Whether you’re an iPhone or Android user, you know that a visit to your device’s app store can be a bewildering experience – there are now so many apps available that is can be difficult to know where to start.
Developers range from the big professionals to the home enthusiast who builds an app just for the personal pleasure and this can lead to a wide range of quality and some weird and wonderful ideas.
One of the most curious apps is Ordain Thyself in which you can see how you would look as a number of religious leaders. Ahem!
But sometimes the apps we download can actually be incredibly helpful – let’s look at a few.
MoonTrajectory.net is just one of many free apps that can help you to enjoy the world just that little bit more. The app allows you to track the progress of the moon, find out about its phases and view trajectories for a whole year.
Using augmented reality technology, the user can simply look through their phone and see the path of the moon for the next year to come, as well as planning out moonrise and moonset based on your location, buildings or horizons.
While not a day-to-day app, the augmented reality makes it still a wonder to use, and great for amateur astronomers.
One Word in Four Pics by Hidden Rocket took off earlier this year, and since then Facebook seems to be inundated with requests for help. This app is based on a simple concept, that four images are shown to the player with one word connecting them all.
Some are relatively straight forward, but others may baffle you for days, requiring you to use some serious lateral thinking.
You can only cheat with use of friends, and is the kind of things that could easily be worked into a Speedquizzing event. A little exercise for the brain never hurt anyone.
Just in time for festival season, the BC Tent Finder is a must have for Apple users who may need a bit of assistance during their frivolities.
Released by Boutique Camping, it keeps track of where you have parked your car and set up your tent but has a lot more for the super-organised Glamper including multiple locations to pinpoint your friends tents and the ability to assign photos to those locations.
If all of your friends have the app, you can set your locations to automatically share, so you always know where the others are, and a compass if all is lost.
Useful, weird, embarrassing. Three words which are equally descriptive of Gym Shamer, an app which tells your social media network when you have failed to meet your exercise targets for the week.
While some people may not respond well to public shaming, others do, and this could be the motivation they so sorely need.
So whatever you want to do, there’s an app for that (as a certain smartphone maker used to say!)