Most Favorite Miscellaneous Apps For Your Smartphone – November 2012 (Part 1)

12/6/2012 9:18:06 AM

1.    Chameleon Launcher

Price: $9.5.

Tablet: Android

If Android is too cluttered for your liking, this Kickstarterfunded homescreen might be the solution. It isn’t cheap, but it lets you add resizable widgets to its customisable tablet desktops, and has a more professional look than most. However, that’s only the beginning. Create one panel with your work email and corporate Twitter feed, and another with your home accounts, then set conditions for each. So if you’re on the office Wi-Fi, your work panel shows up; after 6pm, the home one becomes default. It’s a wonderful way to use your tablet for work and play without mixing the two.

Description: Chameleon Launcher for Android Tablets

Chameleon Launcher for Android Tablets

2.    Chrome

Price: Free.

Phone: Apple, Android

Tablet: Apple, Android

This year has seen Google’s browser launch first on Android and then on iOS. Its main strength is synchronisation: open tabs on a work PC, continue working in them on the train home on your tablet, then access them again on a home laptop. This seamless working has quickly made it a favourite in the PC Pro office, even though the iOS version lacks some of Safari’s integration with the rest of the OS.

3.    FileBrowser

Price: $4.5.

Phone: Apple

Tablet: Apple

No-one likes syncing their iPhone because of iTunes. With FileBrowser, you can move files on and off your iOS device another way, albeit with restrictions. It can see your Photo Library and your iTunes sync files by default, but you can use your own folder to store files, and copy them to and from any network-connected device for which you know the address. It requires tech knowledge, but with Dropbox integration for an extra 69p, and the ability to stream files to your phone, it’s Android-esque feature adding for iPhone and iPad users.

4.    μTorrent

Price: Free.

Phone: Android.

Tablet: Android

We only condone this for legal uses, of course, but popular peer to peer service μTorrent is now an Android app. It has all the features you’d expect, including customisable upload and download limits, TCP port selection, subscriptions and more.

5.    Traffic Monitor

Price: Free.

Phone: Apple, Android, Blackberry

Tablet: Apple, Android

From the plethora of data-tracking apps, this one from RadioOpt wins our vote for its multiplatform operation and clean UI. It keeps an eye on your Wi-Fi and 3G data usage, warning when you hit selected daily or monthly thresholds. Android users get the better deal: their version breaks that traffic down by app.

6.    Prey Anti-Theft

Price: free

Phone: Apple, Android.

Tablet: Apple, Android

Open source app Prey protects your phone or tablet (or laptop). In the event of theft, it can use GPS to provide a location, deactivate it via text message, and notify you if the SIM is replaced. A camouflage mode hides Prey from savvy thieves, and pro accounts enable features such as constant hardware tracking, reporting options and real-time device management.

7.    NoLED

Price: Free

Phone: Android

Tablet: Android

NoLED is for Android devices that lack notification LEDs (it was created for the Samsung Galaxy S). Whenever you receive a new notification such as a new email or text message NoLED places a small colour coded dot (or icon) on the standby screen, so you can see at a glance if you have pending messages or appointments. Battery consumption will vary depending on your device, but with a non-backlit AMOLED screen, it shouldn’t be high.

8.    Clear

Price: $2.5.

Phone: Apple

To-do list apps are ten a penny, and it comes down to which one you like the feel of. Still, this minimalist iOS app is as effortless as they come. Create, delete and clear items with simple swipes, and drag items up and down in the list to keep your priorities in order. And that’s it. It’s a doddle to learn, and its colour coded entries give a suitable sense of urgency to your tasks.

9.    LastPass Premium

Price: $18/yr

Phone: Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows

Tablet: Apple, Android

With a lower (albeit recurring) price and wider platform support than 1Password, LastPass is a worthy alternative. Plus, it’s free on the PC. Enable its two-factor authentication, and its one-time passcodes for use on public PCs. Just be aware that the app is less intuitive than 1Password’s, and the desktop browser plugins are far less polished.

10.  1Password

Price: $10.5.

Phone: Apple, Android

Tablet: Apple

Description: 1Password


If we could use only one password management system across our devices, it would be 1Password. Whether it’s the basic app for iPhone or the Pro app that also supports the iPad, it offers the most intuitive way to use a different, randomised password for every site you visit without having to remember them. Combine it with the desktop software for Windows and Mac, which can store credit cards, passport details and even personal notes, and you have the ultimate password solution. Our only gripe is the cost the desktop version is $50 which is why we’ve also included LastPass on this list. Note the free Android app is only a password reader.

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