten
and soy allergies, and fans of
the Paleo ‘caveman diet’.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
iPad
MY RECIPE BOOK
Import and organise
your favourite online
recipes so they are all
in one place and easy to find
when you want them.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
HEALTH
iPhone/ Android
ENDOMONDO
SPORTS TRACKER PRO
A mix of fitness
tracking and social
networking.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
OSVaries | £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/ Android
ZOMBIES, RUN!
Run to stay alive
in a world infested
with zombies in this
immersive AR workout.
iOS5.0| £5.49/$7.99
OS2.2| £2.79/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/ Android
CARDIOGRAPH
Simply hold your
thumb over the
camera lense to
monitor your heart rate.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
OS1.5| Free
iPad
iMUSCLE - iPAD EDITION
One of many
fantastic health apps
from3D4Medical, this
breaks away frommost by
focusing on fitness.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GORILLA WORKOUT
A real-life workout
video game for
men and women.
Complete levels as you get fit.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.3| £0.62/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM
Military-grade work
out app that requires
no fitness equipment
beyond your device.
iOS5.0| £1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| £1.25/$1.99
iPad
ALL-IN YOGA
Including over 300
poses with photo,
video and audio
guides. You can also create
your own workout routines.
iOS4.2| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
CALORIE COUNTER PRO
Eat healthier with
this meal planning
and tracking app.
iOS4.3| £2.49/$3.99
OS2.1| £2.47/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
RUNTASTIC PUSHUPS PRO
Plan your work out in
this stylish app and
receive motivation
fromthe voice coach.
iOS6.0| £1.49/$1.99
OS2.2| £0.79/$0.99
iPad
FITNESS FOR iPAD
This app is packed
with photo, video and
audio tutorials to help
you reach your peak level of
fitness. Also includes yoga.
iOS4.1| £0.69/$0.99
MEDICAL
iPhone/iPad/Android
VISUAL ANATOMY
Viewrotatable 3D
images fromGray’s
Anatomy of select
organs or regions of the body.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
OSVaries | £1.60/$2.49
iPhone/iPad
LULLABY!
Gentle songs and
ambient sounds
set to child-friendly
graphics will soothe your
baby off to sleep.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
SKELETON SYSTEM PRO III
This dissection of
the human skeleton
goes into incredible
detail with plenty of roomfor
adding your own notes.
iOS4.3| £10.49/$14.99
iPhone/iPad
COMPLETE RELAXATION -
GUIDED MEDITATION
Relax with these
comforting words
set to ambient music.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
An app worth having,
but one you hope
you never have to
use. It stores your emergency
contacts in one place.
iOS3.1| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2
Aimed at medical
students but suitable
for general interest,
this app features six tests to
revise howthe body works.
iOS3.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
MUSCLE & BONE
ANATOMY 3D
Includes five different
ways to explore the
musculo-skeletal
systemand a pop quiz.
iOS5.1| £4.99/$6.99
iPhone/Android
BREATHING ZONE
Reduce stress and
see your breathing
patterns displayed in
colourful graphics.
iOS3.2| £2.49/$3.99
OS2.1| £1.25/$1.99
iPad
HEART PRO III
Life-like depictions
of the heart and
circulatory system
that can be rotated 360
o
to
appreciate its complexity.
iOS5.0| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
FAMILY ILLNESS +
SHOT TRACKER
Keep a digital diary
of your family’s
shots, vaccinations,
medicines, illnesses and more.
iOS3.1.3| £1.49/$1.99
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iPhone/iPad
GARAGEBAND
With a multitude of
instruments, plus
multitrack recording,
this is a magical music box
that anyone can enjoy.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
FIGURE
Make music in
minutes with
this easy-to-use
interface. Export results to
iTunes Audio Sharing.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
DJAY
Take tracks fromyour
iTunes library and
start mixing them
together on this fully featured
turntablist app.
iOS4.3| £13.99/$19.99
iPad
THE ORCHESTRA
Explore three
centuries of classical
music with this
interactive mix of music and
video content.
iOS6.0| £9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
REACTABLE MOBILE
Create music with
this clever app that
includes synthesisers,
samples and oscillators.
iOS4.0| £6.99/$9.99
OS2.2| £7.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
SOUNDHOUND
Huma tune or sing a
lyric and SoundHound
will give you the full
name of the song and artist.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
OSVaries | £3.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
ULTIMATE GUITAR TABS
Viewguitar tabs,
create lists of your
favourites, and view
chord diagrams.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
OS1.6| £1.86/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
OOTUNES RADIO
Record live airplay,
set up a radio alarm
clock on your iPhone
or iPad, and AirPlay radio
stations to other devices.
iOS3.0| £2.99/$4.99
Android
iTUNES TO ANDROID SYNC
Wirelessly sync your
Android device with
your desktop iTunes
so you can enjoy your music
on your smartphone.
