Botanicula ( iOS)
With adorable characters, challenging puzzles, and a compelling storyline, Botanicula is worth your money, but it takes patience to succeed.
Vlur ( iOS)
With good-looking transitions and filter effects, Vlur lets you add pizzazz to videos for social networks without a lot of hassle.
LibreOffice 4.3 ( PC)
LibreOffice is a great office suite, but it can't compete with modern apps that offer strong compatibility with Microsoft Office, and also work on mobile devices and the Web.
Humin ( iOS)
With better ways to search your contact lists, and tons more information for each contact, Humin is an excellent replacement for your iOS dialer.
Glide ( Android)
If you're familiar with other video-chatting services, Glide offers more flexibility and features.
Videoshop ( iOS)
Even with the UI issues, you'd be hard-pressed to find another video editing app with more features than Videoshop.
Tempo Smart Calendar ( iOS)
While it's currently iPhone-only, Tempo Smart Calendar is a worthwhile calendar app that integrates well with other services.
myMail ( iOS)
MyMail has all of the standard features you'd expect in a modern e-mail app, but nothing that stands out as a must-have feature.
Oyster ( Android)
Oyster is perfect for trying out books you might never purchase, but you'll still need to buy new releases and other popular titles elsewhere.
Bookviser Reader ( Windows Phone)
Despite its sluggishness, the Bookviser Reader for Windows Phone is a great way to get free classic literature on your Windows Phone.
Huebrix ( Windows Phone)
In Huebrix for Windows Phone, 2 bucks gets you over 400 clever puzzles in a minimalistic, well-polished game.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout ( Android)
Even with its issues, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is still the best first-person shooter on smartphones and tablets.
Overcast: Podcast Player ( iOS)
With solid basic features in the free version, you should definitely give Overcast a test drive, but check out the competition before paying the higher price.
Manything ( iOS)
Manything can't match the video quality and options of some traditional Wi-Fi cameras, but there's no easier way for iOS users to experiment with DIY home security.
Sunrise Calendar ( Android)
An intuitive interface makes Sunrise Calendar one of the best free calendar apps that's available on multiple platforms.
Beats Music ( Android)
Beats Music's extensive playlists and spot-on recommendations mean you'll never have to hunt for music.
Vhoto ( iOS)
Capturing photos from your iPhone videos couldn't be more convenient thanks to Vhoto's simple user interface and plentiful tools.
Pipes ( Android)
Great for reading about news items that interest you, Pipes is a valuable resource, but it needs more features to compete with other popular newsreaders.
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Radical.FM ( Android)
Radical.FM fits the bill when you just want to jam out with some music, but its limited features won't please most music fans.
Scout by Telenav ( Windows Phone)
Scout offers a better feature set, including excellent help for daily commuters, than either Google Maps or Apple Maps, with similarly good route guidance.