We’ve hit a point in society, culture and technology where smart phones have become the norm, and in some cases a necessity. I fought it for a long time, but after being stranded in the middle of no where with my husband and one year old at 1 in the morning, not knowing where we were and unable to tell the towing company how to find us, we decided it was finally time. That was about three months ago, and it was a great decision.
Smart Phone Apps are what make a smart phone so great. They keep track of your life, help inspire the creative process and keep you entertained. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my app choices, and I use them every week, if not every day. These top ten apps are a compilation of the SpeedySigns.com marketing team favorite Smart Phone Apps. Check it out!
As cliche as it may be, Instagram is my all-time favorite app, and I use it several times a day. I’m a lover of the art of photography, and while I think technology and things like Instagram are slowly destroying the art, I still think some folks post some beautiful shots. Plus, I’m just a very visual person, so I enjoy getting to actually see what my friends are doing all day, and in turn, I like to share with them what I am doing. If I can do that in the most visually pleasing way possible, then why not? The filters available in the app are great at making a good picture look like a great one.
Again with the cliches, but Twitter is another app that I use everyday. Aside from knowing a little too much about what my friends are doing at any given time, by following the big cheeses in the fields that I love, I’m often lead to great articles and other sources of information, which keeps me up to date on the things that really interest me.
The Nike+ GPS app is great if you want to start running or are already a seasoned runner. It uses a map to track your run, gives you a music boost when you need it, cheers you on when people on facebook “like” that you are running, and gives you challenges to beat your last time or distance. It also tracks the calories burned! I like this app a lot, because it helps with the lack of motivation I often feel when it comes to running and health in general.
My Fitness Pal
The My Fitness Pal app goes great in conjunction with Nike+ GPS. It allows you to set up a healthy eating plan, and tells you how many calories you can have each day based on your weight and goals. It has the largest food database of all the apps, which makes adding calories a great deal easier. It even has a bar code scanner for you to scan your items in! It also has an area where you can add your cardio and aerobic exercises, keeping track of the calories you’ve burned. You can track your progress, and make some friends through the online version that will keep you encouraged!
There are plenty of song recongnition apps out there, but Sound Hound is the best in my opinion. Out of the others that I’ve used, Sound Hound is the quickest and easiest. Plus, you don’t need a song to be playing for Sound Hound to recognize it. Enter whatever lyrics you know, or hum that unknown tune that’s been stuck in your head for the past week, and usually within the suggestions it displays, the song you’re looking for will be listed. I love music, and this app has been very helpful in answering quick questions about songs, especially when listening to the radio.
Maps… the most practical/useful app on a phone in my opinion. Its functionality is as good or better than most stand-alone GPS units I’ve used, and it comes standard on most phones now. Thanks Google.
Nature Space Holographic Audio
The Nature Space Holographic Audio app is INCREDIBLE. I’m no sound engineer by any means, but the way they designed these sounds to move from ear to ear creates this 360- degree effect and feels like you are actually somewhere else. The campfire sounds are my absolute favorite. When I close my eyes and listen, I can actually smell the campfire and feel warm. This one is great for sleep.
The Amazon app is an overall great app for making sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. It allows you to scan items at a retail store and compares prices for you online. It even has a one-click purchasing option, for the more seasoned Amazon junkies.
Notes is another very practical app that I use weekly. My brain is constantly going a mile a minute, and I often have many ideas that I need to get out quickly before I forget them. Notes allows me to get them down in a timely fashion and saves them as is. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
Picfx is a great app for giving your snapshots some life. It has several dozen different filters, and you can use it in conjunction with instagram. I use this app several times a week to make my pictures a little more special.
So what are your favorite phone apps?