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The best scanner app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

People always say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, the same is true with scanners, and your phone can be a pretty great tool for scanning receipts and other documents while you're on the go.

Check out the list below to discover the ultimate scanner app and a few honourable mentions.

The best

Out of all the scanner apps tested, CamScanner won out at the best pick because of its ability to recognize documents and its fantastic OCR functionality.

When taking photos of almost any document - even if oddly shaped or taken at a strange angle -CamScanner did a great job of figuring out what it was you were trying to capture and crop it appropriately.

Add to that the ability to make any scanned document searchable by text using its OCR functionality and the ability to connect to a whole host of cloud services, and CamScanner is a killer scanning app.

The rest

Evernote Scannable is a great scanning app primarily because it is dead simple to use. All you have to do it point your phone camera at something, and the app largely takes care of the rest. Evernote Scannable also earns some bonus points for being among the best scanner apps at capturing light text on documents.

Although it is an Evernote product, you don't necessarily have to be invested in the Evernote platform to make use of this app, but features that CamScanner has (particularly OCR) aren't available unless you're an Evernote Premium member.

FineScanner rounds out this list because it is also a free and high quality scanner. It isn't quite as good edge detection as the others, though there are built-in editing tools to overcome that. Also, features like OCR support and more are available, but they only come into play with a premium subscription.

What makes FineScanner stand out though is the workflow of the app itself. Each scan is sent through a linear process for dealing with it, which makes it a very straightforward and efficient scanning app.

Are there other scanning apps we didn't detect? Scan and send us your picks in the comments!

The best video player on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL :: Read Review »

We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix.

Unfortunately, Netflix and other streaming services also have their own set of setbacks, namely their recurring cost and need for a data connection. That's where third-party video players come in.

The best automation app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO WITH THE FLOW :: Read Review »

Have you ever found yourself getting frustrated at the amount of navigation or tapping you have to do when doing some tasks on your mobile device? If so, you've probably looked into getting an automator.

These apps are specifically designed to reduce the overall amount of navigation that comes with an app-centric ecosystem by executing strings of tasks or specific functions that you do regularly in a single tap.

We've scoured through the mobile app stores to bring you these best automation apps out there.

The best music creation app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 2nd, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own music? It’s not as hard as you think, thanks to a variety of different apps out there to help you do exactly that.

You don’t even need to use a PC or Mac, with your trusty iPhone and iPad filling that role admirably.

Here’s a look at the best on mobile.

The 4 most exciting games to look forward to in 2016

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2016

It's the new year, and there's a lot of great stuff coming our way - particularly in the mobile games department.

Let's take a look at the four most exciting games of 2016.

The best music streaming apps on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2015

The end of 2015 is looking pretty rough for music streaming services now thatRdio and Songza are shutting down.

With that in mind, we decided to comb through what's left to adise you on the the best remaining music streaming apps on mobile.

The best Christmas games on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 17th, 2015

Christmas is nearly upon us, which means you want everything in life to have a kind of snowy or festive theme, right?

Well, what better way to get in the mood than by playing a few festive treats on your mobile or tablet.

We at 148Apps have picked our favorite winter-themed games that you’re sure to enjoy these all year round.

The best game streaming apps on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Streaming games from your PC to your tablet is a convenient way to play games from a different room.

But, in order to do this, you'll need something a little bit more powerful than remote desktop software. Check out our pick for the best PC game streaming app on iOS.

The best remote desktop apps for iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 28th, 2015

We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets?

Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your computer on the go.

The best Photoshop alternative on iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 24th, 2015

Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing. Like, Photoshop creative.

If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad.

Six Star Wars games to keep the Force always with you

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 18th, 2015

With the release of Star Wars: Battlefront, we thought we'd throw together a list of all the best Star Wars games on mobile.

None of these are quite the same flavor of Battlefront, but they create a nice, nostalgic, disturbance in the Force regardless.

Six games to give you your Rise of the Tomb Raider fix on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2015

Rise of the Tomb Raider is out (yay!), but it's only available on one platform right now (boo!).

In light of the situation, check out these games so you can get more tomb raiding on your iOS device.

The 6 best email apps for your iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 7th, 2015

Email is something we all have to deal with and sometimes it's not a pretty task - especially on the go.

Thankfully, there are lots of options out there for people that want something a little different to the default mail experience on phones and tablets.

Here are the six best apps to help you deal with that ever-expanding inbox.

Here Are Five Shiny and New Third Party Accessories for Your Shiny and New Apple Watch

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2015

So, you’ve got your shiny new Apple Watch and now you want to buy some accessories to go with it. What do you go for? Well, the Apple Store is looking a bit lacklustre at the moment when it comes to exciting options, so we’ve taken the time to pick out a few good potential options from elsewhere.

InnerList Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Thomas on August 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TO-DO: IMPROVE THIS APP
InnerList can assist in creating a bit of order out of your personal chaos, provided it's not TOO chaotic.
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