iPhone : Tools

All the best iPhone apps and latest iPod apps, rated, 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
Anytune Pro HQ – Music Practice Perfected

Anytune Pro HQ – Music Practice Perfected

Although Anytune lacks the elegance and immediacy of Capo, it makes up for it with a strong and flexible feature set.

4
2

£11.49

2
bitly

bitly

We want much more analytics power, but it’s free and may prove useful for those who use bitly a lot.

3
2

FREE

3
Eisenhower

Eisenhower

A thoughtfully designed app, and one that really can help with your time management.

4
2

£1.99

4
Afterglow – Photo Editor

Afterglow – Photo Editor

A decent app, and something worth splashing 69p on if you’re bored of Instagram and Hipstamatic’s filters, but no great shakes.

3
2

£0.69

5
KitchenPad Timer Pro

KitchenPad Timer Pro

A must-have for the cooks out there – you’ll never burn anything again.

4
2

£1.99

6
Ita – Lists You Like

Ita – Lists You Like

Ita is an easy list maker and looks lovely, but it’s also not particularly powerful, and offers little over the built-in Reminders.

3
2

£0.69

7
Everyday

Everyday

Smart face-art idea effectively implemented, but version 1.0 remains buggy.

3
2

£1.49

8
Finger Focus

Finger Focus

An easy way to add artsy blur to your iPhone photos.

4
2

£0.69

9
GroupShot

GroupShot

It’s a shame about the low resolution, but this app is easy to use, and produces astonishing results.

4
2

£0.69

10
Magic Shutter

Magic Shutter

This app lets you take truly unique photos and is definitely worth a look if you fancy creating beautiful alternative images.

4
2

£1.99

11
CircleTime

CircleTime

CircleTime is confusing at first, but reveals itself to be a an interesting way of viewing your calendar. It might be overkill for many, though.

3
2

£0.69

12
Drafts

Drafts

An ideal app (and at an insta-buy price-point) for anyone whose life in part involves jotting down and sharing ideas.

4
2

£1.49

13
Camera Awesome

Camera Awesome

Slightly grabby with the IAP, but otherwise an excellent free photography app up there with the best of them.

4
2

FREE

14
Checkmark

Checkmark

It adds some clever features over its competitors, but it’s also lacking some. A good app, but not essential.

3
2

£1.99

15
Prospectus Library

Prospectus Library

This will be a four-star-plus app once more prospectuses are available. A brilliant idea.

4
3

FREE

16
Prizmo

Prizmo

This app applies OCR to everyday situations, with great results.

4
2

£6.99

17
Pris: A Unique Mobile Camera

Pris: A Unique Mobile Camera

Instagram enthusiasts will like its camera features, video enthusiasts will like its widescreen video. We like just about everything!

4
2

£1.49

18
Postage Rates UK

Postage Rates UK

A near perfect timesaver for regular eBayers and letter senders.

4
2

£1.49

19
Put Things Off

Put Things Off

Put Things Off isn’t bad, but it’s just not as good as its peers, such as the excellent Things.

3
2

£1.49

20
Portal: Full Screen Browser

Portal: Full Screen Browser

Some useful features and an innovative user interface, albeit one that’s not without its frustrations.

2
2

£1.49

21
Google Chrome

Google Chrome

It’s hobbled in a couple of important ways compared to Safari, but Chrome offers enough new features to win some people over – especially if you use the desktop version.

4
2

FREE

22
Gifture

Gifture

Gifture could be (albeit very limited, short-term) fun. But as it stands, it doesn’t work, so it’s no fun at all.

1
3

FREE

23
Collins: My First Dictionary

Collins: My First Dictionary

My First Dictionary is a reasonably priced, pleasant app, and a fun learning tool for children starting school.

4
2

£2.49

24
30/30

30/30

It can’t quite replace a regular to-do list, but 30/30 can really help you manage your time each day.

4
2

FREE

25
Any.DO

Any.DO

Free, beautifully designed, well thought-out and often ingenious. It’s not quite perfect, but it’s not far off.

