Recommended by: Steve Houghton
It's more known for the ability to use one PC to access another, but remote access software comes into its own when you're cut off from computer access entirely. Costing a seemingly steep £17 for iPhone or iPad, LogMeIn gives you control of your desktop or laptop PC from the comfort of your mobile device, provided you can connect to the web. PCs and Macs alike can be controlled from afar.
As iPhone apps go it's not cheap, but LogMeIn Ignition is worth the outlay: easy to install and use and highly practical. And as a tablet app it holds the key to making Apple's iPad as useful as a laptop.
Recommended by: Hamburglar
MyBackup Pro for Android promises peace of mind, allowing you to recover precious data if your smartphone gets destroyed. You can back up apps, photos, contacts and more.
You can schedule automatic backups and restore your apps, data and settings to a new smartphone (or to the same phone if the data was accidentally erased) in a matter of minutes. Considering how much time it would take to manually enter such data, the MyBackup Pro for Android app is a worthwhile purchase at $4.99 (about £3) on the Android market.
Recommended by: PP Smith
Wikidroid is a free software app that puts the power of Wikipedia on your Android tablet or smartphone: it's essentially a front end to Wikipedia on the web.
Do a search, and the Android app grabs the relevant information from Wikipedia and formats it so it displays nicely on your phone. You get all of Wikipedia's content, including graphics and live links.
Sky Sports Cricket Centre
Recommended by: Matt Egan
Given the personal approval of PC Advisor's cricket-bonkers editor, this app from the mobile-savvy Sky team gives you convenient access to scorecards and updates on the many flavours of professional cricket, from Test level to Twenty20 and county matches.
And unlike Sky's TV coverage of England's recent trip to Australia, it's available for free.
Recommended by: Covergirl
It might only be a game, but we could hardly leave out the all-conquering Angry Birds. Rovio's avian-flinging masterpiece - in which you judge the ideal trajectory for your birds in order to bring down glass, stone and wood edifices and butcher the pigs that live inside - has turned the world of gaming upside down, causing major games studios to reconsider the value of casual, low-priced mobile titles.
You can download a free, ad-supported version for Android, whereas iPhone and iPad owners must pay 59p and £2.99 respectively.
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