OS1.6| £1.27/$1.99
iPad
VINYL THE REAL RECORD
PLAYER
Addauthentic crackle
toyour digitisedmusic
andwatchasyour
albumart ‘discolours’ withtime.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
PULP
Newspaper skin for
reading your favourite
newmedia news
sites in an old-fashioned, but
intuitive interface.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
Android
REDDIT SYNC PRO
Easily sync your
favourite subreddits
for later offline
viewing in this clean, easy-to-
use Holo interface.
OS2.2| £1.25/$2.00
iPhone/iPad
NEWSIFY RSS READER
Access your Google
Reader subscriptions
in a newspaper-like
interface. Top articles can be
starred and shared online.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
LONGFORM
Toggle easily
between original
news sites and an
elegant magazine reader, and
save articles for offline use.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
READ QUICK
Learn to speed read
while taking in the
news headlines. Set
the pace words appear one
at a time to train yourself.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
iPHOTO
The final piece in the
iLife puzzle for iOS,
iPhoto comes with
an astonishing suite of editing
tools to tweak images.
iOS6.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPad/Android
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
Edit images on the go
with a range of touch
control tools using
this essential software.
iOS5.0| £6.99/$9.99
OS3.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
iMOVIE
Great on the iPhone
and iPad, this movie-
making app allows
you to capture, edit and share
footage anytime.
iOS6.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/ Android
LAPSE IT - TIME LAPSE PRO
Create time-lapse and
stop-motion videos
with this sleek app
with adjustable frame rate.
iOS5.0| £1.49/$1.99
OS1.6| £1.99/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
HALFTONE
Create a comic
book starring your
friends and family
by applying speech bubbles
and borders to images.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/Android
PLANE FINDER
Viewnear real-time
air traffic maps that
let you track the
paths of aircraft above you.
iOS4.2| £4.99/$6.99
OS1.6| £3.00/$2.99
iPhone/Android
GEOCACHING
Join the world’s
biggest treasure
hunt by becoming a
Geocacher. It’s great fun.
iOS4.0| £6.99/$9.99
OS2.2.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GPS NAVIGATION 2 -
SATNAV BY SKOOBLER (UK/ROI)
Crowdsourced
maps with offline
functionality to save
on data costs.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/ Android
CITY MAPS 2GO
Download more than
7,000 maps from
around the world for
offline use on your device.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
OS2.3| Free
iPhone
MAPS 3D - GPS TRACKS FOR
HIKE, BIKE, SKI & OUTDOOR
Ideal for the
mountains, view
3D maps and aerial
images, and plan your route.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
COPILOT LIVE PREMIUM
Maps work offline,
however online use
also includes Google,
Wikipedia and Yelp searches.
iOS4.3| £24.99/$35.99
OS2.1| £24.99/$16.99
iPhone
SPYGLASS
Augmented reality
navigator and
compass that lets
you track your location and
work out bearings in real-time.
iOS4.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPad
HILL LISTS
Provides geographical
details for highland,
hilltop and mountain
walks across United Kingdom
and Republic of Ireland.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPad
THEODOLITE HD
All-in-one compass,
GPS, map, zoom
camera (photo and
movie), range finder, and two-
axis inclinometer for iPad.
iOS4.3| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
MY PLACES FOR GOOGLE
MAPS
Import all of your
GoogleMapsdata,
includingstarredplacesandweb
history, toAppleMaps.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
ALIEN BLUE FOR iPAD -
REDDIT CLIENT
Reddit redesigned for
a large touchscreen;
includes increased
interactivity.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
INSTAPAPER
Save feature articles
blogs posts for later
offline reading and
enjoy in this paper-like reader.
iOS4.0| £2.49/$3.99
OS2.1| £1.93/$2.99
Android
gREADER PRO
This client for Google
Reader offers
a customisable
interface, as well as the option
to have articles read to you.
