Top 10 free apps for the Kindle Fire

Discover the best tools and games for your Amazon tablet

Amazon's own App Store may not have as many titles as Google Play, but there are still many top-quality tools and games to take advantage of. If you're a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD owner, then these are the 10 apps you should be making use of -- what's more, they'll all free and won't cost you anything to install.

1. Flipboard

Flipboard takes the stress and strain out of keeping up-to-date with the news headlines and your social network feeds. It combines your favourite websites with updates from your friends on Twitter and Facebook to offer up a curated, digital magazine packed with the content you care about most.

2. Netflix

Netflix works seamlessly across many different devices, and the Kindle Fire app follows the same principles as the video streaming service does on other platforms -- simplicity, stability and a user-friendly interface. If you're a Netflix subscriber (£6 a month) you can pick up from where you left off on any other device.

3. Pocket

There are several 'read it later' services on the Internet, but not many can match Pocket's stylish, intuitive design. Send articles, videos, images and other content to Pocket from anywhere on the Web -- using browser extensions or mobile plug-ins -- and you can then browse them at your leisure.

4. Little Piano

Sometimes the simplest apps are the most fun -- Little Piano lets you tap out tunes to your heart's content using your Kindle Fire, and if there are children in the house then they're sure to love it to. The app includes tutorials to help you play a number of melodies, including Amazing Grace and Ode To Joy.

5. Imo Messenger

This comprehensive instant messaging app can plug into a variety of different platforms -- including Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and others -- enabling you to keep in touch with your friends no matter where they are. You can even make voice calls and attach pictures through the app to.

6. Astrid Tasks

Get things done with this powerful task manager and to do list app, which gives you plenty of ways to organise your schedule and even lets you assign different tasks to different people (so there's never any confusion about who's doing what). Even newcomers to the program will find it easy to use and navigate around.

7. Box

Box enables you to sync content across the Web to virtually anywhere, and it's great for backing up photos (for example) as well as sharing large files with others. You can upload files from and download files to your Kindle Fire device very easily, and new users get 5GB of space for free when they sign up.

8. PicShop

PicShop is one of the best image editors you can get your fingertips on for the Kindle Fire. Even the free 'Lite' version provides plenty of editing options and filters to apply to your pictures -- it's possible to straighten photos, adjust brightness and contrast, remove red-eye and blemishes, crop and rotate and much more besides.

9. StumbleUpon

A useful app if you're ever stuck for inspiration. Powered by millions of users, StumbleUpon directs you to the best and most interesting sites on the Web. As you like or dislike pages, the app can learn more about your tastes and improve its recommendations, and you can help by adding your own comments and ratings.

10. Hangman Free

And finally, something to while away your leisure hours with. Hangman Free is a well-done interpretation of the classic letter guessing game, with decent graphics and a range of different categories (and difficulties) to choose from. You can choose to play against a friend or against the program's own artificial intelligence.