The APP 100: The World's Greatest Apps

Business Insider App 100 2012

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On mobile devices alone, you have close to hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from. Throw in apps for desktops and the web, and you’re looking at millions of options.

How do you make sense of it all?

We put together the ultimate guide to the 100 apps everyone should be using on all platforms. That means iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Windows Phones, PCs, Macs … you name it.

Click here to jump to the list of the 100 best apps >

How did we come up with this list? 

Aside from picking our favourite apps that we use every day, we conducted a survey of our readers asking for suggestions. In the end, we had close to 200 apps that we narrowed down to this exclusive list of 100.

The apps listed here aren’t ranked. Instead, we broke everything up by categories and sorted alphabetically. You can click the big link below to view our full list, or jump to one of the following categories: 


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Paper by 50 Three, for doodling on your iPad

Paper by 50 Three is a drawing app that won Apple's Design Award in 2012. Think of the app as your own digital sketchbook. It comes packed with a variety of brushes and pens for your doodles. We suggest buying a stylus if you really want to get the most out of the app.

Price: Free, but you have to pay extra for more brushes and tools.

Available on: iPad

Box, for storing documents online

If you work in a corporate environment, you need to be using Box.

Box is one of the hottest tech startups at the moment. The company touts itself as a cloud service for the enterprise, giving you an easy way to back up and share all your documents online and view them on any device.

We love Box's commitment to developing apps for all platforms, not just the most popular ones. You get 5 GB of storage for free with Box, but there are several paid plans if you need more.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, BlackBerry PlayBook, and Windows Phone.

Bump, for sharing stuff between phones

Bump lets you swap contacts and other content with nearby mobile devices over a Wi-Fi network. All you have to do is select what you want to share and 'bump' the two devices together. Kiss your business cards goodbye.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, and PC

CardMunch, for keeping track of business cards

CardMunch allows users to convert business cards to address book contacts, and then add those contacts as connections on LinkedIn. Just snap a photo of a business card, upload it to the service, and the information will be automatically added to your phone. There's no need to hang on to the paper business card after that.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

Checkmark, for setting tasks and reminders

Checkpoint is our favourite location-based reminder app. The app takes advantage of the iPhone's geofencing feature to alert you of tasks when you enter and exit a particular location. It's not a new concept, but Checkmark does it a lot better than the iPhone's built-in Reminders app.

Check out our walkthrough of Checkmark >

Price: $2.99

Available on: iOS

Clear, for a beautiful to-do list on your iPhone

Clear is a very simple, yet elegant to-do list app that will help you stay productive and on task. The app is beautifully designed and it feels satisfying to remove completed tasks with a simple swipe.

Notably missing is a feature that lets you back up tasks online so you can access them on your computer or other mobile device. But that's not necessarily the point with Clear. The app aims to keep things as simple as possible.

Check out our full walkthrough of Clear >

Price: $2.99

Available on: iOS

CloudOn, for running Microsoft office on your phone or tablet

CloudOn provides users will a full PC version of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on your mobile device. Think of it as running a virtual Windows environment on your smartphone or tablet.

CloudOn also integrates with Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive so you can keep all your documents stored in the cloud.

Check out our tour of CloudOn >

Price: Free

Available on: Android & iOS

Dropbox, for storing all your files online

Dropbox lives on your desktop as a virtual folder. You can drag and drop files into your Dropbox and they'll appear on all your devices. You also have the option to store files in a public folder so you can easily share them with a simple download link.

Dropbox gives you 2 GB of storage for free, but you can earn extra storage by inviting your friends to sign up. There are also a bunch of paid plans.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Mac and PC, and the web

Evernote, so you can remember everything

Think of Evernote as your online notebook for everything. The service lets you store text notes, audio files, photos, web articles, to-do lists, and just about anything else you can think of online. You can then access all your stuff on your PC, the web, or mobile device.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone, Web OS, PC, Mac, Google Chrome, and the web.

Gmail, still the best way to check email

Gmail is the web-based email king. With a Gmail account, you get plenty of storage for free, meaning you likely never have to delete an email again. (You can always purchase extra storage just in case). You also get Google's excellent search feature, so you can easily go back and find old messages.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS. Gmail can also be accessed from any smartphone browser like Blackberry and Windows Phone by heading to

Google Chrome, our favourite Web browser

Depending on who you talk to, Google Chrome is widely regarded as the best browser you can use. It syncs with your Google Account, meaning all you have to do is log in to get access to your bookmarks, tabs, and settings. If you already use Google services like Gmail, then switching to Chrome is a no-brainer.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, and Mac and PC

Google Drive, a great way to store files and documents to your Google Account

Google Drive is an excellent storage solution within Google's ecosystem. It functions a lot like Dropbox, allowing you to store a folder on your desktop to drag and drop files into. It also syncs with your Google Documents, so you don't have to worry about losing a file.

