Super Useful Apps You Should Be Using


Since the launch of Apple’s App Store in 2008 there has been a flood of smartphone apps all with the intention of making our lives easier.Because of these apps we can find out instantly what song is playing on the radio without having to be told, we can know the square roots of pi is to the 137th decimal, and much more.Take a look at this list of other smart apps.They might teach you about something you didn’t know before or help to make your life just a bit easier.

Jasmine, a better YouTube player.

Jasmine is a minimal YouTube app replacement. We love how Jasmine allows us to play YouTube audio in the background, freeing us up to do other things with our phone.

The app is chock-full of features including a nighttime/low light function, full playlist support, and Airplay, Apple’s feature for streaming audio and video to your living room.

Slice helps you track and organize all your online shopping

Slice helps you track and organize all your online shopping

Besides being an awesome package tracker, Slice is an app that helps you stay on top of all your online purchases.

The app securely scans your email and finds receipts from iTunes, Amazon, and wherever else you shop online creating great archive of purchases.

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Check the Weather is new favorite weather app.

Check the Weather is our new favorite weather app.

Check the Weather provides a beautiful interface to view the weather in your current location or favorite city. The app provides a 10-day outlook, precipitation stats, and even weather advisories.

SwiftKey for Android is a keyboard replacement that’s so good, you’ll never go back to the old keyboard.

SwiftKey for Android is a keyboard replacement that's so good, you'll never go back to the old keyboard.

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Swift Key will change how you type on your Android.

The app automatically detects how you’ve typed in the past — from text messaging, mail, chat, Twitter and a few other services — and serves up suggestions on what you’re going to say.

Use Prismatic to stay on top of the news you care about.

Use Prismatic to stay on top of the news you care about.

Prismatic is a new news reading app that strips away clutter like ads and presents you with a simple, easy-to-read interface. Think of it as Instapaper meets Flipboard.

As you use Prismatic the app gets to know you, delivering the stories you’re likely to care about based on your interests. The app knows your interests based on the articles you’ve read and the topics you’ve chosen. It also shows you Twitter commentary on articles from the people you follow.

Robin for Android: Driver Friendly Siri

Robin for Android: Driver Friendly Siri

Robin is an Android version of Siri.

You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news and much more.

Robin was built with drivers in mind, she is most useful when behind the wheel because she helps you to keep your eyes on the road and off of your device.

Price: Free

Available on: Android

Wikipedia Offline: The Internet encyclopedia, without the Internet

Wikipedia Offline: The Internet encyclopedia, without the Internet

Full text wikipedia articles stored on your device.

Never be without the essential internet encyclopedia ever again.

Price: $9.99

Available on: iOS

WolframAlpha: The computer’s computer

WolframAlpha: The computer's computer

The WolframAlpha app essentially takes the entire WolframAlpha site and crams it into your iPhone, iPad or Android.

WolframAlpha can answer questions on math, statistics, data analysis, physics, chemistry, engineering, and more.

Price: $3.99

Available on: Android and iOS

Notability: Voice recording and handwriting integration for your notes

Notability: Voice recording and handwriting integration for your notes

Notability integrates handwriting, voice recording, PDF annotation, and media into a single app.

You can even enhance your notes by adding pictures from your photo library or from the iPad camera. Insert web clips, figures, and drawings to compliment your notes. Crop, resize, and draw on images to make them perfect.

Price: $0.99

Available on: iOS

Google Chrome: All your tabs from all your devices in one place.

Google Chrome: All your tabs from all your devices in one place.

Google Chrome is a smart app because it allows users to sync web pages across multiple computers. Now when we pick up our iPhone, Android, or iPad we can still see exactly what we were looking at on our desktop.

Price: Free

Available on: AndroidiOS, and Mac and PC

The Night Sky: Stargazing for the 21st century

The Night Sky: Stargazing for the 21st century

Without Night Sky we’d never know we were looking up at Jupiter or the milky way.

This smart app allows us to see exactly which stars and planets are directly above us in the night sky.

Price: $0.99

Available on: Android and iOS

  One thought on “Super Useful Apps You Should Be Using

  1. November 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for this nice collection. I am already using NightSky and WolframAlpha, but the offline Wiki sounds great, since I don’t have a 3G/4G contract at the moment! How much storage on your device does it approximately require?

    • November 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Upon launching the app, you will be prompted to download Wikipedia onto your device. It has been meticulously compressed (English is 4.0GB) while maintaining all of the data in every single article.

      Best Regards,
      Berk.

      • November 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Wow, 4Gb is a lot for my iPhone, however, this does not come surprisingly if you consider the huge size of Wikipedia in terms of the quantity of articles…And I think it is totally worth it!
        One more question: what about the pictures in the articles, are they also saved offline?

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