OS2.1| £3.19/$4.99
Android
PRESS (GOOGLE READER)
Simply swipe through
this clearly laid out
app to read articles
offline with ease. Double-tap
images to zoomin.
OS4.0| £1.22/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
DOWNCAST
Downloadandlistento
your favouritepodcasts
directlyfromyour iOS
devicewithout theneedtosync
withiTunes.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
Android
CAMERA ZOOM FX
The fastest camera
on Android, this app
will take ten shots
per second and offers a range
of filters for your images.
OS1.6| £1.79/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
PHOTOVIVA
Transformyour
photos into colourful
works of art with
picture editing andpaintingapp.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
OS2.1| £3.19/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
360 PANORAMA
Simply pan the
camera left to right
while taking photos
and watch as they are
stitched together seamlessly.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
PAPER CAMERA
Apply paper texture
and cartoon effects
to your photos and
real-time video shooting.
iOS4.0| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.1| £1.19/$1.99
iPhone
CAMERA+
A replacement for
your native camera
app, don’t just point
and shoot, add effects to your
images in-app with ease.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
MUSIC NEWS PHOTO & VIDEO NAVIGATION
WHATSAPP MESSENGER
This instant messaging
app is currently the
number one paid app in
over 130 countries.
iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99
THE ORCHESTRA
Explore the world of
classical music with
this feature-rich guide
to every orchestral instrument.
iOS 6.0 | £9.99/$13.99
iPOE 2
Recently updated
with The Raven, don’t
miss this collection of
interactive spooky stories.
iOS 5.1 | £1.99/$2.99
LAPSE IT - TIME LAPSE PRO
Ideal for Android users
sufering from Vine
stop-motion video envy.
OS 1.6 | £1.99/$1.99
VJAY
Add a musical
soundtrack to your
videos as you record.
iOS 5.1 | £1.99/$2.99
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iPhone/iPad
NUMBERS
This spreadsheet was
designed for your
touchscreen, allowing
you to calculate figures and
create graphs with ease.
iOS5.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone
CLEAR
This purely gesture-
based app has one of
the most innovative
and intuitive interfaces of any
app around.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
PAGES
This versatile
app allows you to
create, edit and
viewdocuments, and create
attractive, customised pages.
iOS5.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GRAFIO –
DIAGRAMS & IDEAS
For a little
brainstorming session
at work you can’t go
wrong with Grafio.
iOS5.0| £5.99/$8.99
Android
SWIFTKEY 3 KEYBOARD
The innovative
keyboard learns the
words you use for
more accurate auto-correction
and predictive text.
OS2.1| £2.99/$3.99
iPad
BRIAN COX’S WONDERS
OF THE UNIVERSE
With wonderful
images, animations
and video content, it’s
a must-have for any stargazer.
iOS5.0| £4.99/$6.99
Android
TERRATIME
Based on satellite
imagery, viewthe
Earth displayed at
any time, in any location. Also
works as a live wallpaper.
OS2.0| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
WOLFRAMALPHA
Find essential
information that is
well-presented and
easy to use in this clever app.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
OS2.1| £1.86/$2.99
iPad
DICTIONARY.COM –
DICTIONARY

& THESAURUS
– HD IPAD
An amazing resource
to have available on
the iPad.
iOS4.2| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
REDSHIFT – ASTRONOMY
This exquisite app
brings the night
sky to your device
with all major planets and
constellations displayed.
iOS3.1.2| £7.99/$10.99
iPad
TWEETBOT —
A TWITTER CLIENT WITH
PERSONALITY FOR iPAD
Tweetbot is perfect
for heavy Twitter
users on iPad.
iOS5.0| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
TINYCHAT
Make friends and
have lively group
conversations with
this video chatroomapp – or
remain silent and just watch.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
TWEETCASTER PRO
Includes extras for
Twitter, such as
dictated tweets,
scheduled posting and more.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
OS1.6| £3.07/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKOUT+
Create and manage
a profile and instant
message newpeople
near you or around the world
iOS4.3| £6.99/$9.99
OS1.6| £6.21/$9.99
iPhone/ Android
WHATSAPP MESSENGER
Forget SMS, this
app allows you to
send messages and
pictures with no extra cost.
iOS3.1| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.1| Free
Android
SEESMIC PRO
Manage your social
networks in one
place and view
your Facebook and Twitter
accounts in one timeline.
