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Best Drawing and Art Apps


Drawing and digital arts are a natural fit for the tablets, thanks to the large, high definition screens and responsive displays. Users have a plethora of such apps to choose from, and it’s tough to separate the gems from the fool’s gold. Here are eight of our favorite drawing apps, ranging from free and easy to use doodling tools, to high end professional suites that can turn your mobile device into a handheld art studio.

Sketchbook Express (Android, iOS) (Free, in-app purchases)

If you’re looking for a free, but powerful, drawing app Sketchbook Express (Android tablet, iPad) is the best place to start. Powered by the same engine as Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro software, the app provides a silky smooth drawing experience with your fingers. Plus, it comes with the features of a full-on graphics suite, such as configurable brushes, undo and redo history and up to three layers, all on the free version. A smartphone version (Android, iPhone) is available optimized for smaller screens, and if you’re looking for more power, the paid Sketchbook Pro unlocks tons of additional features and settings.

Paper by Fifty Three (iOS) (Free, in-app purchases)


While other drawing and painting apps take on many of the features of full desktop art suites, Paper by Fifty Three tries to preserve a more analog and minimalist feel. Paper works to replicate the feeling of working with note paper note. The free version comes with a basic fountain pen tool and color palette, without any funky settings to get between you and drawing and sketching. The ink engine is incredibly slick and responsive, providing a very natural feel to drawing on a touch screen. Other tools, such as a pencil, watercolor mode and a custom color mixer are available as in-app purchases.

Plants vs. Zombies 2


Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a truly triumphant return for one of the iPhone’s and Android’s most popular mobile games, with new features, characters, and game modes designed to keep you hooked for even longer. PopCap’s newest mobile masterpiece takes everything that made Plants vs. Zombies great and ramps it up by a factor of three. While some will balk at the free-to-play model, especially after looking at the in-app purchase prices, the game plays well without upgrades and on a technical level is very finely made.

At first glance, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is not unlike the first game in the series. You gather sun, drop plants, and protect your home from zombies. But once the tutorial wraps up, new features start to fly fast and furiously. The time travel element is a fun change of pace, the new worlds offer unexpected challenges as you progress, from new range-style attacks, to plant combos and extremely creative uses of the zombie components to fight back. The game will get challenging, but at no time will it feel impossible without paying, a true hallmark of proper execution in a free-to-play game.

The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure brings the fun to tablets and touchscreens. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain. Battle zombies from all worlds in PiÃ?±ata Party to win big prizes. And that’s just the beginning! The future holds many mysteries… also zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.

If you enjoyed Plants vs. Zombies on your iPhone and Android device, then you will love Plants vs. Zombies 2. It runs smoothly, plays quickly for on-the-go gaming, and is incredibly deep, with hours of enjoyment to be had (and frequent updates planned). This is one of the best games on the App Store and Play Store today.

Pixlr Express


Using a clever interface, Pixlr Express allows even a beginner to edit photos with great ease. The setup is very simple with this application, and you should have it up and running in minutes. At 5.5MB, it is easy on the memory. Unlike other photo editing software of this caliber that tends to take up a lot more drive space and that lags on mobile devices, this app is very quick and fluid. There is no delay and the software is bug-free, adding to its usability. Features such as red-eye reduction and tooth whitening are included, as well as a bounty of other more advanced tools. With Pixlr Express you can adjust the focal point of a picture, giving it a focused effect. You can also reduce the image noise with one click. Colors can be highlighted and adjusted, and contrast can be softened or sharpened. All the basic features that one would expect from photo-editing software are also included, such as cropping pictures right on your device, and a built-in sharing tool.

Great looking, easy to use, and fun for anyone who takes pictures with their phone, Pixlr Express delivers exactly what it says it does. If the original picture was mediocre, this app can make it look fantastic. It is highly recommended both for beginners and advanced users in need of a good photo editor for their Android device.

