Useful & Powerful Mobile Apps

Squeeze The Juice Of Your Cell Phone Via These Apps

Studies show that humans touch their cell phones 2,617 times a day. If I consider myself I can very well say that the time I spend with my cell phone is almost four to five hours a day. Not just me, it is something most of us do every day. The word obsession can very well be used here. But, how productive or useful we make that time and how efficiently we are squeezing the juice from our cell phone and the installed apps really matters.

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We cannot find one’s cellphone without applications like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Google etc. Though there are some of the applications which are capable to help us handle things better in our daily life, they have not got the priority spot yet in most of our cell phones. The main reason here is the lack of awareness towards the availability of the application.

What is that something reasonable which we cannot do using mobile applications nowadays?

Here are some of the mobile apps I had personally used and found them to be great and supportive. Especially, when we want to save time and ease the task a bit. Some of you might be already using these and also might have fallen in love with some app due to its efficiency. If so, please let me know about it so that we can get those as well in the post.

The Apps I Use:

Disclaimer: Kindly note that I am not related to any of these mobile applications mentioned below and its developers in anyways. I am sharing this information as I had found them to be great and helpful.

Microsoft One Note/Google Keep:

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A very powerful app according to me. It helps me to keep a note of whatever I do every day at work. It allows me access it via my personal computer as well as from my cell phone. Whatever I maintain here gets saved without an explicit action from my end to save.

Remember, the five subject single college notebook?

Microsoft OneNote is almost the same and there is a lot we can do with it starting from drafting an email to write a story. I am using this app since 2010 and it is absolutely Awesome. The best alternative for this app is Google Keep.

Duolingo:

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A powerful language mobile app. An app through which I am learning French whenever I find some time. Through this app, we can learn a lot more languages in the speed in which we want. The portions have been designed in such a way that we do not get confused. I find this app very useful especially when I feel bored at the office or while waiting in a queue.

Babbel:

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Another powerful language app just like Duolingo. Duolingo concentrates on the grammar part of language while learning whereas Babbel helps us on the usage of words and phrases. With Babbel, we can start to speak the language comfortably. Some people only use Duolingo and some use only Babbel. But, I think by using both these powerful apps one can easily learn, understand and speak a foreign language much faster.

Lumosity:

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The brain app I use when I stand in a queue at the canteen to collect my meal. An app which will help our brain to stay active when you are at a place wasting time. This app is not only for adults but also for kids. Kids of age 5+ would really enjoy this brain game.

Trying hard to pull your kids away from regular mobile games and videos?

Try Lumosity in addition to the app YouTube kids. By Lumosity you can ensure that they stimulate their brain.

Llama:

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This location profile app will help you put your cell phone to silent mode automatically based on the place you are and turn to regular mode once you are out of that place.

It just needs an initial setup and the app takes care of the rest. It does not use GPS instead use the mobile mast (tower) signal to switch between the sound profiles in your phone.

For example – this app comes handy when you reach your regular religious place for prayer, Hospital or clinic if you are a medical person or any similar places where we are supposed to remain silent.

Any.Do/Evernote:

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The To Do list app. It helps me with reminders and also helps me to ensure that I hit all the open items in my bucket and close it by end of the day. The best alternative here is Evernote an another powerful app.

Splitwise:

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Wow, I do not know about this app until I moved to the USA. The app my friend had asked me to install so that the actual amount I vow to him and other roommates are visible. If you are living with your friends in a room, going out for a dutch lunch or any similar scenarios where the total expense needs to be shared then this application will ease your job.

ES File Explorer:

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The file explorer app which helps me access my file I need anytime and anywhere via the cloud. Let us assume that you need to open a file which is in the personal computer remotely, even that is possible through FTP (File Transfer Protocol) in ES File Explorer.

It also helps me preview what is there inside the compressed file in my cell phone and computer. That is not all. You can encrypt your folders in your phone, make a music playlist on the internet and over the cloud. If you are using chromecast, you can also broadcast what is there on your cell phone to your smart TV. There are a lot more too besides the ones mentioned here. Try it.

Noisli/Sleep Sounds:

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With a collection of nature sounds, this app helps me relax my brain and my eyes too when I wanted to sleep faster. An alternative for this app is Sleep Sounds. These apps come handy when you wanted to be focused while working and also when you wanted to take a real quick nap after your lunch.

Twilight/f.lux:

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I use Twilight. I am not sure whether it is blocking the harmful blue light from my phone hundred percent. But, I believe it at least helps me by reducing the impact by tweaking the display brightness automatically so that my eyes do not get stressed much when I look at the cell phone when it is dark. The alternative here is f.lux

CamScanner:

appsThe application I rely on when I wanted to save trees by not wasting paper. We all take printouts if we wanted to scan our medical bills and claim forms at the office right? Just capture the page here after via this application and you are all set to view your scanned image of the document in pdf and other formats.

Remitly:

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The app I had used to transfer my money in another currency to INR real quick. There are other apps too like Zoom, Transfast etc but I had found Remitly to charge lesser transaction fees. This app will help a lot when you are abroad.

iA Writer:

appsThe app which helps me write articles on my phone reducing my dependency on my personal computer. I write whenever I want irrespective of the place I am in.

The Other Apps:

Here is the list of other apps which I am yet to try personally but heard it be great.

Wattpad:

appsYou read books over your phone?
Then this app can help you connect with global communities, discover free books and stories from writers around the world.

Goodreads:

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Helps you keep a virtual bookshelf of the books you had read and also helps you build your “To-read” list.

Waze:

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A Google Maps alternative. It provides information about the traffic, accidents, traffic police, nearest gas station and more. I am yet to learn how useful this app is in India but it will really be a great companion abroad.

Pushbullet:

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Helps us send/receive SMS, files from our personal computer. It is integrated with other messengers like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger etc.

Greenify:

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It helps us save mobile battery by finding and killing the unwanted apps that run in the background. This is only applicable to Android phones. I do not think this is required for iPhone users.

Endomondo:

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Are you working towards reducing weight by hitting the Gym, Walking, Jogging, Cycling or similar?
This application can help you keep track of your speed, distance traveled, calories burnt via an audio feedback. Check it out for more uses.

Recommendations:

  • Please do read the terms and conditions, privacy policy etc. before installing any application onto your device.
  • Reading customer reviews and feedbacks would be really helpful in deciding whether to proceed to install the application or not.
  • Most of the above-mentioned applications can be found in both App Store and Google Play Store. If you do not find it, please look for an alternative.
Image Credits: Office Support, Google Play, Noisli, media02.hongkiat
Disclaimer: Install the application only if you find it to be useful to you. I had found these applications useful hence shared but “use at your own risk”.

 

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