5 Android and iOS apps to install on your smartphone without hesitation

This top 5 is not like ours free app selections which we offer twice a week. Here we install the apps on our own smartphones and test them. We check that there are not too many in-app purchases, advertisements and that the apps respect your personal data more or less.

We try to select useful applications, whether for productivity, customizing your interface or digital well-being. And our top 5 always includes at least one mobile game. Applications can be free or paid, with or without a subscription. But, it will always be recommended!

We take issues related to in-app purchases and advertising seriously. That’s why we mention them in the descriptions of the affected apps.

Badoo (Android and iOS)

Ah, being in the dating game can be hard for some and easy for others. It really depends on what you are looking for and there are no certain or guaranteed dates. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not check out Badoo if you’re looking to change your single status by meeting someone you feel comfortable with?

  • Price: Free / Announcement: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account required: Yes

Easily connect with new friends on Badoo. / © nextpit

Badoo makes it easy to connect with others because you can express yourself and reveal your true identity without anyone holding you back. So far, it doesn’t appear that anyone is being banned or having their profile deleted. Of course, all photos submitted must comply with established guidelines, which makes perfect sense.

It’s easy to make friends here if all you want is companionship, and it’s equally easy to connect with others if you’re looking for something deeper or more substantial. Navigation is done in the blink of an eye, by liking or clicking the “X” button. You’ll also see basic information about the other person and their orientation to help you make a more informed decision.

Of course there is a premium option. The premium option allows you to receive a boost once a week, putting you at the forefront of others’ attention. Best of all, although it’s free, you won’t be limited to a few scams unless you upgrade to the premium option. You have to love it, don’t hide behind a paywall!

Alfadia I and II (Android and iOS)

From the title you can guess that there are two games here. Alfadia I and II. In the first, you will take a trip centered on “Energi”. It’s a little like the “Force” in Star Wars mythology, it’s a mystical power harnessed from vital energy. In this part, you will follow the story of the Energi War, as new hope rises from the ashes of war and chaos.

As for Alphadia II, a lot of time has passed since the energy crisis. We are located two hundred years later, at the time of Enah’s birth. This heroic figure created the Energi Guild to fight against the decline of energy, but dark forces threaten to undo all the good work done.

  • Price: $9.99/ Announcement: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account required: No

Now that you know the background, it’s basically about traveling with your group, becoming more powerful, etc. These games are nothing new, but date back to 2007, with their debut in Japan. Remastered to offer a new look, the graphics are in line with the art of Japanese RPGs. Both games have their share of replayability, and at this price, you’ll definitely get what you pay for.

Google Arts and Culture (Android and iOS)

Don’t be fooled. Appearances can be deceiving, and Google Arts & Culture is one of those apps. It is not limited to art and allows you to take 3D virtual tours of other museums. This is definitely one of the highlights of pandemic times, when travel was limited, but for those on a tight budget, you can still make the most of it in a virtual world. Other important sites in the world that can be “visited” include Machu Picchu, Barcelona and Stonehenge.

  • Price: Free / Announcement: None / In-app purchases: None / Account required:

It’s very easy for me to get lost in a particular place, fascinated by what it has to offer. Of course, those who are not very culturally inclined can still benefit from this application. It has some fun aspects, including finding artwork whose themes resemble you or being able to browse artwork whose colors are what you like. This might bring out the cultural snob in you.

Google Arts app screenshots

No money, no problem! You can even travel to historically rich locations around the world with this app. / © nextpit

However, I have a criticism to make. The selfie option is hit or miss, likely due to the location restriction. Overall, this is a great educational tool for anyone who wants to learn more about arts and culture around the world. Parents are also interested in using this app and taking their children on a bohemian adventure without spending too much.

Norton Genie: AI scam detector (Android and iOS)

When I first saw this app, I wondered if it was a scam in itself. After using it for a while, I can safely say that it is not a scam. You do not provide any of your personal details, nor are you asked to enter credit card numbers or other information that could be used against you in the future. Basically, it offers two options: searching for an image or text, with the AI ​​trying to determine whether it’s a scam or not.

Norton Genie App Screenshots

Norton Genie works hard to determine whether a text is a scam or not. / © nextpit

Many older adults have fallen victim to get-rich-quick scams or other types of investment fraud. Most of these scams start innocently. You send money and get a phenomenal return. With our appetites whetted, we are ready to risk more money, but we never hear from the scammer again afterwards. This is often the case and rather than relying on artificial intelligence, it is always better to use common sense. Does this investment program offer sky-high interest rates to make profits? If it’s too good to be true, it’s a scam.

  • Price: Free / Announcement: None / In-app purchases: None / Account required: No

Once the analysis is complete, it will tell you whether the text is a scam or not. I don’t know what kind of artificial intelligence is behind this, but you can continue chatting with the bot after that. I tried to ask about the weather and was told that the robot could only provide cybersecurity information and help. The scope of application is therefore very limited, but precise. Since it’s free, you don’t lose anything by installing it on your phone.

Reading (Android and iOS)

Do you like to read? Sometimes you want to take notes in your books, but you think there’s no point in messing up the pages. Digital books are better, there are no dog ears to worry about, but with Readwise, it doesn’t matter whether you read physical or digital books, it works by allowing you to retain and remember the important points of a book within the app itself.

  • Price: Free / Announcement: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account required: Yes
Readwise app screenshots

Readwise makes reading more enjoyable. / © nextpit

In addition to archiving your thoughts, Readwise makes your reading experience more vivid. It not only recommends paragraphs from the books you own, but also allows you to delve deeper into the book you are reading and become more engaged than ever. I think this system is best suited for academics and people seeking self-improvement. It is not very suitable for fiction books, except to preserve the essential ideas and values ​​of a particularly moving story.

Readwise is free for the first 30 days, after which it will cost $4.49 per month to continue using the service. It’s a small price to pay if you’re a voracious reader. After a while, you might get hooked as important excerpts from a book can be shared as graphics with customizable options like colors and background.

Did you discover an interesting app this week that you’d like to recommend? We await your reactions in the comments and hope you have a good weekend!

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