Android : Tools

Maximise your Google Android phone with the best Android apps reviewed and ready for download.

The best tools apps to organise your files, de-junk your phone, manage your time and all sorts of other tech-tricks to smooth the kinks in your digital life.

1
Chrome
4
2

FREE

2
The Trainline

The Trainline

Will this train app de-rail the opposition?

4
2

FREE

3
Nocs

Nocs

Simple but excellent configuration app for your Nocs headphones

5
3

FREE

4
Firefox for Android beta

Firefox for Android beta

Foxy – you bet, welcome to mobile browsing of the future

5
3

FREE

5
Smart Tools

Smart Tools

Measure for measure, the best tool-based app on the market

4
3

£1.60

6
Isle of Wight Festival 2012

Isle of Wight Festival 2012

Your guide to all the island’s festivities

4
3

FREE

7
StreamZoo

StreamZoo

Insta, who? Instagram has sold out so is StreamZoo its replacement?

4
2

FREE

8
National Rail Enquiries
3
2

FREE

9
Sky Cloud

Sky Cloud

Impressive app to get you Wi-Fi on the go

5
3

FREE

10
Llama

Llama

A stunning freebie app that’s a must for all android users – this little gem allows you to activate apps or actions based on your location.

5
2

FREE

11
Aurasma Lite

Aurasma Lite

Aurasma brings static images to life, via the magic of augmented reality

4
2

FREE

12
Instagram

Instagram

Old-school photography gets a new school makeover

5
2

FREE

13
Photo Movie Creator

Photo Movie Creator

Won’t make you Kubrick, but still decent

4
2

£1.99

14
Cartoon Camera

Cartoon Camera

Will make your face look more than a little funny

3
2

FREE

15
Easy Battery Saver

Easy Battery Saver

Brilliant app which actually works

4
2

FREE

16
Frame Grabber

Frame Grabber

Finally, something original on Google Play

4
2

£2.49

17
Transparent Screen

Transparent Screen

Genius idea works pretty well in practise

3
2

FREE

18
Paper Camera

Paper Camera

Not exactly a camera made out of paper but as near as darn it

5
2

£1.19

19
Tablet Keyboard

Tablet Keyboard

It’s a keyboard for your, er, tablet

4
3

FREE

20
AirSync by Double Twist

AirSync by Double Twist

Wirelessly sync your music to your Android device

4
2

£4.99

21
Hooked

Hooked

App that gets you hook, line and sinker

3
2

FREE

22
Skitch

Skitch

We can see why Evernote was interested in this app

4
2

FREE

23
Lovefilm By Post

Lovefilm By Post

Movie service finally comes to Android but where’s the streaming?

3
2

FREE

24
Out Of Milk Shopping List
4
2

FREE

25
WebMD

WebMD

Doctor, doctor I have an app in my hand

4
2

FREE

26
Catch Notes

Catch Notes

Note-taking app hits the right note

4
2

FREE

27
Iris (alpha)
3
3

FREE

28
Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

An app to advise you on trips

3
2

FREE

29
iSyncr for PC (Mac version also available)

iSyncr for PC (Mac version also available)

Sync iTunes playlists, rate music and build playlists directly from your device.

4
2

£1.99

30
PocketCloud

PocketCloud

Access your computer, files and desktop apps securely from your mobile device.

4
2

£9.51

31
Ringdroid

Ringdroid

Create ringtones from your own music library, or record new ones on the fly!

4
2

FREE

32
Symphony of Colours

Symphony of Colours

Beautiful Colours hidden in the shapes. Touch and feel.

4
2

FREE

33
Photowall Upgrade

Photowall Upgrade

Show your gallery and Facebook photos right on your wallpaper!

3
2

£0.59

34
Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder

Do we really need to explain what this one is about?

4
2

FREE

35
Pixlr-o-Matic

Pixlr-o-Matic

Camera app that will pimp out your images for free

4
2

FREE

36
Miren Browser

Miren Browser

Superb mobile browsing experience that is everything you want

5
2

FREE

37
Memory Booster

Memory Booster

Thanks for (freeing up) the memories

4
3

FREE

38
Wikidroid for Wikipedia

Wikidroid for Wikipedia

Wikipedia on the move has never been so easy.

