As college students, many of you are already familiar with the latest apps for smartphones and tablets. In today’s high-tech world, there is literally an app for almost everything.
Here are some you may not have heard of…
Songza Price: FREE
This app is by far my favorite of the ones on the list. It provides music playlists customized to the time of day, your activities, or your mood. When I first downloaded it, I sat in my living room with my roommates laughing hysterically about some of the playlists’ names. Examples include Hyped All Day (getting hyped for taco bell), Songs from Apple Commercials, The Twerk Tape, Ladies be Pregaming, and (for you Breaking Bad fans) Cooking with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Somehow this app has come in handy at least a few days a week since I downloaded it and the music always suits my mood and needs. There is also a website similar to Pandora if you don’t have room on your phone, Songza.com.
Mint.com Price: FREE
Mint.com is a budgeting app that is convenient for people who are on the go but still want to keep track of their expenses and where they are spending their money. After you create an account, you automatically can see where your money is going. The upside is that it is super easy and safe. I’ve read hundreds of reviews of the sites security precautions and all say the system is secure. The app works by tracking and analyzing the places where you use your credit/debit card and categorizing the expenses as entertainment, food, clothes etc. Simpler budgeting apps are available if you normally pay in cash or don’t feel comfortable entering in your information
Reference Me Price: FREE
This app is great for anyone who ever has a paper with a works cited or bibliography. Reference Me creates citations; however, unlike any citation-creation website, it can scan a UPC code and transform it into a pre-made citation. Something to keep in mind when you have a few big papers to do and not enough time to get citations for every book you looked at in the library.
Sleep Cycle Price: $1.99
Sleep Cycle is on a whole other level compared to other apps. It involves sleep and as a college student sleep is one of the biggest necessities. Sleep cycle tracks your sleeping habits and patterns based on your movements while you sleep. You place your phone face down next to your pillow while the app is running and it notices when you toss and turn in the night. You can input various things like working out and drinking coffee to see how they affect your sleep. After your first week or so, the app starts providing you graphs on how your sleep varies night to night. Some graphs include sleep quality per day of the week, time in bed per day of the week, time you went to bed and daily graphs of your rem sleep cycle. The coolest portion of this app though is probably the alarm. You’re able to set a “smart alarm” that wakes you up during your lightest sleep in a given time frame so you never feel groggy. The snooze is also pretty advanced and wakes you up better by shortening the snooze time as you reach the end of your time frame.
My Fitness Pal Price: FREE
Watch out freshman! That extra serving at Campion adds up and eventually you may be among the large percentage of adults who watch what they eat or diet. If you do, get this app. It customizes your calorie intake based on your height, weight, and activity level. You can input your food and drink choices and see exactly what you’re putting into your body. What distinguishes this from most other dieting apps is it has a large database of food and drink with the nutrition facts already entered and you can often get this information by scanning an item’s UPC code. It also shows you what you’re lacking in your diet and when you go over your daily limit for something such as sugar.
7 Minute Workout Price: $1.99
Another great app if you are trying to get fit, 7 minute workout provides customized high intensity interval training workouts based on what you would like to improve and the equipment you have (a chair). The workouts are great for college students because almost everyone can find 7 minutes in their busy routine to try to get healthier. Plus, you can workout in the comfort of your room.
Wifi Finder Price: FREE
Ever feel like you can never find a WiFi connection off campus? WiFi finder provides the locations in your surrounding area with public and even private WiFi connections. Some places within walking distance of St. Joe’s campus include Starbucks, T-Mobile, and Mcdonald’s.
Duolingo Price: FREE
Duolingo has been recommended by many bloggers as one of the top language apps. Although you can only choose from German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, the program teaches you a language much like the top software companies do: “the natural way to learn a language.” Also, if you want to learn more than just a language check out iTunes U which provides courses and lectures from other universities.
Google Drive Price: FREE
This one is probably one of the most popular apps on the list. Obviously Google is a successful international search engine among other things, but if you don’t have the app on your phone, get it. Google Drive is great for cloud storage and allows you to jot down notes and access them later online from any device. And like most cloud storage, its really convenient and hassle-free, especially in a place with campus-wide WiFi.
Viber Price: FREE
Viber is essential if you or any of your friends are studying abroad. It allows you to send free texts, and call while abroad. It was perfect for me when I was only abroad for a month and did not find it necessary to spend $100 on an international mobile plan. The app does require wireless but there are generally cafes and restaurants that will provide free WiFi while abroad.
Lemon Wallet Price: FREE
This app is a virtual wallet and wonderful if you happen to misplace your wallet. You can add your credit, debit, bank, and club cards by scanning them and never risk losing all the information in your wallet. Lemon Wallet also includes receipts and expense reports to make shopping hassle free. The app is popular among college student who often misplace, forget, or don’t bring their wallet out with them, especially on weekends.
Pulse Price: FREE
If you like to keep up with all the latest current events, Pulse provides all the news you need in one spot.You can select some of your favorite interests and customize what you read. Each interest has a variety of sources to explore for example, science includes articles from Discovery News and National Geographic among others. You can select which channels you’d like to have and create a profile to link up your social media. Pulse caters to any student who can’t seem to find the time to sit down and open a newspaper, but has a quick five minutes here or there to catch up on what’s going on.This app will also come in handy if you ever need to take a current events class or if your major requires you to be up-to-date.
iStudiez Pro Price: $2.99
This app is basically a comprehensive calendar and planner that is with you at all times. I know I personally have trouble remembering when I have meetings projects and tests. With iStudiez Pro you can keep track of assignment due dates, tests, classes, and events. The app automatically syncs with your current calendar on your phone so you don’t have to import your meetings if you download it. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and it already has become a lifesaver. I check what I have for the day when I wake up and it has customizable reminders for important events. It might not get you and A in all your classes, but it will definitely help with time management.
And for those of you who are 21 and older
Mixology Price: FREE
When you want to make mixed drinks, but aren’t sure what to use or what you want, use Mixology. You can search all drinks for a recipe, get a random one mixed up, or look for something with a specific ingredient. The app also allows you to input your liquor cabinet for ideas involving what you’ve got at home.
Bonus: search for bars and liquor stores and receive some bartending tips!
Drink Owl Price: FREE
Tried and true, Drink owl finds you deals at your local bars. Give your location and automatically find the local bars in your areas with specials that night. For example $10 margarita pitchers Monday night at Cactus in Manayunk. Comes in handy when you and your friends can’t decide where to go out that night.
Do you have a favorite app you think others should know about? Let us know!