Life was drastically different before the world of smartphones. I'm not going to say that it was better or worse, but it was different.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, I believe there are some great benefits to having a smartphone in today's society and I find that I am generally more productive when I use my favorite 7 apps.
If you haven't used these before, I would encourage you to check them out…they are all FREE!
1) YouVersion – I use this to keep up with Bible readings. I can view my Bible plan from the app and click a checkbox when I finish reading it. I also enjoy being able to listen to the Bible using some of the audio versions that are available. My preference is listening, so this is a big plus for me.
2) Evernote – I'm a big fan of Evernote and I use it to keep up with lots of things. I can store procedures for tasks at work. I can keep information about projects I'm working on for clients. I can save links to interesting things I find online. I can store recipes. The possibilities are endless.
3) Kindle – You don't have to have an Amazon Kindle tablet to read the Kindle version of books. All you need to do is download the Kindle app and you can read any Kindle book. I have a few dozen books that I've ordered (including my own) and I can pull them up to read at any time.
4) iRig Microphone – I use this app to vocally record reminders or to dictate blog posts or articles. I find that I am better at creating blog posts when I speak them out while recording. After I'm finished recording, I can go back later to type it out. This is a good app to use if you're parking somewhere like a big mall or stadium and you want to remember the location based on landmarks.
5) Netflix – I don't necessarily use this for myself all of the time, but I can play television shows or movies from my Netflix app to my television using the Google Chromecast. Of course, I can also take video with me wherever I go as well.
6) Stitcher – I listen to a ton of podcasts. This is my preferred app to tune in on. I have created a Favorites playlist and anytime new episodes are released, they automatically load for me to listen. There are also options for faster playback and rating episodes.
7) Sparkpeople – If I am ever going to get back in shape, I need to track what I'm eating and how active I am. I use the sparkpeople app to enter foods manually or scan them in by barcode and I also map out walking paths. I also track my water consumption. When I use the app, I am more conscious of what I eat and what I need to change.
Question: What are some of your favorite apps and what do they do?