These days, there are apps for money management, tracking health and fitness, and so much more. It can be difficult to figure out which apps are the easiest to use and most beneficial, so here’s a detailed list. Learn more about useful apps that can streamline your daily life.
Everyone needs a good bill pay app. There are so many on the market, but none compare to Mint. When it comes to all in one, comprehensive financial tracking apps, Mint has everything you need. It allows you to centralize all your bills, set reminders for due dates, schedule bill payments, pay bills in app, and store bill statements. You can also track your bank accounts and financial investments. The most unique feature lets users track their spending. The app also animates how you spend your money by breaking it down with a color-coded wheel. If you’ve had problems figuring out where your money goes, Mint will be one of the most useful apps you’ll ever download.
Paying attention your body is important, but it’s not always easy. Life can be hectic, leaving little time to focus on yourself. With Gyroscope, tracking your health, fitness, sleep, and wellness just got simpler. There are many useful apps that track all of these, but none that bring them together in one place. Instead of using several different apps to track your body, you can use Gyroscope to track your exercise, productivity, caloric intake, and sleep cycles. Many users love the accuracy and ease this app provides.
Most people have an app they use to take notes. Every phone comes with a standard notes app, but Evernote takes notes to the next level. Many note apps simply allow users to track ideas with text, but Evernote goes beyond simple text. This app has changed the way brainstorming sessions are cataloged because it allows users to include sketches and photos alongside text. You can even create a timeline showing the growth and development of an idea. Share these saved notes with coworkers or business partners so everyone can see what’s being discussed. The best part is Evernote is also web-based, so you can access your notes anytime, anywhere.
Health and Fitness
Eating right can be hard, especially when you’re dining out. Now, there’s an app to help make health-conscious eating simple. HealthyOut was developed to help users track their food intake when they’re eating at a restaurant. There are some useful apps out there that tell you about caloric intake or ingredients in a prepared meal, but none that are as comprehensive as HealthyOut. Folks with allergies or specific diets can select the things they’d like to avoid, and HealthyOut will let them know how many dishes will work for them at that restaurant. There are also the traditional aspects of a food tracking app, like nutrition facts and pricing.
What’s in your food? If you can’t answer that question, then Nutrients is the app for you. The Nutrients app gives users a detailed breakdown of what vitamins and minerals are in their food. Most nutrition apps focus on how many calories are in your food, but they don’t give you a complete list of all vitamins and minerals. Additionally, they don’t often list food items that aren’t prepared. For instance, you can find out the nutritional breakdown of a banana, not just the pasta dish at your local Italian restaurant. This app is great for people who are looking to improve their overall health.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal trainer? If you’re like most people, you’d love to have one, but don’t have the time or money to hire one. Now, Pear Personal Coach brings trainers to you. This amazing workout app is unlike any other because it guides your workouts with audio from personal trainers. The audio actually reacts in the moment to the ebb and flow of your workout using your body metrics. When you really need that extra push, a trainer will be in your ear speaking words of encouragement. You do have to sign up to be a member, but membership includes access to tons of excellent workouts.
Tracking and Productivity
Improving sleep has been the focus of many apps, but none have developed in-depth metrics like Sleepbot. All you have to do is press the “Start Sleep” button, and Sleepbot starts working. You can set the app to track your motion, record sound, and engage a smart alarm. Motion tracking helps you find out how often you toss and turn, and sound recording could help you learn what’s waking you up at night. Smart alarm picks a time to wake you that works with your R.E.M. cycles. All these features may help improve your sleep.
The recurring, tedious tasks that take up our days can be the most annoying. That’s why the most useful apps simplify these processes. Workflow is certainly one of them. With Workflow, you can make a preset list of processes, and then run them whenever you want. For example, if you frequently transfer photos from emails to a cloud service like Dropbox, you can create and save preset steps that take care of this process for you. No more downloading and uploading again and again. Just download the app, create the Workflow, and run it when you need. It’s really that simple.
Travel and Navigation
9. Packing Pro
Travelers don’t always need a companion, but they usually need some help with the finer details. If you travel often, you know how terrible it can be to leave something behind you need or love. Packing Pro prevents you from making that mistake ever again. It might seem like your old list-making method works just fine, but once you see Packing Pro’s features, you’re likely to change your mind. You can create several packing lists for different trips. If you travel a lot for business, you might want separate lists for each destination, or one simple checklist. Either option is possible with Packing Pro.
Of all the navigation apps out there, only a few can contend with the big guys, like Google Maps. If users are going to venture out of their comfort zones for a navigation app, it has to be top notch. The makers of Navmii are well aware of their competition, and they’re giving Google and Apple a run for their money. The network of interconnected drivers is the most unique and interesting feature Navmii offers. Traffic, road conditions, and other important information is crowd sourced by users.
World travelers need to know the rate of exchange on their currency. GlobeConvert solves this travel issue by providing currency exchange rates, as well as other important differences in data, like measurements and time. Learning about these differences in advance could make a huge impact when it’s time for a trip out of the country. GlobeConvert is one of the useful apps that travelers shouldn’t be without.
How many times have you been in a checkout line only to realize you left your coupon at home? If you’ve ever had this happen to you, then check out SnipSnap. Many retailers still use paper coupons, but they’re so hard to keep track of. SnipSnap lets you take a photo of your coupon so the cashier can scan the barcode. SnipSnap also lets you store digital coupons alongside your snipped and snapped paper coupons. Now, you can ditch paper coupons, but still save on your favorite items.
13. Coupon Sherpa
Everyone loves a good discount, but no one likes searching for them. Coupon Sherpa leads discounts right to your mobile device. What’s more, you can filter the discounts you see. Setting favorites in the app allows you to see discounts from those retailers first, but you can also browse current discounts. Coupons can even be found based on location. That’s great news because some promotions aren’t nationwide, even if the retailers are. Best of all, each coupon can be scanned at checkout right from your phone.
Big box retailers are always running promotions. Flipp lets you keep track of all the promotions from large retailers in your area. It’s one of those useful apps that makes monotonous tasks like grocery shopping a little more bearable. Clipping coupons can be tiresome, so Flipp decided to create an app in which chain stores present coupon mailers to clients in a digital format. Most likely, the Flipp format is going to catch on, and paper coupons are soon to be a thing of the past.
Tech that Simplifies
Technology is supposed to simplify our lives, so it’s inspiring when useful apps are developed. These 15 apps are sure to change the way you work, eat, sleep, and play for the better. Hopefully, app designers and developers will create more useful apps like these that improve our quality of life.
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