5
2

FREE

39
Chordbot Pro

Chordbot Pro

This app is an excellent companion to any song-writing musician.

4
2

£3.00

40
Thesaurus Free

Thesaurus Free

The adverts are annoying, but other than that this is a decent free app to help you spice up your vocabulary.

3
2

FREE

41
Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security

Seeking to protect all of your most prized smartphone belongings, Lookout Mobile Security is another app hoping to provide the entire security experience.

5
3

FREE

42
Obenkyo

Obenkyo

Learn Katakana, Hiragana and up to 2200+ Kanji

5
2

FREE

43
SafeWallet

SafeWallet

SafeWallet encrypts your most valuable codes and documents, keeping them safe from prying eyes.

4
3

£2.44

44
CNET Reviews

CNET Reviews

Great for when you’re on-the-go and need a review delivered straight to your phone.

3
2

FREE

45
Google Chrome to Phone

Google Chrome to Phone

Sharing content between Google Chrome and your Phone made fast and easy.

5
2

FREE

46
MiniNote

MiniNote

If you have a fondness of scribbling down random thoughts or things you need to do on random pieces of paper, MiniNote could be the app equivalent.

4
3

FREE

47
Calendar in Status Bar

Calendar in Status Bar

With its Ronsonesque title, this isn’t an app that’s liable to confuse anyone as to its purpose.

3
2

£1.00

48
Survival Manual

Survival Manual

Download the US Army Survival Manual to your SD card before heading out on that trip to undiscovered country.

3
2

£0.62

49
Calculate by QxMD

Calculate by QxMD

Proving that apps do a little more than break up a mundane day, Calculate by QxMD provides point-of-care information to help aid professionals in the medical industry.

5
2

FREE

50
Sketchbook Mobile

Sketchbook Mobile

This app is a veritable touchscreen etch-a-sketch with the ability to craft pretty much everything you desire.

4
2

£1.20

51
Wi-Fi Analyser

Wi-Fi Analyser

A great free app that gives you the power to keep an eye on the status of your Wi-Fi network.

5
2

FREE

52
Bluetooth File Transfer

Bluetooth File Transfer

Funnily enough, this app is dedicated to Bluetooth file transfers. It does the job pretty well, but a few frustrations may take the smile off your face.

4
2

FREE

53
ezPDF Reader

ezPDF Reader

Price point aside, there is a lot to like about this PDF reader as it provides a great UI and some useful features.

4
2

£1.18

54
Root Explorer

Root Explorer

Once you’ve recovered from the disappointment of finding out this isn’t a dentistry simulator, you should be pleasantly surprised by the powerful file manager you find instead.

4
2

£2.40

55
Insight Timer Meditation Timer

Insight Timer Meditation Timer

A simple but effective app that provides you with crystal clear chimes for timing your yoga.

3
2

£1.21

56
Jorte

Jorte

Jorte aims to the give you the feel of a paper personal organiser on your Android smartphone.

4
2

FREE

57
Antivirus Free AVG

Antivirus Free AVG

Great antivirus app to keep your smartphone protected from internet nasties.

5
2

FREE

58
AudioManager Pro

AudioManager Pro

Makes sound management easy, but doesn’t supply a wealth of features and struggles to justify the ‘Pro’ moniker.

3
2

£1.99

59
Do It (Tomorrow)

Do It (Tomorrow)

Always looking for a workaround rather than work? Then this is for you

3
2

FREE

60
Portal Soundboard

Portal Soundboard

Former PC/console soundboard mini-game revitalised

3
2

FREE

61
Cycle Hire Widget

Cycle Hire Widget

Locate the nearest bike hire points to your location, wherever you are in the world

5
2

£1.75

62
Job Search

Job Search

Straightforward job search engine that gives you instant access to all sorts of potential employment opportunities

5
2

FREE

63
Go Launcher EX

Go Launcher EX

Automatically sorting out your life, Go Launcher EX creates shortcuts for all your most frequently used apps

5
2

FREE

64
Ultimate Guitar Tabs

Ultimate Guitar Tabs

A polished guitar app with access to around 300,000 tabs

4
3

£1.85

65
Retro Camera Plus

Retro Camera Plus

Convert all your pics into old school style photographs

3
2

£1.85

66
Audiogalaxy

Audiogalaxy

Transfer all your tracks from your desktop to your phone completely for free

5
2

FREE

67
Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Brush up on your diction and find out more about the words you use or if you feel like it, look up some new ones.

