5 apps worth downloading this week

first_img12 Days of GiftsFor: iOSCost: FreeWhy should I care?- If you’re an iPhone user and you haven’t been availing of Apple’s Christmas app, get on it now.- 12 Days of Gifts offers you paid apps to download for free between 26th December to January 6th.- The apps offered are only free on the day so having notifications switched on so you don’t miss them is a good idea.- Quality of apps can be hit and miss, some days you get something like Broken Sword or Toy Story short movies, other days you’ll get songs from Maroon 5.- Still, you’re getting paid apps for free so there’s very little to complain about.(Image: 12 Days of Gifts/iTunes)DipticFor: iOS, Android, Windows Phone Cost: €0.99 for iOS, €0.75 for Android, Free for Windows PhoneWhy should I care?- If you’re the kind of person who loves creating collages, there are many good apps out there but Diptic is probably one of the more consistent examples out there.- Diptic provides both a large number of layouts, and a vast number of adjustments so that your collages look perfect before they’re published.- Using it is a breeze and it manages to cram a lot of features in without overwhelming users, which is impressive in itself.- You can purchase additional layouts, but unless you’re very particular about how your photos are placed, the basic ones are more than enough.- It just arrived on Windows Phone, where users get it for free. iOS and Android users aren’t so lucky.(Image: Diptic/Windows Phone) EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.We’re going to assume that you already have a lot of the most popular apps, so let us do the hard work for you and pick out the latest apps that are deserving of your time.This week features a new and intuitive lock screen for Android users, a native Gmail client for Windows Phone users and a classic PS2 game arriving on the small screen.Cover (beta)For: AndroidCost: FreeWhy should I care?- One of Android’s strengths is that you can customise both the lock screen and extra screens, but most of the time, you will want to access the app proper.- Cover is currently in beta mode, but is a very intuitive app allowing you to switch between apps without unlocking your phone.- Replacing your current lock screen, it learns what apps you use the most and sets it up so that they’re only a swipe away.- Switching to and from apps is also handy.  All you have to do is swipe down from the top-right hand corner when you’re in an app.- If you use your smartphone or tablet for work, it can present you with relevant apps suitable for each place.(Video: Cover for Android/YouTube) GTA: San Andreas For: iOS (Android & Windows Phone out next week) Cost: €5.99Why should I care?- Vice City is usually the favourite GTA game, but San Andreas is wacky and never takes itself too seriously which makes it fun.- It was released in 2004 meaning it’s almost ten years old. Let that sink in for a moment.- On the game itself, it’s been modified for touchscreen players, meaning there’s two separate control systems for driving and moving as well as a more forgiving checkpoint system.- Probably the exciting part is that for iPhone users, it’s compatible with iOS controllers. We’re going to assume/hope that the Android and Windows Phone version will get similar treatment.- Only iOS version is out now, Android and Windows Phone will be out next week.(Video: PlayscopeTimeline/YouTube)MetroMailFor: Windows Phone Cost: €1.49Why should I care?- If you’re heavily reliant upon Gmail, either for work or personal reasons, MetroMail brings the experience to Windows Phone.- A lot of work has been put into the app, It’s been built from the ground up, meaning it integrates with WP perfectly.- Pretty much every major feature associated with Gmail can be found here.- It’s only the first version, with the developer hoping to add extra features like drafts and attachments support.- The native mail app is still good, but if you use Gmail for work or personal use, you should give it a go.(Image: MetroMail/Windows Phone)Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 7th Dec >Read: Smartphone users are 33% more likely to fall victim to identity fraud >last_img read more