Drive starts you off with 5GB for free but if that isn't enough you can always purchase more.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Google Goggles, for searching Google using images instead of words

Google Goggles is an augmented reality app that lets you search for stuff just by snapping a photo of an item. Simply point the app at a book, product, or street sign, and Goggles can provide facts about it.

The app is perfect when you need to find out more information about a product on store shelves or a painting at the local gallery.

*Goggles is built into Google's Search app for iOS.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS.

iWork, an Office alternative for Macs

iWork is Apple's productivity suite. (Think of it as the Apple version of Microsoft Office). With the full suite you get Pages (word processing), Keynote (presentations), and Numbers (Spreadsheets).

Price: $9.99 each (iOS) and $19.99 each (Mac OS X)

Available on:

iOS: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers

OS X: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers

Microsoft Office, the ultimate productivity suite

Microsoft Office is the go-to productivity suite. Office has been around since 1989, and is still the standard for productivity apps.

And don't forget! Microsoft is going to release a brand new version of Office early next year that's designed for Windows 8 tablets.

Price: $149 (Mac), $127.49 (Windows)

Available on: Mac OS X and Windows

Remember the Milk, for setting reminders on all your devices

Remember the Milk is a handy app that helps you to organise the things you have to do. Remember the Milk lets you see tasks that are located nearby (depending on your location) and syncs everything seamlessly with its online platform.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, and iOS

Robin, a Siri alternative for Android users

Robin is the first true Siri challenger. We love the expanded capabilities of the newer virtual assistant. You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news, and much more.

Robin is disrupting the personal assistant arena, and we only hope that her existence pushes developers to make personal assistant apps feel more like true personal assistants.

Price: Free

Available on: Android

Sparrow, a great alternative to the iPhone's email app

Sparrow was recently acquired by Google, but it's still our favourite alternative to Apple's built-in email app on the iPhone.

Sparrow is based on simplicity and minimalism. The app takes the headache out of checking email and makes it more interactive. Users can take advantage of full IMAP and POP email support, and Sparrow even allows you to easily browse through threaded conversations.

One major bummer: Sparrow for iOS does not support push notifications.

Price: $2.99 (iOS), $9.99 (OS X)

Available on: iOS and Mac OS X


Associated Press, for checking breaking news

The AP mobile app is your one-stop shop for breaking news. The wire is quick to report major world events and always has fresh content in its mobile app.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows Phone

BBC News, a beautiful news feed for your smartphone or tablet

BBC's news app allows you to see stories based on geographical region or category. The most dynamic feature of the app is its interface. We love how stories are sorted by blocks and how easy it is to navigate around the app.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone

Flipboard, a great way to see articles your friends share

Flipboard calls itself a social news magazine. By syncing with your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and RSS accounts, you get all your stories in a gorgeous, magazine-like layout.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Instapaper, for saving online articles for later

Instapaper is a minimal app that makes it easy to read web articles later.

The service strips down articles, removing ads and photos, to present you with easy-to-read articles on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or Kindle. Instapaper is the perfect solution when you don't have enough time to read something right that instant.

Price: $2.99

Available on: Android and iOS.

Kindle/Nook/iBooks, for reading your favourite e-books

Each of these three apps will let you access millions of e-books, but it's up to you to choose the service that's best for you.

Here's the breakdown:

Kindle lets you to purchase and read books from Amazon's book store. The app is well-designed and robust and offers an excellent interface. We love that your purchased books sync between all your Kindle devices and apps, so you can pick up where you left off. Amazon Kindle users can also check out books from their local library and lend purchased titles to friends.

Barnes & Noble's Nook app integrates books, newspapers, and magazines from the company's huge collection. It is easy to use and allows users to load their own ePub files. You can also lend books to friends with Barnes and Noble's LendMe feature.

iBooks is Apple's own bookstore/book reading app. iBooks offers the closest experience to reading an actual book. In addition to providing you with access to the latest books, the app also organizes your PDFs. The downside: You can only read your books on iPhones or iPads.

