A Grab Bag of Apps For All OS Flavors

A Grab Bag of Apps For All OS Flavors

Jason Rodway
Oct 24, 2011

Looking for some recommendations from the latest releases in the mobile app department? Here's a few we thought, you, our readers would like to download and load up with, including free GPS, bringing Siri-ious help to Android, or opening the window to mixtapes to your WP7 device. In other words, we've got options whether your favoured flavor is nutritious as an apple, sinful as an ice cream sandwich, or exotic like a mango....

Left: Waze GPS & Traffic - Right: Adobe Reader

iOS:
Waze GPS & Traffic
The iOS App Store is expanding at a rapid rate and as a result users are either blessed (or spoiled) with choicec. GPS Apps are in constant competition, but the Waze app isolates itself in a category of its own by incorporating social features (and free price). Waze users will are notified of heavy traffic, speed traps, and other hazards by communicating with the network of other Waze users. The app also features live mapping, Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook integration. Free

Adobe Reader
Until now, reading PDF files depended upon using a 3rd party PDF reader or iBooks. Adobe finally has released their own Adobe Reader App. Curiously, the app not compatible with older iOS devices (iPod Touch 3rd Generation and iPhone 3GS are as far back as it goes.) There are a healthy amount of options and ways to interact with documents such as printing wirelessly via AirPrint; open and send via e-mail, bookmarks and PDF encryption. If what you need is strictly a PDF reader App, this is an app we'd load up. Free

Animoog
Into synthesizers? Is your iPad a music making tool? Animoog is the new heavy hitter in the digital music making category. Powered by Moog's new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), the app is loaded with a dynamic array of sounds to tap into. Whether you're a beginner or a pro (Animoog is also compatible with Midi controllers), the interface is easy to delve into, if not to simply experiment and have fun experimenting with. On sale now for $1.00, Regular $30

Left: WolframAlpha - Right: Sky Scanner
Android: WolframAlpha WolframAlpha is essentially the Siri experience without the speech interface. WolframAlpha answers questions and queries you may have and does so with a simple interface. This Android version is nowhere as intuitive to use as Apple's version, but it's still quite handy for those looking for help in the realms of finance, math, and medicine. $2.00

Sky Scanner
With the holiday season impending and travelling by air is a necessity for some, Sky Scanner is perfect for maximizing savings by finding the cheapest flight possible. It's not limited to just one country and brings every available flight across the spectrum to find the best price. Whether its on the fly or booked way in advance this App makes travelling by flight a less stressful affair. Free

Left: Mixtapes - Right: WhatsApp
Windows Phone 7: Mixtapes There are those who thrive by complete control over their music and there are those who go wherever the wind takes them. Mixtapes may appeal to the latter, as it plays music catering to your personal tastes, alongside those with similar musical preferences. The app features a deep link into the Zune Marketplace, permitting musical exploration similar to Spotify or Pandora, making Mixtapes a worthy download for music lovers looking for native releases of those services. Free

WhatsApp
Data based messengers are all the rage these days and stealing Blackberry's thunder. But as good as iMessaging or BBM is, the limitations are the single platform channel. WhatsApp has been making the rounds around all the smart phone OS's and now has landed on WP7. Being cross-platform, users can save money on text messaging with this app not stifled by platform. The WP7 version is early on right now, but with every download means increased support, so if you can lend a hand it doesn't hurt to try it out. Free ($2/a Year after)

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