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10 Smartphone Apps That Boost Your Efficiency

submitted on June 18, 2011 by DebsFreebies in "Products / Gadgets"
With more than 300,000 apps to choose from (and that’s just on iTunes—Android is a whole other monster), locating the most useful ones can be a daunting. To save some of your precious time and questionable sanity, here are 10 apps you might want to check out.


For shoppers, there is Itemize.
Everybody loves a good deal—especially when it’s chosen just for you. That’s the purpose of Itemize, which allows you to input your favorite brands, stores and shopping categories so that they only receive offers on what you like.


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Everything from grocery lists to taking notes, see which ones YOU have on the list, which ones you might need and...

What is ONE app you feel you can't live without?
     

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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 18, 2011
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    I use Google Listen for listening to news and podcast during commute. Driving Direction via Google Maps is also useful. Shopping-wise, I really only used ShopSavvy and that with varying success
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    velosity
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    Posted by velosity on June 27, 2011
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    My new fav is The Dealmap! I also use Coupon Sherpa.
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    BeckaKnows
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    Posted by BeckaKnows on June 28, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I work better when I'm listening to music, so I have to say the Pandora app for my iphone is the best.
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    BeckaKnows
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    Posted by BeckaKnows on July 5, 2011
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    Actually, the best app for a smartphone to boost productivity would be the one that shuts it off. Mr Green
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on July 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I wish I could afford a "Smartphone." Neutral
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on July 6, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      If you have any cell phone on a plan, it is not hard to get smart phone for free when you upgrade. Just a couple weeks ago T-Mobile was giving away all their smart phones free w/ contract
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    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on November 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I finally just got my first smart phone today. I'm wondering if there are anymore apps you guys could recommend. I have an ipad so I know some apps but I don't ever take it anywhere with me so i don't know about a lot of good ones. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on November 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      What phone / what carrier?
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on November 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Samsung Transform Ultra from Boost. It's running Android 2.3 Seems like a pretty spiffy phone but then again I've been using a Samsung Seek forever so everything seems really nice. Mr Green
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on December 1, 2011
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      I understand that it comes with a TouchWiz UI which is the home launcher option for Samsung. You can choose to customize this by downloading other launchers in the market. The popular ones are

      Launcher Pro ( I use it myself)
      ADW
      Go Launcher

      if you choose to download a different launcher, download Home Manager too. Comes in handy while setting default HOME and switching launchers if you wish to.

      Also some other APPS I use frequently
      ASTRID
      Catch Notes
      Amazon ( mobile )
      AppBrain ( backs up my apps, Android Market is supposed to do that but when I changed my phone a couple of months back it did not. App Brain came in handy)
      Boat Browser ( replacement for stock browser, other popular browsers are Miren and Dolphin)
      Google Reader
      Groupon/Living Social
      ShopSavvy/RedLaser/ Google Shopper / ( for scanning prices while shopping in-store)

      YPMobile
      - for checking local stuff + gives you gas prices

      WeatherBug for weather ( I compared a bunch of them, this one seemed to be the least drain on battery)

      if you phone has an LED ( to be used for the camera ) you might want to download FLASHLIGHT. Comes in super handy.

      Moviefone/Fandango for movies

      Shazam for music ( free one lets you tag 5 free / month)

      Sportacular for scores

      Tasker for phone management ( Costs $6 but worth every penny. You can program your phone in many ways. read about it. Very useful app)

      Quickpic for photo management ( I don't like the stock one

      Screen Filter - to lower brightness of your screen in the negative. Comes in handy while reading something at night. Screen glare does not kill you + saves on battery.

      Battery Mix - battery management

      Whatsapp / Kik - these are popular messaging clients

      Zegde - for downloading cool wallpapers and free ringtones

      Flicke is another cool wallpaper app

      If you root your phone then WI-FI Tether and Root Explorer

      Another app which is proving to be super useful is the amazon app store. You have to go to amazon.com to download it. Amazon gives out one paid app for FREE everyday. I have downloaded a few and been using some. Good thing is that whatever app you choose to download doesn't have to be installed on the phone. It will be stored in your Appstore as a listing and can be used in the future.

      Apps2SD - Android 2.2 and later all versions have option to move apps to SD card. This apps just reminds me to do it everytime a new app is installed. I find it useful although I don't have to do it since I have 16GB of internal memory. In case you have less internal memory this will be useful to have.

      SmartShortcuts - Folder organizer. TouchWiz UI has this inbuilt but since I chose a different launcher I installed on. Another good one is called Folder Organizer but it's paid.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on December 1, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Wow thanks for the list! I actually have a few of these already surprisingly. An app I used a lot on my ipad that I found Android has is RadarScope for weather. It's $10 but it sure is handy. I live in Tornado Alley so I like to have a really good radar.

      I've been so confused though because a lot of the apps I used on Apple's ios are available on Android but are completely different. It's weird how that works. A few others that I loved are just not available. It makes things a bit more challenging.
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on November 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I would stay away from task managers. Android can optimize itself.
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    • DebsFreebies
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      Posted by DebsFreebies on December 1, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Very good point

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