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13.  Zinio Magazine Reader

Price: Free

While most of the publishing world plays catch-up, there’s a service that’s been around for some time, offering digital versions of magazines for perusal on a tablet or computer.

It may have got in first with ditching the paper for digits, but it has only just released an Android version.

Zinio on Android is optimized for Android 2.2 and is a joy to use, though its browsing leaves a lot to be desired.

Read your favorite publications on the go with the Zinio Magazine Reader

Read your favorite publications on the go with the Zinio Magazine Reader

If you are new to Zinio, you need to sign up, then you can start browsing. Well, that’s the theory but the only way we could get to a magazine was by searching for it by title. The A-Z searching just wouldn’t play ball.

Once you purchase a magazine, you can view it wherever you want, either through the desktop reader, or on an iPad or Android tablet - it’s pay once, access from anywhere.

The viewing of a magazine is slick, with Zinio optimizing it well for a handheld device. The service even categorizes magazines that have extra content only available on Zinio.

Be warned, though, unlike mags specially made for the iPad, a Zinio magazine feels more like it is adapted. Most people won’t notice this, though.

14.  Layar

Price: Free

Layar

Layar

Augmented reality is the next big thing in mobile entertainment. It overlays virtual information on to real world places. You see a version of this every time you watch football - those team badges on the pitch aren’t really there, and this is what Layar does.

Layar is the best augmented reality app by miles. It uses your phone’s camera to display real-time digital information wherever you may be. If you want to know more about a cafe you are standing beside, load up Layar and point your phone at it.

In the main, you’ll get info such as phone numbers, but there may be a menu and user-generated reviews.

The way it displays information in the world around you is impressive.

15.  Skype

Price: Free

Reduce your monthly bill by using the almost ubiquitous Skype for your calls

Reduce your monthly bill by using the almost ubiquitous Skype for your calls

Skype cemented itself as the go-to choice for free video calls years ago but its move to mobile isn’t so clear cut. This is because it is not about video calling; well, not in the case of Android. What you get is free Skype-to-Skype chats, low global rates to mobiles and landlines at home or abroad, and some IM functionality.

There’s a number of things you can do to integrate Skype into your phone. The first is the opting to sync your Skype contacts with the rest on your phone. Speaking through Skype to another Skype user works extremely well. To be honest, you won’t notice a difference, except for the lack of a bill.

The IM is fine, but as you’re likely to get loads of texts bundled with your phone contract, you may not use it much. To use the low-cost calling you do need to set up a credit system with Skype, which is a bit of a pain. Couple this with the lack of video calling (which could be a massive rival to the iPhone’s FaceTime), and what you have is a very competent app but one that’s missing something special.

16.  Slice It!

Price: Free

Slice It!

Slice It!

There’s nothing like that back-to-school feeling. The smell of chalk on board, smoking behind the bike sheds... Slice It! tries to recreate this feeling with geometry puzzles that use your index figure. Unlike that other swipe game, Fruit Ninja, Slice It! slows things down and you get points by slicing objects the right way. If the picture says you have to slice a triangle into three equal pieces, you have to get as close as possible to this.

While this sounds like hard work, it’s actually great fun. The use of a steady finger and a smooth motion is needed, so this isn’t a game for a bumpy train. It also depends on the size of your digit. Our podgy fingers meant that accuracy wasn’t great. But that didn’t stop us trying over and over again.

17.  Yahoo Messenger

Price: Free

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo Messenger

Letting you IM from one mobile phone to another or to a desktop, you can chat, share photos and video, send emoticons and get direct access to Yahoo! Mail. You can also chat to friends using MSN and Windows Live.

Handsets running on Android 2.2 or above can install the Yahoo! Messenger Voice and Video Plug-in to access free voice and video calling between other Android phones, the iPhone and PCs.

The first to thing to notice is the app’s speed. It’s extremely responsive opening new screens and selecting features. Striking up IM conversations is seamless and there’s great ease in searching out new contacts. The video calling feature is still at testing stage, but with landscape video calling and the ability to video chat across other smartphones, it should cover all your communication bases admirably.

18.  Tap Tap Revenge 4

Price: Free

Tap Tap Revenge 4

Tap Tap Revenge 4

Veteran app developer Tapulous is back with the fourth installment (plus numerous spin-offs) of its legendary I tap-to-the-beat music sim. Inspired by the Guitar Hero franchise, Revenge mirrors the gameplay, substituting the awesome plastic guitar for your dextrous pointers. You get points for timing and accuracy across the varying difficulty levels.

The fourth iteration features a host of new tracks from the likes of Lady Gaga, My Chemical Romance and Katy Perry, all of which need to be purchased from the store (the 24-song Lady Gaga pack is a tenner). The backgrounds that feature in the gameplay are a visual delight, (especially on the Samsung Galaxy S2 we tested the game on), and the online mano-a-mano battles are a lot of fun. Just like Guitar Hero, though, Tapulous can keep adding songs and tinkering slightly with the gameplay, but there’s not much here that wasn’t there on the first iPhone version. It might be time for a rethink or a break from the road for Tapulous.

19.  Temple Run

Price: Free

Temple Run

Temple Run

Let’s face it, when it comes to Google Play, the most frustrating thing is seeing other platforms getting games before you can have them on your handset. This is thankfully happening less and less now, but when it came to Temple Run, those pesky folk at Apple held on to the game for far too long.

Sporting some brilliant graphics and frustratingly catchy gameplay, Temple Run is a refreshing change from slinging birds and chomping on candy.

The premise is simple: you are running away from some demonic monkeys and you have to use your phone’s accelerometer and the touchscreen controls to make sure your adventurer dodges all the crevices and catches all the coins.

Now, the game is repetitious but brilliantly so - it’s essentially endless, so you’ll want to keep on striving for a better score or to knock off the latest achievement.

When it comes to paying for stuff, the game is essentially free but you can pay for power-ups and the like. But that’s essentially cheating, so you wouldn’t do that, would you?

With brilliant graphics that are almost 3D in nature, and gameplay to constantly keep the heart pumping, Temple Run is a game you will keep on playing.

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