Happy New Year! 2013 is on the way, and on behalf of everyone in the world with small children, I'm really hoping you'll ring it in with a wild party (because we can't). Your smartphone, of course, will be a continual companion on this night of happy endings and new beginnings, so as PCMag's lead analyst for mobile, I've picked out 10 great apps to load up so you can make sure you have the best plans - and make sure everything goes as planned.
In looking for New Year's apps I found that iOS and Android had a lot of apps in common, but Windows Phone, as usual, danced to the beat of its own drummer. I focused on Android and iOS apps, but I enocurage Windows Phone owners to search for apps in similar categories. For instance, there's a third-party Eventbrite client and several breathlyzer apps on the platform.
And there's one category of apps I'm not putting on here, with a wink: social photo-sharing apps. Yesterday, I wrote Get Naked In Person, Not On Facebook, and that made me think: you can certainly take photos in the midst of New Year's Eve festivities, but maybe you should wait until the clear light of New Year's Day to post 'em. Some things done in 2012 should probably stay in 2012.
I'd also suggest putting your phone in a nice case before you go off partying on any day of the year. You never know what kind of puddle it can land in, and you don't want to be phone-less out on the street at 2 a.m. Mobile Internet access will be just as important in the early hours of 2013 as in the late moments of 2012. If you'd prefer to look back than look forward, we've been churning through tech year-in-review stories here at PCMag.com. You can take a look at what Microsoft, Samsung, Google and Apple did this year, the top 10 overall tech news stories of 2012, the year's biggest tech failures or the worst tech PR disasters this year.
So which apps will best help you celebrate 2013? In alphabetical order, here are my 10 picks.