Like clockwork every weekend, I come in front of you, our readers, with a selection of paid and free apps that I think are worth a look (and download of course!). These apps include both Android and iOS apps, and I make sure they aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests.
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android / iOS apps this week.
One swipe notes
One Swipe Notes is an app that the NextPit Community introduced to me in our forum. The app allows you to take notes that can be displayed as a floating window on the screen and overlay your main task.
This is more of an app I would consider on a tablet or maybe for a power user on a smartphone for whom this can be a decent productivity tool. The user interface is very clean. You can show and hide the Notes widget with a simple swipe. You can even edit or create a note in the floating window without opening the app.
One Swipe Notes is available as a free early access version, but it includes ads that can be removed by paying $ 0.99 for the premium version. You don’t need to create an account.
You can download the application from the Google Play Store.
Art + steps
Art + Steps is an iOS app that I found very interesting as a concept. To motivate you to exercise more and get some fresh air, the app suggests setting you a daily multi-step goal by rewarding you with a little general culture.
Each day, the application picks a familiar work of art, which is gradually revealed as the number of steps increases. A great way to play a physical exercise and especially to visualize its progress.
You can set multiple levels for your goals: 5000, 7500, 10,000, 12,500, 15,000, 17,500 or 20,000 steps. When you reach your goal, all of the work will be revealed and the app will give you some details about it. You can keep them in your collection to consult again. If you don’t reach the specified number of steps, the picture will simply disappear.
The app costs $ 2.99, has no ads or in-app purchases, and doesn’t store your pedometer history or distance traveled. The pedometer will reset after 24 hours and the app will require you to connect to Apple.
You can purchase the Art + Steps app for £ 1.09 from the Apple App Store.
Bis is an app that lets you create countdowns so you don’t miss your deadlines. The app will send you reminders when the deadline is approaching and you can see the countdown to the second.
The interface is very nice, the application is free, but it contains ads with a micro-purchase option to remove them. It doesn’t require an account and can work completely offline.
You can download the Bis application from the Google Play Store.
A second diary
The concept of the One Second Diary is clearly not new. You capture a selfie or a moment of your day in a one-second video every day. After a few weeks, months, or years (assuming the service stays online that long), the app can put together all of these videos to create a kind of time-lapse of your life.
I liked the concept of One Second Diary because for once the app is not an asshole trap to break down your photo / video data and refine a face recognition algorithm or something similar. The app works offline with no ads or in-app accounts or purchases.
I find the one-second delay a bit short, especially to capture a moment or event other than a simple selfie. On Reddit, the developer stated under one of his posts that he was considering the option of choosing longer periods of time.
You can download the One Second Diary app from the Google Play Store.
Iris Fall is a game released on console and PC in 2018 and on Switch in January 2021. The game received great reviews in the trade press, and somehow I totally missed it. The concept is simple. The game is presented as a puzzle, the main game mechanics of which is based on the principle of light and shadow games.
Let me explain. But first a word about the scenario. After waking up from a dream, Iris follows a black cat in a rundown theater and travels through a strange maze of light and shadow. As the story unfolds, Iris realizes that everything in this theater seems to have a hidden connection with itself.
By default, your character is in a 3D world from the perspective of a third person in 3D. However, in order to overcome certain obstacles, you need to switch to a 2D plane by becoming a shadow of yourself and trying to combine 2D and 3D elements to progress.
The monochrome atmosphere of the game, the music and the almost Burtonesque design of this universe really seduced me. However, I had a bit of an issue with the touch controls, which aren’t the most ergonomic.
You can buy Iris Fall for 4.99 euros in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
What do you think of this selection? Have you tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps be of the week? Share your opinions and especially your good tips in the comments! If you are looking for a specific type of application, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can tailor my research and selections to suit your needs! Sincerely.