Publisher’s Description

From Autodesk:

Pixlr Express is a fun and free photo editor that lets you quickly crop, re-size, and fix any picture, remove red-eye, and whiten teeth. Then choose from more than 600 effects, overlays, and borders to personalize any imageall for free. From the makers of Pixlr-o-matic, Pixlr Express will make you look like a pro, even if youve never edited a photo before. Crop, resize, straighten and rotate images easily. Auto Fix photos for a one-click fix to balance out colors, adjusting for dark photos and poor lighting conditions. Remove red-eye and whiten teeth with simple tools. Overlays help you adjust the mood amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades. Lighting effects can add drama, sparkle or a grunge look. Easily adjust the intensity and orientation of each effect.Finish off your photo process with the right border pick a style that fits you.Look like a pro with cool photo effects like focal blur, denoise and more.Explore color tools to adjust contrast, brighten, or focus on one color with a color splash.Keep track of your favorite effects and overlays with the favorites button.Share your photo directly with your friends through Facebook, Instagram, twitter or any of your favorite sharing apps, or just save it back to your Gallery.No camera required! Select a photo from your gallery and start applying filters. If your device has a camera, you can also snap a new picture from within the app.Recent changes:Fixes to support JB 4.2Content rating: Everyone

MX Player


With its support for most video formats and excellent performance, MX Player stands out as a high-quality app in a category saturated by unoptimized or ad-infested players. It plays almost everything and does it smoothly, saving you the trouble of having to mess with video converters.


Powerful: MX Player’s hardware acceleration and multicore decoding really work on devices with strong CPUs and enough RAM, providing a graceful, flowing playback experience even for three-hour-long HD films.

Responsive hand gestures: The sensitive fast-forward, rewind, swiping, and pinching to zoom in and pan finger gestures make this player great for re-watching favorites.

Streamlined design: From the minimal interface to the resume playback option to the handy subtitle customization and video playback preferences, this app puts at your fingertips all the features and options you need to customize your viewing experience.


Occasional quirks: With the high-performance H/W decoder on, the player sometimes skips longer HD videos, just refusing to play them — they appear as grayed out in the playlist. Switching to the software S/W decoder fixes the problem.

Intrusive ads: While not plagued by ads like other free players, this one displays an annoying ad atop the screen when video playback is stopped. Though it disappears once you press play, it’s still annoying.

Bottom Line

Sleek and potent, MX Player impresses with its built-in codecs and decoders, as well as with its handy screen gestures. It’s certainly one of the best Android players out there. Overall, this app feels like the Android equivalent of the desktop VLC.

Publisher’s Description

From MX Technologies:

MX Video Player – is a great way to enjoy your movies. MX Video Player is the first Android video player that performs multi-core decoding. Provides highly optimized Codecs and Rendering Engines for the processors including ARM NEON and NVIDIA Tegra 2. Easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across screen. Scroll on subtitle text and playback position will be adjusted to match previous or next subtitle timing. Keep your kids entertained without having to worry that they can make calls or touch other apps.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V


Returning to its award-winning formula, Firaxis’ latest revision of the turn-based strategy game streamlines a few aspects and adds new features to an already loaded package.


Beautiful graphics and an updated interface: With each new installment, the Civilization series proves that it stands the test of time — with a few tweaks, of course. This time Civilization V ditches the cartoony aesthetic of Civilization IV for a more realistic feel. The new title also supports touch control for Windows 8 users on touch devices.

Just one more turn: Gamers can prepare to sink endless hours leading their civilization to victory with multiple ways to win, customizable worlds, and even an online multiplayer mode. Rule by force or diplomacy, or win the space race and leave Earth behind — the choice is yours. With the option to extend the game after winning conditions have been met, you can literally play forever.

Streamlined styles: Civilization V took away most of the micromanagement that Civilization IV was infamous for. City characteristics like approval and happiness are now civilization-wide. Diplomacy options with other civilizations have also been reduced to a more basic form. The new city-states are a welcome feature; think of them as mini-civilizations.


Encourages specific playing styles: Civilization V makes force the preferred means to victory. So it’s easy to find yourself constantly at war with other civilizations.

Macro over micro: Whereas you can control almost every aspect of individual cities in the previous game, the fifth installment dumbed it down by having you maintain everything at a national level. This is great if you’re an entry-level player, but veterans may find the lack of freedom restricting.

Bottom Line

Despite Firaxis’ chosen direction for this update to a classic franchise, Civilization V is still one of the best strategy games out there. Offering addictive gameplay that you just won’t find anywhere else, Civilization V is much kinder to new players, while old fans can expect the same familiar fun behind an updated interface.

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th edition


Editors’ Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors’ review

by: Ben Markton on May 03, 2014

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th Edition is a complete resource for anyone looking to improve their vocabulary and understanding of the English language. With its smooth, efficient interface and highly customizable display settings, you’ll quickly find this program to be an indispensable companion.


Spoken words and sentences: For each dictionary entry, there are buttons to have the word spoken in either British or North American English. Many listings also have example sentences in both dialects that you can download individually as you want to hear them or in a complete batch. The entire batch in one dialect takes up just over 430MB of memory.

