I thought I would change it up and focus on some of my favourite apps today. I have a lot of them on my phone - some I use everyday and some only once a month or even less. I don't usually play a lot of games on my phone so you won't find any in this list here - I mean I like games, like bejewelled and fruit ninja, zombie highway stresses me out so I can't play it. Its just that I have about a 1 week attention span for them. I play them obsessively, and then I never use them again and I end up deleting them. So mainly I've focused on the apps that I am really liking lately, or that have been on my phone for a long time and I always go back to.
Waterlogue is just fun! It lets you transform any image into a watercolour. There are many preset filters that adjust things like the hardness of outlines, or wetness of the brush. At 2.99 it's a little pricey for something you aren't going to use everyday though, but for me, part of the appeal is the ability to use it for blog photos.
Checkout 51 is sort of like using coupons without the hassle of hunting hem down and cutting them out. Every week it's loaded with new offers for products - which give you cash back when you buy them - from any store you want. You simply take a photo of your receipt and upload it! You get a cheque in the mail when you get to $20. This is a great way to get a little extra cash, plus its free.
Whitagram is another free photo-editing app. I use it mainly so that I don't have to crop landscape or portrait photos to fit the instagram-square requirement. You can also edit photos (it links to aviary or camera+ though) add labels and change the background colour. I rarely use those features though, and don't like the other colours much however I like landscape style photos - so I use it almost everyday.
Cuptakes is $.99 cents and is another really fun one that you may not use everyday but I think is great. They have a HUGE selection of wallpapers and themes for your phone. They update it monthly with cute holiday themed designs, or you can use a simpler one and personalize it with some graphics and monograms. It's obviously focused on "girly" type backgrounds so they can be a little cutesy sometimes, but for the most part pretty good.
Mint - I LOVE this app (which links to a website)- but there are some definite skeptics on this type of third-party money management system. Here's the thing, technically when you sign up to Mint.com you are breaking the security agreement with your bank not to disclose your information. Which means in case of fraud that occurs because of/or through the app- will not be covered by your bank. HOWEVER - Mint.com is owned by Intuit who has a great security track record and actually provides some of the same security software to many banks. It is also a "read-only" app meaning, that even if it was hacked into, there is no way to move money in and out of your accounts through mint. It has been around for a long time, with no security issues and I think the benefits of the app outweigh the risks. Basically it allows you to create monthly budgets, and auto-categorizes all your spending. It sends alerts and emails (to one person or more) when you are either coming close to maxing your budget or when you are over. It tells you your net worth and your current score. Its easy to read, use is free and has definitely made an impact in our spending.
Squarespace Blog - This one won't be for everyone, but I thought it deserved a mention. I blog using Squarespace - it's not the MOST popular format for bloggers, most use wordpress or blogger. However I think more and more people will creep over to this system. It's easy to use and always looks amazing. The customer service is unreal. This app is free and allows me to write, edit, upload photos etc. From anywhere at all and the quality and formatting is always consistent.
Bible by YouVersion is my favourite bible app. When I am at home, I prefer the actual book. But I like to use this app to follow along with the readings at church. It allows you to bookmark, highlight and save notes. Also, I like to listen when I go for walks sometimes and this has everything easily accessible in audio - just a button at the bottom of the page. Lastly, you can program this app to send you a daily devotional or verse of scripture. It pops up as an email or as a notification on your phone at whatever time you designate. This app is free.
Yoga Studio is one of the most expensive apps on this list, its $3.99 but if you like doing yoga at home its worth it. I don't practice yoga everyday. But I really like it, it's not an easy form of exercise - if you're doing it right, but it definitely helps to relieve stress and bring a sense of balance to your life. This app is a well put together class, that you can tailor to your own needs. Be it through changing levels; beginner, intermediate, advanced or time restrictions 15 min- 1 hour etc. It allows you to schedule sessions for yourself through their calendar and will send you notifications. Also it airplays to apple tv if you have it! LOVE.
Tab is a fairly new app/system and so for now is only really useful in downtown Toronto. However it looks promising - and I love the idea behind it. Basically it allows you to use the app to sign in at particular restaurants. You tell the server that you are using tab and they confirm your sign in on their end. When you are done your meal you simply get up and go. Tab will automatically bill your credit card (including a preset tip amount that you create). If you want to split the bill- you can, by adding your friend(s) to your tab, and if you want to tip more or less - you can adjust that also. The app is free.
Instagram just has to be on this list y'know? I use it every single day. It's definitely my favourite of all the social media platforms (which is why it broke my heart that they are now allowing sponsored ads). It makes me work on my own creativity and really appreciate the brilliance of others! I love it, and again free.
I could have easily made this a photo-editing app list. Because seriously, I have SOOO many apps, and they all do something a little unique and I can't bring myself to pick favourites. I already mentioned Instagram, Whitagram and Waterlogue, which are the ones I'm loving right now. HOWEVER I wanted to mention A Beautiful Mess app ($ .99)which allows you to layer photos, use shapes and add fun fonts and graphics to your images. Over ($1.99) which allows for fonts as well - but in a slightly different way, more design focused, magazine like if that makes sense. Fave photo editors are VSCO Cam (free), PicTapGo (1.99), Camera+ (2.99) Pomelo and Afterlight (2.99). I like Party Party (.99) for fun quick and quirky videos, Hyperlapse (free) for time lapse videos ...obviously, and Picframe (.99) for collages like my friday faves.
Do you guys use any of these? What are your faves?