Price: Free

Available on:

Nook: Android and iOS

Kindle: Android, iOS, Blackberry

iBooks: iOS

New York Times, for breaking news

The New York Times app allows users to read the award-winning publication from their mobile device. It provides subscribers with full access to all the publication's latest articles.

Price: Free (You'll need a subscription to access unlimited articles)

Subscription options:

  • + Smartphone Apps for $14.99 per month
  • All Digital Access (including the NYTimes app for iPhone and iPad, plus unlimited access to for $34.99 per month.

Available on: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

*As of July 23, 2012, The New York Times stopped supporting the NYTimes app for BlackBerry. content is still available on your Blackberry through the mobile site.

Reeder, for checking your RSS feed

Reeder is a great way to stay on top of the news you care about. It fully syncs with Google Reader and allows you to browse articles by feed or organise news into folders. We love how interactive the iPhone and iPad apps are. You also get some great multi-touch gestures to mark stories as read and reveal new items.

Price: $2.99 (iPhone) and $4.99 (iPad and Max OS X)

Available on: iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X


Mint, for keeping track of your finances

Over 8 million people use Mint to stay on top of their finances.

The app is a well-designed and has many built-in alerts to help users stay on budget.

With Mint, you input information from your credit card, bank account, loans, 401k, etc. and the app automatically helps you manage your finances. You can set goals for yourself such as paying off a credit card or student loan, and Mint will help you figure out the best way to make it happen.

Price: Free

Available on: Android & iOS

Chances are, your bank has an app you can use

Most major banks have a smartphone or tablet app that'll let you check your balance, make transfers, pay bills, and even deposit checks by snapping a photo. Just search your smartphone or tablet's app store for your bank's name to get the app.

Price: Free

Bloomberg, for breaking financial news

Bloomberg is the go-to app if you're obsessed with financial news. The app helps you get business and finance news fast. Included are market data and portfolio tracking tools to supercharge your experience.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Nokia.

Salesforce, for keeping track of your clients is a software as a service company that sells business software and solutions on a subscription basis.

Salesforce's mobile app brings the power of the sales platform on-the-go. The mobile app allows you to spend less time in the office and more time in the field. Salesforce's app lets users instantly access and update critical information from anywhere.

If your company uses Salesforce, it's definitely worth it to take the mobile app for a spin.

Price: Free (with Salesforce subscription)

Available on: Android and iOS

Square Card Reader, for accepting mobile payments on your phone or tablet

Square is a game-changing mobile app that allows you to take credit card payments from anywhere. The service charges a small rate of 2.75% of the total transaction for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover.

Square ties to your bank account, so all the cash will show up as soon as the transaction is processed. It's a great option for small businesses who don't want to work directly with credit card companies.

Best of all there are no contracts or monthly fees and no merchant account needed. The funds are deposited into your bank account the next business day.

Once you sign up for Square, the company will mail you a free credit card swiper that plugs into your phone or tablet's headphone jack.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS.

Social Media

Facebook, for keeping up with your friends

The number one social network in the world is still trying to figure its place in the mobile world. Facebook has an app for almost every platform. Until recently, Facebook was a slow, clunky experience on the iPhone and iPad. But the company's latest update is noticeably faster and lets you upload photos almost immediately.

There's still a lot of work to go, but Facebook's newest apps are a step in the right direction.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone

Foursquare, for discovering new places to visit

Foursquare is the champion of check-ins. With over 20 million users, Foursquare helps you to keep in sync with your friends and what they are up to.

We love the badge system, which encourages visiting new and unique places. Foursquare is also an excellent way to discover new places to visit based on your friends' recommendations.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, and iOS

Google+, a way to connect with your friends via your Google Account

Google+ is the search giant's social network. And it happens to have a very excellent mobile app for Android and iOS.

A neat feature is the ability to video chat with up to 9 friends with mobile Hangouts. And if video isn't your thing, the app allows you to chat with a friend or all your friends at once with the text-based Messenger

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS, for chatting on all popular instant messaging services is a convenient way to stay on top of your instant message conversations.

The app is available for all major mobile phones and allows you to keep in touch with friends through Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte, Myspace, and Steam.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS and Nokia.

Instagram, for sharing photos

Instagram changed the way we share photos using our mobile phones. The app is fast, fun, and simple.

With Instagram, you snap a photo, add a funky filter and other effects, and upload it to a news feed. Like any other social network, you can follow people to keep track of their photos.

