Android Smartphone Apps Roundup December 2011 review

Loads of Christmas-themed Apps on Android platform
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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Whether it is planning your Christmas present buying, relaxing during the holidays season or just customising your phone there’s plenty on offer this festive season that will mean your smartphone can help you achieve a state of Christmas bliss. 

Christmas Radio

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 4/5

If you like Christmas music then this could be the internet radio station for you. Christmas Radio gives you access to Christmas based radio stations from around the world. There are stations themed on jazz, new age, R&B, country, rock and more. 

The player is basic – it has no favourites settings for example, but if you like variety in your Christmas music and are excited by the idea of listening to it beamed from around the world (there’s even a station located at the North Pole!), then it’s worth a look. We found more Christmas music than we could shake a stick at on offer.

Christmas Puzzle: Jigsaw Game

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 4/5

There are lots of possibilities when it comes to Christmas games, but we like the simplicity of Christmas Puzzle: Jigsaw Game. If you want to give your brain a rest, but need something to do when you get a bit bored, this is ideal. It can be used to keep the kids quiet too which might be no bad thing. 

So, what is it? Why, no more than a series of sliding puzzle games. There are 51 levels in all, and they get progressively more difficult. That’s it really. 

Christmas List

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 3/5

It might be a bit late for this app by now, but Christmas List lets you keep an eye on your Christmas gift buying. There are lots of shopping apps, and many better this one for features, but Christmas List has suitably seasonal themed graphics. 

When you add a person to the database you can input clothing sizes. Then you can start putting gifts against their name, adding the cost up. Tick off gifts as you buy them. Now, you should have all your gift buying organised by now, but if you really are a last minute shopper then Christmas List could come in handy. 

Amazon Mobile

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 4/5

If you are still in the hunt for Christmas gifts, then Amazon Mobile might be a handy app to have installed. Amazon sells so much stuff, and you can quickly click through and buy lots of goods. Even better, Amazon Mobile includes a little bar code scanner, so you can be browsing around the shops, scan a bar code and see if Amazon sells the item you want. If the price is right and time is short, add in gift wrapping and send direct to the recipient post haste. 

Christmas Snow live wallpaper

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 4/5

OK, we admit it, this app has no practical use whatsoever. But there’s something rather alluring about changing your wallpaper just for a few festive days, and the selection of live wallpapers on offer here is really nice, we think. 

You’ve got four wallpapers to cycle through, each done in a rather attractive graphical style and each with falling snow. We like them, but if this selection isn’t quite to your taste, browse the Market as there’s lots on offer. 

eBay Mobile

PRICE: £FREE

RATING: 4/5

Some people might say we are a bit cynical by including this one in our Christmas apps list, but we disagree. When the festivities are over, and you’ve got money to spend, and, er, maybe some Christmas presents you don’t really want or need, eBay could come to your rescue on both the buying and selling front. 

You can use the main eBay web site from your handset, but the app offers an experience more tailored to the small screen. You can set up sales, check out prospective purchases, deal with your messages, watch favourite sellers and more. You can even watch the countdown as bids for your selling items rack up. Or don’t, of course.