4
2

FREE

68
UK Driving Theory Test

UK Driving Theory Test

A really rather quality and handy tool to assist you pass the dreaded theory test

5
2

£3.08

69
Fretter

Fretter

Get to grips with complex chords on your guitar. With video demonstrations and chord playback, it’s the perfect way to learn some of those more obscure chords.

3
2

£1.68

70
Samsung Smart View

Samsung Smart View

Turn your Samsung Galaxy S2 into a TV

4
3

FREE

71
Subsonic Music Streamer

Subsonic Music Streamer

It’s not the slickest but it is a very competent streaming app.

4
2

FREE

72
MyView: Player & Server

MyView: Player & Server

Video streamer that has a few flaws

3
2

FREE

73
Voodoo Control

Voodoo Control

An audio improvement tool for your Samsung Galaxy S that is definitely worth a download.

4
3

FREE

74
WordReference.com Dictionaries

WordReference.com Dictionaries

This app gives you access to WordReference’s popular dictionaries on your phone.

4
2

FREE

75
ES Security Manager

ES Security Manager

ES Security Manager is fairly basic, but nonetheless is a very useful free app for protecting your Android smartphone.

4
2

FREE

76
3G Watchdog Pro

3G Watchdog Pro

Very handy app that tracks your data usage, so you will never go over your limit again.

5
2

£2.02

77
Documents To Go 3.0

Documents To Go 3.0

This app allows you to view Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files for free on your Android smartphone.

4
2

FREE

78
QuickPic

QuickPic

This picture gallery makes sorting your photos a doddle. Just don’t expect it to do much else.

4
2

FREE

79
British Airways

British Airways

Updated app, offers boarding pass access and more

4
2

FREE

80
PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia

Add effects to your photos with this easy to use app.

3
2

FREE

81
How to Tie a Tie

How to Tie a Tie

Neck wear got you in a twist? This app will help.

3
2

FREE

82
NHS Direct

NHS Direct

Doctor, doctor, I’ve got a strange case of appi-ness

3
3

FREE

83
Office Calculator Pro

Office Calculator Pro

Calculator purpose built for office life.

4
2

£1.14

84
Arcus Dictionary

Arcus Dictionary

A portable dictionary that’s easy to use.

4
2

£0.87

85
Camera 360

Camera 360

Camera effects app for Android.

3
2

£2.47

86
Music Ringtone
1
2

FREE

87
Sonos Controller

Sonos Controller

Control your Sonos music streaming through this handy Android app

4
2

FREE

88
UniQPass: Password Wallet

UniQPass: Password Wallet

Virtual wallet to keep all your credit card information safe

4
2

£1.49

89
Street View on Google Maps

Street View on Google Maps

Give Peg Man a new mobile home and invite Street View to your smartphone

4
3

FREE

90
Wikitude World Browser

Wikitude World Browser

Augmented reality app on steroids

4
2

FREE

91
Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Ultimate reference guide and pedant magnet

3
3

FREE

92
Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals

Food for thought Mockney-style, with this recipe app

4
2

£2.99

93
SoundHound

SoundHound

Sniffs out music so you don’t have to use your brain

4
2

£3.12

94
Vignette

Vignette

Pimp out your pictures with mountains of effects

4
2

£2.49

95
Picplz

Picplz

Camera app that makes images better and sending them easier

4
2

FREE

96
Thrutu

Thrutu

Allows you to phone someone and still use your phone

4
3

FREE

97
Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

The ultimate phone-photo pimping app

5
3

FREE

98
NASA Spinoff

NASA Spinoff

Want to know what space tech is in your household objects? This app will tell you