OS2.1| £1.89/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
MY FOLLOWERS ON
INSTAGRAM
Find out when
someone unfollows
you on the photo-
sharing site.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
BLOGSY FOR iPAD
Designed to use
your iPad’s touch
functionality to
manage your blog. Drop media
into your posts with ease.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
STATNUT
Viewall of your social
networks in one
place with StatNut
and display themin a simple,
colour-coded interface.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
TWEETICIDE
Keepyour username,
followers, anddirect
messages, but delete
all of your tweetswiththissocial
networkspringcleanapp.
iOS5.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPad
FLIGHT+ FOR iPAD
Whether you’re
taking a flight or
keeping track of your
friends and family, Flight+is
one of the best apps around.
iOS4.2| £3.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad
KAYAK PRO
Book a room, track
a flight or rent a car
and viewmaps of
hundreds of airport terminals
with this all-encompassing app.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
MYTRAINS
Get live departure
and arrival times for
trains and download
timetables for offline viewing.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
OS1.5| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
CITY GUIDES
A combination of
lifestyle and travel
tips in a stylish
magazine interface covering
cosmopolitan cities.
iOS4.3| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
1,000 PLACES TO SEE
BEFORE YOU DIE
The interactive bucket
list offers photo-laden
travel features of
dreamglobal getaways.
iOS4.0| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
PACKING PRO
A list-making app
specially designed for
your holiday packing,
with a detailed pre-departure
to-do list with over 100 tasks.
iOS5.0| £1.99/$2.99
Android
BACKCOUNTRY NAVIGATOR
PRO GPS
Keep track of your
position using GPS or
switch to offline maps when
out of mobile signal range.
OSVaries | £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
SULLIVAN’S LIST
Discover great
adventures around
the world, then
create your own wish list of
places you want to visit.
iOS4.0| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
FLIGHTRADAR24 PRO
Turn your device into a radar
dish and see what
air traffic looks like in
real-time.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
LIVE STREET VIEW
Use Google Maps’
Street Viewand your
device’s GPS to create
an intuitive map that responds
to your movements.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
SYNCSPACE: INFINITE
SHARED
WHITEBOARD
Endlessly large
canvas for simple sketching
that you can export as PDFs.
iOS5.0| £13.99/$19.99
iPhone/iPad
SKETCHTIME
Elegant sketching
app, also allows you
to import photos to
trace over and record your
sketching for playback.
iOS5.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
KEYNOTE
Create a world-class
presentation with
this top app with a
range of impressive themes
and customisable features.
iOS5.1| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GROCERY LIST
Write a list and sync
it between devices
so that you and your
flatmates can all keep track of
who’s buying what.
iOS4.3| £1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
REAL MEMO PRO -
HANDWRITING
Freeformdrawand
write notes when
you in a hurry. Tilting
will create a newnote.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
BAREFOOT WORLD ATLAS
Interactive 3D
globe for children,
beautifully rendered
with details of all the
countries of the world.
iOS5.0| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
ARTICLES
Browse Wikipedia
using this excellent
reader, which
offers great formatting and
customisation options.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
Android
WORLD HISTORY
Viewall of human
history on a colour-
coded timeline and
tap for detailed descriptions
of specific events.
OS2.2| £2.53/$3.50
iPhone/iPad/Android
CHAMBERS DELUXE
Clear, accurate and
occasionally witty
definitions, and
detailed thesaurus.
iOS4.3| £6.99/$9.99
OS2.2| £6.13/$9.99
iPad
LONDON - A CITY
THROUGH TIME
Explore 2,000 years
of one of the world’s
greatest cities with
articles, photos and video.
iOS4.3| £9.99/ $13.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
F1 2013 TIMING APP CP
The live map tracks
every race, with
detailed profiles for
both cars and drivers.
iOS4.3| £23.99/£33.99
OS2.1| £23.99/£33.99
iPhone/iPad
TOPPS PENNANT
Pennant displays
stats in a brilliantly
animated way, and
one that is simultaneously
cool and traditional in feel.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE
2012/13
Manage your dream
eleven with the
leading fantasy football app.
