5 of the best apps for your new smartphone

A shiny new smartphone without apps is about as useful as Stuff HQ without our robot minions – here's your post-Christmas shopping list

Whale Trail 69p iPhone

This year's Tiny Wings, Whale Trail is a psychadelic side-scroller that's perfect for lazy post-Christmas days – and it's lent extra street-cred thanks to the Gruff Rhys soundtrack. It might even be on Android by the time your hols are over, as it's set for a January release.

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Sky Go from £Free iPhone, coming soon to Android

Any Sky subscribers should stick Sky Go straight at the top of their App Store shopping list – it's coming soon to Android but for now you can get Sky Sports, Sky News and Sky Movies beamed to your shiny new iPhone 4S.

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Spotify Premium £Free with sub iPhone, Android, WP7, BlackBerry

New to BlackBerry – but only compatible handsets – Spotify Premium serves up millions of tracks and playlists to your Titan, Galaxy Nexus or iPhone with caching available for up to 300 songs. And with Spotify's recently announced apps platform, we could see extra features rolled out to the mobile app in the new year.

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Get it for Windows Phone 7

Onavo £Free iPhone, Android

With all these apps and games downloads, you'll be chomping through plenty of data – so download the data-saving app Onavo to save some pennies on your bill. Nothing ruins the initial glee of a new smartphone more than a headache-inducing data bill.

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Enscripted 69p iPhone

Begin a movie quote challenge on this indie iPhone app and you'll be chained to your new phone all day trying to crack it; trust us, it's that hard. You can always cheat using the IMDB app for iPhone and Android though.

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