3
2

FREE

99
Google Goggles 1.3

Google Goggles 1.3

Goggles turns middle-aged, kills off sudoku fantatics everywhere

4
2

FREE

100
Launcher Pro

Launcher Pro

Change the look and feel of your Android UI in super-quick time

4
3

FREE

101
British Library: Treasures

British Library: Treasures

Hoards of information from one of the most respected institutions in the world

3
3

FREE

102
Tabby (beta)

Tabby (beta)

Guitar tabs on your Android device – now you can strum on the go

3
2

£0.61

103
Google Maps 5

Google Maps 5

Maps gets a marvelous 3D makeover on Android

5
2

FREE

104
Sound Cloud

Sound Cloud

Listen to the sounds in the cloud

3
2

FREE

105
Appsfire

Appsfire

App recommendation engine comes highly recommended

4
2

FREE

106
Picsel Smart Office

Picsel Smart Office

Microsoft Office compatibility comes to Android, with great results

4
2

£5.99

107
Google Reader

Google Reader

Google’s news aggregator finally comes to Android

4
2

FREE

108
Slice It!

Slice It!

Use your finger to slice objects the right way

4
3

FREE

109
Google Translate

Google Translate

Ich bin ein translation tool, sil vous plait

5
2

FREE

110
StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

Find apps and sites by simply pressing a button

4
2

FREE

111
WinAmp

WinAmp

The daddy of media players shows the rest how it’s done

4
2

FREE

112
8pen

8pen

Offers up a new way to type, but is it for the mainstream?

3
2

£0.99

113
Notes

Notes

Create ransom notes on your Android device

3
2

FREE

114
Floating Image

Floating Image

Turn your photo album into a floating screensaver

2
2

FREE

115
Skype

Skype

The Daddy of VoIP comes to Android

4
2

FREE

116
Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha

Forget search, with Wolfram Alpha it’s all about computational knowledge

3
2

£1.25

117
Retro Camera

Retro Camera

Easy to use camera app which allows you to take old-school images

5
2

FREE

118
gStrings

gStrings

Accurate tuner for use with any instrument you can think of.

4
2

FREE

119
Official eBay Android App

Official eBay Android App

Bid for goods straight from your phone, check you have won that all-important thing you probably don’t need.

4
2

FREE

120
LogMeIn Ignition

LogMeIn Ignition

Want remote access to your PC at home from your mobile? With LogMeIn, you can

4
2

£19.20

121
Camera Zoom FX

Camera Zoom FX

Turn your standard Android camera into a feature-toting super snapper

3
2

£2.99

122
Album Art Wizard

Album Art Wizard

Stops your music collection from looking dull and lifeless

4
2

£1.68

123
My Perfect Egg Timer

My Perfect Egg Timer

Cook your eggs to perfection, with this time-sensitive app

3
2

FREE

124
Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus

Job-hunting made easy with this innovative, easy to use app

2
2

FREE

125
Advanced Task Killer

Advanced Task Killer

Turns off the apps which are drinking up too much of your phone’s battery juice

4
3

FREE

126
Evernote

Evernote

Make the ultimate to-do list with text, images and files so you don’t forget anything ever again

4
2

FREE

127
Plink Art

Plink Art

If you can’t tell you Da Vinci’s from your Rembrandt’s then Plink Art, the visual search engine, is for you

3
3

FREE

128
Opera Mini 6 beta

Opera Mini 6 beta

Super-speedy web browser which crunches pages into a manageable size for your phone

5
2

FREE

129
Google Voice

Google Voice

Search Google by using your dulcet tones – just make sure you speak clearly

3
2

FREE

130
Car Locator

Car Locator

Ever parked your car, gone somewhere only to come back and forget where your car is? If yes, this is the app for you.

5
2

£1.31

131
WordPress

WordPress

The most popular blogging site comes to Android, allowing you to update your own blog whenever you want.

4
2

FREE

132
Google Goggles

Google Goggles

An app for the illiterate or those too lazy to type, Goggles allows you to Google the world around you using just images taken on your phone.

4
2

FREE

133
Qik Video Camera

Qik Video Camera

Want to send video from your phone via your social-networking sites? Then Qik can help.

3
2

FREE

134
Voice Recorder

Voice Recorder

Turn your mobile into a voice recorder. It’s much cheaper than a dictaphone and you will be able to store the audio on a computer.

3
2

FREE