iOS5.0| £0.69/$0.99
OS1.6| £0.70/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOLFSHOT: GOLF GPS
Viewmaps and track
your position on golf
courses across the
world with this GPS app.
iOS4.3| £20.99/$29.99
OS2.2| £18.57/$29.99
iPhone/iPad
FOOTBALL RUMOURS 2
All the latest footy
news and transfer
gossip in one app
with notifications for your
favourite team.
iOS4.1| £0.69/£0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
COACH’S EYE
Improve your team’s
performance with
video analysis and
drawdirectly onto images.
iOS6.0| £2.99/$4.99
OS2.1| £3.09/$4.99
iPad
SWINGREADER GOLF HD
Record and review
your swing in slo-mo,
compare it with that
of the tour pros, and get
feedback on improving it.
iOS5.1| £2.99/$4.99
iPhone
THE MASTER
TACTICIAN MOBILE PRO
Create winning
football strategies
with this animated
playbook app.
iOS4.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/Pad
COACHNOTE
Multipurpose
playbook includes
features for a variety
of sports, fromsoccer to
hockey to roller derby.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
CURLY’S POCKET
GUIDE TO SPORT
The rules to 74
major sports from
golf to Greco-Roman
wrestling, with illustrations.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
AELIOS WEATHER
There are plenty of
weather apps around,
but this is one of the
best we’ve ever used, and we
would highly recommend it.
iOS4.3| £2.99/$4.99
Android
WEATHER LIVE
Create your own
weather station
with customisable
features, beautiful graphics
and a range of widgets.
OS2.3.3| £0.61/£0.99
iPhone/iPad
NOAA RADAR PRO
Vivid, real-time
animated radar
images of weather
across the United States, with
stormalerts and bookmarks.
iOS4.3| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/ Android
WEATHERPRO
Get seven day
forecasts and radar
imagery of the USA
and much of Europe.
iOS5.0| £2.49/$3.99
OS1.6| £2.49/$3.99
iPhone/ Android
FIZZ WEATHER
A slick UI with a
wealth of useful data,
you get weather info
for over 58,000 cities.
iOS3.2| £0.69/$0.99
OS2.2| £0.99/$1.62
iPhone/iPad
TIDE TIMES
Simple and accurate
7-day forecast for
UK tidal time. Scroll
through hundreds of locations
on the British coastline.
iOS4.3| £0.69/$0.99
iPad
PEEPOMETER
A retro weather app
with beautifully-
designed dials
and gauges that appear in
stunning Retina display
iOS4.0| £6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad/ Android
SPACE WX
Visualisation of
real-time space
weather affecting
our solar system.
iOS4.0| £1.49/$1.99
OSVaries | Free
iPad
MAGICAL WEATHER
Viewanimated hourly
and weekly weather
forecasts for up to
nine different places around
the world simultaneously.
iOS4.0| £1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
WEATHER DOODLE
Charming animated
weather illustrations
belie the useful
functionality of this five-day
forecast app.
iOS3.2| £0.69/$0.99
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AWEDITORIUM
A collage of images
behind which users
discover new music.
iPad | iOS 3.2 | v1.04
PULSE NEWS FOR IPHONE
Multitouch gestures
mean you can scroll
several feeds at once.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | v3.0.4
SNAPSEED
One of, if not the best
photo editing suite on
Google Play.
Android | OS 4.0 | v1.4.1
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BBC SPORT
Having found success on iOS
already, the of cial BBC Sport
app has now launched on
Android. Much more than just a
portal for the popular website,
adjust the settings to view your
preferred sport or team at the
top of the news feed.
iPhone| iOS5.0| v1.2.1
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FANTASTIC FREE APPS
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THAT DON’T COST YOU A THING
iPhone/iPad/Android
KOBO
For functionality and
design we would take
Kobo every time. Free
books and cool reading stats.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad
iBOOKS
Apple’s own native
book store comes
with iCloud features,
as well as the ability to change
reading settings to suit you.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
COMICS
Essentially a portal
to read over 12,000
comics, and over 500
of themare free.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOODREADS
A great app for book
recommendations,
Goodreads also has
wishlists and social links.
