It has got to a time where there is such a reliance on our mobile phones, tablets and other technologies that mobile apps are quickly becoming something that we use every day and soon they will be something that we will not be able to live without. In fact a Smarts Insights report shows that the consumer preference for mobile media time is with mobile apps – with 89% of media time in mobile being used on them, compared to 11% being spent on media through the mobile web. Because of this, there is now a mobile app for almost anything these days, but the question is which are the most useful? Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 most useful.
We’ve all had trouble with Google Maps at some point or another, and that’s where Waze comes in. Waze took the GPS navigation world by storm in 2014, as its interactive app allowed users to find the most accurate traffic reports with the latest accidents, police traps, road debris and any delays all reported immediately, by the users themselves as soon as you see them. Simply, Waze gets you from point A to point B in the quickest time possible, whereas we all know how Google Maps likes to take us around the houses. It can also help to make your daily commute a little more fun as the more accidents that you report, the more points you earn so you can level up. The app is compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone and the best part is that it’s free. Waze has also had some excellent reviews showing just how popular it really is.
If you’re travelling around a lot for work, or you’re simply going on a few trips soon, then you might want to download AroundMe. AroundMe is an app that will simply let you know what is around you. Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, a gas station or simply a place to park, AroundMe can help. It even has a GroupOn deals section so you can find the deals that are in your area saving you money. AroundMe can also show you the nearest activities such as beaches and casinos, so if you’ve studied some casino games with online information guides such as the Ladbrokes Basic Blackjack Guide and you’re looking for the nearest casino to try your new skills in, just log onto AroundMe. If you’re not sure where you are, then download AroundMe. Available on both iPhone and Android and available for free.
Cloze is a genius idea that works a little bit like Hootsuite in the fact that you can have all of your social media accounts all in one place. This way, you don’t have to check four different websites or apps to see what you want to see as with Cloze, everything is all in one place. It can also organise your contacts into who you last spoke to so everyone that you speak to is just a single click away. The app is available on both Android and iPhone, and on the plus side it is free.
If you’ve never experience Uber or Lyft before, then you’re seriously missing out. Uber is essentially a taxi service where you can be picked up by a driver that is in your area, and while the fare is metered like a normal taxi cab, the price tends to be significantly cheaper and no money actually changes hands – it all comes straight from the bank card that is connected to your account. You’ll find that your waiting times are cut in half and that your journey cost is also significantly reduced with Uber. Lyft on the other hand is a ride-sharing service which works in a similar way to Uber in the fact that it’s a cashless system. With Lyft, all of the cars also tote giant pink moustaches to really give you that element of fun so you never feel awkward in a taxi again.
If your day needs a little more organisation, then turn to 30/30. Essential this is a to-do list, but in many respects it is so much more than a to-do list. It’s simple and colourful, and you can give yourself time limits on the tasks that you want to do, so your day is planned out from start to finish. This is perfect for work purposes and also for day to day life. The app will alert you when it’s time to move on to your next time, making sure that your day is organised to the max. It’s compatible on iPhone and Android and one of the bonuses is that it is free.