Every weekend we meet at NextPit to review and discuss my picks for 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught my eye on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Every week, I do my best to bring you the best new apps that never eavesdrop or never end microtransactions. In addition to my own discoveries, I’ve also included gems discovered by the NextPit community that were shared with us on the forum which I’m glad to invite you to check out when you have the time.
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are 5 free and paid apps for Android/iOS that NextPit recommended this week.
We’ll start with a productivity app on iOS that claims to give you more information about different events across your calendar(s).
Want to know how much time you spent in video meetings at work or how many times you went to the gym in the last month? CalStats syncs such statistics with your existing calendars and calculates the events you want using only your preferred keywords and time periods in order to provide you some statistics.
You can view your stats in graph form, track your goals by time period (week/month/year), and even export them in CSV format for use in the spreadsheet editor of your choice. The app costs $1.99, and I would only recommend it if you take your productivity seriously and want to improve your workflow to create inspirational LinkedIn posts about the world of work.
- Price: $1.99 / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Required
Skip the instant ad
This Android app takes advantage of accessibility features to automatically skip ads that appear on Instagram. You know, those sponsored posts that are a nuisance in your schedule?
Basically, the skip instant ad feature will automatically scroll to the bottom and skip the sponsored post. If a targeted ad based on data collected by Instagram is so relevant that it matches one of your needs or wants, rest assured, you will be able to scroll up to view it.
The app requires permission to control your device (via Android’s accessibility settings) in order to perform the “swipe” gesture, but I always find it difficult to grant such blanket access to a third-party app.
- Price: Free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: Yes, $2.99 per year (Pro version) / Account: Not required
This note-taking app for iOS has found its place in this choice as it is a very powerful text editor that features many features that will improve your note-taking experience.
The layout options are very complete, it gives very good mathematical support for handwriting and the ability to add all kinds of attachments is another great plus. The Pro version is unlockable for $2.99 (one-time purchase) and I’m going to stop here not to take on another note-taking app that does its job well but won’t change your life.
- Price: Free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: Yes, $2.99 (Pro version) / Account: Not required
This Android app is supposed to train you to read faster. Apparently, the average person can read 150 words per minute. Speedread offers you a number of news articles that you can read word for word at a rate of between 100 and 500 words per minute, depending on your level.
The amount of text the app offers leaves little to be desired in terms of thematic and ideological diversity, but you can also import your own texts for even more variety.
- Price: Free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
Moncage is a puzzle game and the first game developed by Optillusion, an independent studio. The game takes place in a cube that you can rotate, and each aspect of it displays unique images. To solve the puzzles of the game, you will have to rotate this cube in order to align the pictures on each side and, through the game of perspective, assemble a more complete picture.
Each time you succeed in solving the puzzle, the whole picture will then be shown as the story unfolds further. It’s nice looking at both the graphics and the atmosphere, and the optical illusions concept is an original one with surprisingly intuitive gameplay. The game is worth its 3.79 euro price tag, in my opinion.
- Price: $3.79 (Android), $3.99 (iOS) / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
What do you think of this week’s pick? Have you already tried any of the apps on this list? What will your application be this week?