iOS4.3
OS1.5
iPhone/Android
AUDIOBOOKS FROM
AUDIBLE
Part of theAmazon
family, soyouhave
plentyof choice.
iOS4.2.1
OSVaries
BOOKS
BUSINESS
iPhone/iPad
LOGMEIN
Remotely access your
desktop PC or Mac,
so you can take your
business along wherever you
should be going.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
BOX
Cloud storage so you
can save and access
all your key files
across all your devices.
iOS4.3
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
PODIO
A very clever work-
based network
where users across a
teamcan delegate tasks.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
JAMES CAAN
BUSINESS SECRETS
Find out about hiring
staff, raising money,
and more in this app.
iOS4.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad
DRAGON DICTATION
This app instantly
translates the spoken
word into text.
Send notes and reminders to
yourself, and so much more.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad
iTUNES U
One of the most
powerful education
tools around, with full
university courses available
directly on your device.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
KHAN ACADEMY
A library of over
3,000 videos to help
users learn pretty
much anything they want, no
matter what their interests.
iOS5.1
iPhone/Android
NASA APP
Everything NASA in
one place, including
news on missions
and stunning imagery.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad
CRAFTSY
As well as a class
timetable and
planner, you can add
contacts, get notifications,
and back up data.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
TED
Regular programming
with remarkable
speakers and lectures
for free via this app.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
EDUCATION
ENTERTAINMENT
iPhone
iPLAYER RADIO
So much more than
an extension of the
iPlayer catch-up
serivce, with a great interface
and plenty of content.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKY GO
Keep up with your
favourite shows
anywhere; just sign
in with your Sky ID.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
ACTION MOVIE FX
Give your home
videos some epic
Hollywood effects
with this brilliant free app for
your iOS device.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
REMOTE
This handy app lets
you to connect to
iTunes wirelessly and
play music and movies on your
Mac or PC.
iOS3.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
NETFLIX
Cross device viewing
thanks to the cloud.
An absolute must for
subscribers to the service.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
POCKET EXPENSE
PERSONAL FINANCE
Track your accounts
and bills all in one
place, with the abilty to set
budgets thrown in as well.
iOS3.1
iPhone/Android
BLOOMBERG
Bloomberg is a must
for City traders and
anyone interested in
the stock market.
iOS4.0
OS1.6
iPad
SPENDING TRACKER
Monitor your spending
and ultimately save
money thanks to the
charts, graphs and stats that
are provided here.
iOS5.0
iPhone/Android
BARCLAYS PINGIT
Send money
between accounts
using just a mobile
number, fromyour device.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
PAYPAL
Check your current
balance, viewyour
account, and send
money via 16 currencies.
iOS4.2
OS2.2
FINANCE
FOOD & DRINK
iPhone/Android
FOODSPOTTING
An essential
destination for when
you want something
great to eat.
iOS4.3
OS1.6
iPhone/Android
WHISK
Your ultimate kitchen
companion, Whisk
helps you order
ingredients and portion sizes.
iOS4.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
EPICURIOUS RECIPES
& SHOPPING LIST
An absolute must for
culinary masters and
budding chefs alike.
iOS4.0
OS1.5
iPhone/iPad
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING
ESSENTIALS
The app that’s
perfect for any level
of experience, from
oven wizards to toast burners.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
TOPTABLE
Findatableandbook
it injust afewtaps,
whether it bealast-
minuteplanor planningahead.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
TEMPLE RUN
The free running
phenomenon is one
of the best free
downloads you can make.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
JETPACK JOYRIDE
A real challenger
to Temple Run, this
endless platformer
has one touch controls.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
Android
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS
TheAngry Birds
franchisecollides
withStar Wars,
completewithlightsabers and
theforcetohelpyou.
