Five will cost nothing, and the others are definitely worth the cash.
Top 5 Free Apps:
For news and social media on the go
This app is a magazine that you create yourself. Start by signing up through Facebook and picking a few topics that interest you – these can be anything from world news to fashion or home decor. The app then grabs current (the last week) and relevant articles from here and overseas that you can read while you’re on the train or before bed. You can also add your personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr feeds so you can see what’s happening on your social networks in the app.
For some good tunes
Circle an area on a geographical map to discover new music. Follow your friends, family and celebs to see what songs they think are the hottest right now. It syncs the songs you listen to and lets you catalogue them across the world.
For some RnR
Headspace is an awesome app for meditation on the go. This app contains easy-to-do techniques to help you sleep better, focus more and get some relief from a busy mind.
To help you sleep
• White Noise
White noise is an app that helps you fall asleep faster when you’re having a little trouble. The app provides a large variety of sounds such as ocean waves and lightning to calm you.
For a larger view
This app turns your phone into a handsfree panoramic camera. You don’t even have to hold it and move it, rather you set it down and it uses the vibrations in your phone to take a 180 view of your surroundings. Good alternative if you still have the iPhone 4 and don’t have the panorama view camera feature (sad face).
Top 5 Paid Apps:
To make sure you’re awake on time
• Sleep If U Can – $1.99
The idea of this app is to act as your typical alarm right? Wrong. It’s the most annoying alarm app on the planet. To set the alarm, you take a photo of something, for example a sink. Then when the alarm goes off it actually won’t turn off until you take a photo of the place that you registered it. Annoying? Yes. Effective? Absolutely.
To help you get through exams
• Exam Time – $0.99
If you’re doing practise or sample exams and test papers this handy app prompts you to move on to the next question so you don’t lose marks by fixating on one. Hopefully after a few goes you’ll be a time-pro when you’re sitting the real thing.
To find your way around
• TripView – $2.99
We all know this one. It’s pretty essential – basically it gives you the timetable of any Sydney Ferry, Bus or Train. It also doesn’t use your data so if you’re low lucky you.
For your typical Friday night
• Pub Crawl: Sydney Bar and Nightclub Guide – $0.99
Pub Crawl lets you manage lists of pubs, bars and clubs around Sydney. The app is powered by Foursquare.com so you can view contact details such as location, trading hours and contact numbers. You can also read user tips about each place to give you an idea if you should kick on or skip the venue.
• Pocket Yoga – $2.99
This app helps you practise yoga at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is put your iPhone/iPad/iPod in front of your mat and begin – just as you would in a normal class. Whether you’re a first timer or a yogi, anyone can use the app as there are three different difficulty levels, and three different classes per difficultly level.
So there you have it ladies and gents – the top 10 amaze-balls apps that you need to survive life. – Melissa Henricks
Photo taken from Mike Lau’s Flickr Photostream