Facebook recently agreed to buy Instagram, so expect tighter integration between the two services in the coming months.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

LinkedIn, for keeping up with your professional contacts

LinkedIn's mobile app provides an excellent way to keep up with more than 175 million members worldwide. The app is well designed, syncs with your phone's calendar to help stay on top of meetings, and even lets you view and save recommended jobs.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone

Official Twitter App/TweetDeck, the best ways to check Twitter

The official Twitter app allows all the Twitter features you're used to while on the go. You can Tweet, retweet, share photos, videos, web pages and more.

TweetDeck is the go-to app for Twitter power users. Tweetdeck allows seamless maintenance of multiple accounts in a handy column view.

Price: Free

Available on:

Official Twitter: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone

TweetDeck: Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Google Chrome

Path, an alternative social network for mobile devices

Path takes the social network concept and makes it even more personalised. Path is meant for you to connect with family and close friends, limiting you to 150 connections.

Unlike other social networks, Path is mobile-only, meaning you can only access it on your smartphone or tablet.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Pinterest, for sharing photos of things you love with friends

Pinterest has taken the world by storm. The social network encourages you to find things you're interested in and 'pin' them to your virtual pinboard. Friends and fans can then follow along and comment or re-pin your items.

Just recently, the network released Android and iPad versions of its popular app.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS.

Tumblr, a great way to blog and follow cool people

Tumblr is one of the fastest growing blogging sites around. Think of it as Twitter meets WordPress. Tumblr lets you follow blogs and create simple updates for text, audio, photos, quotes, etc.

The Tumblr app gives you access to your dashboard of the blogs you follow and lets you create your own updates on the go.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

WhatsApp Messenger, for sending free text messages over the web

WhatsApp is a cross-platform, real time mobile messenger. WhatsApp is an excellent alternative to text messaging because there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Think of it as a version of Apple's iMessage or RIM's BBM that will work across any device.

Price: $0.99, for iPhone. Free for all other platforms.

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, Nokia S40, and Windows Phone

Yelp, for discovering new restaurants and places to visit

Yelp is an easy way to find information about local businesses no matter what city you're in.

The app has a huge list of reviews for restaurants, bars, shops, and more. It's one of the best ways to get recommendations or tips on local venues.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS


Aperture, for advanced photo editing on Mac

Aperture is Apple's advanced version of iPhoto. The app gives you control over your photos and provides more editing tools that help your photos stand out.

We love how easy Aperture is to use and the powerful photo organisation features.

Price: $79.99

Available on: Intel-based Macs.

Camera+, for taking great photos on your iPhone

Camera+ takes your iPhone photography to the next level. It improves on the stock iPhone camera with a ton of excellent features Apple won't be adding any time soon.

Price: $0.99

Available on: iPhone

iMovie, an easy way to create movies on your Mac or iPad

iMovie allows you to make gorgeous HD videos that stand out. The iOS app has unique multi-touch features that are easy to use. Tap to add video, photos, music, and sound effects.

The app is packed full of effects and also allows you to make trailers for your films to draw people in. iMovie is a consumerized video editing suite, so it's very easy to pick up and start using.

Price: $4.99 (for iOS) and free with any Mac laptop or desktop purchase.

Available on: iOS and Mac OS X

Photoshop, the most advanced photo editing app

Photoshop is the best, most robust photo-editing app you can use today. It is packed full of features and tools that help your photos come alive.

Photoshop is currently in its 13th major release with CS 6, and we don't see any other app getting anywhere close to matching it.

Alongside Photoshop and Photoshop Extended, Adobe also publishes Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom, collectively called 'The Adobe Photoshop Family.'

Price: $699.99 (full version)

Available on: Mac OS X and Windows

Snapseed, for quickly editing photos on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Snapseed is another one of our favourite photo apps. The app provides you with a high-quality editing experience on your mobile device and desktop at a very reasonable price.

Snapseed is packed full of tools and filters that allow anyone to become a photo editor. Snapseed also takes advantage of social media, so it's ridiculously easy to share your photos with followers.

Price: $4.99 (iOS) and $19.99 (Mac OS X)

Available on: iOS and Mac OS X

SocialCam/Viddy, for sharing short videos online

Often called the 'Instagrams for video,' SocialCam and Viddy both make it easy to share videos with friends through their respective networks.

Viddy limits your uploads to 15 seconds. Viddy is packed with loads of filters and editing tools, so you can add visual effects, music, transitions, and movie stars to your videos.

