The New Essential Apps March 2012

iPhones. iPads. Android. We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

The Best iPhone Apps March 2012

The end of the month is here, and that means it's time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Who will be inducted?

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

Sparrow: Finally, e-mail that doesn't suck. The biggest beneficiaries of Sparrow will be iPhone owners who use Gmail. Like Google's own "app," Sparrow brings support for priority inboxes, the ability to star and label messages, and offers up a threaded view far better than what you get in Apple's mail app. $3

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you're not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Angry Birds Space: Even if you're totally over the Angry Birds phenomenon, whatever, get over your overness cause it ain't dying. The latest Angry Birds is the same idea as the classic ones but also the biggest departure from all that came before. You're in space! Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Fitocracy: A fun way to work out! Sort of. The app tracks your workouts and activity, letting you manually enter your crunches, squats, runs and trots to score points. It turns those activities into a game where you can earn badges and advance through levels, and also compete against others on a level field. So, for example, even though you may be hitting the heavy bag, you can still compete with somebody doing kettle bells and have equivalent scores. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Frameographer: Frames automates the laborious part of stitching together still-frame iPhone images into a video-whether it's a timelapse or a stop motion video is up to you. Open Frames up, start a new project, and hit the familiar-looking camera button to start recording. $3


The New Essential Apps March 2012

The Best Android Apps March 2012

It's a new month and that means new apps.

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

Zite: It's a personal magazine app that customizes its content just for you. It learns what you like from your Google Reader and Twitter account and displays stories you'd probably ejoy reading. The app gets bette the more you use it, as it becomes more familiar with your tendencies. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

TED: TED talks are some of the best content the internet has to offer, bar none. And though you might want to watch them in deep concentration and free from distraction, peeping it on your Android phone is as convenient as you can get. Free.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you're not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Angry Birds Space: Even if you're totally over the Angry Birds phenomenon, whatever, get over your overness cause it ain't dying. The latest Angry Birds is the same idea as the classic ones but also the biggest departure from all that came before. You're in space! Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

NBA Jam: I was gonna have to go Ron Artest on EA if they bungled the port of this classic, but thankfully they've turned out a excellent, faithful update of the original. "He's on fire." "Boomshakalaka." Big head mode. It's all there waiting for you. $5

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Hulu Plus: Not available on all Android tablets for some reason, Hulu Plus only works with a few. So if you got one of those slates, know that you got another device to watch TV that's not a TV. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Temple Run: The uber popular Temple Run is now on Android. Which means you can try to reach millions and millions of points by running, jumping, sliding, using powerups, escaping monkeys and more. It's an incredibly addicting endless running game that's more fun than endlessly running in real life can ever be.


The New Essential Apps March 2012

The Best iPad Apps March 2012

Here are the iPad apps you should download to play on your new iPad.

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The New Essential Apps March 2012

Paper: Made by the guys who were behind the ill fated Microsoft Courier, Paper is a gorgeous sketchbook and note taking app that uses its instruments amazingly well. If you want to draw, Paper will make you look good with fountain pens and water colors and more. If you want to write, your stuff will look legible. Fantastic app. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Longform: If you're favorite thing to do on the iPad is read, you owe it to yourself to get Longform. It's an app that culls all the great longform writing from places like Esquire, The Atlantic, Grantland, The Awl and more into one app. There, all the great pieces can be read uninterrupted and in your hands. Just like reading should be.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

iPhoto: iPhoto, miniaturized, wants you to do a lot more with your photos: crop them, change contrast, apply "cool vintage Instagram-ish nostalgia filters" (not an actual quote), and other manipulation basics. It delivers on this. You can do these things.

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Better Bacon Book: It's a bacon recipe cookbook for the iPad that'll up your taste for the tastiest cured meat in the world. If you think bacon is just some crinkly blood red rubber from Denny's (delicious rubber it may be), you need the Better Bacon Book. It's got 20 HD videos and 150 high res pics to get your mouth salivating and 31 original recipes to make you earn it. $5

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Draw Something: If you're not an artist and no longer a child, I have a question for you: How often do you draw? With Draw Something, you and a friend can hone your drawing skills in a silly fun game. Think Words with Friends crossed with Pictionary plus oodles of fun. Free

The New Essential Apps March 2012

Appetites: A dead easy way to learn how to cook because the recipes are broken down step-by-step. Each bite sized video will get you closer to biting something you made, with your own hands and growing chef skills. In-app purchase get your more recipes but the app comes with 30 (8 hours of video content). Free