Last month, as part of a series of blogs to let you get to know the blogging team a bit better, I posted a blog all about myself. If you read that, you probably gathered that I’m pretty much attached to my smartphone 24/7. I often wonder where I’d be left if anything happened to my phone, as I rely on it so heavily; as a result, I often keep old handsets as ‘back-ups’ on the off chance my current device needs repairing or breaks. As someone who is such a heavy smartphone user, there’s several apps that have practically become embedded in my daily routine. Today, I’ll be telling you about my top 8 smartphone apps.
Health & Fitness
As someone who has to follow a fairly regulated diet for a health condition, Calorie Counter by FatSecret quickly became a favourite app for me after downloading it around 18 months ago. What I liked about this app is the fact that it’s so quick and easy to use; many of the popular food items and supermarket brands are already stored on their database, so it’s unusual for me to have to manually input the nutritional info for what I’m eating. It also clearly shows what you’ve eaten that day for each of the macro nutrients, as well as how many more calories you need based on your Recommended Daily Intake. If you’re looking alter your diet or are concerned about your health, I would 100% recommend you see your GP before using any apps to help you. I only downloaded this app after I had seen several specialists and dieticians – but that aside, I’d definitely say it’s the best meal tracker I’ve tried. You can download it here (once you’ve been given the all clear by your GP!) on Android, and here on iOS.
Also linked to the aforementioned health condition is the need for me to incorporate regular exercise into my routine. As part of a Gradual Exercise Therapy programme, I aimed to gradually increase my strength, particularly in my arms and legs. Daily Workouts is an app that randomises a sequence of exercises for you to do in your own home, for between 5 and 30 minutes. It’s suitable for both men and women, has over 95 exercises, and has been developed by a certified personal trainer. You don’t need any special equipment, and it’s completely tailored to you – whether you want a fully body workout, or to target specific areas. The videos and instructions make it a great app for newbies to working out, and the massive variety of exercises always keeps it interesting. I have the free version of this app, which you can download on Android here, on iOS here, and on Windows here.
As I mentioned in my Blogger Profile, in my spare time I run a small online business selling hand-painted false nails. This is one of the many reasons I’m permanently attached to my smartphone! I’ve already wittered about Depop in enough of my previous blogs (@shadylady has a full review of it here), so instead I’m going to mention the PayPal app. When money’s coming and going, there’s fees to be paid, and postage to buy, the PayPal mobile app makes it much easier to keep track of your finances. It’s very secure, as you have to log in each time you use it, and also very easy to use, with notifications for each transaction. More importantly though, it means that no matter where I am, I always have access to the transactions related to my nails so there’s minimal delays to any queries a customer may have… meaning better customer service! Even if you don’t run a business online, if you’re a PayPal user I’d definitely recommend the app. You can download it here on Android, iOS, and Windows.
If you’re into handmade items & services, then Etsy is a great place to shop online. I personally use it for both selling and buying, as I can run an online store for my handmade nails, but also take advantage of the amazing range of gifts and products you can find on there. As Etsy is a place for handmade goods, more often than not you’ll find you can personalise them or have them made to exact requirements. The app lets you do this conveniently from your handset, with the ability to filter products and save your favourite stores. To actually run your own store, there’s a separate app called Sell on Etsy, but I felt the main Etsy app was most relevant to the people reading this blog. It’s perfect if you’re looking for presents, or for cute items for the home and garden. You can check it out here on Android and here on iOS.
If I got a pound for every time I opened Instagram, it wouldn’t be long before I was a millionaire! I’m not someone who’s a fan of Twitter and Facebook; I found they can cause a fair bit of hassle, are full of trolls, and riddled with spam posts. Instagram, however, is one of my absolute favourite apps. I have two accounts – one personal and one for my business – with different purposes. My personal account is great for staying in touch with friends and following pages that I have interests in, whereas my business account was created to interact with potential customers and network with other nail accounts. There’s literally millions of accounts that you could follow, and similar to @jeff_elephant, I like the fact it’s less polluted than other social networking sites. You can download it on Android, iOS and Windows, and you can also check out my very first blog about getting the best out of Instagram here.
Alright, I admit it: I’m a Snapchat addict. At first I didn’t like it at all as I just didn’t see the point, but over the last 18 months I’ve grown to love this photo-sharing app. Unlike Instagram, photos on Snapchat are not permanent and can be sent to as many or as few people as you choose. Photos you choose to upload to your Snapchat Story can be seen by all of your friends for 24 hours, and I make use of this for photos I take that I don’t feel are quite worthy of an Instagram post, but want to share with others… how daft does that sound now I’ve written it down?! Since November 2013, I’ve sent and received a total of over 24,000 photos, so it’s fairly obvious why this one is making my top 8. You can download it on Android here, iOS here, and hopefully will be available on Windows sometime soon.
YouTube’s popularity has grown massively since its inception, particularly over the last few years, and I am one of those who have jumped on the bandwagon. There’s a massive range of channels to choose from, whether you’re into tech reviews, gaming videos, or health & beauty; in fact, I have a mixture of all those popping up on my subscription feed! I won’t go into much detail, as you usually find YouTube is pre-installed on smartphones, but as someone who watches videos & vlogs almost daily, I felt it couldn’t go without a mention in this blog. My personal favourite channels at the moment are Shaaanxo and Wayne Goss for beauty, Dina Tokio for fashion, SofiaStyled for crafts, and lonniedos for game reviews.
Last, but certainly not least, is the ever-popular messaging app WhatsApp. I dread to think how many thousands of messages I’ve sent on here over the years, but it’s usually my main point of contact these days! Back when I first joined giffgaff, I was capable of sending around 200 texts a day (I know, insane!), but once I found WhatsApp, those days were long behind me. I can easily see that my messages have been delivered, I can send photos & videos without the dreaded MMS costs, and most of my contacts have it installed too. I’ve also found it to be incredibly useful when abroad too, as it can be used over Wi-Fi rather than relying on phone signal and roaming costs. You can download WhatsApp here on Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry & Nokia Symbian.
So that’s me: my top 8 smartphone apps! These are just a few of the many apps I use on my phone, but definitely the ones I’d see as being most important for me. They’re definitely the ones I rely on most for whatever reason, be it practical or social. Hopefully this will have given you a bit more insight into me, and might even be apps that you want to try out!
Do you use any of these apps regularly? What are your personal favourites? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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