There are thousands of apps available to download for free or for a small fee, and new ones keep popping out each day. For this reason, it might be difficult to go through all of them to find the best ones, whether you’re using a smartphone for the first time, or you’re simply looking for something new. Here are seven apps that are practical, simple and will help you streamline your life. And they’re also free.
The creators of this app have labelled it as a sort of personal assistant. This is an accurate description, since Evernote allows you to organize all the information you have into an easy to use database. You can take notes and pictures, record voice memos, and even create to-do lists, all of which you can access from any device once you create an account.
While Evernote is known as a personal assistant, Mint.com is a sort of accountant that stores all your financial information. This might sound fancy, but the app is actually very easy to use. It stores all your transactions, balances, and other financial information, so you won’t have to worry about misplacing important papers around the house. The app can also send you reminders to pay your bills! Also, in case you’re wondering about security, Mint.com is among the safest apps to use due to SSL encryption and safety measures to protect your personal information and financial data.
This app is a personal favourite, and with good reasons. Line allows you to call your friends for free and send unlimited text and audio messages daily. Registering is pretty easy, and once you have your account you can also download the PC version of the app which synchs all your information. Furthermore, Line allows you to organize group chats. To top this off, the app has also been updated for you to make free video calls. There are also many fun stickers which you can send to your friends, or which you can attach to any pictures you are taking with your phone. Fun fact: this app also has games. It’s a nice combination between Skype and Facebook games.
The best way to describe Waze is by saying that it is some form of upgraded GPS. Unlike the typical GPS system that comes with your phone, Waze also offers real-time traffic updates by incorporating the social media aspect. That way, people can share traffic and road updates easily, and you’ll not only know how to get to a place, but also how easy or difficult it might be. This app was apparently very useful for people who were struggling to find gas stations during Hurricane Sandy, so if it can help people make it through a hurricane safely, it can definitely help you on daily basis.
The title is self-explanatory. This app helps you find free and paid WiFi hotspots. You can find all the public WiFi hotspots near you, and you can pick which one you want to use, depending on the type of venue, price, and distance. If you have an emergency and need to log in somewhere, this app will come in handy. It’s also free.
Book lovers will definitely find this app to be very useful, especially when they can’t access their Goodreads account on their laptop. The app is similar to the website and it carries most of its features: you can display the books that you’re currently reading and how many pages you’ve finished, review and rate books, but also mark the books that you want to read in the future. This app is particularly helpful when you’re in a bookstore and you can’t remember what books you want to pick up. You can simply create a separate shelf for the books you want to buy, and consult the app when you’re inside the store. That way, you’ll no longer have to carry large lists which you can easily misplace.
This app is another type of personal assistant, except it caters to business professionals. This app allows you to access conference call services such as Google Hangouts and Skype, add your phone’s calendar, planner, contacts, email addresses, and maps. MobileDay is free, though you can update to an app called MobileDay Sales for a small price, especially if you want automatic updates and customized content.
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