If you’re going to be the proud owner of a new phone or tablet this Christmas, you will no doubt be keen to get downloading some shiny new apps. Whether they’re for you or to keep the kids  amused, we take a look at some of the best of this year’s apps.

Barclays-Pingit-LogoPingit

Handy for this time of year or if you have family or friends overseas, this little gem of an app lets you send money to people, or of course receive money from others, by the use of their mobile phone numbers.

Netflix

Download the Netflix app (available for all devices) and for £5.99 a month you have a great selection of TV shows and films you can access from their library at the swipe of a touchscreen.

Chrome

Released this year for tablets and smart phones, Google’s excellent chrome browser enables you to effectively keep in touch when you’re out and about. Not only can you open tabs across any devices you have, you can also keep track of your favourite websites with bookmark synchronisation as well as access your passwords and web history.

National Rail Enquiries

Praise for our rail network for once! This neat app allows you to search for trains, buy tickets, set alerts so you don’t nod-off and miss your stop and check for any problems or delays to your journey.

Radioplayer

Perfect for enjoying radio on your iPhone or smartphone, this app enables you to stream radio from hundreds of UK radio stations such as commercial stations, student stations and all those from the BBC.

Toca_BandToca Band

Keep the little ones entertained with this iPhone and iPad app which lets them be creative and compose their own songs by selecting cute musical characters.

New Star Soccer

Great for older kids and adults alike, this app is just the thing for football fanatics. Pull on your boots and aim for the top when you become an all-action football player in this exciting new game.

SongPop

Play on your own or enlist your friends for a bit of a competition to see who can guess the most song titles from the SongPop clips. One to test your memory and improve your music knowledge.

Me Books

Winner of many awards, Me Books is an innovative and quite brilliant app packed full of children’s picture books both old and new. Simply choose a book you want to download and you can either listen to the version complete with a celebrity narrator or record your own narration and sound effects and keep it for posterity.

Angry Birds Star Wars

We just had to include this one. Regarded by some as the best Angry Birds game yet, this somewhat addictive game is great fun for all the family and pitches the birds against the pigs complete with hilarious characters and the obligatory Star Wars lasers.