Whether you use your smartphone for connecting with friends, conducting work-related activities, easing the “user-friendliness” of the world around you, or simply discovering new and interesting things, chances are there is an app to help you with what you’re looking for. Often times the best apps are free, or cheap enough to be worth paying for. Here are 6 apps that will change the way you use your phone.
Shopkick is a free app that rewards you just for walking into stores. You can earn kicks (reward points) for entering stores such as Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, and Macy’s, and even more kicks for scanning the bar codes of certain items in these stores. Swiping through catalogs to see new products, deals, and discounts earns you more kicks, which can be cashed in for a variety of gift cards, iTunes song downloads, and even trips and designer merchandise.
GasBuddy is a free auto service that lets you find the cheapest gas in your area. This app allows you to find gas stations near you and see their present gas prices, which are updated by a community of users like you. Reporting gas prices can earn you points toward a prize, which is often a prepaid gift card for gas, a pretty cool reward for trying to save money on gas to begin with.
SoundHound is a free music app that finally allows you to learn whose song it is that you’ve been singing to yourself since this afternoon. Sing, hum, whistle, or just play the real song into your phone’s microphone to search for the song’s name, artist, and album. If you’re listening to a recorded song, you can see live lyrics that auto-scroll along with the song, just so you can keep on singing.
Dropbox is a free storage application that lets you bring your photos, videos, and documents together on a cloud storage system, which you can use from just about any device. You get 2GB of space just for signing up, and can earn up to 3GB of extra storage space as you continue using the app. Also, putting your photos and videos on the cloud can free up huge amounts of space, sometimes increasing your device’s speed and improving its performance.
Evernote is a free productivity app that assists you in keeping organized and saving ideas as notes that are easily organize and searchable. This app allows you to create to-dos and task lists, record voice/audio notes, email notes, and search for text within images that you upload. Keep track of your finances, cut paper clutter, and create lists to stay organized and a little less stressed. Use the app to take snapshots of your sales receipts and bills, organize and save recipes, and create a grocery list — all of which are easily text-searchable — to stay in order.
WhatsApp is a free instant messaging service that also allows users to send images, video, and audio messages to one another. Well, it’s mostly free anyway. Although the app recently became free, it will cost users $0.99 USD to continue their use the service after the first year — a small price to pay for unlimited text and media messaging. This app makes use of push notifications that are sent to users notifying them of instant messages, and messages sent to offline users will be saved to be viewed when that user signs back in.