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Mobile phone apps worth a look

By Dan Simmons
Reporter, Click

More apps are being created for a variety of handset brands

I have picked out 30 handset applications (apps) I think are worth checking out, and split them by phone type.

I tried to give a guide price (as of 9 July 2009) and include some free mobile apps.

Some of the apps for one phone type may be available on other platforms as well.

Take a look at some of the apps you have been recommending to us at the bottom of this page.

You can also view what Click's Twitter followers have been recommending by searching on "#bbcapps" at Twitter.com or using a Twitter mobile client, such as Twitterrific.


Shazam - music identifier (Free)

MBox - Easy to view Hotmail client (£5.99)

Twitterific - Tweet from your mobile (Free)

OffMaps - Download maps to view offline (£1.19)

Sonifi - Remix and add DJ effects to music (£2.99)


Skyfire - Fast web browser (Free)

Joikuspot Premium- Turns phone into Wifi hotspot (£12.99)

Flip Silent (Free) - puts a phone in silent mode when turned over

Qik - Share Live Videos (Free)

Mobisystems OfficeSuite - Office tools for Word, Excel etc.. (£17.99)


reQall - Intelligent memory jogger (Free)

Viigo - News, RSS feed, Podcast aggregator (Free)

Best Blacklist - Automatic call rejection by user or time (£3)

eyeCall - Control incoming calls with gestures (£4)

MSN/Yahoo Messenger - Free to chat Instant Messaging clients (Free)

Windows Mobile

Opera Mini - Fast fully-featured web browser (Free)

SPB Shell - Customise the look of your Windows phone (approx £18)

Evernote - Capture whatever you find, wherever you find it (Free)

MyMobileR - Remote control and copy files between PC and phone (Free)

PocketGoo 2 - Make comical changes to your snaps (apx. £7.50)

Google Android

Call Recorder - records phone calls (£1.99)

Photo Safe - protects pictures with password (Free trial version or $1.00 / around 62p)

Twidroid - Tweet from your phone (Free)

Astrid Task - Task manager offering geo-notification (Free)

MyTracks - Records your position, altitude and orientation (Free)


These apps work on the above platforms plus many other models too.

Snaptu - Platform that supports wide variety of widgets and apps (Free)

showZu - Multimedia & blog sharing platform (Free)

Your comments received via e-mail...

It's on BlackBerry App World and it's a totally free app named Call Time Tracker. It allows the user to tag their calls to clients and projects enabling them to easily get more billable time and to recover more of their mobile costs.
Terry Hughes, Calgary Canada

Done is a fantastic to-do list for the iPhone - a bargain at 59 pence. I use it every day.
Dave Hornsby, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Twikini is a very simple, fast and reliable Twitter app for Windows mobile. It's less then £5 to buy a licence.

Also, GPS Today is an integrated GPS app that combines weather, search and navigation features. This one is free.
Brian Rossiter, Plymouth

Wunder Radio (£3.99) gives comprehensive access to radio stations worldwide. It has various bit-rates to suit internet connections.

Nearest finds the geographically closest taxis, cashpoints, restaurants etc, at the press of a button. It's free.
Mike Willshaw, Hebden bridge, W. Yorkshire

Wake On Lan wakes your PC up via your mobile, turn the PC on while still in bed and by the time you have made the coffee it's all booted up.
Steve Barlow, Worthing, Sussex

Aroundme on iPhone uses GPS to locate everything around you from public toilets to movie cinemas, cafes and police stations.
Tim Elwin, Sydney, Australia

Nimbuzz is a free mobile chat application that supports all major brands. Chat while on the move on Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk etc.
Al Mamun, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Map My Tracks is a comprehensive activity tracking app that works across Nokia, Blackberry and Sony Ericsson devices.

It lets you share your sporting activity with others in real-time and makes it easy to compare your performance over time to see if you are getting fitter. It's free to download and use offline or for one hour a month.
Nick Tatt, Whitstable

I use TweetDeck for Twitter. It's great for managing several Twitter accounts at the same time and is available on the iPhone.
Helen Fairclough, London

The best mobile application so far is Fring. I use it in my Nokia E71. Once you log into Fring, you can talk with all your online buddies on Skype, Yahoo, MSN, GoogleTalk, Twitter and so many others including Facebook.
Vipula Ranjith, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Molad 2 is a free calendar of the Jewish year with festivals works on mobile Java. Of specialist interest, but you can add latitude and longitude to get accurate timings for dusk and dawn. Also, you can add personal dates on Jewish Calendar.
Nick, UK

'Get me home-London' app - type in to and from locations and this Android app will access transport for London website to give you the quickest route via tube or bus. Simple.
Antony Wilson, London

Google Voice Search is good for the Android phone and it's free. I haven't not found anything as good as that on any computer or other mobile,
Martin, UK

PhoneLocator is a free app for Symbian phones that identifies phone location should it be stolen and also identifies where friends are.
Steve Wood, Kingston upon Thames

Top-Tens [in iTunes] allows users to keep tabs on the top 10s of their favourite hobbies, interests or pastimes, like top 10 songs on iTunes, books in Amazon, online deals, etc.
Rod Cambridge, London

Your comments received via Twitter...

Tristan_nl: WMWifiRouter - it turns your Windows Mobile phone into a wireless hotspot!

djmadlogic: for the iPhone - Twittelator, Shazam, Sirius XM, Hot 97 FM, and SlingPlayer Mobile.

avalorestudios: Pocket Napoleon - Napoleon Dynamite Soundboard.

kbray: Tweetie is the best Twitter client for iPhone. Bento, IM+ and Byline are also all fab apps. Fring for Nokia.

1Rebs: don't forget to include Viigo for BlackBerry - as a news junkie I couldn't wish for more. Boredom is a thing of the past!

petrie911: check out iMated, brand new this week.

brixtondawg: #bbcapps skyfire looks rather good on my E51.

rsjhayes: Sonifi is so cool.

vdomaratsky: the best app for Nokia s60 is Gravity (Twitter client).

joycekev: @BBCClick #bbcapps Google maps, Skype and RSS feeds on the INQ1.

HeddiCundle: reQall for best mobile app! Helps me remember all my tasks and they've just released a new version for iPhone 3.0.

froward1: Snaptu - the mobile gateway to the internet.

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