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The New Essential Apps May 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 May 2012

It’s the start of a new month, and that means it’s time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Who made the cut?

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The New Essential Apps May 2012

Facebook Camera: Facebook gave us a clue as to why it made that billion dollar Instagram purchase when it dropped this photo app. With it you can upload multiple images at a time, view images and add filters. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

Clueful: You want to know exactly what your apps are up to — and Clueful will tell you. It’s kind of like a bouncer for your iPhone, letting you know which ones are sneaking into your contacts, tracking your location, following your ad targeting and doing other things without permission. $4.49.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

The Weather Channel: The app we’re probably already all using was just updated in a big way. It’s been completely redesigned with a beautiful new interface that displays the radar map and temperature more prominently, and includes social integration. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

Squrl: We all know the pain of staring at the TV with nothing to watch. This app will aid you in your time of need, putting video content from around the web together with your social networks to make suggestions of shows and clips it thinks you will like. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

iTranslate Voice: This app will speak Spanish and 30 other languages for you, even if you don’t even know the word for “hello”. Simply speak a phrase you want to translate, and it will say it back. So the next time you’re travelling in Germany and you think you’re lost, this iTranslate Voice can help you ask a local for directions. $0.99.

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


The Best Android Apps May 2012

It’s a new month and that means new apps.

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The New Essential Apps May 2012

CoinKeeper: Know exactly what you’re spending with this finance tracking app. It’s been on iOS for quite a while, but it landed on Android just this week. You’ll have your finances organised easily and quickly, so you won’t get that panicky feeling when the first of the month rolls around and you’ve got a bunch of bills to pay. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

Grill-It: Cooking snags this weekend? Grill-it will make sure you don’t screw it up. It gives you lots of recipes and helps you with technique as well. No one’s going to leave your cookout hungry (or food poisoned). $0.99.

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


The Best iPad Apps May 2012

Here are the iPad apps you should download this month.

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The New Essential Apps May 2012

Sketchbook Ink: When Apple announced the new iPad back in March, it hyped some forthcoming apps on it too. One of those was Sketchbook Ink, which hit the App Store this week. It lets you can create full-colour drawings using your finger, and it’s optimised for that shiny new retina display. $1.99 (special introductory price).

The New Essential Apps May 2012

ooVoo: Skype might be your proxy video chat service, but it taps out at a maximum of 10 people on one call simultaneously. To expand your party line, try ooVoo. It links up with your Facebook friends list to let you talk with a maximum of 12 friends at once. They don’t even have to have ooVoo installed, just access to Facebook chat. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

Jetpac: Be careful, because this app might trigger a case of wanderlust in you. It displays your friends’ best travel photos and lets you upload your own as well. You can see where your friends have visited, get holiday tips and make a list of all the places you want to go. Free.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

Spotify: At long last, an iPad version of Spotify is finally available. In a clean, visual package, it gives you all the all of the familiar parts about Spotify you love, like music discovery, playlist creation and access to what your friends are listening to. Subscription.

The New Essential Apps May 2012

WorldMate: If you travel a lot, it’s hard to keep track of all of your connections, hotels, flights and overall schedule. This app is a comprehensive tool that helps you manage your trips, with currency converters, tip calculators for different countries, local searches powered by Yelp, and itinerary sharing. It’s like a concierge on your tablet. Free.

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