Top 5 apps of the week: beautify your smartphone with these apps

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This Sunday, we’ve selected five apps that any Android or iOS user should try! Unlike our list of free apps, we’ve tried the apps for ourselves and will let you know if there are any in-app purchases or other additional costs. So sit down and directly download the app you find exciting!

Every week, we try to bring you the best possible apps that aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to publisher finds, we also add apps found by the NextPit community and shared on our forum.

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s five paid and free Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check the Top 5 apps from last week.


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Grainerie (iOS & Android)

Our first top 5 recommendation is so new that it’s not the finished article yet. The Grainery app is basically an alternative to Instagram that focuses on analog photography. With Instagram, which was officially launched as a photo network, increasingly becoming a second TikTok that places a heavy emphasis on videos, many people are looking for an alternative. And this is where Grainery hits the mark of a bygone era.

Indeed, Grainery not only sorts images by location and hashtags, but you can also enter your camera, lenses used, and analog film used. If you are interested in what you can do with the new CineStill 400D, you can search for it specifically. Apps for iOS and Android are currently in development, but Grainery is already doing well as a web app.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required.

Grainery may be an Instagram clone, but it does much better for film photographers, / © NextPit

Park4Night.com (iOS and Android)

My next recommendation is to answer more clichés about city dwellers in their late twenties with the app known as “Park4Night.com”. It’s a huge community of campsites, pitches, caravan sites and a comprehensive Q&A section that answers the question “Where should I sleep tonight?”. On the one hand, I would have needed this app when I was camping across the country the other day, but on the other hand, there is less and less money left over for vacations, which is why it save money wherever you can.

Depending on where you are staying, wild camping is illegal. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any possibilities to think about when it comes to spending the night in a caravan or at a campsite for a very affordable price or even for free. There are private sites where you can stay, official campsites, RV parks and much more. The sites available tend to have more recommendations across Europe at the moment, but there are sites listed in the US as well.

It is also free to use, but there is a subscription model for extended functions. Have a good trip!

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required in certain circumstances.
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Park4Night is a practical application for campers and those who want it! / © NextPit

The universe in brief (iOS and Android)

I’ve been a fan of this for quite a while now: The universe! You can get lost in hours of YouTube videos when it comes to this very complex science question, where these videos are not only educational but also entertaining for virtually anyone. In my search for app recommendations, I found the “Universe in a Nutshell” app, and it immediately piqued my interest.

In “Universe in a Nutshell”, which takes its name from the legendary book by Stephen Hawking, you can travel the universe at will. From gigantic stars to the smallest parts that make up everything in the universe. With just a touch of your finger, you can get more information and it’s endlessly fascinating to compare the proportions of the cute cartoonish graphics.

A quick warning: the size (and smallness) of the universe in such a compressed way can be quite mind-boggling. If you are prone to panic attacks or existential crises, this app should be used with caution. By the way, it costs $2.99 ​​on both iOS and Android platforms, where both versions are worth every penny, if only to support good content on the web.

  • Price: $2.99 / Advertising : None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required / Possible existential crises: Yes.
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Universe in a Nutshell’s graphics are truly sophisticated. / © NextPit

Nothing But Wallpapers (Android)

My fourth best app may seem too boring at first glance, but wait a minute! I remember a time in my life when I was looking for new wallpapers for my PC almost every day. At the time I was looking for them in the community of artists known as Deviantart, but over time it’s become more crowded than a kid’s birthday party whenever there’s cake.

NothingbutWallpapers is therefore a little gem that presents you with stylish wallpapers for Android. The advantage of the graphic selection: they are not as useless as many personal photos or the content of comparable applications. Most of the images consist of calm shapes and a few colors, which helps to focus on your phone’s apps and widgets. Do you agree with me? Do you like wallpapers? Let me know in the comments!

  • Price: Free / Advertising : Yes / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required.
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Cool: You can see the dominant colors of your background with just the touch of a finger. / © NextPit

Hungry Shark World (iOS and Android)

For my mobile game of the week, I actually started over and over again and got lost in it. I’m not related to mobile games at all, but Hungry Shark World and its predecessors did that for me. You slip into the fins of various sharks and must consume as many sea or land creatures as possible to keep growing. Controls operate via a digital joystick, while a simple finger press will activate the boost – it’s that simple!

Even though the game is rather rough in some parts, as a monster shark you will definitely come across one beach mob or another over the next few days. You cannot deny that this game has a high level of fun. There are also virtually endless in-app purchases, but with a little patience and diligence, you can survive without these.

Also, there are advertisements in Hungry Shark World, but they are often associated with functions. For example, if you were eaten by a bigger shark, you can revive yourself twice via ads. It’s pretty handy when you’re on a good run. Another tip: use extras like the Mega Goldrush early on when you respawn or start the game. You can collect a lot of money and buy new sharks.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required.
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Hungry shark, döpdöödöddödöp … / © NextPit

There you have it, our top 5 apps of the week. A colorful mix, don’t you think? If you have something to criticize or want to share your own suggestions, leave a comment section right below this article!

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