August 19, 2013

5 Apps Everyone Should Have That Aren’t The Same 5 Everyone Suggests


 Best Apps for Android

Being on the go doesn’t mean being stuck with nothing to do. Whether it’s waiting in the school pick-up line or finding a way to be productive while waiting at karate our mobile devices are a portal into amazing content. And while BabyGirl loves to read and there’s always an assortment of books in the car (or mobile library as I’ve often referred to it), sometimes she wants to do something different. Few parents hear the constant “Are we there yet?”. Instead, it’s more like “We’re here already?”.

Because I have both iOS and Android devices I’m always looking for apps that I can have on both types of devices. And while I have pages of apps, I like to make sure I have a variety of apps. Some of these I’ve been using for awhile, while others are newer to me since they’re available only for Android. Regardless, these are …

5 Apps Everyone Should Have

Google Sky Map

Google sky app






Image source: Google

It’s a shame Google Sky Map is only available for Android because this is a super cool app. That it’s available in over a dozen languages is pretty amazing, too. The app uses several of your phone’s built-in features to show you what’s in the sky. It doesn’t have to be dark either! My daughter loves using this app while we’re driving to see how the sky changes as we move. It’s a great teaching tool for everyone. Most of us wonder what’s up there but never had the chance to really learn about the galaxy. Now we can! Just be aware that Google Sky Map is different from Google Sky.

Cost: Free
Devices: Android Only

TED Talks

TED Talks app







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If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, this may be your first time on the internet and I thank you for coming to my site. TED Talks are one of the greatest free resources on the internet. Experts in their field have been recorded talking about things they’re passionate about, and we get to be there! With thousands of talks, this app will help you pass time and feed your brain at the same time. No more being tethered to a computer, the TED app brings these brilliant minds to anyone with an iOS or Android mobile device. When I’m doing chores around the house, I’ll load up a TEDTalk to help pass the time. One of my favorite things about TED Talks is that they’re often no longer than 20 minutes. So while I often watch one or two before I go to bed, having the app allows me to listen or watch no matter where I am.

Cost: Free
Devices: iOS and Android









Image source: NASA

There are people living up in space! And we get to learn from them. This is a fun app for kids (and adults) who are interested in what’s going on at the International Space Station (ISS). View live streaming data from the ISS as well as check out 3D virtual tours of Mission Control Center (MCC). An interactive educational experience, it’s a great way to learn about science, technology, and math and how they come together with space exploration.

Cost: Free
Devices: iOS and Android







Image source: Google

One of my favorite photo editing apps, Snapseed was acquired by Google in September 2012. I’ve had this app on my iPhone since 2011 when I paid $4.99 for it.  It’s now FREE, but at $5 it was totally worth it. It allows professional-type photo editing on-the-go. It’s really easy to use, so easy that when she was 7 BabyGirl figured out how to use it to improve her photos.

Cost: FREE
Devices: iOS and Android


Email Scheduling App







Image source: Baydin

It was probably some time in 2009 when I downloaded the Gmail add-on that was then known as Boomerang It. The idea of scheduling an email for delivery later may not be for everyone. But if you need to reply to someone but you know they won’t be checking email and yours will likely be one of many, being able to send it at a more appropriate time is a cool option. There are many reasons for not sending an email at the time you write it, so why not download Boomerang for your desktop as well as the app. It’s really easy to use and you’ll find you use it more than you thought.

Cost: Free (although if you need more than 10 messages per month there is a fee)
Devices: Android Only

Hope you try these out, if you haven’t already. I avoided suggesting apps that most people would already have. I use these apps almost every day to be more productive or to pass time and feed my brain.

What cool apps would you add?

Disclosure: Verizon Wireless provided me with my Samsung Galaxy S4. This is not a sponsored post and no compensation was provided for this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I do, however, have a business relationship with Verizon Wireless and thus I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



Becca - My Crazy Good Life August 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I love this list, Sara! Especially Boomerang – Sometimes an email comes in that I know I need to reply to before I forget… but I also don’t want my clients thinking I sit at the computer waiting for their email every day. Does that sound awful?

Sara August 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I completely understand, Becca. There’s a fine line between working hard and appearing to be a crazy person and replying 2 minutes after you get the email.

Lori Kasbeer August 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I have snapseed but am still getting the hang of it, but love all the options.

Sara August 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Lori, you’ll love Snapseed if you don’t already. It does take some practice, but it’s so easy to take photos and play with them. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Hope you download the other apps and enjoy using them. ~ Sara

Soo August 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I heard about Snapseed through @JustinBalog . Jumped on it when it was offered free! Love it! When I’m lazy and don’t want “create”, I’ll use Camera+ to quickly improve images.

Robyn Wright of August 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Good suggestions – some of these I haven’t heard of before so I will check them out!

Sarah August 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I just downloaded Snapseed, thank you, I am sure it is going to be great! This is a wonderful list 🙂

TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs August 28, 2013 at 12:41 am

I’ve heard of SnapSeed but just haven’t pushed myself to try it out. As for Boomerang, I never knew it was a mobile app too! I’m going to check out Google Sky Map – sounds perfect for my daughter’s science studies!

blogomomma August 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

Great post!

Monica Vila recently said in a chat that we only use 30% of the features on our phones. I find that’s true for me as I see now I know little to nothing about all this awesomeness.

I have never wanted to crowd my devices with apps but I’ll be adding some of these for sure.

Thanks for sharing!

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