SocialCam allows you to upload videos of any length, giving users a bit more freedom with what they shoot. For the privacy conscious you can upload private videos and even have a private account. SocialCam's videos are stored in the cloud so they can be accessed anywhere. It also has filters and editing tools to make your videos stand out as well.

Price: Free

SocialCam Available on: iOS and Android

Viddy Available on: iOS


Garageband, for editing music

Garageband is an easy-to-use app for mixing music.

The mobile app is amazing because it turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into instruments. You can use the multi-touch gestures to play piano, beat the drums, and even take a stab at the bass. One of the coolest features is the ability to conduct an entire string orchestra with just one finger using Smart Strings.

Garageband for Mac turns your computer into a recording studio and can even teach you how to play an instrument from famous musicians.

Price: $4.99 (for iOS) and free with any Mac computer purchase.

Available for: iOS and Mac OS X

iHeartRadio, for listening to live radio stations

iHeartRadio lets users listen to over 1,500 live radio stations across the country. Users can also create their own custom stations based on their favourite artist.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Pandora, for listening to custom radio stations based on your interests

Pandora creates custom radio stations based on an artists or a particular song. It is ridiculously good at providing users with music they want to hear.

Pandora for mobile is completely in sync with its desktop app, so it will remember all of your preferences and stations allowing seamless listening.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Kindle Fire

Planetary, for listening to music on your iPad with unique visuals

Planetary lets you interact with your music collection in a completely different way.

The app visualizes your music library as a solar system, with artist as the stars, albums as planets, and the tracks as moons. Planetary gives a whole new meaning to 'hands on.' Displaying the visualisation on an HDTV is a cinch with Apple's HDMI accessory or AirPlay mirroring.

Price: Free

Available on: iPad

Spotify, for streaming unlimited music

During a time when music piracy is rampant, Spotify has changed the way that users interact with music. The service gives you access to millions of tracks and makes the experience completely social. Users can see what their friends are listening to over Facebook and Twitter and discover new music.

Spotify will let you stream music to the desktop for free. But if you want to listen to music offline or take full advantage of its mobile apps, you'll need to subscribe to the service for $10 per month.

Spotify's music library is full of millions of tracks from all the major record labels, so you shouldn't have trouble finding what you need.

Price: Free (Premium subscription is $9.99/month)

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone

Shazam, for identifying songs you're listening to

How many times have you wanted to know what song is playing but you have no way of figuring it out?

With Shazam, your smartphone can listen and analyse a song and tell you what's playing. It also provides links to purchase and download the song, or share it with friends over your favourite social network.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone.

SoundCloud, for sharing music you create

SoundCloud allows musicians and DJs to share their music directly with fans. Users are even encouraged to upload and share their own sounds.

With SoundCloud you can listen, share, and comment on audio. Record a voice, moment, or original music in seconds and share it privately or publicly.

The app is fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

TuneIn, for listening to popular radio programs on demand

TuneIn Radio is changing how we interact with radio. Users can listen to music, sports, and news on over 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs. Streams include ESPN, BBC, CBS, and TED Talks. A neat feature is the ability to wake up with the alarm clock or fall asleep with the sleep timer.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

djay, lets you make your own mixes

djay turns your device into a full DJ system. The software allows you to mix together your tracks manually, or use the handy auto-mix feature. Best of all, it syncs right up with your iTunes so you have access to all your favourite songs.

Price: $19.99

Available on: iPad and Mac OS X


Dark Sky, for checking when it's going to rain

Dark Sky is one of our favourite weather apps. The app lets you know when it's going to rain down to the minute. In our experience, it's incredibly accurate. Plus its user interface is absolutely gorgeous.

Price: $3.99

Available on: iOS

The Weather Channel, for checking the weather based on location

The Weather Channel has a beautiful app that allows you to see current conditions, forecasts, and share it all over social media. There's also weather-triggered imagery that changes the app background based on your local weather conditions.

The app is available on all major mobile platforms, but we're especially in love with the design of the Windows Phone version.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.


Angry Birds (Original, Seasons, and Space), for destroying silly pigs who stole your eggs

Angry Birds is the most successful mobile game to date. The app proved that games don't have to be complicated or expensive to be a global success.

Angry Birds truly paved the way for mobile gaming and is available for almost every platform you can think of.

Not only that, but Angry Birds has opened up an entire universe of merchandise including toys, board games, theme parks, even candy.

