The once humble app has now blossomed into a full blown technology tree. No company that considers itself remotely trendy is complete without at least some sort of app. They have become the favourites of time wasters and travellers alike, some are genuinely useful, others are tower defence games. Either way, hours will be wasted.
This year alone has seen an almost infinitely long list of apps released, not easy to whittle down to anything like a top five. The nominating however has to be done as the 8th Pocket-lint awards are almost upon us. To help you along the way we have a little round up of this year's nominations. Read on to find out more.
Garageband on the Mac has long been the go to software for podcasters and amateur music producers alike. When the Apple iPad 2 was announced, Apple revealed it would be making its way onto the tablet in app form. Since then it has been responsible for countless hours of backseat irritation to parents who handed their iPads to kids on long journeys. The drums alone are capable of causing an immense amount of distress.
In all seriousness however, it is a brilliant mobile editing tool and works as a great way to podcast straight from your iPad. It has also just made an appearance on the iPhone 4S, making portable editing even easier.
Sky Go was a means to getting access to proper Sky channels on your Mac and PC. It then arrived on the iPad, bringing with it a Sky experience on tablets and one of the best ways of viewing media on your Apple device. You got Sky+ like functions, with live pause and play buttons as well as a proper channel browser.
Video quality impressed, as did the smooth and slick functionality of the app. Better still, you could in theory use Sky Go as a sort of multi room setup all for the price of one subscription, as you could use it on iPad, iPhone and Mac or PC.
Onavo is a means of saving money abroad. It is simple yet very effective, avoiding hefty network roaming charges by squashing data and then streaming it through its own servers. The app does this by installing a profile onto your phone.
Pictures might seem a little fuzzy and not everything will be as high res as you might hope, but the money saved is more than worth it. You can also leave the service on or stop it whenever you want, great for those who have a rather tight data package.
There had to be a game in there and what better than the innovative Contre Jour? With rather special art direction and a unique gameplay style, it was one of our favourite gaming apps this year. We particularly liked the colour scheme, doing justice to the rather lovely Retina display on our iPhone 4s.
Ultimately it is a great pick up and play app, putting a bit of strain on the brain as you try and work out the route for the games's character Petit. Things don't ever get tough enough for you not to want to pick at another level, meaning you can easily dive in and out of the app.
This year's Windows Phone entry comes in the form of RunKeeper. The app has being keeping the likes of Pocket-lint in relatively good shape for a while now. It works by measuring activity in virtually any form, be it running, swimming or cycling. You can use GPS or set things manually and it will keep track of how much exercise you have done, even keeping a total in your WP7 live tile.
A post run history is a good way of showcasing your finest moments as well as planning out future adventures. Good stuff for WP7 aficionados, particularly how slick the app looks, which contributes to the general good looks of the OS.
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