Customized listings: In the Settings menu, you can select what you want to see and not see in each listing. For example, you can hide pictures, pronunciations, synonyms and opposites, or examples, depending on what you’re using the program for and what helps enhance your understanding of the material.

Excellent interface: All of the features of this app are just a few taps away, thanks to its intuitive interface, which features a menu bar at the bottom of the screen that you can use to move from one section to another. You can also search for a particular word or jump to a section using the alphabet key on the right side of the screen.


No trial: This app does come with a substantial price tag at $30.99, and there is no option to try it out first to see if it’s what you’re looking for. If you’re in need of a good dictionary app, though, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Bottom Line

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is an excellent app that provides you with all kinds of information to help you improve your reading comprehension and English vocabulary. And because it offers such a customizable experience, you should have no trouble getting the most possible out of this resource app.

Publisher’s Description

From Oxford University Press ELT:

Improve your English language skills with the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. Understand what words mean. Learn how to say them. Know how to use them.The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (OALD) is a world best-seller. It is now available as an app, with the full A-Z dictionary, real voice (not text to speech) audio, and My View to customize your screen. It has been developed by the same editors from Oxford University Press who created the printed dictionary, working together with Paragon Software, a leading software developer for mobile devices.Find exactly what you are looking for, fast: Listen to real British and American voices pronounce words and example sentences. Access the high quality audio online, or download all 116,000 example sentences to listen offline All the dictionary text is live- tap to instantly look up any word Use My View to choose how much information appears on your screen hide IPA, example sentences, pictures, synonyms etc. tap to show the full entry again Find words with similar or opposite meanings in the integrated Thesaurus Use Full Dictionary Search to find your word in any phrase or example sentence in the dictionary Did you mean? function and wildcard search allow you to find a word even if you dont know the spelling Create your own list of favourite words Tap on phonetics, abbreviations and symbols for help with what they mean View History to see the last 100 words you looked upLearn more with a dictionary thats written for learners of English 184,500 words, phrases and meanings explained clearly Easy-to-understand explanations written using the 3000-word defining vocabulary Use the Oxford 3000 keyword entries to learn the most important words in English Look up over 57,000 synonyms and opposites Learn words in their natural context with over 83,000 collocations (words that go together) highlighted Find the Academic Word List words easily they are all labelled Notes give extra help in difficult areas, for example the differences between similar words, tricky points of grammar, or British and American usage Find information about British and American culture 1000 new words and meanings keep you up-to-date with todays vocabulary and usage 1300 words illustrated in groups build your topic vocabulary. You can enlarge and explore the illustrations. Access over 95,000 extra example sentences Study all verb forms, and word origins

What’s new in this version:

We have made several improvements in this version: improved Favourites: now you can create folders to organize your Favourite entries, and Favourites are stored in alphabetical order. Please note that any existing Favourites will be retained when you update fixed corrupt sound files identified by users. Updating from version 1.3.1 to the latest version will retain your downloaded sentences but please re-download to access the fixed content



KakaoTalk Messenger is more than a basic chat tool; it combines a number of features and tools to create a communication environment very much like a social network, but with a much greater emphasis on one-on-one and personal conversations. The app is designed for easy access to your contacts, combined with a number of additional tools to enhance your use of the service.

One of the most important things about KakaoTalk is the ability to connect with other users, so before you can use it, you must connect your phone number to an account. This requires a couple of verification steps, but when done, the app can access your contact list and check to see who you know that uses the app. You can then friend them and start chatting. Of course, there is far more to it than that. Chatting can be done in groups, in chat rooms, directly with people on your friend list, or via video or voice chat. You can also find people by ID search, QR code (scanning their phones), or shaking the phone near someone else with an account. Search tools exist, as well, but the dual verification system maintains privacy within the system. Other fun additions like items, themes, and a Plus-Friends list for celebrities and popular users are all welcome features.

It’s no wonder that KakaoTalk is becoming increasingly popular with teenagers and younger adults who are jaded by the privacy issues that major social networks like Facebook tend to have. It is quick, mobile, and flexible enough to adjust to how you use the tool. For those that enjoy its use, there are many ways to do so.

