iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone. 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 Best iPhone Apps February 2013
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. Which ones were tops?
Sunrise: Sunrise pulls both Facebook and Google Calendar data into one beautifully-designed app, that does the job of several. See the weather summary for each day, send a friend a birthday note from right within Sunrise, and get directions to an event that are updated if the location changes. Free
Timbre: Want to see live music and find new bands? Timbre will find you shows in your area, and let you listen to stuff you've never heard from within the app, so you can sample sounds before you go. Free
Albumatic: Want to share photos with your friends in one batch? You can start and share entire albums that your friends can see and add to if they're nearby. Free
Qwiki: Quiki takes your photos and videos, selects the best ones, and with a couple of clicks makes them into beautiful short movies. So if you want to make a highlight reel of your trip to Hawaii, it takes simple tapping and swiping to give you something memorable. Free
The Best Android Apps February 2013
It's a new month and that means new apps.
Swiftkey 4: The Android keyboard sucks, but SwiftKey is a really good replacement. The newest version introduces something called Flow, which lets you slide to the space bar so you don't have to pause your typing, ever. $2
Snapchat: Ready your expiring photos, your creep shots, your dick pics. The photo-sharing app has and Android version with video features included. Free
Tamagotchi: It eats! It poops! It walks! It longs for your love and affection, just like the Tamagotchi you used to have attached to your Lisa Frank backpack in middle school. Free
MoviePass: Movies are expensive as hell. But MoviePass helps ease that pain a bit, by letting you in on every new theatrical release for a monthly fee. Subscription
The Best iPad Apps February 2013
Here are the iPad apps you should download to play on your new iPad.
Audible: Like being read to? Audible has hundreds of thousands of audiobook titles for you to listen to on your Apple tablet. Free
America's Presidents: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery combines art, history, and one of my personal favorite topics-U.S. presidents. Learn every single one of our commanders-in-chief, and see their iconic pictures, which hang in the DC museum. $5
Sound Uncovered: Why does the sound of a car door make you want to buy one vehicle over another? This app-new from the San Francisco Exploritorium-lets you play with sound in a very unconventional, game-like way, in order to understand the every day noises around us. Free
The Best Windows Phone Apps February 2013
It's been a pretty busy few months for Windows Phone and there are new titles worth featuring. Here are some new apps worth downloading to your device.
Maluuba: This is a voice-control app that will keep your hands free. Need directions or restaurant listings or weather info? Just talk to Maluuba. Free
Mobli: Mobli lets you share and view photos and videos with others organized in specific channels. You can search a certain topic for content, and add creations of your own. Free
Here Maps: This is a good one to have if you're a frequent traveler, because it has offline maps for 94 countries. It has street maps and transit directions, as well as looks inside stadiums, airports, stations, and so forth. Free
Blueprints: Blueprints is a beautifully-designed Metro style Tumblr client. Without it, how else would you expect to readily find GIFs on your Windows Phone? $1