10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

The S3 is crammed with new features – but there's plenty of room for some essential Android apps. Download these ones first

So you read our Galaxy S3 review, got one for yourself, and are now busy acquainting yourself with your new best friend. Congratulations.

Start your relationship off the right way by loading it up with these selection of apps which make full use of all the goodies Samsung's pocket powerhouse has to offer.

Instagram

One of the first things you'll want to test out on your Samsung Galaxy S3 is its 8MP camera with super speedy response times, 3.3fps burst mode and the ability to take stills while you're shooting 1080p video. When you've let the S3's Best Photo feature pick out the shots where people are smiling and in focus, tidy them up a bit further with filters and photo tools in Instagram. And remember, black and white shots of your mediocre lunch aren't compulsory.

£Free Get it

Onavo Extend

 Looking at the S3's seriously impressive additions to Ice Cream Sandwich – Siri rival S Voice needs a data connection, Pop up Play for viewing video while browsing and Dropbox pre-installed – we started to get a teensy bit worried about our phone bills. Onavo Extend will crunch down your data and provide you with colourful graphs to make you feel smug. Problem solved.

£Free Get it

 

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Spotify

Spotify for Android has just had a complete overhaul with ICS support, a much improved redesign and high-res snaps of your favourite genre-hopping starlets (or however Jessie J's describing herself these days). With a Spotify Premium account, you'll be able to cache songs to your Galaxy S3 for offline listening and there's even an 'extreme' sound quality setting for 320kbps listening. Not convinced? Try Rdio instead.

£Free + £9.99/month Get it

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

The Galaxy S3 might look sleek and sexy, but under the surface it's a veritable geek machine that can handle big games like Minecraft. There are 36 different kinds of blocks for you to build just about anything you want – and you can choose between Creative and Survival modes, depending on your mood. Gigantic cat-in-a-top-hat, here we come.

£4.29 Get it

Scalado Album

Bored of the standard Android Gallery? Sort your pics by month, place or geotagging and scan the animated video thumbnails with Scalado Album. It's a cut above the S3's basic photo gallery – and perfect for showing off that stunning 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display to your mates.

65p Get it

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