5 Smartphone Apps You Need to Download Now!
The mobile market is absolutely saturated with apps that promise to help improve your life in every possible way. But which of these apps are actually worth getting? Emma Alice Roberts gives her top five apps to download this moment.
Timehop is an app that links up to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and displays what you did years ago. It’s a great app to take a trip down memory lane. Remember a status that got a huge amount of likes, or that embarrassing picture from the party you crashed? The cringe worthy reminder of what you used to be a couple of years ago is both entertaining and nostalgic. The app gives you the option to share the posts with your friend, reliving memories of the past. You can also do a comparison with ‘then and now’ feature – if you posted an awful selfie five years ago with gelled hair, questionable make-up and a neon top, don’t worry! You can redeem yourself and show how much you’ve changed by posting a current selfie alongside it. Be aware though, Timehop isn’t so great if most of your memories and posts on social media for the past three years were of you and your ex having a wonderful time. That’s something you don’t want to be reminded of everyday!
Pacer is a great app for those who walk a lot to prove just how far they travel on two legs. This app is an electronic pedometer that works all day long (providing you have your phone on you). The phone can be placed in your bag, pocket or hand and it will count the steps you take throughout the day. The app also calculates the calories you’ve been burning so you don’t feel as bad at lunch time when you’re biting into your Kit Kat Chunky. Pacer averages out your steps over the week and provides more accurate calorie counting when details such as weight and height are entered in. A great app to create competition within your friends and family, and a great app to prove that if you do a sufficient amount of walking every day, maybe you can skip the heavy exercise.
Vinted, for those that don’t know, holds a similar purpose to eBay. Vinted is an app where you can sell your clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories to other ‘vinties’. There are both swap and sell options, so if you want new clothes and have old ones you want to throw out then you could end up getting a whole new wardrobe through swapping your unwanted items. The buying process is safe and easy, and a specific barcode will need to be logged when sending an item for insurance, which you can get from the post office when you send the parcel off to its new owner. The customer service team at Vinted also deserve a shout out; they’re great when dealing with any problems, so you know you’re selling and swapping in a safe environment.
The Period app is a handy little tool that saves you having from an unpleasant surprise each month, and it means that there’s no need to scribble ‘PERIOD DUE’ over your nice calendar for all the world to see. You can log your period on the app, including the start and finish dates. From then on it will calculate how many days you have until your next period. The app is also good for parent planning as it tells you when you are ovulating. You can log period factors such as weight, how heavy your bleeding is, your mood and if you have any cramps. This all helps the app determine patterns in your cycle and is great for you to look back on as well. Never be caught off guard again with this helpful little app.
5. City Mapper
City Mapper is a gift from the gods. This amazing app syncs up to whatever city you are in and displays routes for you depending on where you want to go. You can log your home address and your work address and simply let the app do all the work. When in London, for example, it will tell you the best way to reach your destination – it will list tube, train and bus options, and it will also tell you how long it takes you to walk somewhere. If you’re after a taxi, it will let you know how long a taxi would take and it even gives an estimate of the costs. I’m sure this app has saved many people’s lives in the past. One tip, though: if you’re going somewhere and you’re not sure how to get home, please save your battery – the app won’t work if your phone doesn’t turn on!