Publisher’s Description

From Kakao: No more texting overage, texting plans or any other hassles related to texting. KakaoTalk is a free smartphone messenger that allows users to send and receive messages including photos, videos, voice notes, and contact information through one-on-one and group chats internationally. CNets No. 1 Free Messaging App! Kakaotalk is fast, easy and fun. Hands-down the BEST smartphone messenger app! KakaoTalk has no fee, no hidden cost and no limitation unlike other similar apps.—————————————–WHY KakaoTalk?25 Million Approve. Download it and find out what its all about!—————————————–*FREE, UNLIMITED, GLOBAL: KakaoTalk uses WIFI or your existing data plan (3G) to let you send and receive unlimited texts, photos, videos and audios to other KakaoTalk users for FREE. No matter what country you or your friend live in, KakaoTalk works globally and there is not international charge. *UNLIMITED GROUP CHAT: Create groups on the go, invite as many friends as you want and chat all together at once. Unlike other apps, KakaoTalk has no limit to how many people you can invite in a group chat. Organizing a group activity made fun and easy!*NO DELAY: Send texts, photos, videos and voice notes in lightning speed. Plus, know instantly when the message is sent and read.*VOICE NOTE: Record your message with superb quality and send it to your friends with just a click. *NO HASSEL SIGNING UP: No registration, no extra phone number, no membership. Just download KakaoTalk, enter your phone number, confirm, and youre done! Simple as that~ *ADD FRIENDS AUTOMATICALLY: No need to manually invite friends and have them approve you. Your contacts will be automatically added to your KakaoTalk friends list straight from your phonebook.

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The mobile world is developing very fast with the number of cell phone users having reached more than one billion today. People are becoming more conscious about technology and what it can do towards enhancing their lives. With the development of different apps, life is bound to be more interesting as new solutions are found. App Mobi World will be at the center of this growth as it aims to provide the apps users with tools which are proved to be relevant. Using apps distributed by App Mobi World will save you time and at the same time make sure that what you have chosen is perfect for your needs.

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As with other e-book readers, iBooks responds to the device’s accelerometer and switches between landscape and portrait modes. Its controls disappear when unused, and a swipe (or tap on the left or right side of the screen) will cause the pages to turn. iBooks’ page-turning is smooth and engaging, with page corners digitally curling toward you as you advance, but this behavior is only a minor cosmetic difference between what you’ll find in other digital readers. iBooks also includes a progress bar to show how far you are along in a book, and you’re able to change the reader’s font size.

Also like other e-readers, you can add bookmarks, define individual words, do quick Web lookups, and add notes. You also can underline words, sentences, and paragraphs for later viewing. All five major book publishers stock iBooks’ digital shelves (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette), which makes the content stack up against competing apps and electronic bookstores.

iBooks 2 added support for textbooks and gave students the ability to purchase and download course textbooks that are supported. Newer features launched alongside the new iPad give users the ability to highlight text in a number of colors with the swipe of a finger. The interactive media and features for textbooks will definitely be useful to students. It’s hard to say how many schools will adopt all iPad textbooks because of price limitations, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out as we get closer to the new school year.

Publisher’s Description

From Apple:

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages

Download books

  • – Download best-sellers and classic books from the iBookstore
  • – Find fully illustrated books, including children’s picture books, designed art books, photo books, cook books, and more in the iBookstore
  • – Experience gorgeous fullscreen Multi-Touch books designed for iPad. These books are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, videos, and more
  • – Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your permanent collection

Great ways to read

  • – Choose from seven beautiful fonts, three easy-to-read page colors, and three useful page layouts–including Book, Full Screen, and Scroll
  • – iBooks beautifully renders text written in 18 different languages
  • – Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features
  • – Share quotes, or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail
  • – Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature
  • – Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment
  • – Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch–such as speaking the words on a given page
  • – Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint

iCloud features

  • – Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections that appear on all your devices
  • – Keep your bookmarks, highlights, notes, and your current page up-to-date everywhere using iCloud
  • – See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud–right on your bookshelf with iOS 6

Supports open standards

  • – iBooks also opens content published in the ePub and PDF formats
  • – Add ePub and PDF documents to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • – You can also add PDF documents from Mail to your iBooks PDF Collection


  • – The iBookstore is available in many countries. The selection of books in the iBookstore may vary by country
  • – Downloading from the iBookstore or using iCloud features requires an Apple ID and Internet access
  • – All books created with iBooks Author can only be read with iBooks on iPad
  • – Books created with iBooks Author require iOS 5 or later. iBooks Author 2 requires iOS 5.1 or later
  • – Syncing books made with iBooks Author requires iTunes 10.5.3 or later
  • – Adding books and PDFs from outside the iBookstore to iBooks requires they be DRM-free and synced using iTunes 10.5.3 or later
  • – Some PDF documents may not be compatible with iBooks

What’s new in this version: The iBookstore in Japan now has hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase, including fiction, manga, light novels and more. This version of iBooks also includes a number of improvements for reading Asian language books.