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Apps I Use And Why You Should Too

 

Let’s skip past the usual suspects like YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram. I want to share with you some less familiar apps that have become just as essential in my daily life. They may not be household names, but they’re absolute game-changers for me.

PS: I’ll be updating this list frequently with new apps, so I suggest you save this article.

Artifact — News

I start my day with Artifact, which is kind of like TikTok but for news. Kevin Systrom, who helped create Instagram, is behind this app. What I love about Artifact is how it uses AI to figure out the news I’m interested in and shows me more of that stuff. There’s also this neat feature where the AI can summarise articles. This way, I get the gist of a story without having to read the whole thing. The coolest part? If there’s a news headline that seems clickbaity, Artifact actually checks out the article and fixes the headline to be more accurate. No more falling for clickbait headlines!

And there’s this new feature called ‘Links.’ It lets us share any web link, like cool things I bought or articles I find interesting, with others on Artifact. We can chat about these links, which are both fun and really handy. For me, Artifact is the number one app for keeping up with the news.

Tick Tick — Productivity

TickTick is my go-to app for staying organized and productive. It’s an all-in-one tool that combines a planner, habit tracker, calendar, event reminder, and even a focus timer. One of the standout features is the built-in Pomodoro timer, which is fantastic for managing work sessions and ensuring I take necessary breaks. It’s incredibly helpful for planning my daily tasks, keeping an eye on upcoming events, and maintaining or building new habits.

Shortwave — AI-Powered Email Client

Shortwave is the email client that has totally changed the way I handle my inbox. It’s not your average email app; it uses AI to sort everything out for me. Promotions, updates, newsletters, and social emails — all organized without me lifting a finger. It keeps the last week’s emails right up front and stores everything else for up to 90 days automatically. And if you go for the premium version, which costs $9, you get a whopping three years of email history. Plus, you can compose emails just by talking, thanks to its voice-to-text feature.

Pocket Casts — Podcast Player

Pocket Casts is my go-to podcast player, and for good reason. The user interface is clean, intuitive, and just a pleasure to navigate. But it’s not just about looks; it’s got features that really enhance the listening experience. The silence remover cuts down on those pauses, and the voice booster makes sure I catch every word clearly. Best of all? It’s completely ad-free, even in the free version, which is a rarity these days. Plus, it keeps track of my listening stats, which is a fun way to see just how much I’ve listened. It’s the perfect podcast player for an avid podcast listener like me.

Pattern — Astrology

Next up on my list is Pattern. It’s a horoscope app that’s eerily accurate — or at least it seems to be. I’m not totally sold on astrology, but I can’t help but enjoy the positive vibes it sends my way (sometimes). What’s really neat is that you can connect with friends on the app and see how your stars align. It’s a fun way to check out the dynamics of your friendships and maybe get a new perspective on the bonds you share.

Bundled Notes — Note-Taking app

Bundled Notes has taken the crown as my ultimate note-taking app. It rocks Android’s Material You design and, funnily enough, seems to use it even better than Google’s own Keep Notes. The app lets me create ‘bundles’ which are like different notebooks for various categories. Inside each bundle, I can use tags to organize my notes, almost like having folders within folders. It comes with a generous 150 MB of storage, but the pro version offers a massive 15 GB — that’s a whole lot of space for all my notes and reminders.

Speaking of reminders, I can schedule notes as reminders too! I can set reminders of previous class lectures right before the new class starts so I can review what I learned last time. Plus, it syncs instantly between devices, has Kanban boards for project management, and even supports rich text formatting. It’s my favorite note-taking app.

Ada — Health App

Whenever I’m feeling a bit off and need a quick health check, I turn to Ada. It’s an app where I can input my symptoms, go through a quick assessment by answering some simple questions, and get an idea of what might be wrong. It’s pretty handy for those times when I’m dealing with minor issues and just need a bit of guidance. I know it’s not a substitute for real medical advice, but for non-serious stuff, it’s a great first step.

Beeper — All-in-one messaging

Beeper is the ultimate communication hub for me. Imagine having all your direct messages from every social media platform rolled into one app — that’s what Beeper does. WhatsApp, Instagram, LinkedIn, regular SMS, and even iMessage (and yes, that’s iMessage on an Android device!) are all in one place. It’s a game-changer for staying on top of my conversations without juggling multiple apps. With Beeper, I never miss a message and keep my communication streamlined and in sync.

Initially, Beeper and I didn’t click. The idea of funneling all my DMs from different platforms into one place felt overwhelming. But as I kept using it, the convenience slowly won me over. Still, there is a lot of room for improvement and a bit of a learning curve.

Showly — Track TV Shows and Movies

Showly is the app I use to keep track of the TV shows and movies I’m watching. It’s got a nice look to it and it’s easy to use. Plus, I get a heads-up from the app whenever there’s a new episode of my favorite show. It’s pretty handy for staying on top of all the latest stuff without having to search for it.

