The Best Apps for Android and iPhone, 2012 Edition

Facing speeding deadlines? Want awesome entertainment? Need instantaneous news? This collection of super apps is ready to save the day!

A smartphone is only as good as the apps you have on it. We've filtered Android’s Google Play store and the Apple App Store to select the most useful and fun apps for your phone. Check out our picks for the top mobile utilities, entertainment software, news apps, productivity tools, and games available today.

(To read the related story about each category of apps, click the appropriate heading below, or use the contents box to the right. You can also consult our alphabetical list of all the apps described in our "Super Apps!" package.)

Shockingly Useful

EDITOR'S PICK: Any.Do (free) Android | iOS

EDITOR'S PICK: GasBuddy (free) Android | iOS

SayHi Translate ($1) iOS

Smart Tools ($2.50) Android

Lookout Mobile Security (free) Android | iOS

Alarm Clock Ultra ($3) Android

Bump (free) Android | iOS

Dropbox (free) Android | iOS

Just for Fun

EDITOR'S PICK: Turntable.fm (free) Android | iOS

EDITOR'S PICK: Tweetbot ($3) iOS

Snapseed ($5) iOS

AfterFocus (free) Android

StumbleUpon (free) Android | iOS

Friendcaster for Facebook (free) Android

Viddy (free) iOS

Banjo (free) Android | iOS

Schemer (free) Android | iOS

The Replacements

EDITOR'S PICK: Assistant (free) Android

EDITOR'S PICK: GroupMe (free) Android | iOS

Waze (free) Android | iOS

Camera+ ($1) iOS

Opera Mini (free) Android | iOS

K-9 Mail (free) Android

Sparrow ($3) iOS

DoubleTwist (free) Android

Noteworthy News Apps

EDITOR'S PICK: Pocket (free) Android | iOS

EDITOR'S PICK: Zite (free) Android | iOS

Stitcher (free) Android | iOS

1Weather (free) Android

Flipboard (free) iOS

Instapaper ($3) Android | ($5) iOS

Pulse (free) Android | iOS

Taptu (free) Android | iOS

Ready for Business

EDITOR'S PICK: Business Calendar Free (free) Android

EDITOR'S PICK: GoodReader for iPhone ($5) iOS

Google Drive (free) Android

OneReceipt (free) iOS

mSecure Password Manager ($10) Android | iOS

Adobe Reader (free) Android | iOS

LinkedIn (free) Android | iOS

Pocket Arcade

EDITOR'S PICK: Minecraft: Pocket Edition ($7) Android | iOS

EDITOR'S PICK: Infinity Blade 2 ($7) iOS

Angry Birds Space (free) Android | ($1) iOS

SpellTower ($2) iOS

Canabalt ($3) Android | iOS

TripleTown (free) Android | iOS

Draw Something (free) Android | iOS

Hero Academy (free) iOS

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