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Top 300 apps: 3 all-round essentials

Adrian Weckler

Published 17/10/2013 | 04:00

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If you're new to apps and download only three today, make it these three

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Google Drive

iOS, Android; free

If you ever use Google Docs – and if you don't, you should – then Google Drive is a must-have app. It allows you to access and edit documents you have created on a PC, or create new ones. This includes word processing documents, presentations and other formats. The app also allows you to work with the docs offline, too. If you want the definition of cloud computing, Google Drive pretty much sums it up.

Dropbox

iOS, Android; free

Dropbox has become one of the web's most useful file-sharing resources. With an initial 2GB of space (up to 100GB), it allows you to upload, download or access documents, photos or other files across lots of devices. Just download the app, sign in and it feels like you're accessing the files on your own phone. It's particularly handy if you want to give lots of people access to a collection of large photos without having to email them.

Find My iPhone

iPhone; free

It happens to all of us: we lose our phone or it gets swiped. This is an invaluable aide in retrieving a lost or stolen iPhone. It allows you to locate your handset from another iOS iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) device. This is one of the very basic apps any iPhone user should have.

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