4
2

FREE

26
Clear

Clear

We love the idea – Clear is visually stunning, and the UI is perfect for iPhone – but serious task masters need more robust tools.

4
2

£1.99

27
ZonkOut Timer

ZonkOut Timer

Taps into the sleep sweet spot in your iTunes library.

4
2

£0.69

28
AirDisk Pro

AirDisk Pro

A potentially handy app, currently held back by some stability problems.

3
3

£1.49

29
Print n share

Print n share

Difficult to set up, but once you’ve got it working, it offers a great range of print options.

4
2

£5.99

30
Quad Camera

Quad Camera

Make magical images with this super-fun camera app.

4
2

£1.49

31
pxl.

pxl.

The interface feels a bit out of place on iOS, but it’s a fun app, and produces interesting results.

4
2

£0.69

32
Nooka

Nooka

Nooka is a beautifully-designed novelty clock app with loads of customisation options. Very stylish and a lot of fun.

4
2

£0.69

33
Graffiti Me

Graffiti Me

Not an app most people are likely to use more than half a dozen times, but it’s reasonably well done.

3
2

£0.69

34
Classique Camera

Classique Camera

Save your money and go for Instagram, which is free and offers more filters. That is, unless you desperately want these effects for video.

2
3

£0.69

35
Convertr

Convertr

Convertr quickly converts values of all sorts, and the beautifully-designed interface makes it one of the most flexible we’ve seen.

4
2

£1.49

36
AntiCrop

AntiCrop

Mixed results are an understatement, only of use for the most clutter free of landscape shots.

2
2

£0.69

37
Cinemagram

Cinemagram

A superb way of capturing a moment, with an easy-to-use process – even if the app needs a little polish.

4
2

FREE

38
iDarkroom

iDarkroom

iDarkroom is terrific fun at a very reasonable price, though is limited overall

3
3

£0.69

39
Articles – The Wikipedia app

Articles – The Wikipedia app

A jewel of an app; we can’t wait to try the iPad version

4
2

£1.99

40
Evi

Evi

A promising Siri rival, if currently too unreliable to be a replacement instead of a companion app.

2
2

£0.69

41
Animoto Video Slideshows

Animoto Video Slideshows

You can create an unlimited number of beautiful 30-second slideshows for free. What’s not to like?

4
2

FREE

42
Capture – The Quick Video Camera

Capture – The Quick Video Camera

A good idea, decently implemented. We’d like to have seen more guidance on how video is saved

4
3

£0.69

43
Affagato

Affagato

It’s handy as a brief, pocket guide to all things coffee, but by no means perfect

3
2

£0.69

44
Audium

Audium

We can get behind hiding the Music app’s clutter, but Audium could do with settings to personalise its appearance and behaviour.

2
2

£0.69

45
Zapd

Zapd

Easy websites for everyone at light speed. It’s limited , but what it does, it does with aplomb

4
2

FREE

46
Disposable Hipstamatic

Disposable Hipstamatic

Great for sharing fun moments with friends, but it feels like the app isn’t quite finished yet

3
3

FREE

47
iBBQ

iBBQ

All you need to have a great summertime barbecue, packaged up in a thoughtful interface

4
2

FREE

48
Delivery Status Touch

Delivery Status Touch

Perfect for tracking post and courier deliveries from the palm of your hand

4
2

£2.99

49
Cueframe

Cueframe

A nice way to handle your task list, but it needs some polish

3
2

£1.49

50
2 Sugars

2 Sugars

Nice design, but it would benefit from a reminders function

3
2

£0.69

51
DocuSign Ink

DocuSign Ink

Not enough of a time-saver to really be worth the effort

2
2

FREE

52
GIF SHOP

GIF SHOP

Knock out animation in no time

5
2

£0.69

53
ZumoCast

ZumoCast

It’s so easy to set up and use; you’ll never be without a song or video again.

4
2

FREE

54
CoinKeeper: Budget and expense tracking

CoinKeeper: Budget and expense tracking

A brilliantly visual way to track your spending, even if it can be a little confusing at first.

4
2

£1.99

55
Big Lens

Big Lens

Useful on occasions, but ultimately the developer’s claims turn out to be hyperbole. The filters are fun, but you can get more from the free Instagram app.