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
TRIPLE TOWN
Gem-matching
and settlement
management have
been neatly fused together.
iOS4.1
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
DEAD TRIGGER
Suchafantastic
lookinggamefor afree
download–just tryto
surviveazombieonslaught.
iOS4.2
OSVaries
GAMES
HEALTH
iPhone/Android
ENDOMONDO
SPORTS TRACKER
Endomondo is the
most social fitness
experience you’ll get.
iOS4.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
CALORIE COUNTER
Your ultimate calorie
guide with a massive
database as well as
exercises and social links.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
NIKE+ RUNNING
This app requires a
pair of Nike shoes
that have an insert
for the Nike+sensor.
iOS4.0
OS2.3.3
iPhone/Android
WEBMD
Not only can you
check symptoms and
conditions, but you
can also get drug information.
iOS3.0
OS2.1
iPhone/Android
HEALTHTAP
Post you concern
and a qualified quack
will respond with a
diagnosis fairly swiftly.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
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iPhone/Android
GOOGLE SHOPPER
With voice, bar code
and cover image
search available, this
app will find what you need.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPad
EBAY FOR iPAD
This app is not only
great to keep up
with your shopping,
but also a wonderful place to
browse for bargains.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
FANCY
Searching and
sharing on Fancy is
all about becoming a
curator of cool.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
AROUNDME
This is a handy app to
use in an unfamiliar
place when you need
to find local amenities.
iOS4.2
OS2.2
iPhone
SNAPGUIDE
This community-
driven guidebook is a
wonderful resource.
Browse its many topics and
get all sorts of handy tips.
iOS4.3
LIFESTYLE
MEDICAL
iPhone/iPad/Android
VISION TEST
This app tests your
vision through a
series of exams, and
includes an optician finder.
iOS4.0
OS1.1
iPhone
ASSISTANCE
A large body of
reference material
laid out in such a way
that it can be used to access
specific symptoms in seconds.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad
BLOOD PRESSURE
MONITOR
Comes with data
visualisation and
stats so you can track the
whole family, and medication.
iOS5.0
iPhone
uHEAR
As hearing loss
usually happens
over a period of
time, uHear is a good app for
monitoring your hearing.
iOS2.2.1
iPhone/iPad
PROGNOSIS: YOUR
DIAGNOSIS
Uses case studies for
better diagnosis in
patients by doctors.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPad
AWEDITORIUM
Quite literally a wall
of sound for users to
interact with, as each
‘brick’ hosts an artist, their
music, and cool photos.
iOS3.2
iPhone/iPad
SPOTIFY
Build customised
playlists frommillions
of tracks and share
themwith the world .
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad
BAND OF THE DAY
A cool combination of
calendar and music
discovery, with each
newday bringing with it a
newartist for you to enjoy.
iOS5.0
iPhone
SHAZAM
An extraordinary app,
Shazamcan identify
songs by listening to
themfor a fewseconds.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad
HITLANTIS
This cloud of music
bubbles is one of the
most creative ways
to discover newmusic.
iOS3.1.2
OS2.2
MUSIC
NAVIGATION
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE MAPS
Back on iOS and still
the undisputed king
of the mapping world.
This app is all you need.
iOS5.1
OSVaries
iPhone
RECCE - NEW YORK
A quite brilliant
example of just
howengrossing and
stunning navigation apps can
really be on iOS.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
WAZE SOCIAL
GPS & TRAFFIC
Waze is a social app
for drivers, letting
users share info on
incidents and delays.
iOS4.0
iPhone
BUDDYTRAFFIC
Access more than
7,000 maps from
around the world,
and download themto your
iPad or iPhone for use offline.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad
NAVFREE GPS
LIVE UK & ROI
With voice-guided
directions and no
data connection
needed, this is a great app.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad
FLIPBOARD
It’s not only one of
the best news apps
around; it’s also great
fun to use on your device.
iOS4.2
OS2.2
iPhone
PULSE NEWS FOR iPHONE
Bring together a
huge number of
personalised RSS
feeds on one screen.
iOS4.3
OS 2.2
iPhone/iPad
POCKET
Pocket lets you save
any article, image or
video you find online
and read it later.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
BBC NEWS
This app allows you
to watch live news
feeds over Wi-Fi, so
you can always stay current.
iOS3.1.3
OSVaries
iPad
SKY NEWS FOR iPAD
Watch live streams
fromthe TV station
in the palmof your
hands. Feature-rich, brimming
with content and totally free.
iOS4.2
NEWS
PHOTO & VIDEO
iPhone/iPad/Android
YOUTUBE
The native app is
gone on iOS, but this
free replacement is
actually much better.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
CAMERA AWESOME
Give your images
an impressive boost
with the range of
filters and editing tools on
offer in this app.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
SNAPSEED
This app has quite
simply become the
go-to image editing
app across all devices.
