ADWLauncher EX is the higher-functioning bigger sibling of ADW.Launcher. It comes with a smattering of extra features and is arguably the most customisable alternative launcher available on Android.

Personally, I came to use ADWLauncher EX very late indeed; after being smitten with LauncherPro for a while, but disappointed when the development on that launcher ceased, I went looking for something else and found ADWLauncher EX. I remain completely open to new launchers and persist in trying new ones out. However, time and time again I always return to ADWLauncher EX. Why do I do this? Why keep coming back? Read on for more…

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R:Type is another old school gaming gem that has found its way onto the Android platform. Ports of old games can sometimes be quite a let down, perhaps either because we expect more of games nowadays or because developers do not always do a good job of it.

R:Type was probably the very first game I was addicted to and an essential game for the SEGA Master System, so I was excited yet nervous when it was launched onto Android. Would it fill me with a warm nostalgic gaming feeling? Would it leave me in manly tears and my fond memories in shreds? Read on for how my experience with this gaming classic panned out…

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Anomaly Warzone Earth is a genuinely unique gaming experience, certainly on Android. From the outside it looks like another tower defence game, albeit a highly polished one. However, closer inspection reveals it’s more of a tower offense game.

Instead of blasting oncoming baddies, you’re the one navigating through hazardous locations taking on static towers, which makes for a refreshing and original reversal of a popular genre. The game features an interesting plot involving alien technology, as well as astonishing graphics, brilliant gameplay and a wholly immersive experience. For more on this remarkably visceral Android gaming milestone, read on…

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Pocket Frogs is an absorbing and multi-faceted game from Mobage. The aim of the game is to breed frogs, create unique habitats for them, tame them, catalogue them, and even race them against other frogs! There are several elements to the game that make Pocket Frogs a distinct and engrossing title that is as refreshing and original as it is addictive. So, for details as to how to collect a diverse range of colourful froggies, leap on!

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Pool Break Pro is an immersive, beautiful and highly addictive pool simulator. What makes it so special is that it doesn’t just stop at pool: you can also play snooker, carrom and cronkinole. The game lets you choose between eight different pool game types, three versions of snooker and even three types of carrom! You can additionally select to play on a either rectangular or hexagonal table, and customise the look and feel of the table and the playing environment. If you enjoy cue sports this is just about as detailed and comprehensive as you can get!

Oh, did I mention it’s all in 3D? How about the fact you can compete online against other players? Or even that you can intricately manipulate the game physics however you want? Right, okay, read on and I’ll explain some more…

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On the 18th January 2012 Wikipedia did something unprecedented. In light of the proposed SOPA legislation, the website blacked itself out for a whole day. This meant visitors to the site got only an anti-SOPA message and an explanation of why the site was therefore inaccessible. However, on the same day, while confused high-schoolers wailed at their lack of access, Wikipedia also launched an official Android application.

Although there were already a number of Wikipedia apps available on the Market, none of these are ‘official’. So what does the endorsed app bring to the table? And is it as good if not better than those already out there? And will you see regular appearances of Jimmy Wales’ face throughout this review? Read on to find out…

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Grabatron is a brilliantly fun and exceptionally polished tilt-control game. You take the reigns of a flying saucer in a slickly rendered American farmland. You have one weapon: a huge grabbing arm (a bit like those arcade grabber games!) which you can use on pretty much everything in the environment – animals, people, vehicles, buildings, pipes and even rocks.

The game is dripping in that nostalgic 1950’s paranoia we often see in movies, but is instantly playable and buckets of fun. So grab your binoculars, shotgun and tinfoil hat and read on for the low down on the invasion…

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With it being the time of year where looking out of the window can yield such a variety of results – especially for many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere – it’s often a good idea to have an idea of how conditions will pan out during the day. On Android, there are weather apps aplenty, so it’s a good time to round up some of the better efforts.

Now, you’ll probably be aware that many clock widgets also feature a weather function too. However, I have left most of these out here, instead focusing on more dedicated weather apps. There are few here that tag a clock into their app, but I hope you understand when I leave something out like Fancy Widgets or Beautiful Widgets. So, for some informative, beautiful and useful weather apps, read on…

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Over Christmas I often found myself in front of the television and, surrounded by selection boxes, tins of chocolates and a wealth of seasonal mince pies, I ended up watching a lot of movies. From the usual blockbuster movies that are shown at Christmas, to the many films I had pre-recorded and had never found time to watch, I had quite a lot of choice.

From my comfortable (call it “Christmas-Lazy”) position I realised there are plenty of cool and useful Android apps out there aimed at movie fans. So, here I present ten brilliant apps that are perfect if you like a good flick and a bucket of popcorn. So, flip back your seat, get comfortable, put your phone on silent and read on…

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I don’t know about you, but I love a really good word game. Whether I’m on public transport or just trying to wind down, an immersive and challenging word puzzle is often just the tonic for me. I can’t be the only ‘wordie’ either as there are literally hundreds of word games in the Android Market.

Therefore I have compiled what I believe to be a definitive list of the best. Is your favourite included here? Or have I missed out on an absolute gem? Has a meritorious masterpiece been inexcusably cast asunder? Read on to make absolutely sure…
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