iCheapskate: the 38 best free apps for iPhone and iPad

Saving up for next month's launch of the iPhone 6? Don't worry - these essential apps are all free

Apps are big business, and they're one of the main reasons for the success of iOS.

Android may shift more units than Apple's mobile platform, but the App Store still tends to get the lion’s share of the best apps, from high-end audio tools through to cutting-edge education offerings.

But what can you get if you’re not willing to spend anything at all? Surprisingly, quite a lot; as our selection shows, fantastic free iPhone and iPad apps are available for all manner of tasks, from sprucing up photos and composing music through to keeping fit and exploring the world.

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38. Split Pic (iPhone/iPad)

This one’s a photography app based around a gimmick, but it takes advantage of said gimmick really well. The basic thinking is you can ‘clone’ yourself into an image more than once by shooting the same photo several times as a split scene. But with the app’s well-designed merging tool and filters, there’s scope for greater creativity and experimentation here.

In-app-purchases give you access to more filters and layouts, and you can unlock everything for £1.99. However, the free app’s more than enough to get started with.

Download Split Pic here

37. PCalc Lite (iPhone/iPad)

For reasons that baffle us, Apple still doesn’t provide a calculator with the iPad. PCalc Lite is the best of the freebies, boasting an elegant interface, RPN mode, alternate themes, and conversions for length, speed, volume and weight. If you require more features, themes, layouts or conversion options, IAP enables you to bolt on bits of the app’s commercial sibling, the suitably named PCalc. (And the app’s great on the iPhone, too, bettering Apple’s built-in equivalent.) 

Download PCalc Lite here

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36. eBay (iPhone/iPad)

Many commerce sites screw up on mobile: they dumb down the experience, or make browsing fiddly. By contrast, eBay betters the desktop browser experience by some distance. On iPhone, search is fast and fluid, and on the iPad, the specially optimised interface boasts seamless scrolling and high-resolution images. The app in either format is excellent for selling, too, making it a breeze to get rid of your unwanted tat.

Download eBay for iPhone here

Download eBay for iPad here

35. TodoMovies 3 (iPhone)

Sometimes the best apps on the iPhone do one thing very well, and that’s certainly the case with TodoMovies 3. The app’s designed to help you manage movies you want to watch in the future: you can browse what’s playing or search a huge database of older titles.

Each film’s page includes a trailer and artwork, and can be added to your list with a tap. Once you’ve watched a film, you can rate it and send it to your Watched list, providing you with a portable directory of films you love - and those you hate and want to avoid ever seeing again!

Download TodoMovies 3 here

34. Triposo (iPhone/iPad)

There are plenty of travel guides on the App Store, but of the free ones Triposo is our favourite. The app isn’t restricted to just a few major cities - it has information on a wide variety of destinations.

Along with providing suggestions of things to see, Triposo can build a city walk for you, based on the amount of time you want to spend ambling about. Most usefully, it works offline (assuming you download relevant data before you leave), and so won’t chew through your overseas data allowance. 

Download Triposo here

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