Category: Niche apps

NICHE APP: Coffee Roaster

This is a new Android app designed for people who like to roast their own coffee beans. It’s basically a coffee-themed notepad tool, which lets bean roasters record the results of their groundbreaking coffee-cooking experiments. Here’s the description: “If you like roasting coffee beans by yourself you probably take some notes during the roast process […]

NICHE APP: DishPointer Pro

We doubt this is much of a niche app, as we’d imagine there’s a pretty big crossover between Android fans and satellite TV hobbyists, but anyway. DishPointer Pro is a cool little “augmented reality” app that shows you where satellites are, so you can line up your own dish. Or just look at satellites. Ideal […]

NICHE APP: Anchor Alert

This Android app is for people who regularly need to place, secure and monitor anchors for ships and boats. The developer’s description goes into much more detail than we can comprehend, not being seafaring types. Here’s what Anchor Alert offers: Unlike other anchor alarms, Anchor Alert allows you to project an anchor position in any […]

NICHE APP: I Love You Jennifer

Right. This is it. This has to be the most NICHE Android app of all. It’s called I Love You Jennifer and yes, it’s been made by one man for the benefit of one person. Jennifer. Here’s the maker’s description: “This is a personal application. You probably don’t want to install it. “It is dedicated […]

NICHE APP: Windfinder Pro

This is an Android app for people who need to know where there’s some good wind. People like “kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors and paragliders” which we’d suggest is quite a small demographic, considering they also need to be Android-owning kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors and paragliders in order to download this. Here’s the app’s description: Wind, […]

NICHE APP: Metal Detector

At first glance I had assumed Metal Detector was another “joke” app for Android, like the many iterations of Gaydar, or the app that promised to turn the camera into some sort of X-ray device that would enable me to see through ladies clothing. Trust me, that one doesn’t work no matter how long you persevere. To my […]

NICHE APP: Pets of Kubota family

This is an Android app that displays photographs of the pets of one household. It’s pretty much an app designed for the immediate family and perhaps a few close friends of a handful of people that are acquainted with the Kubotas. This may well be the most niche app there could ever be. Here’s the […]

NICHE APP: Parking Lithuania

An app designed to help Lithuanian Android owners pay their parking fees by premium SMS message, we think. It’s quite a clever idea, to be fair – it would appear Lithuanian parking meters are rather more ‘smart’ than ours. Here’s the description: “Parking payment for Lithuania. Available in Lithuanian and English language (change in settings), […]

NICHE APP: FREE Iowa Fishng Regulations

Live in Iowa? Into fishing? Also into Android? Now that we’ve narrowed it down and got rid of all the casual readers, here’s the app for you. FREE Iowa Fishng [sic] Regulations. Is there a character limit on Android app names, or is that a genuine typo? Here’s the description: “A complete and convenient summary […]

NICHE APP: Pool Care, now updated with chemical dosage recommendations

Pool Care is a very niche app, so niche we can’t quite understand what its primary function even is. It seems to be based around monitoring the correct water and chlorine levels of your swimming pool, but not only that, it appears to support data for multiple swimming pools. Here’s the app’s description: -Ability to […]

  • Reviews

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      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 […]

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