A friend just bought an Android and asked me to recommend some of my favorite apps, so I figured I might as well blog about it. I’m new to smartphones myself, but I’ve had mine for a year, so there are definitely a few apps I feel I can recommend to someone who might not already know about them.
1. Out of Milk – I only just started using this a few months ago, but it’s become my go-to app for shopping lists. I have a list for groceries, a list for non-food items to buy (such as gardening supplies and movies), and I use the Pantry List to keep track of my sushi supplies so I know when to buy more rice and because I can never remember if I need more seaweed. I love being able to divide everything by store or product or whatever I need them divided by since you can customize the category names. It’s also available on the iPhone, so I linked to the site instead of the app page.
2. HabitRPG – This is the mobile app for the to-do RPG I recommended in this entry.
3. MyChain – I use this app to help create daily/weekly goals, and to keep track of when I last did something. For example, I have a chain to keep track of flossing at least three times a week, and a chain for a particular task I need to do every two weeks.
4. ColorNote – I don’t use this one as much anymore but it’s perfect if you need to add a quick reminder to your homepage, like putting color coordinated Post-Its on your phone.
5. Garden Manager: Plant Alarm – I needed an app to keep track of when to water my plants, I’d mostly just been watering all my plants every other day. Some needed more than that, some needed less, and some needed a lot less. I constantly lost track of when I’d watered my favorite cactus and almost drowned the poor thing, luckily it didn’t drown but now I might’ve accidentally scorched it. Whoops. But this app has helped me a lot, I don’t actually use the alarms because I check it every day anyway, but my favorite feature is the ability to add more pictures of your plants as they bloom and change. I keep notes about my plants in a composition notebook but I hadn’t been taking pictures till now. Gardening is unfortunately something I’ve discovered I’m not a natural at, but at least I’ve finally stopped overwatering my plants.
6. Photo Grid – This is the app I use to make photo collages for Instagram such as this and this.
7. VSCO Cam – If you want to do any editing to your photos, this is the app to use.
8. Pixlr Express – This was the app I’d used before VSCO, it’s how I got the hang of what I wanted to do to my Instagram photos when I’d need to fiddle with coloring or something. I still occasionally use it for the Auto Fix setting.
9. SwiftKey – I stuck with the free keyboards included in my phone, not really having any interest in installing yet another keyboard until I learned about SwiftKey. There was an article on both Facebook and Twitter mentioning the app becoming free, and I realized a lot of my friends use it, either because they had something to say or because I can see they +1′d it or reviewed it on the app page. You used to have to pay, but it’s now free (with more features you can purchase, of course) and it even has a bunch of emoji. That was honestly the main reason I decided to check this app out and there’s just no going back. You have to change some of the settings so you won’t lose your mind, such as changing the spacebar to always create a space instead of acting as an Enter key for the autocorrect suggestions, but I’m very happy with this keyboard. Plus, I could make it purple! Another bonus is the keys are larger, so I downloaded this app on my mom’s phone too so she can type without needing to wear reading glasses since she’s far-sighted.
10. Tip N Split Calculator – Crucial if you’re bad at math and don’t want to stiff your server or need to split your check amongst multiple people.