March 8, 2015

We certainly live in a tech-savvy world now.  Before I got a smartphone (yes, I actually survived a few teenage years without a phone in hand), I used to wonder what the big deal was.  Now that I have one, I find myself wanting to go back in time and whack myself in the head.

It's absolutely amazing to think that we all walk around carrying--basically--tiny computers.  But what good is a computer if you aren't using it to its full potential?

I've compiled a list of my favorite apps, some of which I use every single day.  Not just editing apps, or studying apps, but apps in general.  You might want to hop over to the app store after reading!

The Top Ten Apps To Have -- Prep For A Day

1. AntiVirus:  As I said above, your phone is sort of like a tiny computer.  Some people would rather buy items on their phones, and banking apps are becoming very popular.  It would be extremely bad if your phone was hacked or if it was infiltrated by a virus, especially with that sort of information being stored on the device.  Go ahead and err on the side of caution, and get a good protection software.

2. Pinterest:  This was a bit of a no-brainer for me.  If I'm ever bored at school or during lunch, I frequent this app more than is advisable.  I've also found that Pinterest is easiest to use as an app, rather than on the computer.  Definitely recommended.

3. Pandora:  Also a bit of a no-brainer.  Since I don't have any music on my phone, this is my go-to app for jamming out (with headphones, of course).  I prefer this app to Spotify and others that are similar to it--to me, they just aren't as customized to the user's preferences.  (P.S. The "Top Hits" station is my favorite!)

4. QR Code Reader:  To be honest, the only reason I purchased this app was because one of my teachers required it, but it's actually very handy.  You never know when you're going to need to scan a QR code--ultimate shoppers and couponers, I'm talking to you!

5. Quizlet:  I may have mentioned this app once or twice, but there's a reason.  This app has been so helpful to me throughout the school year, especially with vocabulary tests.  If you're lucky enough to attend a school that allows smartphones, you have the ability to study whenever you have your phone out (and for most of us, that's a huge chunk of time).

6. Polyvore:  I've killed a lot of time just browsing through sets on my Polyvore.  It's very similar to Pinterest in that regard.  Those of you who are bloggers and designers can also create your own sets and post them to your blog or page, all on the go!

7. PicFrame:  I use this app mainly to create collages or "mirror image" photos for Instagram.  There are a lot of different edits that can transform one photo into a piece of photographic art.  No lie.

8. Snapseed:  Ever wonder how I edit my Instagram photos?  This app is the answer.  It's not only easy to use, but also produces wonderful quality (and it's free)!

9. Duolingo:  This app was a fave from last month because I use it everyday.  Literally.  It makes learning a new language much simpler than it seems!

10. Trivia Crack:  Pardon the name.  I'm one of those people who loves to have a database of useless trivia stored in her head, so a trivia game is very appealing.  It's also oddly rewarding when you earn the little figures between rounds...

What are some of your favorite apps?


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