Price: Varies

Available on:

Angry Birds Original: Android (Free), Blackberry ($4.99), Google Chrome (Free), Mac OS X ($0.99), Windows Phone ($0.99)

Angry Birds Seasons: Android (Free), Blackberry ($4.99), iOS ($0.99)

Angry Birds Space: Android (Free), Blackberry ($2.99), iOS ($0.99)

Doodle Jump, for guiding a little robot through an endless maze of platforms and monsters

Doddle Jump is an incredibly addictive game. It's simple to play: Just tilt to move your character left or right, and tap the screen to shoot. There are over 11 worlds to jump through and the gameplay is never-ending.

Price: $0.99

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Flight Control, a fun way to guide planes onto the runway

Flight Control has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. It is a fun game to play and is very addictive.

Flight Control gives players a peek into the life of an air traffic controller. Guide aircraft onto the runway by drawing flight patterns on your device's touchscreen. Just make sure they don't crash!

Price: $0.99 (iOS), $2.99 (Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone)

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone

Grand Theft Auto 3, for unleashing some virtual carnage

It's been about 10 years since Grand Theft Auto 3 made its PlayStation 2 debut. Now the insanely popular action game has arrived on your favourite mobile devices.

In GTA 3, you play an escaped convict making your way through the seedy underworld of the fictitious Liberty City. Warning: This game is extremely violent.

Price: $4.99

Available on: Android and iOS.

Infinity Blade II, for slashing some demons

Infinity Blade II is the sequel to the breakthrough action RPG for the iPhone and iPad.

In addition to its gorgeous graphics, you get some incredible touch-based gameplay unlike anything we've ever seen on a smartphone or tablet. And the story isn't bad either!

Price: $6.99

Available: iOS

Lost Winds 2, a great adventure game for kids

This award-wining game allows you to control a spirit who can harness the power of the elements.

Solve mysteries and complete tasks all while exploring this extremely detailed world.

Price: $1.99

Available: iOS

Plague, Inc., for fulfilling your desire to wipe out humanity

Plague, Inc is a very sophisticated game. You are tasked with wiping out all life on the planet with a deadly disease. But it's not as easy as it sounds. You have to cultivate your disease by evolving its symptoms, resistance to medication, and transmission properties. Kill the human race before it can kill your disease!

We love it so much that we did a walkthrough of the game >

Price: $0.99

Available: iOS

Plants Vs. Zombies, for defending your home against hordes of zombies

Plants vs. Zombies challenges you to build a defence against a zombie onslaught with over 49 different plants, each with its own special ability. Sound weird? It is! But the game is also insanely fun to play.

Price: $9.99 (Mac OS X), $2.99 (Android/iPhone), $4.99 (Blackberry Playbook/Windows Phone), $6.99 (iPad)

Available on: Android, Blackberry Playbook, Google Chrome, iOS, Kindle Fire, Mac OS X, Windows Phone

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, a quirky adventure game inspired by 80s classics

Superbrothers is an awesome-looking 8-bit-style game with intuitive touch controls. It's a humorous twist on the classic adventure games from the '80s and early '90s. We love all the hilarious in-game dialogue. But jokes aside, Superbrothers is also a blast to play.

Price: $4.99

Available on: iOS

Temple Run, if you like to run away from monsters

Temple Run is one of the most popular casual games to come out in a long time.

The concept is simple: Help your character escape hordes of evil monsters by swiping and tilting your phone to navigate a maze-like temple.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Tiny Wings, if you want a really cool physics game

Tiny Wings is a physics-based game where you guide your character up and down a series of hills in a race against time.

The insanely simple game was criticised at first for ripping off Angry Birds, but spend just a few minutes with Tiny Wings and you'll realise it's a completely different experience.

Price: $0.99

Available on: iOS

Where's My Water?, for puzzle game addicts

This puzzle game from Disney challenges you to get water to Swampy, a cartoon alligator, so he can shower.

Yes, it's a bizarre concept.

Don't think this is just a kid's game. Where's My Water is actually really fun and challenging. There are over four different stages, each with about 20 levels.

Price: $0.99

Available on: Android and iOS.


HBO Go, for watching HBO shows on demand

HBO Go gives you unlimited access to all of the channel's award-winning TV series whenever you want them. You can also watch the hottest movies as they become available on the go.

Price: Free (with an HBO subscription)

Available on: Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire

Hulu Plus, for watching on demand network shows a day after air

The Hulu Plus app offers unlimited streaming of all your favourite shows available on the service.