3
3

£0.69

56
Adobe Carousel

Adobe Carousel

If you’re a pro out in the field hooking up your DSLR to your iPad, it’s worth a look, but iPhone-only users will be left disappointed

3
2

FREE

57
London Bus Checker – Live Countdown for Every Stop

London Bus Checker – Live Countdown for Every Stop

A handy app when you’re trying to get from A to B, although a little on the pricey side for simple info

3
2

£1.99

58
Dropbox for iPhone

Dropbox for iPhone

The free 2GB account may sound poky, but use it wisely and you may never have to pay to upgrade

4
3

FREE

59
4Eyes

4Eyes

A useful search tool, though it could do with an easier way to switch engines

4
2

£0.69

60
Philips BatterySense

Philips BatterySense

A piece of brilliant interface design, but the figures are not something to be relied upon

2
2

FREE

61
AirBoard

AirBoard

No more fights over who gets to stand at the whiteboard in meetings. Use AirBoard instead.

4
3

FREE

62
FILMiC Pro

FILMiC Pro

If you’re serious about using your iPhone to record video, this app will unleash your camera’s true potential.

5
3

£1.99

63
How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works

Great portal to the renowned website that covers just about everything.

4
2

FREE

64
Coffee Cellar

Coffee Cellar

An easy and pretty way for coffee connoisseurs to keep track of their favourite blends.

4
2

£1.99

65
SAS Survival

SAS Survival

There’s lots of good info here; it’s just not presented especially well.

3
2

£3.99

66
Keybox

Keybox

A simple and secure way of storing passwords, personal details and even images.

5
2

FREE

67
Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

This guides you every step of the way, from sowing seeds to harvest time. Fantastic.

5
3

FREE

68
AirBeam

AirBeam

Whether you use it as a tool or as a toy is up to you, but there’s no denying the usefulness of this app.

4
2

£2.49

69
Bento

Bento

A superb 1.0; it’s not perfect yet, but it’s very good, and a steal at £2.99.

4
2

£2.99

70
Don’t Get Me Wrong

Don’t Get Me Wrong

A good, fun idea, but the app is hampered by being incomplete – and occasionally wide of the mark.

2
2

£0.69

71
Day One (Journal)

Day One (Journal)

Obstacle-free note-taking with instant Dropbox sync. We like.

4
2

£1.49

72
Bistromath

Bistromath

It goes beyond anally retentive, but does a tricky job with elegance.

4
2

£1.99

73
Gorillacam Pro

Gorillacam Pro

It’s not all-singing and dancing, but it is free.

4
2

FREE

74
Monochromia – Black & White Photography

Monochromia – Black & White Photography

Simple, great value photo app for moody, thoughtful images.

4
2

FREE

75
Gibsons Learn & Master Guitar

Gibsons Learn & Master Guitar

Partly an advert, but the tuner is quite useful.

3
2

FREE

76
Foodspotting

Foodspotting

Tastily presented social app that presses the right buttons for food aesthetes.

4
2

FREE

77
Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation

A nice mobile version of Dragon, but speech recognition’s clunky edge is hard to ignore.

3
2

FREE

78
Super 8

Super 8

There are other ‘shoot with an old camera’ apps out there, but and extremely well done.

4
2

£0.59

79
eScrap App

eScrap App

You’re very own iPhone scrap book

3
2

FREE

80
Email ‘n Walk

Email ‘n Walk

To get adequate warning, you’d have to hold your iPhone at an odd angle.

3
2

£0.59

81
EyeTV by Elgato

EyeTV by Elgato

Little wrong with the app, though bandwidth can make the experience quite frustrating.

4
2

£2.99

82
Awareness

Awareness

A fantastic idea, but too much hassle to use

2
2

£1.19

83
0870

0870

A vital app for anyone calling an 0870 or 0845 number, despite its imperfections.

4
2

£0.59

84
8mm Vintage Camera

8mm Vintage Camera

If you’re looking for some fun effects to add while you’re recording video, this app works a treat.

