We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Pick Me

5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring Google’s answer to your photo woes, a guide to getting you started with exercises, and a rather classy way to organise your day.

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week features Google’s answer to your photo woes, a guide to getting you started with exercises, and a rather classy way to organise your day.

Google Photos
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

- This is a strange one. If you already have an Android device, you will have photos already (it’s an update), but it’s a pretty significant update so we’re placing it here.
- If you’re familiar with the layout of photos on iPhone, you’ll know what to expect here in terms of presentation, but there’s more to it than that.
- It’s able to recognise photos so you can search for them, even if it doesn’t have a description, and will detect what photos you’ve saved online so your phone always has space free.
- For those using only their phones to shoot photos, there’s unlimited storage for normal photos. Original photos (those from DSLRs) have 15GB of space to play around with.
- It’s far from perfect, but if you’re on Android, it’s a much-needed improvement.

Google Photos Google Photos / Google Play Google Photos / Google Play / Google Play

For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Find yourself screenshotting your phone and sending them onto other people for whatever reason? This adds an extra layer to that concept.
- Pinpoint is a newer version of an old app called Bugshot but the concept is still the same, add extra annotations to any screenshots you take.
- Taking all of your screenshots together, you can add text, draw arrows and boxes and, blur out certain aspects before you save or send it.
- When you’re finished, you can get rid of the old screenshot so it doesn’t take up space.
- For those who want to give their screenshots more life.

Z Pinpoint / App Store Pinpoint / App Store / App Store

Moleskine Timepage 
For: iOS
Cost: €4.99

- There’s something about Moleskine’s notepads and journals that are classy, even if they aren’t necessarily better, and while that’s difficult to recreate on a smartphone screen, that isn’t stopping it from releasing its own app.
- Moleskin Timepage is a calendar app which is both minimalist and gorgeous to look at. Everything is bright, clear to look at and cleanly presented.
- It only displays a list of upcoming days, even days where you have nothing planned, which may put some people off, but for those who like to focus on each day as it comes.
- If you can get past that, it integrates weather, maps and contacts to create a more comprehensive scheduler.
- It’s expensive, but the benefits are worth it if you’re all about day-to-day management.

9k= Moleskine Timepage / App Store Moleskine Timepage / App Store / App Store

Perfect Workout
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Although summer hasn’t exactly arrived yet (in weather terms), it’s as good a time as any to start exercising more and get a routine going.
- Perfect Workout is all about that and provides more than 100 exercises included so you’re not stuck with the same routine.
- All exercises come with their own animations to show you how to perform them, taking the confusion out of them.
- If you need to focus on a specific area, there are twelve exercise packs to help you get started and you can keep track of all your activity through weekly graphs.
- For those who are unsure what exercises they should do, this is a good place to start.

9k= Perfect Workout / Windows Phone Perfect Workout / Windows Phone / Windows Phone

Sword of Xolan
For: iOS
Cost: €0.99

- The app stores are awash with pixel art games, but good looks do not equal a good game. It’s something many similar games falter with.
- Sword of Xolan, on the other hand, is a great action platformer which combines both style and gameplay effortlessly.
- The controls are precise, and it’s easy to pick up and play. There’s also a nice combination of virtual buttons and swipe gestures to help you navigate each level.
- The levels and obstacles you face show a lot of imagination and keeps things varied, yet the same can’t be said about the boss fights. Still, that’s a minor blip on what is an accomplished game
- One of the best action platform games you can get for iOS.

Alper Sarıkaya / YouTube

Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 23rd May >

Read: As it happened: What happened at Google’s biggest event of the year >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.