Air Visual — Air Quality

The AirVisual app is a handy tool for checking air quality. It gives you real-time updates on the air pollution levels in your area, which can be important for your health. The app also provides forecasts so you can plan your outdoor activities accordingly. You can even set alerts to notify you when air quality becomes unhealthy. Overall, it’s a useful app to help you stay informed and make decisions to protect your well-being.

Caffeine — Simple yet useful

Caffeine is one of those simple, yet brilliant apps that solve a very specific problem. We’ve all been there, reading an article or copying notes from our phone, and the screen dims or locks after 10, 15, or 30 seconds. It’s a small annoyance but it adds up. That’s where Caffeine comes in. It sits quietly in the quick settings of my phone, and with just a tap, my screen stays awake for as long as I need it to. No more constant tapping to keep the phone from locking! And once I’m done, another tap turns it off. It’s the kind of efficiency I love in an app.

Splitwise — Finance

Well, this one is a very well-known app, but I felt it’s worth mentioning. Splitwise is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to managing shared expenses. Whether it’s splitting a restaurant bill, rent, or even just tallying up costs for a group trip, this app takes the awkwardness out. You simply enter the expenses, and it does the math to figure out who owes what to whom. It’s very helpful for roommates, travel buddies, and anyone who finds themselves frequently divvying up costs. The interface is user-friendly, and it sends out friendly reminders.

Lens Distortion — Editing

Lens Distortion is an incredible app to add effects to your photos. It offers a range of effects like smoke, flare, sunlight, and even rain. The presets provided within the app are very good too!

Mimo — Learn to Code

Mimo is a fun and interactive app that’s all about learning to code on the go. It breaks down programming into bite-sized lessons that I can do anytime, anywhere. Whether I’m waiting in line or on my lunch break, I can pick up my phone and learn a bit of Python or HTML. It’s set up like a game, so it actually makes learning a new skill pretty enjoyable. I’ve been using it to brush up on my coding skills, and it’s been a great way to stay sharp and even learn some new tricks.

Skyview — Night Sky Tracker

SkyView isn’t exactly a must-have app for everyone, but it’s definitely a ‘good to have’ on your phone, especially if you enjoy looking up at the night sky. It turns your phone into a handheld guide to the stars, letting you identify constellations, planets, and more, just by pointing your camera skyward. While it might not be something you use every day, it’s incredibly cool for those nights when the sky is clear and you’re curious about what’s twinkling above you.

Pocket — Listen to anything from the web

Pocket is a fantastic app for when you come across an article or a video online that you don’t have time to check out immediately. With just a click, you can save it to Pocket and come back to it later, even when you’re offline. It’s not just a bookmarking tool; it’s like having a personal reading list that’s always with you.

Pocket isn’t just for reading; it’s also perfect for listening. If I find an article I want to save for later, Pocket can turn it into an audio version, almost like a podcast, which is great for when I’m on the move. Whether I’m commuting or just out for a walk, I can listen to the articles I’ve saved. It’s like having a personal radio show of all the things I’m interested in. This feature makes Pocket a standout app because I can catch up on my saved articles without having to stare at my screen

Feedly — News

Before Artifact came along, Feedly was my go-to for the latest news. It’s got a lot in common with Artifact — both apps let me follow news feeds, save articles for later, and categorize them however I like. But Feedly’s been doing this for a while, and it’s got a few tricks of its own, like giving me suggestions for new stuff to read and letting me search for articles with just a keyword. It’s a solid choice if you want to keep all your reading in one organized place.

Raindrop — Bookmark Manager

Raindrop Bookmark Manager is where I keep all the cool stuff I find online. It’s like a neat, little box for my favorite links, articles, and videos. I can sort them into folders, put on some tags, and find them easily later, no matter what device I’m using. Plus, I can share neat finds with my friends too. It’s straightforward, and I love how it keeps my online content organized.

IFTT — Automation

IFTTT stands for ‘If This Then That,’ and it’s as cool as it sounds. It’s an app that lets me create certain routines or shortcuts that make my apps and devices work together in ways they normally wouldn’t. For example, if the weather forecast says rain, I get a reminder to bring an umbrella. It can do a lot more and the possibilities are endless. Super handy for automating those little tasks and saving time. It is similar to Samsung’s Bixby Routines or Apple’s Shortcuts.

Locket Widget — No Nonsense Snapchat

Locket Widget is my easy alternative to Snapchat. It’s straightforward: add your close friends, put the widget on your home screen, and you’re set. Photos from my friends pop up there, just like snaps, but it’s all right on my home screen — no app opening needed. It’s best for sharing with a small group of people. There’s nothing to keep up with, no streaks to maintain — just simple, stress-free sharing.

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