Apps Worth Paying For
With so many apps around it can be tough to choose the ones that you really want. And given that some apps are free and some are paid, well, the free ones do tend to get the most attention. However, there are a handful of apps that we really think are worth the investment, depending on your needs as a mobile user. Thinking about spending a couple of pounds in the app store of your choice? Then check out these apps that we really think are worth the price…
Podcasts are the new… um, the new podcasts, we guess. After fading almost into obscurity for a while, podcasts are now back with a vengeance, and if you’re into casting then Pocket Casts is an app that you’re really going to want to shell out for.
With Pocket Casts you can easily search and find podcasts, subscribe to those you like, get recommendations based on what you’ve already listened to, and so much more. Even better, it synchs your podcasts to all your devices (there’s a desktop version too), so you’ll never have to search around for the parts you haven’t heard yet.
With a smooth, intuitive interface, Pocket Cast is well worth the price (and it’s a one time price, not a monthly subscription fee) if you regularly listen to podcasts. It’s a handful of pounds, depending on your operating system, and is available for Android, iOS, Windows, and, of course, that desktop version too.
Mobile touch screen keyboards aren’t necessarily the best for writing long missives, and if you’re a budding author then you might just be plugging in a regular keyboard, or heading back to your laptop to get things done. But there are other options, and one of the best and most critically acclaimed of these is Swype.
Swype has been around for a while and has a ton of features, but basically it’s a keyboard that allows you to type on screen without having to lift your finger. Yes, there’s a definite learning curve involved, but once you’ve practised a bit typing is far faster than using the normal method.
There’s also some nice extra features in Swype too, like voice dictation and handwriting recognition. If you find yourself needing to type a lot on your phone or phablet, then Swype is worth the couple of pounds it costs for the vast amounts of time it’s going to end up saving you (not to mention the frustration you won’t need to deal with). It’s available for both iOS and Android phones.
Most of us these days have a whole bunch of devices and a whole bunch of different accounts, from emails to Facebook and messaging apps, and don’t forget those handy food delivery service accounts too. One of the problems with having so many accounts floating around is trying to remember all your user names and passwords. You don’t want to write them down, of course, and you can’t use the same password for all of your accounts (no, really, you can’t, it’s very unsafe…).
That’s why there’s LastPass Premium. This app remembers all your login information for you, so you don’t have to. It’s completely secure and you can add as many different accounts as you need. LastPass works by synching to all your devices and remembering your info for you, then when you need to log in to something, say, Facebook, you just enter your LastPass name and password and the app does the rest of the work for you.
Perfect for business people, the security conscious, those with bad memories, and those that have tons of social media accounts, LastPass Premium is really the way to go for password security. It is a yearly subscription service, though it costs only a few pounds (there is a free version but it doesn’t synch across devices, which is inconvenient to say the least). It’s available for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry.
Star Walk is… special, and kind of hard to describe without sounding boring, except it’s not boring, trust us. The app basically looks at the night sky above you and overlays it with information about what exactly you’re looking at. It’s sort of like a planetarium in your pocket. Don’t like the outdoors? Not a problem, Star Walk will show you the sky above you based on your location, wherever you happen to be.
This is one of the cheaper apps on our list, and in our opinion really is worth paying for, even if you don’t fancy yourself as an amateur astronomer. Star Walk is oddly addictive, incredibly interesting, educational and just downright fascinating. It’s also available for both Android and iOS.
Drive a relatively modern car? Then Torque is going to end up paying for itself. The problem with more modern vehicles is that they come with a computer diagnostic system, and that makes it tough for the every day Joe to figure out what’s gone wrong in the event of a break down.
But invest in Torque (it’s a few pounds), and a dongle that will attach to your vehicle (slightly more expensive, depending on your car model) and you’ll be able to see exactly what’s gone wrong and where. Torque even translates the computer’s diagnostic codes into everyday language for you.
If you’re an amateur mechanic, Torque is awesome, but even if you’re not, Torque will give you the info that you need to be able to walk into the garage and get what you want fixed (rather than what an unscrupulous mechanic might think should be fixed). Really, Torque is an investment, and is one of the only apps on our list that could end up saving you more than you spend on it. It’s available for Android only.
There are actually a fair few more paid apps that we could add to this list, though some are pretty niche products. Musicians will love AmpKit +, for example, whilst the business people amongst you should check out Evernote Premium for all your organisational needs. Runtastic Pro is certainly worth paying for if you’re a fitness fanatic, whilst White Noise is perfect if you’ve got sleeping difficulties.
All in all this comes down to how you use your phone, there’s something out there for everyone. So don’t just skip over the paid apps in favour of the free ones, there are some out there that really are worth paying for!