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The New Essential Apps March 2012

iPhones. iPads. Android. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favourites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!

The Best iPhone Apps March 2012

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Sparrow: Finally, email that doesn’t suck. The biggest beneficiaries of Sparrow will be iPhone owners who use Gmail. Like Google’s own “app”, Sparrow brings support for priority inboxes, the ability to star and label messages, and offers up a threaded view far better than what you get in Apple’s mail app. $2.99.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you’re not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Angry Birds Space: Even if you’re totally over the Angry Birds phenomenon, whatever, get over your overness cause it ain’t dying. The latest Angry Birds is the same idea as the classic ones but also the biggest departure from all that came before. You’re in space! Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Fitocracy: A fun way to work out! Sort of. The app tracks your workouts and activity, letting you manually enter your crunches, squats, runs and trots to score points. It turns those activities into a game where you can earn badges and advance through levels, and also compete against others on a level field. So, for example, even though you may be hitting the heavy bag, you can still compete with somebody doing kettle bells and have equivalent scores. Free. [imglear]

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Frameographer: Frames automates the laborious part of stitching together still-frame iPhone images into a video — whether it’s a time lapse or a stop motion video is up to you. Open Frames up, start a new project, and hit the familiar-looking camera button to start recording. $2.99.

Visit our updated list of the Best iPhone Apps right here.


The Best Android Apps March 2012

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

Zite: It’s a personal magazine app that customises its content just for you. It learns what you like from your Google Reader and Twitter account and displays stories you’d probably ejoy reading. The app gets bette the more you use it, as it becomes more familiar with your tendencies. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

TED: TED talks are some of the best content the internet has to offer, bar none. And though you might want to watch them in deep concentration and free from distraction, peeping it on your Android phone is as convenient as you can get. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you’re not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Angry Birds Space: Even if you’re totally over the Angry Birds phenomenon, whatever, get over your overness cause it ain’t dying. The latest Angry Birds is the same idea as the classic ones but also the biggest departure from all that came before. You’re in space! Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Temple Run: The uber popular Temple Run is now on Android. Which means you can try to reach millions and millions of points by running, jumping, sliding, using powerups, escaping monkeys and more. It’s an incredibly addicting endless running game that’s more fun than endlessly running in real life can ever be.

Visit our updated list of the Best Android Apps right here.


The Best iPad Apps March 2012

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

Paper: Made by the guys who were behind the ill fated Microsoft Courier, Paper is a gorgeous sketchbook and note-taking app that uses its instruments amazingly well. If you want to draw, Paper will make you look good with fountain pens, watercolours and more. If you want to write, your stuff will look legible. Fantastic app. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Longform: If you’re favourite thing to do on the iPad is read, you owe it to yourself to get Longform. It’s an app that culls all the great longform writing from places like Esquire, The Atlantic, Grantland, The Awl and more into one app. There, all the great pieces can be read uninterrupted and in your hands. Just like reading should be.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

iPhoto: iPhoto, miniaturised, wants you to do a lot more with your photos: crop them, change contrast, apply “cool vintage Instagram-ish nostalgia filters” (not an actual quote), and other manipulation basics. It delivers on this. You can do these things.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Better Bacon Book: It’s a bacon recipe cookbook for the iPad that’ll up your taste for the tastiest cured meat in the world. If you think bacon is just some crinkly blood red rubber from Denny’s (delicious rubber it may be), you need the Better Bacon Book. It’s got 20 HD videos and 150 high res pics to get your mouth salivating and 31 original recipes to make you earn it. $5.49.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you’re not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Appetites: A dead easy way to learn how to cook because the recipes are broken down step-by-step. Each bite sized video will get you closer to biting something you made, with your own hands and growing chef skills. In-app purchase get your more recipes but the app comes with 30 (eight hours of video content). Free.

Visit our updated list of the Best iPad Apps right here.


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