Our apps of the year

The finest apps of 2017, available to download now...
by
Our apps of the year

Our 2017 ‘App of the Year’ awards

It’s that time of year again, where we cast an eye over the year that was 2017 and dish out our ‘app of the year’ awards. The winners' envelopes have just been placed in our hands, so without further ado…

Best game – Stranger Things

Free on iOS and Android

Stranger Things: The Game is charming from the minute you open the app. It has a gorgeous old-school look not too dissimilar to the Mega Drive games we used to enjoy back in the day. This is retro-style gaming in its purest, undiluted form.

It’s everything we wish free-to-play games could be. And it’s one of the most rewarding smartphone games you’ll play all year. It looks great, it’s full of charm, and has plenty to keep you entertained for hours.

Best educational app – Learn Languages with Ruby Rei

Try the first two levels free on iOS and Android

We love the idea of learning a new language while playing a video game. Where other apps and methods can feel forced to begin with, Learn languages with Ruby Rei offers a less intimidating first step towards learning a new language. It’s an app that makes learning languages fun and engaging, and it’s a worthy winner.

Best music app – NOW Music

Free trial on iOS and Android

If you like pop compilations and the latest chart music, this is the app you need in your life. Now Music’s selection of playlists and choice of radio stations is great, and the option to save songs and listen to them offline is a big hit for us too.

Best financial app – Moneybox

Free on iOS and Android

Moneybox rounds up your payments to the nearest pound, and you can then invest the difference in some of the world’s biggest companies. It’s a clever way of making small savings, and a solid introduction into the world of stocks and ISAs.

Best social app – PartyWith

Free on iOS and Android

PartyWith is a new free social meet-up app. It lets you hook up with strangers for a chat, or arrange events others might be interested in. We’re pretty sure you can’t get much more social than that, so it’s a winner as far as we’re concerned.

That brings this year’s app awards to a close. What do you think of our winners list? Would you have nominated any other apps? Comment below to share your suggestions.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus

10 May, 2019
Summer holidays are all about making great memories, so make sure you’ve got the...
8 May, 2019
The Google Pixel 3a is giving you the best of Pixel at a fraction of the price. This...
26 April, 2019
Here's a roundup of some of the best photo-editing apps for stunning puctures and...
18 April, 2019
Thinking of moving over to Apple’s iconic handset? Or just considering a new iPhone...
11 April, 2019
The bokeh effect can make your photos look like they were taken by a pro photographer,...
9 April, 2019
Technology is used to help us in all sorts of ways, but these companies are using...
25 March, 2019
The brand new Huawei P30 is here – and this is one flagship you do not want to miss....
7 March, 2019
Mindfulness is such an important part of life. Take five minutes out of your hectic...
3 March, 2019
We want to make sure you're up to date with all the latest smartphones, so we'll...
27 February, 2019
Get the highlights from the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - including folding...
8 February, 2019
Selfie fan? Then you’ll want a phone with an amazing front camera, and exciting tech...
30 January, 2019
Foldable smartphones from Samsung and Huawei are coming soon, but how popular will...