Make the most of your smartphone or iPad with these top apps that will help you discover, share and experience more
Band of The Day If you’re an audiophile who craves new music, or you just want to hear something fresh, this app is a must-have: every day you’ll be introduced to one great band from anywhere in the world. The app is free to use for a week, after which you’ll need to subscribe, but it’s still worth paying for. Dhs4 per month; Dhs37 per year. Available from iTunes, www.apple.com/itunes.
Our Choice Winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award, Al Gore's Our Choice is interactivity at its best. Gore surveys the causes of global warming and presents insights and solutions already under way: narrative blends with photos, graphics, animations, and engrossing documentary footage. All profits are donated to the non-profit Alliance for Climate Protection. Dhs18. Available from iTunes
Google Translate Translate anything from one language to another just by speaking or typing it – the app supports 58 languages, and you can access your translation history when offline. Free. Available from iTunes
Papercut This one takes stories to a new level. Short stories by authors Richard Beard, Nadifa Mohamed and Laura Dockrill are transformed into an interactive, multi-sensory reading experience. Expect videos, animations, sounds and more. Dhs22. Available from iTunes
Sleep On It Not getting enough sleep? Created by MedHelp, this not only lets you record your sleep, it also enables you to add info on sleep quality, moods, and more, so you can see what affects your slumber. Android users: check out Sleep as an Droid, which tracks sleep and wakes you gently with nature sounds. Sleep On It: free. Available from iTunes. Sleep as an Droid: free. Available from Android Market, market.android.com.
Nokia Maps One of the best map apps around, Nokia Maps (formerly Ovi Maps) includes voice-guided navigation for pedestrians and drivers, with maps of more than 180 countries in 46 languages including Arabic. In the UAE, there’s also a real-time traffic service. Free. Available from the Ovi Store, store.ovi.com
Sky View Even if you were never a budding astronomer, Sky View is a fascinating little app that’ll teach you some great facts. Point your iPhone camera at the sky, tap on what you see and discover little-known facts about satellites, stars and more. The visuals are amazing: the app blends the camera view with 3D graphics. Dhs7. Available from iTunes
WalkAndWrite Tired of tripping over things while trying to walk and write text messages at the same time? This wonderful app uses your phone’s camera to show you where you’re going while you type (the view from your camera appears as a faded background behind the message). Free. Available from Samsung Apps, www.samsungapps.com
Foodspotting Everyone’s heard of cookery website Epicurious (it boasts more than five million recipe downloads and is still going strong), but what about those who are too lazy to cook our own dinners? Unlike most food sites, Foodspotting members don’t review restaurants, but rather recommend individual dishes. You can use this app as a visual guide to good-looking dishes in Dubai. Free. Available from Apple iTunes, Android Market, Windows and soon for BlackBerry
Flipboard Recently named Apple’s iPad App of the Year, Flipboard is a beautiful way to flick through your favourite photos, videos, news and updates. Being able to view your social media in a magazine layout may not seem particularly revolutionary, but you’ll be surprised how fun and customisable this app is. Free. Available from iTunes
Time Out Dubai For Apple Free
Our very own app will keep you up to date with everything happening in Dubai – this little gem lets you know the best places to shop, eat, and go out at night. With reviews from our critics, as well as top 10 lists letting you know the swankiest places to go in Dubai, this app is a must have for anyone who is anyone in our city.
Search for ‘Time Out Dubai’ on the iTunes Store.