Free games, tools and productivity apps for you to sample.
3. K-9 Mail
This mail programme offers an alternative to the pre-installed software. The interface is tidy, using only white and primary colours, and most of the standard email features are there, though the ability to delete multiple emails at once is not as flexible as on other apps. Users can add email accounts using the IMAP, POP3 and Exchange protocols, meaning you can manage emails from work and home.
4. Open Sudoku
Open Sudoku is a minimalist puzzle app, eschewing the pretty graphics and numerous features of other games for a simple experience. Preloaded with 90 puzzles, players can choose between a pop-up or embedded interface for putting in numbers. As with other Sudoku apps, incorrect values and completed numbers are highlighted, with the time taken displayed in the top left corner. The graphics are rather drab, with only three boring themes to choose from, but for the purists this offers all you need.
Tinfoil is a "wrapper" for Facebook’s mobile site that protects a users privacy by preventing others from tracking your browsing history. Some might regard it’s aim as a bit paranoid (hence the name), but the extra protection does not come at any extra cost, and the interface is slightly dinkier than the official app. As evinced by some user reviews, it’s not without the odd bug, but if you can tolerate that it’s a neat alternative.
This selection may appear strange for those who have never heard of alternative keyboard layouts such as Dvorak and Colemak. The QWERTY keyboard that likely sits before you now was in many ways designed to be inefficient, slowing down typing speeds to prevent jams on typewriters. Though the problem is less significant on mobile, it’s nice to be able to use the same layout across systems.
This little app only does two things: turn your phone’s light on and off. What more do you want from a torch?
This little note-taking app is based on a desktop programme called Tomboy, giving you the option to sync notes between devices. On mobile the interface is clean and easy to use, allowing you to write and manage your notes without fuss.