Apps I Love (that aren’t social media)

I seem to be making a lot of lists lately.

I am practically attached to my phone or iPad. Makes sense, at this point practically my whole life is in there, especially since both my classes are online and I get constant emails from the university. And my friends live far far away from me (ahem. Desiree.) so the texting, FaceTime, and Skype is a continuous thing. Thank goodness for unlimited texting plans, right?

These apps are not social media. They’re more productivity/keep me from being bored on airplanes/photo editing apps. Some are games, some are calendars, some are fitness related.

Tiny Calendar

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This calendar app integrates all your Google calendars and the built in calendar on my phone. I like how I can edit my calendars on my computer, and it syncs with the app on my phone and iPad. It also lets me color code things, which is great for differentiating travel, course assignments, and other deadlines just from the little dots. Since it’s the beginning of my semester, I don’t have too many dots floating around, but later on I can already tell when I’ll be busy.

Wunderlist

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This is just a fancy to-do list app. But the cool thing is, when you have multiple people working on the same project, you can make a collaborative to-do list and assign everyone tasks, and this app keeps track of everyone. You can also set up reminders, so it warns you when something is coming due. I don’t know how many notebooks this has saved me because I make to-do lists all the time.

Shopkick

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This is an interesting little app. All you really have to do with it is open it when you walk into a participating store, and you get points for being there. Eventually the points add up, and you can cash them in for gift cards to places like Starbucks and Target. It’s pretty cool, especially if you end up running a lot of errands.

MyFitnessPal

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You guys know what this one is, right? It’s a fitness tracker, and I find it really helpful. It tracks calories and nutrients, and also weight, exercise and water consumption. It’s pretty great. It also syncs up with apps like Fitbit to get a better picture of your habits.

Spotify (Premium)

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Spotify is like Netflix for music. It’s pretty fantastic. And I highly recommend the premium version. It gets rid of the ads every three songs and lets you save songs to play offline, which is great at the gym or while travelling. For Desiree’s wedding, we realized the morning of that we had no music so a few of us made a collaborative playlist and used that. It was pretty nice, since we could have a variety of music to appeal to everyone. And yes, we played Boomer Sooner. It was Bedlam day.

Aviary

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Aviary is a pretty great little photo editor. In addition to the lighting and color balance and cropping you can do on Instagram, Aviary lets you edit out little blemishes and even whiten teeth. It’s like a very light version of Photoshop right on your phone.

Adobe Post

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I am in love with this app. It lets you add text to images. Yes, that sounds super simple, but you can pick either your pictures or others that are free to use (but you’re responsible for making sure the copyright allows it), and it provides color palettes and a variety of fonts that make things look so professional.

Two Dots

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This game is so calming. All you have to do is connect the dots to fulfill the little challenges at the top. And the music is so sweet and gentle. It makes me happy. It’s pretty simple, and really fun.

1010!

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This is basically tetris. But on a grid. And the shapes aren’t dropping. You just get three at a time, and arrange them so they make rows and columns, which then disappear. You keep going until you have no moves left. I like playing it when my brain gets itchy and I’ve already cleaned everything in the house.

Twist

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This game is so infuriating. All it is is tapping the screen to make the little ball hop from platform to platform. It even turns for you. All you do is tap the screen. And some platforms are shorter, some are longer, and the pattern varies. Sometimes the color changes. All you have to do is tap the screen. Easy, right? No. If you tap too soon, or too late, the damn ball hops off the platform and falls into the abyss and you lose. See how I’ve played 428 goddamn times and only made it to 116 platforms? Infuriating.

 

I hope you enjoy some of these apps. Hell, try them all. They’re all free. Except Spotify Premium. But Spotify not-Premium is free. So there.

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