News by Luke Jones on Monday December 15, 2014.
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Both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store are full of applications, with both offerings hovering around the 1 million app mark. Both markets are full of awful apps and perhaps only 20% of the titles are worth looking at, at least for any length of time. However, it is hard to argue that between the two that Apple's App Store has the upper hand.It is cleaner and easier to use (coming from someone who uses Android smartphones, but also an iPad) and is just better looking. The Google Play App Store is a little muddled, and even now there are too many apps that are copies and awful at best or outright dangerous at worst. Sure, if I want to fire up the latest Gameloft console ripping title I can do it on both iOS and Android, but when it comes to app exclusivity, Apple's platform is still number one for me. Let's start by saying there are nowhere near the amount of exclusives as there once was, while most apps and games these days will launch simultaneously on both Android and iOS. Google should be commended for the way it muscled in on the app market to become a real rival to the monetizing machine that is Apple's App Store. Below we have compiled some of the best apps available on iOS that are not on Android, and for all you Android fans out there, we will have an Exclusive Android Apps list coming tomorrow. Clear ($4.99) Clear shows up on these lists all the time, and it's for a reason. This is among the best mobile to do managers available, with a tasteful and easy to use interface and subtle yet potent gesture tools (swipe down for new task, swipe right to finish them). Tasks can be organized dynamically by category, project, or interest, while reminders can be set to avoid missing important entries. Paper (by Facebook) Some people take Facebook very seriously, so if you are rocking an iOS device Paper should be one of your first port of call if you are a dedicated "Facebooker". Not least because you will be able to have one over on your Android toting friends, but luckily there is more to this app than bragging rights. Taking plenty of cues from magazine curating apps such as Flipboard, Paper has an image oriented card based interface that is a joy to use and look at. In fact, it can even be used as your daily Facebook driver and we would love for Facebook to make this its full on mobile app... and it's free. Dark Sky ($3.99) This app was founded after a successful Kickstarter campaign and has garnered plenty of rave reviews for how very accurate it is at local weather predictions. The app boasts (and delivers) rain and snow forecasts that are accurate to the minute, so if you want to know if the skies are about to open up, this is the app for you. Yes, there are plenty of very good free weather apps, but this is a serious piece of kit and to top it off it all looks amazing. TweetBot ($4.99) TweetBot is a powerful alternative to Twitter, but to be honest this is only for the Tweet obsessed because many would find it hard to pay even five bucks for a service that can be had for free through the official Twitter app. That said, for the Twitter enthusiast this is a masterful application that lets you use multiple timelines at once, while the interface is very easy to use. Infinity Blade Trilogy Some will instantly dismiss this as gaming is very subjective and many Android users may not be crying out for a swipe and slash game for their platform. That said, Google's OS does not brag its own standout gaming series and for that reason alone Infinity Blade is worthy of inclusion here. Add to that the fact you get amazing graphics (we're going to avoid console comparisons), solid if predictable and repetitive gameplay, and a decent enough old story in the fantasy vein and you have a winning series. Not the best mobile game series as some would have you believe, but a standout trilogy nonetheless. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Free) We're getting in here quick with this one as this gaming title is actually due on Android soon, with a release date in December mooted. Hearthstone has become very popular and is one of the better free to play digital card games on the mobile scene, with players able to assume the identities of either heroes of villains from the canon of World of Warcraft before fighting it out with other players for supremacy. Steller (Free) The days of using PowerPoint presentations getting your point or idea across are gone, at least for the casual user. Steller is a powerful suite that lets you combine data into a multimedia story that can be comprised of images, texts, video, and audio. Collections can be made and shared with friends or over social networks, while you can also see creations from other users. Think of this as an idea taking notebook for the 21st century. Reeder 2 ($4.99) With Google Reader gone the way of the Dodo, the guys and gals behind the original Reeder app returned with Reeder 2, and this time it deals with the likes of Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Readability and Feedbin and all in-between. Its interface does not scream high end design modern, but it is functional, easy, and just good to look at. In fact, it looks a lot like an email client and makes viewing individual stories and subjects very easy. Paper by Fifty Three (Free) There are plenty of drawing and painting apps on both iOS and Android, and some of them go plenty in-depth. Few manage to match Paper by Fifty Three however, a piece software that goes back to basics but still has a complex array of features to please the artistic minded or even those wanting to doodle and mess around. The minimalist interface gives a real feel of working on good old fashioned paper, while the free version offers some good basic tools and only the really serious should think about upgrading to the admittedly spiffing paid version. BioShock Yes, one of the major console titles of the last ten years is now available on iOS and it is not due on Android anytime soon. BioShock was an art deco master class in game design and eerie gameplay and we are still amazed that we played this on the powerful Xbox 360 and can now run it on a smartphone. The port to mobile has been elegantly done (although nothing beats a physical control pad) and this remains an edge of your seat thriller of a title. We have actually only scratched the surface with this list and in our research found many more that we could have included, which of course means this article will be getting a Part 2 in due course, so keep an eye out for that.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.