iOS5.0
OS4.0
iPad
THE GUARDIAN
EYEWITNESS
Offers amazing
images fromaround
the world, covering
current events.
iOS4.0
iPhone/Android
INSTAGRAM
With a wide range
of cool filters and a
great community you
can create amazing photos.
iOS4.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
EVERNOTE
Create a note on your
device and save it to
the cloud, where it
can be picked up and edited.
iOS5.0
OS1.6
iPhone/Android
WUNDERLIST
With cloud syncing
you can create your
lists and share your
tasks across devices.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
CLOUDON
Essentially giving
you Microsoft Office
on your device,
completely free for all.
iOS5.0
OS3.1
iPad
PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE
A wonderfully
character-filled
sketching and
creative app where users can
purchase other themed tools.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
DROPBOX
Access your images,
documents or any
other type of digital
file you like, anywhere.
iOS4.0
OSVaries
PRODUCTIVITY
REFERENCE
iPhone/Android
SCRIBD - THE WORD’S
LARGEST ONLINE LIBRARY
All the reference
books you’ll need,
available offline.
iOS3.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE TRANSLATE
Translate to and
from64 languages,
speech from17
languages, and listen in 24.
iOS3.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
QUORA
The place to go
with your burning
questions, with the
community providing answers
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone
WIKIPANION
An amazing resource
to have available
on the iPhone, with
Wikipedia ar your disposal on
your iPhone in this client.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad
SKY MAP
Everything you could
wish to knowabout
the sky above you is
in this very handy reference
app. Keep looking up.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
TWITTER
The official app of
the social network
heavyweight to share
your thoughts and more.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
FACEBOOK
The ultimate social
networking tool has
regular updates. Easy
to use, and fairly foolproof.
iOS4.3
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
PINTEREST
This growing
community is a great
way to discover new
things, and a hell of a timesink.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
PATH
A simple and
satisfying interface
that Facebook and
Twitter can only dreamabout.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKYPE
Bring your lovedones
closer toyou, nomatter
wheretheyarewith
thevideocallsof Skype.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
SOCIAL
SPORTS
iPhone/ Android
BBC SPORT
Covering a wide
range of sports, the
app includes videos,
stats
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPad
SKY SPORTS FOR iPAD
The Sky Sports
channels on your
device, as well as
some impressive in-game stat
screens and graphics.
iOS5.0
iPhone
YAHOO! SPORTACULAR
For the amount
of info at your
fingertips, this app is
a must for every sports fan –
and it won’t cost you a penny.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad
EUROSPORT PLAYER
This app streams
high-quality sports
content so you can
watch the hottest action live
fromaround the world.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad
MLS MATCHDAY 2012
Another great
official app with
comprehensive
highlights and news fromthe
Major League Soccer season.
iOS5.0
iPhone/Android
HAILO
Sets the standard
and changes the way
people order taxis on
iOS or Android.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
KAYAK MOBILE
This excellent app
even goes beyond
the booking phase to
give you tips for on your trip.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE EARTH
This is one of those
definitive apps, giving
you access to pretty
much anywhere on the globe.
iOS4.3
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad
TRIPADVISOR HOTELS
FLIGHTS RESTAURANTS
Find hotel and
restaurant reviews,
cheap flights, and
virtual tours all for free.
iOS3.1
iPhone
GUIDEPAL CITY GUIDES
You can download
full city guides, plus
maps, for over 60 of
the most exciting destinations
on the planet.
iOS4.0
TRAVEL
WEATHER
iPhone/iPad/Android
WEATHERWISE
Fill your screen with
some great themes
to accompany your
weather forecast.
iOS4.0
OS2.2
iPhone
THE WEATHER CHANNEL
A solid and
professionally-
produced app, this
is free and therefore a must-
have anywhere in the world.
iOS5.0
iPhone
SURF REPORT
You never need to
aimlessly trawl the
coastlines looking for
the big waves again, thanks
to this free app.
iOS2.2.1
iPad
WEATHERMOB
Forecasting with a
difference as this app
is truly social, allowing
users to share their climate
and what they’re doing in it.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
WEZZOO
Share real-time
forecasts so you
can see the latest
weather fromaround the
world, thanks to other users.
iOS4.3
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