There are hundreds of free/inexpensive applications unwrapped in 2012 for smartphones or tablets, here you can have a look at some of our favorites – not listed in any particular order. A few of them are are old but with latest versions and tools. If none of those apps makes you go crazy then please have a look at Google’s list of its own apps which it recommends that you should download to your new device.
Snapguide – what if you want to create your own how-to guides that others tablet owners can use? iOS app Snapguide has been making that possible using an iPhone for a while, but now it’s available as a universal version with an iPad-tailored interface.
Bad Robot Interactive – It is a free app lets you add Hollywood FX to iPhone AND iPad movies that YOU shoot, you can download it here. You fire up the App, choose your effect, record your scene in the App and then choose where in your clip’s timeline you want the effect to happen. According to Bad Robot, more effects will be added for the app in the future. Hopefully as we get closer to the Star Trek sequel in 2013 there will be some Trek-themed effects added. It is only logical.
Google Maps – Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust.
Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) – When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it any time, even without an internet connection. The best way to save and view articles, videos and more.
Pintrest – With Pintrest you can make a plan or a to-do list and organize it easily to make to most out of it using this iOS app. Pintrest is available for free in the App Store.
Instagram – Instagram is a social photo sharing app that allows to share photos on the Instagram network as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Camera+- Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.
SwiftKey – SwiftKey speeds up touchscreen typing because it understands the way words work together, predicting and correcting your input in a smarter way. SwiftKey automatically learns the words and phrases that matter to you, intelligently auto-correcting and predicting based on your writing style. It can also learn your lingo by syncing with Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or your blog.
Songza – Available on Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, the free Songza is an excellent music-streaming service with custom playlists created by music experts.
Flipboard – It is like your own personalized magazine. Select topics that matter to you and then flip through various articles and media. You can post your favorite pieces to social media. But it’s not just about news. Use Flipboard to flip through social networks. Add Facebook, Twitter to browse articles and photos friends are sharing. Instagram and Flickr photos are beautiful to see in your personal magazine. Now the news your friends share is easy to flip through, with headlines and excerpts that give you an immediate glimpse into everything. It’s a fun way to catch up on all your social news.
Skype – Available at iOS, Android and Windows Phone and FaceTime iOS, let you video chat for free with friends and family, anywhere in the world, by using your device’s front- or rear-facing cameras.
Whatsapp – WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and all other smartphones.
If none of those appeal to you, Please share your favorite Smartphones and Tablets apps to download.