Hulu will let you stream full seasons of popular network TV shows to just about any device, including some connected TVs and streaming boxes.

Price: Free (with monthly $7.99 Hulu Plus subscription)

Available on: Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire

Netflix, for streaming movies and TV shows

The Netflix app is a gorgeous way to stream your favourite TV shows and movies. A cool feature is the ability to start watching on one device and continue watching on another.

Price: Free (with subscription, staring at $7.99 per month)

Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows Phone

Dating apps: OK Cupid, How About We, Grindr/Blendr, for single people looking to mingle

These three are great examples of dating apps done the right way.

Grindr/Blendr: Grindr is a location-based dating app targeted towards gay men and women. The app lets you know what singles are nearby so you can meet up with them. Blendr, which is made by the same developer, is the same concept but for straight couples. (Available for Android and iOS)

OK Cupid Ok Cupid has most of the same features as other social networks. Users can chat, send status updates, message potential matches, and let the service match you up using its algorithms. The mobile app also lets you know what singles are nearby for impromptu meetups. (Available for iOS and Android)

How About We: How About We changes the traditional online dating mould. It calls itself an offline dating site. Instead of simply perusing profiles, How About We encourages users to propose fun and interesting dates. If you see an exciting date with a potential match, you can use the app to reach out. (Available for iOS)

Price: All of the apps listed above are free.

VLC, for watching any video file on your computer or mobile device

VLC is the perfect app for watching any type of video. Unlike other apps that restrict the kind of file types you can play (we're looking at you, iTunes), VLC can play every single major media file format.

VLC has been around for 14 years, and is continually updated to stay relevant and add new features. Not just for the casual user, VLC also appeals to professionals.

Price: Free

Available on: Mac OS X, Windows, and Google Play (Beta).


ESPN ScoreCenter, for keeping up with your favourite teams

ScoreCenter is the perfect app for the sports fanatic. It provides fans with real-time scores and news right on your smartphone. You can personalise your scoreboard so you'll receive only scores and news that you care about.

Push notifications are supported too so you'll never miss updates on another big game.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS At Bat, for streaming live baseball games

With At Bat you can stream every single MLB game live to your smartphone or tablet.

customise the interface with your favourite teams or keep an eye on rivals.

The app provides breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters, and stats.

Price: $14.99 or a monthly recurring fee of $2.99, for the season.

*After the All-Star break the app drops to $9.99 for the remainder of the season.

**MLB.TV Premium subscribers receive At Bat 12 for free.

Available on: Android and iOS

Nike+, for keeping track of your fitness stats

Before Nike+ runners never really knew exactly how far they ran.

This smart app allows you to track your distance, calories burned, and pace.

The best part? All the information is logged across multiple runs letting you know how well you're doing.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS.

Watch ESPN, for watching ESPN live on your mobile device

WatchESPN lets you stream the cable network live to your smartphone or tablet. You can also go back and watch pre-recorded games and events on demand.

The catch: You must subscribe to a cable network that allows access to the app.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Yahoo! Sportacular, for getting live sports scores

Yahoo! Sportacular is a simple and fast alternative to ESPN ScoreCenter. The app provides users with customer alerts from all major sports including European football.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

There is also a Pro version (for iOS) that is available for $1.99, which offers an ad-free experience.


App In The Air, for tracking flight information

App in the Air is the perfect companion for anyone taking a flight. The app helps users to fly smarter by providing airport information such as the best restaurant and Wi-Fi locations. The app also helps you keep your friends and family updated by integrating Facebook and Twitter.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

Google Earth, for viewing the world in 3D

Google Earth takes satellite images and renders them onto a virtual globe. You can look up any address, landmark, city, etc. and get detailed information straight from Google.

The app just recently added a gorgeous new 3D view so you can see buildings and geographical features in stunning detail.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and PC.

Google Maps, for finding your way around

Where would the world be without Google Maps?

We would probably still be stuck with paper maps or even worse ... Map Quest.

Google Maps has made it possible to explore the country and easily secure directions at any time, all from your phone or computer.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS (pre-installed), and Web.

Hipmunk, for finding cheap flights and hotels

Hipmunk helps to make travelling easier.

The app helps you find the cheapest flight or hotel by displaying a clever interactive chart. It also makes booking easier. Once you've found the right flight, simply book it from your mobile device, email it to someone else, or finish booking on your desktop.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Kayak, for getting the best deals on flights

Kayak is one of the best travel comparison engines around. Users can search for deals on flights and hotels and after everything is booked, keep up with reservations and track flight status.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows Phone

TomTom/Navigon, for turn-by-turn GPS directions

Both apps eliminate the need for a traditional GPS device in the car. TomTom and Navigon both provide users with turn by turn navigation, and traffic re-routing.

