Our top 5 Android and iOS apps of the week – NextPit International | Hot Mobile Press

Like every weekend, we meet on NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught my eye on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Every week I try to offer you the best possible apps that aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to my own finds, I also add the apps found by the NextPit community and share them on our forum, which I invite you to consult.

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check my 5 apps from the last week.


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Carrot Weather: Alerts & Radar (iOS)

I thought of the weather freaks among you with what I believe to be the best weather app ever developed in the history of mankind.

Carrot Weather features a built-in wizard whose tone you can change from polite to naughty. I obviously set it to the most notorious setting known as “overkill”. How fun is it to be scolded by an artificial intelligence or to receive sarcastic remarks like “Come on, put your fingers off that sausage you’re using to subscribe to the premium version!”.

I’m a total fan of the developers’ humor and find it refreshing. This is especially true as the application’s interface is really neat. The application is based on the Foreca engine, which is known for its high accuracy, and offers numerous features as well as gamification elements with a number of new features. These gamification elements feature missions (like finding the official residence of the American President) and a reward system.

The premium version is overpriced for my liking, as it requires a $19.99 annual subscription to unlock additional databases (especially Dark Sky) among other things. But the free version alone is enough and the only ads I’ve noticed are fake ones, like the one to hire a killer or the one to buy rare pins. In short, this is THE top application of the week.

  • Price: Free / Ads: None / In-App Purchases: Yes ($19.99 annually) / Account: Not required

The language assistant becomes really funny when you set it to the “overkill” configuration. / © NextPit

JamJars (Android)

If you get hives from A-lists and prefer to stash your cash under your mattress or a shoe box, well, by now you should know to practice the shake. Yes, remember that fad that helped popularize basic concepts and made them disruptive by adding the “-ing” suffix? Showers, batch cooking and therefore shakes.

Jarring sets money aside by placing it in a jar. You can define projects or financial goals and assign a deadline (the famous deadline) to keep track of your savings.

The interface is very beautiful and the application is free, without ads. But the developer mentioned that he is working on a paid version that will limit the number of jars in the free version to 10.

  • Price: Free / Ads: None / In-App Purchases: None / Account: Not required
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There are many apps for budgeting and saving, but JamJars has a pretty nice interface. / © NextPit

Qlate (Android)

Well, let’s calm down a bit, we laughed heartily the first two applications, but this time it’s serious. Qlate is a 2-in-1 calculator and note-taking application. I can’t make one faction happy without upsetting the other (remember the civil war between those two factions last year?).

What I like about Qlate is that you can enter formulas to quickly perform calculations and enter data even more easily. You can also use it to balance your monthly budget. The interface is minimalist in terms of design, but packed with information. For the nerds out there, I’m sure it will find its audience.

In the free version, the application contains ads. The paid version without ads costs $2.49.

  • Price: Free / Ads: Yes / In-App Purchases: Yes ($2.49) / Account: Not required
Captures the Qlate decran application

Excel formula lovers will love Qlate. / © NextPit

Punch Lab (iOS)

If some of you guys mess with me in the comments, I’ll do a little shadow boxing session while screaming alone in my room just to relax. That makes me normal like everyone else, doesn’t it?

What do you mean my review is lazy? *BAM* Take that! What? What? Did you just say I contradicted myself about SoC performance? *PAF* *BIM* *BOOM* *SCHLACK*

But oddly enough, despite my bouts of rehab, UFC CEO Dana White still hasn’t offered me a contract to castrate me in the octagon. So don’t do what I did, don’t vent your years-suppressed anger alone in your room as a self-taught student. Instead, install Punchlab, this app that offers exercises and workouts for different martial arts.

You can choose from English Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai or even MMA and try multiple workouts depending on your level or goals. Some are free and offer video demonstrations with certified trainers guiding you by voice.

But as you can imagine you have to pay to unlock all the modules and especially the programs that offer multiple workouts over a set period of time with a real schedule, structure, whole. Monthly subscription is $11.99 and you need to pay $79.99 for yearly subscription.

  • Price: Free / Ads: None / In-App Purchases: None / Account: Not required
Captures the Punchlab ecran application

The Punchlab application is only available in English. / © NextPit

Mini Skull Pixel Adventure RPG (Android)

Mini Skull-Pixel Adventure RPG is an adventure game with very light RPG elements, but its gameplay is more like a narrative game, based on a multiple choice system to advance the story.

The pixel art graphics don’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s nice to look at and the game doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s free to play, but there are some in-app purchases to unlock in-game items. Influencing the story with your decisions also allows for a good level of replayability.

In short, it’s not game of the year, but it’s a very nice indie title to watch in a weekend.

  • Price: Free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: $1.99 to $9.99 per item) / Account: Not required

What do you think of our picks this week? Have you found other interesting apps or games in Google Play Store or Apple App Store?

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