Motorola Moto X: the 10 best apps to download first
We thought we may never get it, but six months on from its US launch, Motorola's excellent Moto X flagship phone has landed in Blighty. Affordable, packing some killer features and with a highly customisable exterior, it's the finest smartphone Moto has made in years. If you decide to pick one up, here are 10 superb apps to get you started.
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (US$6.99)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (£4.99)
So you’ve finished GTA 5 but are thirsting for more sandbox action in Rockstar’s skewed version of the Sunshine State? Why not snap up the newly-released mobile edition of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which features remastered hi-res graphics, three cities to explore and over 70 hours of gameplay?
SwiftKey Keyboard (US$4.92)
SwiftKey Keyboard (£2.99)
The Moto X’s touchscreen keyboard is perfectly serviceable, but if you’re a frequent message- or email-scrivener you may want to invest in SwiftKey, widely regarded as the best third-party keyboard app.
Why? Well, SwiftKey possesses eerily clever word prediction technology that quickly learns from its user (based not only on your SwiftKey use, but from your Facebook, Twitter and Gmail activity too) as well as incorporating current buzzwords. It makes for a blindingly fast typing experience.
One of most popular apps for tracking your workouts, RunKeeper uses GPS to plot the routes of your runs, walks and bike rides and delivers reams of stats for you to pore through (you can check your pace, time, distance travelled and calories burned). It also jives nicely with most of the popular fitness apps and services including FitBit, MyFitnessPal and Withings.
Nova Launcher Prime (US$4.00)
Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60)
The Moto X is all about exterior customisation, but why stop there? Nova Launcher also allows you to customise the UI and homescreen in a number of ingenious ways: set up gesture-based actions to quick-start your favourite apps and services; organise apps into tabs and folders; hide apps you rarely use; and never miss an email, text or call thanks to visible unread counts.
A beautifully minimalist and (seemingly) simple game, Dots gives you 30 seconds to join up as many of the same-coloured dots as you can, with more points awarded to longer lines and shapes (oh, and you can’t join dots diagonally). It’s a bit like Candy Crush Saga, but you won’t feel dirty/taken advantage of/slightly evil for playing it.
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