TomTom stands out with social media integration, allowing users to find destinations based on Foursquare checkins. TomTom also supports 2D and 3D map display--including bird's-eye view--and integrates Google Local Search.

Navigon automatically switches between night and day mode depending on the time. The app also provides you with a speed assistant giving audio-visual warnings if you're going too fast. Best of all, you'll never miss an exit again because of the Lane Assist Pro feature.

Price: $49.99 (U.S.A version)

Available on: Android and iOS

Navigon: Android & iOS

Tom Tom: iOS

Uber, for hailing a cab from your smartphone

Uber's mobile app lets you request a private driver from any city the company services. You don't have to worry about cash because Uber will charge your credit card and email you a receipt. Tip included!

You really can just hop in, get driven to your destination and hop out.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Waze, for finding cheap gas and more as you travel

Waze is a GPS app with turn-by-turn navigation. It includes real-time traffic information and provides users with access to a social driving community. We love how the app alerts you of red light cameras, construction on your route, and even helps you find the cheapest gas prices.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, and iOS.

Zipcar, for renting a car from your phone

Zipcar's mobile app helps you to get wheels fast. The app will let you book a nearby car and even toot the horn or unlock the doors. No keys necessary!

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS


Adium, for chatting on your Mac

Adium is the Mac OS X desktop instant messaging champion. It's easy to use and syncs with AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Google Talk, and more. The app even integrates with your Mac's address book.

Price: Free

Available on: Mac OS X

AIM, for access to one of the most popular IM networks

AIM has been around since 1997, and is still going strong today. Although its popularity has since died down it is still widely used.

Today, the AIM app supports group chat and allows you to connect with Facebook Chat and Google Talk. AIM provides you with everything you're used to and even supports push notifications so you'll never miss a message again.

Price: Free

Available: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows

Apple Remote App, for controlling your iTunes library and Apple TV

The Apple Remote App turns your iPad or iPhone into a controller for your iTunes library and Apple TV. All you have to do is connect to your home's Wi-Fi network and log in with your Apple ID.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

The Fancy, for finding cool stuff to buy

Think of The Fancy as Pinterest meets Amazon. It's a clever and visual way to discover new stuff you may want to buy.

The Fancy is so cool that there are even talks of Apple buying the service.

Check out our walkthrough of The Fancy >

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

OpenTable, for making restaurant reservations

OpenTable is an online restaurant reservation service that has partnerships with more than 20,000 different venues.

On the fence about making your reservation? OpenTable gives you restaurant reviews and menu previews to help you make a decision.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Quora, for getting answers to your burning questions

Quora is a community of users that provide answers to popular questions. Ask a question and the community of experts will help you to get an answer. In addition to the question and answers, users can also follow topics they're interested in and learn something new.

Check out our walkthrough of Quora >

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

Seamless, for ordering food online

Seamless allows you to quickly order delivery or takeout from more than 10,500 restaurants in 45+ cities. The App is well designed and fully automated. You pay the bill and tip with your credit card, so even if you don't have cash on hand you can still get the food you want.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Wolfram Alpha, for getting intelligent answers to any question

Wolfram Alpha, the so-called 'knowledge engine' that helps power Siri on the iPhone, also has its own smartphone app.

The Wolfram Alpha app essentially takes the entire WolframAlpha site and crams it into your iPhone, iPad or Android device, giving you intelligent answers to your questions on the go.

Price: $1.99 (iOS) $3.99 (Android)

Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Nook.

Star Walk, for checking out planets and constellations

If you hold your iPhone up to the sky, Star Walk can tell you where the International Space Station is at that very moment. In addition, the app can point out stars, planets, satellites, and more in augmented reality.

Star Walk can even turn back the hands of time and show you what the sky looked like at any time during the past.

Price: $2.99

Available on: iOS

The Night Sky, a great visual of constellations

When has it ever been possible to hold a device up into the sky and be able to identify stars, planets, galaxies, constellations, and even satellites?

Since Night Sky debuted, that's when. This app uses your location data provided by the GPS and compass to brilliantly display outer space and its closest content.

This game-changing app has the ability to turn anyone into a pro star gazer.

Price: $0.99

Available on: Android and iOS

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