Category: Good Apps


BT Fon’s an odd little Android app. It doesn’t really offer much more than a graphical front end for your Android phone’s Wireless & Networks management tab, but it does offer to let you auto-connect to BT’s national network of wi-fi hotspots. There’s also a clever little option to have the app always connect to […]


This is the simplest app we’ve yet featured. No Lock has just the one function – disabling the swipe unlocking requirement of Android 2.x handsets. Once installed, you stick a widget on the Home screen and use it to toggle the screen lock on and off. That’s all it does. Basically it lets you turn […]

Review: BBC iPlayer on Android 2.2

This is slightly old news to those of you on the BLEEDING EDGE of Android, but if you’re in possession of a phone upgraded to Android 2.2 and loaded with the final version of the Flash Player, you’ll be automatically redirected to the BBC’s hot new mobile version of the iPlayer site. So we thought […]

GOOD APP: Runner

Exercise, I am reliably informed, is apparently a good way to “lose weight” and “get fit”, as well as “not get diabetes”. With this in mind I have recently taken to wheezily jogging around my estate of an evening, but as you can imagine this was not before an enormous amount of procrastination. Choosing the correct […]

GOOD APP: London Cycle Hire

London’s about to embark upon a massive experiment, where thousands of bikes are left about the city for users to pick up, and then hopefully not throw into the Thames in a drunken rage at 3.45am when the poppers start wearing off. There are a few apps already out there offering to show you where […]

GOOD APP: First Aid

First Aid is designed to help you follow the right procedures in an emergency medical situation, or support others who are doing so. Using short texts, pictures, and links to some nicely produced YouTube videos, this app explains how to deal with almost every imaginable emergency, from allergic reactions to poisoning and even electrocution. In […]

GOOD APP: Where's My Droid?

Studies show that a mobile phone spends at least 2% of its lifespan down the back of a sofa or under a shopping bag in the car, while its owner scrambles around the house trying desperately to find it. If you’re silly enough to put your phone on silent, you won’t even be able to […]

GOOD APP: ADW.Launcher

It’s a pretty HUGE understatement to call ADW.Launcher a mere app, as the tool basically reskins your entire Android phone in one swoop, bringing numerous customisation options to the desktop setup. You’ll be most impressed by ADW.Launcher if you’re coming to it from one of the vanilla early versions of Android like the commonplace 1.6, […]

GOOD APP: SquirrelCam

SquirrelCam is, as hopefully you’ve already subconsciously realised, a webcam that’s pointing at a squirrel and you can look at it through your Android phone. Yes, that’s all. If it’s not working, heed the advice of the maker – “If image is black, it’s probably nighttime”. Here’s the description: “Watch live video from a webcam […]

GOOD APP: Flip Clock Widget Large

If you’re stuck on a ‘vanilla’ version of Android and are lusting over the delicious HTC Sense flip clock that’s EVERYWHERE, here’s a nice solution – Flip Clock Widget Large. It’s a… you can guess. It’s a new, larger, 4×2 icon space version of the same developer’s older Flip Clock Widget. Install it on your […]

  • Reviews

    • Sony Xperia Z2 review

      This is Sony’s latest go at producing a high-spec Android flagship model, with the Xperia Z2 ticking every one of 2014’s must-have tech bullet points. It has a large 5.2-inch 1080p display. It has the hot new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset inside. It has a massive 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It’s […]

    • LG/Google Nexus 5 review

      Nexus 5It’s smooth to use, the 1080p display is sharp, clear and bright, the device is extremely light and thin and therefore very pocketable and portable — much more so than other 5-inch phones we’ve used. And yet… we’re a bit unimpressed by the overall package…

    • Vodafone Huawei Ascend G510 review

      Huawei Ascend G510A relatively high-spec smartphone, with a 4.5″ display running at 480 x 854 resolution and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, plus the Ascend G510 arrives running Android 4.1.1 — albeit potentially hindered by Huawei only sticking 512MB of RAM inside it..

    • Kogan Agora 5.0" Dual-core Smartphone review

      We bought one of these using our actual money. We couldn’t quite believe that budget hardware maker Kogan was able to sell a 5″ Android phone for £119 plus delivery from Hong Kong so had to get one to have a look at the thing under our usual LABORATORY CONDITIONS. First impressions of the Kogan Agora […]

    • Panasonic Eluga review

      Panasonic ElugaThe Panasonic Eluga marks the company’s return to the European mobile phone scene years after several years of absence, and it’s come back to us with a moderately high-spec Android model that features a rather stylish, slim case.

    • HTC One V review

      The HTC One V is HTC’s third entry in its high-profile new HTC One range, offering a smaller 3.7″ display running on a single-core 1GHz processor. It is is very much the “affordable” option in HTC’s newest Android series, but it still arrives running the same HTC Sense 4 interface we saw in the excellent […]

    • HTC One S review

      The HTC One S is the piggy in the middle of HTC’s 2012 line-up, offering a 4.3″ AMOLED display inside a very slim and stylish aluminium chassis. You get the same ImageSense camera technology as employed to such great effect in the HTC One X, along with Android 4.0.3 and the very latest HTC Sense […]

    • HTC One X review

      Here it is then, HTC’s new quad-core monster, the 4.7″ flagship for 2012 that introduces the Tegra 3 processor to mobile phones, updates HTC’s range to Android 4.0 and brings us the supposedly streamlined version 4.0 of HTC’s Sense user interface. You also get a fantastic 8megapixel camera that we’ve previously examined in great detail, […]

    • HTC One X review: Camera, photo and video samples

      HTC’s new quad-core flagship phone doesn’t just feature Android 4.0, a 4.7″ display and Nvidia’s newest Tegra 3 chipset – there’s also an entirely new 8megapixel camera in the phone, powered by a system HTC is calling ImageSense. And this camera is one of the many highlights of the new Android phone, offering the perfect […]

    • Sony Xperia S review

      Xperia S Sony returns with an all-new mobile design for 2012, pairing a dual-core processor with a 720p display. It’s a lovely phone, but is it enough to end our Samsung and HTC obsession?

    • Sony Xperia S review: Camera, photo and video samples

      We’ve spent most of the last week captivated by the staggeringly sharp screen of the new Sony Xperia S, while putting together what will hopefully be something resembling a review for you all to read very shortly. In the meantime, to be getting on with, here are a few sample photos and videos, taken using […]

    • LG Prada 3.0 review

      LG Prada 3.0 review LG’s updated Prada phone comes with an absolutely crazy black & white theme, but is it just for fashionable suit wearers who want to make themselves look a bit more interesting?

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Tough Case for Galaxy Nexus

      £30? For a phone case? It had better be good.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Samsung Official Mesh Vent Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Samsung’s official Galaxy Nexus case. Costs a lot. Has a glittery little logo.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Barely There for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      Fresh from reviewing the cheap and cheerful FlexiShield case for the Galaxy Nexus, we’re back with another protective offering from industry veteran Case-Mate. Although this particular product retails for around the same price as FlexiShield’s TPU option, it’s quite a different proposition. Review submitted by extremely patient retro gaming advisor Damo. As the name suggests, […]

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: FlexiShield Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Seeing as we’ve just reviewed the brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus, we’re in the mood for some accessorising – and we don’t mean earnings and handbags. To that end, we’ll be covering a few Galaxy Nexus-themed items over the next few weeks, starting with the FlexiShield Case. Review submitted by reader, writer, gamer and occasional […]