4
2

£1.19

85
Capo

Capo

A simple app that only really does one thing, but Capo does it so well that it’s very hard to fault.

4
2

£2.99

86
Zumocast

Zumocast

Access all of your audio over Wi-Fi

4
2

FREE

87
You Gotta See This

You Gotta See This

A great idea, but the results are a big disappointment.

2
2

£1.19

88
Orange Do Some Good

Orange Do Some Good

Bite-sized volunteering you can do on the bus

5
2

FREE

89
PS Express

PS Express

Underpowered image editor sits uncomfortably on iPhone hardware

3
2

FREE

90
AirVideo

AirVideo

Huge file sharing and video conversions on the go

5
2

£1.79

91
SoundHound

SoundHound

Serious Shazam competitor that also does singing and humming

4
3

£2.39

92
Babbel

Babbel

Expansive vocabulary trainer lacking in polish

3
3

£8.95

93
Ringtone Designer

Ringtone Designer

Clunky ringtone app that’s more style than substance

2
3

£0.59

94
Skyfire

Skyfire

At what price Flash video on your iPhone

2
2

£1.79

95
remoteMouse

remoteMouse

Quick, cheap and easy alternative to an actual remote mouse

4
2

£1.19

96
Evernote

Evernote

The top jotter app for iPhone and iPod touch

4
2

FREE

97
White Noise

White Noise

Background noise to help you block out background noise

4
3

£1.19

98
Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Kindle comes to iPhone to oust iBooks

5
3

FREE

99
How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works

A nice addition for the curious iPhoner

4
2

FREE

100
Muybridgizer

Muybridgizer

If you fancy yourself as an arty photographer, the Muybridgizer will delight and entertain

4
2

FREE

101
Spirit Booth

Spirit Booth

Scare yourself silly by putting realistic looking ghosts and ghoulies into your photos

4
2

£0.59

102
Jamie’s Recipes

Jamie’s Recipes

The grinning Cockernee is back with yet another app for the iPhone

4
2

FREE

103
Moonpig

Moonpig

Moonpig has been around for almost a decade, with the card-personalisation service now getting a dedicated iPhone app

4
3

FREE

104
ForeverMap Europe

ForeverMap Europe

It’s a massive map of the whole of Europe that you can view when you are offline. What is not to like?

4
2

£2.39

105
Camera+

Camera+

One of the rare few camera apps for iPhone that is worth your money and your time.

4
2

£1.19

106
Things

Things

Need to organise your brain in a more productive manner? Let Things do it for you!

4
2

£5.99

107
WorkSnug Pro

WorkSnug Pro

If you freelance or regularly work on the move, then WorkSnug Pro is pretty much an essential app to help you find a suitable workplace nearby

4
2

FREE

108
Nigella’s Quick Collection

Nigella’s Quick Collection

TV’s sauciest cook makes her debut on the iPhone, in a bid to knock Jamie off the iChef throne

4
3

£4.99

109
Opera Mini

Opera Mini

A nippy mobile web browser that’s faster than Apple’s own Safari on iPhone

4
2

FREE

110
PhotoAvatar

PhotoAvatar

PhotoAvatar is one of the best photo manipulation games on the iPhone yet

5
2

£1.19

111
ZombieBooth: Alive in 3D

ZombieBooth: Alive in 3D

The latest fun photo-manipulation app from the Japanese wizards at MotionPortrait.

4
2

£0.59

112
iVideoCamera

iVideoCamera

An app that gives your iPhone 3G full video recording capabilities

3
2

£0.59

113
Snapture

Snapture

Snapture is the best iPhone camera app on the App Store, bar none.

4
2

£1.19

114
Photoshop.com Mobile

Photoshop.com Mobile

How to edit your iPhone snaps into better pictorial shape.

4
2

FREE

115
Bloom

Bloom

An ambient light and sound show from the brain of the mighty Brian Eno.

4
2

£2.79

116
VLC Remote

VLC Remote

Control VLC media player on your PC and Mac from the comfort of the couch.

4
2

£1.79

117
Brushes

Brushes

The ultimate iPhone app to bring out that paint-swirling artistic side of you.

4
2

£2.99