If you are anything like me you have lots, and lots, and lots of apps on your smartphone. Some of them you use all the time and there are others you’ve totally forgotten about. I have the ones I use daily, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, but there are some apps that have been revolutionary for me. Yes, I said “revolutionary” as in “bringing about a major fundamental change”. Here are five of my favorite apps that I didn’t know until recently I couldn’t live without.
- KeyRing has allowed me to get rid of all those annoying loyalty cards that were dangling on my key chain or were never available in my wallet when I needed them. Using KeyRing, I scan and store my existing loyalty cards. Then, when I go to use the card, the barcode gets scanned from my phone. The other cool thing, once you’ve entered a card, you’ll also have access to exclusive coupons and discounts.
- iMapMy is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS on your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. That’s all fine and dandy but what I like is this is the first app I’ve found that let’s me track my biking activity. Sure, the Nike Plus + iPod tracks my running but I’m not really a runner. I bike… a lot. So, now I can keep a log of my workouts or normal rides around the city. I can also share my activities with my social network with friends who will surely be impressed by my skills. But that’s just an added advantage.
- Like so many people, I’ve found that it’s difficult to find time to workout. With the 200 Situps app I can use my smartphone to easily work up to 200 sit-ups with timed rest periods that adjust to my level of fitness. In less than three weeks and in under 15 minutes I’m up to 182 sit-ups. Go ahead, be impressed, I am. The added advantage of this app, you can share your progress with your social networks and they can cheer you on… and keep you accountable! I got this in my Facebook inbox this morning, “so, Danielle, haven’t seen you check in with your sit-ups. Did you give up”? Needless to say I’ll be back at it this evening.
- The Whole Food app is another great one. I’m not the world’s best cook but I do OK in the kitchen. However, I do much better with the Whole Food App. I can find great organic meals or design some of my own and the app will tell me what to purchase and now to prepare the meal. I can also get simple, practical advice on nutrition and green living. Look, grocery shopping and eating healthy is hard enough. I’ll take all the help I can get!
- Finally, I’m kinda obsessed with Frenzapp. This app allows you to share your apps with friends. You can pick which apps you actually share and it’s very slow to identify all your apps loaded on your mobile devise, but it’s a cool way to share the ones you like and find new ones that your friends are using. If you’re on Frenzapp, friend me and let’s start sharing apps. If not, check back next month for more apps I’m in love with and in the mealtime, share some of you’re own!