Apps to make you ‘appy

These days there’s an app for just about anything and the YOURLifeChoices team loves a new app. But which ones made our list of top ten of favourite apps.

These days there’s an app for just about anything and the YOURLifeChoices team loves a new app. But which ones made our list of top ten favourite apps?


star walk logo

 Star Walk
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: $2.99

One of the most beautiful apps around, Star Walk lets you see the stars at any time of the day or night. By just directing your iPhone to the sky you can see the stars, constellations and satellites you are pointing at on your iPhone screen in real time. Star Walk is an interactive star atlas which allows you to see the sky as it is, or to plan future stargazing with its calendar of celestial events. You can also see what the sky looks like at any moment in the past or future by using the time machine function.


20 minute meals logo 20 Minute Meals - Jamie Oliver
 Platform: iPhone and Android
 Cost: $8.49

Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals app is delicious in every sense of the word. It has 60 recipes which are easy to make and appetising and it costs less than a recipe book. Each recipe has instructions and step-by-step photos and there are plenty of videos with useful kitchen tips and tricks. You can also add ingredients from the recipes to a shopping list and then organise the shopping list by supermarket sections. The app itself is beautifully set out and it’s easier to use than your phone’s calendar.

pano app logo Pano
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: $1.99

Pano does exactly one thing: it lets you take photos of a scene and then stitches them together into a panoramic view. You just open up the app, take the first photo and then use the semi-transparent guide to line up your next photo. Once you’ve taken all the photos you want (you can take up to sixteen, which gives you a 360° view), you simply tell Pano to stitch them all together into one long panoramic photograph. It is fantastic for doing stunning landscape scenes, or for indoor photos where you can’t stand back far enough to get the whole scene into the shot

imdb app logo IMDB
 Platform: iPhone and Android
 Cost: Free

IMDB is well on the way to listing every detail about every movie and TV show ever made. The original website is now available as an app, so next time you need to settle a “who directed it?” dispute at the dinner table, just type in the movie name and away you go. IMDB will not only give you the director’s name, but just about everything else they have ever done.


gift plan app logo Gift Plan
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: $2.99

Gift Plan is an app which will delight the super-organised and make the disorganised sigh with relief. It allows you to keep a record of all the birthdays and anniversaries in your life, so you’ll never forget an important date again. You can also keep a database on each of the potential gift recipients (for details like age and clothing size) and it has an ideas section for those moments of inspiration.

iTranslate app logo iTranslate
 Platform: iPhone and Android
 Cost: Free

iTranslate is an incredibly powerful language translation tool. You can translate individual words or whole sentences into 50 different languages. There are a number of add-ons which cost extra, like the voice recognition software ($1.99), which allows you to translate spoken phrases directly.

honk app logo Honk – Park, Swipe to set Parking Meter Alarm and Find Your Car!
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: $0.99

You know that moment when you realise you have no idea where you parked the car? How about when you realise you have no idea how long your parking meter has left to run? This app solves both problems at once. You just open it up, let it know how long your parking meter is and it will automatically record where you park using your iPhone’s GPS software. Then, just to show off, Honk will give you a toot to let you know when your meter is running out and show you how to get back to your car on a map. Definitely a helpful app.

dragon dictation app logo Dragon Dictation
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: Free

If you find using the iPhone keyboard difficult this is the app for you. Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app which allows you to speak your emails or text messages while it types them for you. It’s easy to use and remarkably accurate and it supports a growing number of languages. We also like that it’s free.

period tracker app logo Period Tracker
 Platform: iPhone and Android
 Cost: Free

Ok, so this is one for the ladies. If you’re unsure if menopause is upon you or never have your diary to hand to make notes of dates, then this may be one for you. A simple click of the screen on the first day of menstruation and a click on the last and very soon the Period Tracker will build a pattern of your cycle. You can add any notes you feel necessary and then you will have all the information you need on your next visit to your gynaecologist.

fairfax media logo Fairfax Metropolitan Newspapers
 Platform: iPhone
 Cost: $1.99 (plus $2.49 per month)

Fairfax is offering a number of its metropolitan newspapers, such as The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald as iPhone apps. It costs $1.99 to download the app for the newspaper you want and then you pay $2.49 each month to have that newspaper delivered digitally to your phone. It is significantly cheaper than having the paper delivered to your house every day and it comes with many digital extras such as video content. You can also search articles, or sort them by categories of interest. If you feel as though the iPhone screen is just too small for reading the newspaper, these apps are also available for the iPad.


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    29th Jul 2011
    You've chosen some great aps. I'm new to aps but having found them, I'm very interested to know what's on offer. Thanks for your article - A

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