Living in this day and age, it’s almost impossible to be without a mobile device of some kind. I love my Samsung Galaxy III, aside from the short battery life it’s been a great phone. I’ve been using Andriod devices for many years now and while not an “expert” on the technicalities I have been trying apps for what feels like a long time. So I decided to make a list of my favorite apps. Let me know if you agree or if you think I missed any in the comments below.
Everything Home: I don’t know of anyone who owns an Andriod phone and keeps the home screen the way it was when they first turned it on. Everything Home is my absolute favorite launcher because it changes with your needs and preferences. It allows you to create “Smart Folders” and even categorizes the apps for you. When you tap on a folder, the apps it suggests or ones you add yourself are there as well as suggestions from the Google Play store. This is awesome for people who love to try the latest apps, like me.
Google Maps: There might be other map apps in the market, but this one is tried and true. The one my finger automatically goes to when I need to get directions.
Pinterest: Some people use Pinterest for keeping boards or ideas altogether. I love using it on my cell phone to look up recipes and keep them in front of me while cooking. I’m all for simplifying and this app helps a great deal with cutting down on clutter. Who needs cookbooks anymore?
Cozi Family Calendar & Lists: This app has been such a godsend for me and my family. We can each have access to the “Family” calendar and have the ability to just see our schedule as well as the whole families. You can assign a color for each family member, which makes it super-easy to see everyone’s schedule. It also lets you make lists which can be accessed by other family members so they can see what you need from stores. The family journal is a great, easy way of keeping track of memories or anything important you want to make note of. The widgets you can add to your phone make it so simple and easy to access calendars and lists.
Cozi Family Locator (Life 360 for some devices): This app is a MUST-have for any families with children who have cell phones. It allows you to see where your family members are at all times, as long as they have the app installed and are signed into their device. You can also broadcast messages and send out an emergency SOS signal to the family. Having this app installed and on at all times was actually a requirement for my daughter to be able to get a cell phone, and it allows me the peace of mind of being able to locate her.
AccuWeather: We all need to be able to get the forecast and I’ve found this one to be the most accurate and doesn’t contain viruses or malware to harm my device. ‘Nuff said.
Couple: This is a fun app that I actually discovered not too long ago. It’s for those who are in a relationship and allows for private messaging and communication, there are some fun features like being able to sketch pictures and send them as well as “Thumb kisses”. It’s cute and serves it’s purpose for either long-distance relationships or those who want to keep in touch with their significant other throughout the day.
Catch Notes: If you find yourself taking lots of notes, this is a great app! It actually saves your notes so that you can sign in anywhere and view them so I love it.
Facebook : No app list is complete without Facebook, which has become so important for friends, family and even networking. I know that I check mine at least 3 times a day and the app has gone through some improvements that make it easier then ever to post and message contacts.
Lifelock Wallet: This app used to be called “Lemon Wallet” but was recently purchased by LifeLock, one of the most trusted names for protecting from identity theft. It actually gives you the ability to store membership cards, credit and debit cards, as well as insurance and loyalty cards, which makes it easy for you to access the information without searching your wallet. You will choose a pin when you open the app for the first time so you know your information is protected and secure.
Locket: This is a neat screen lock app that automatically puts up changing pictures, sometimes ads and also pays you to open your screen. How cool is that? You earn a penny for each un-lock and it really does ad up, I earned $1 in the first 3 days of installing.
GasBuddy: I love being able to find the cheapest gas no matter where I am, thanks to this great little app. Who doesn’t want to save money on gas, after all?
Dropbox: This is a FREE app that gives you extra storage for files. I love being able to access my pictures and documents on any computer, mobile phone or tablet. You can sync files automatically so you have an automatic backup, which is just so excellent these days. Just a great, simple utility.
So there you have it, this is a very basic list, mind you. If I wanted to, I could list 100 top apps if I include games, mobile coupon, and entertainment apps. There are so many choices and this is a bare minimum. I hope you enjoyed reading and maybe even learned about a new app to try.
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