Your smartphone isn’t just for playing bird-themed games and snapping pictures each and every meal you order at your favorite restaurant. While there are a number of features on every smartphone that allow us amazing conveniences that have never before been experienced, there are also additional apps that you can download to help make your life easier, calmer, and more manageable. In previous posts we’ve covered some of the top personal finance apps but here are a few of the top selections for everyday productivity apps:
In this crazy world we live in, organization is everything. Just try living one day without keeping track of all the things you have to do – oh wait, that’s what a surprising percentage of the smartphone-owning population does already. If you want to move beyond occasionally updating the built-in calendar on your smartphone and actually be in control of your schedule, then download Evernote. This app allows you to make lists, take notes, record voice reminder, and shares this information across all of your devices so that you’re constantly in sync. Once you start using Evernote, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
The Weather Channel
While most smartphones come with pre-installed apps that let you know the average temperature during the day, they can’t compete with The Weather Channel app. This app is extremely accurate in its predictions, and can also give you detailed information about how the weather will change through the course of the day. There are few things more irritating than being forced to walk outside in the pouring rain without an umbrella, but with this app on your smartphone, that won’t happen.
To describe GroupMe in a sentence, it’s basically texting in a chat room. While texting is already useful, it can be time consuming to text groups of people and update them all on what’s happening. GroupMe allows you to invite your friends who have downloaded the app to groups where all texts are visible to the invited parties. GroupMe is not only a fun way to text with groups of friends, but can also be useful in settings where you need to communicate with multiple people at once, such as communication between project team members.
If you do not have a PayPal account already, then it should go to the top of your priority list. PayPal allows payment by using just your email address. And as well as using PayPal for online purchases, you can also use it to transfer money to friends. This is where the app comes in useful. While physically receiving a money order in cash requires the services of an authorized store like Check City, digital money transfers can be sent directly to your friends’ bank accounts with the PayPal app.
After spending all that money on your smartphone and its accompanying data plan, it’d be in your best interests to get as much out of it as possible. So do your homework. Decide which of these listed apps you need in your life and then research what other undiscovered gems are lurking in the itunes app store or Google Play store.