Category: Good Apps


You may remember we got rather excited about gvSIG Mini last week, thanks to it letting us browse UK Ordnance Survey maps for free on any Android phone. Sadly, the OS maps used by gvSIG weren’t the best on offer – which is where OS Atlas comes in. We’re not sure what the correct mapping […]

GOOD APP: Make It Default Browser

Can you guess what Make It Default Browser does? Yes, we suspect you probably can – it makes Opera the default browser on your Android phone, if you were so impressed by Opera Mini 5 that you want to use the over-complicated, oddly-rendering browser as your Android default web reader instead of the standard Android […]


This little independent production popped up on the Android Market earlier today, and fills a massive gap – by providing a simple, searchable database of train departure times. You pick your journey’s start and end station, then up pops a list of times and all the stations called at along the way by the next […]

GOOD APP: AutoRotate OnOff

Good lord, and to think all this time we’ve been suffering from the PAIN and INDIGNITY of having to manually stop the display rotating automatically by holding our phone at a funny angle. And then AutoRotate OnOff came along. Look at the awesome simplicity of this: That’s our new all-time favourite app screenshot! AutoRotate is […]

Digg launches its Android app

It’s here. In a blog post yesterday, Digg announced the arrival of the official Android version of its app, little over a week after it arrived on iPhone, bringing the all-powerful news source to Android phones and replacing the tired old web interface that used to greet mobile Diggers. The comments from users on the […]

GOOD APP: Cricket Live Score Alerts

A chap who’s clearly INTO cricket sent us a little heads-up about new app Cricket Live Score Alerts, which… you can probably guess. It updates match scores every five minutes via a widget, meaning you can keep tabs on events throughout the day. For those of you who work in OPPRESSIVE working environments where it’s […]

GOOD APP: Sensorly, for crowd-sourced local network data

Sensorly is a seriously clever app, and exactly the sort of innovative tool Android was made for. The app measures network connection types and signal strength wherever you are, compiling the data and sending it off to a central server, where it’s collated, chucked over a map and sent out to other users. The end […]

Get your iTunes music on your phone with MP3tunes – and 50GB of cloud-based storage

We’ve just had an email from MP3tunes, telling us all about its clever way of synchronising your iTunes account with your Android phone. It works by uploading your iTunes library to a “cloud” server it calls your personal Locker, then streaming low-resolution copies of the music files to your phone – and letting you sync […]

GOOD APP: Clipper, clipboard manager

Yes! We’re long-time users of various clipboard management tools on PC, with the way they conveniently backup all your CTRL+V text-copying action to a file for easy retrieval making life so much easier – and now there’s a decent clipboard tool on Android in the form of Clipper. It’s a very simple app that stores […]

GOOD APP: BBC News Listen & Tweet

A bizarre clash of the old and the new, this one, with the BBC News Listen & Tweet app combining a live streaming feed of the BBC’s famed World Service radio offering with… a collection of Tweets that mention the BBC. It is an app that both you and your Grandad can enjoy. It’s technically […]

  • 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 […]