Six great starter apps

01 September 2015

New to the world of apps? Don't know where to begin? To get you started we round up six of the best and most useful apps to try out first.

With so many apps around online, it can be really tricky to know where to begin if you are new to the world of apps.  

So here's a bit of help with an unscientific selection of six great and easy apps for people over 65, to get you started if you haven't already:

1. TuneIn Radio

TuneIn lets users listen to the world’s radio, including sports, news, talk and music streaming, opening a gateway to entertainment and information from every continent. 

Great for accessing niche radio stations, as well as providing easy access to local radio channels – favourite stations can be saved in one handy list. 

Cost to download: Free.

2. Epicurious

Millions of recipes are contained within this easy-to-use app, perfect for foodies and those who like to experiment with different meal options. The app also includes voice-activated commands to let users follow recipes while keeping hands free for cooking. 

Cost to download: Free.

3. Puzzler World

Contains classic puzzles such as crosswords, codewords, wordsearch and Sudoku to the more unusual Link-a-Pix, backwords, silhouette, pathfinder and many more. 

This app allows users to play puzzles on their travels or from the comfort of their sofa. Includes flexible in-app purchase pack options, where users can access new puzzle content every time. 

Cost to download: Free.

4. Skype

Skype has been available for years, of course, but we predict that increasing numbers of older people will start using the communication app to stay in touch with family and friends. 

Users can connect to other Skype account holders at no extra cost via tablet, smartphone or computer. Its video-calling function also means older generations can visually connect with children and grandchildren in far places. 

Cost to download: Free.

5. Pill Reminder Pro

This handy app stores details of the user’s medication and will remind them when to take it, and in what quantities.

 Cost to download: 69p.

6. Saga Magazine

Now come on, we couldn't be expected to leave ourselves out, could we? Appy days are here for Saga Magazine readers, who can now sweep and swipe away through your favourite magazine on a huge range of mobile devices including Kindle Fire, the iPhone, iPad and many more.

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