Mobile phone apps you can’t – or shouldn’t – live without

There's an app for that

As of 2018, there were more than 2 million available apps in the Apple iPhone app store and nearly 4 million in the Google Play app store for android phones. With so many mobile phone and tablet apps finding all the most truly useful ones may be next to impossible. Nevertheless, here are some iPhone and android apps we think are indispensable.

Waze: While Google Maps and Apple’s Maps apps are useful, Waze does a great job of integrating its maps and navigation features with intel from users to keep you updated on traffic, road closures, accidents, speed traps and more to help you get where you need to go.

Mint: Whether you’re really great at saving and want to see where all your money is and where you’re spending it or you’re not very good with budgeting and want to do the same thing, Mint is a must-have. The easy-to-use app allows you to securely connect all your bank, credit card and investment accounts, view trends, set budgets and goals and set up reminders.

Drupe: From a good old phone app to Skype and Messenger, Twitter and more, there’s no shortage of ways to contact people on your phone. In fact, sometimes it can get darn confusing! With Drupe, just one swipe is all it takes to call, message, schedule, navigate, pay and more for anyone and everyone in your contact list. This great app even has a call recorder that allows you to record calls easily.

AdobeScan: Gone are the days you need to be by your printer/scanner to scan important documents. Now all you really need is your mobile phone, a flat surface and an app like AdobeScan, Genius Scan or CamScanner, all of which photograph documents, receipts, business cards, whatever, and save them as PDFs.

What are the mobile phone apps you can’t live without? Share your faves in the Shop Talk blog community forum!

Apps are big business

Did you know? Apps are big business

By 2020, mobile apps are forecast to generate around US$189 billion via app stores and in-app advertising. (Source)

9 thoughts on “Mobile phone apps you can’t – or shouldn’t – live without

  1. I am not the one who should be responding to this. I use my phone, for a phone, alarm clock and texting. I can’t read or watch stuff or play games on it because the screen’s too damned small. I use my tablet and iPad instead.

    1. ‘Our Groceries’ shopping list app just love it have shared it with many friends. Also love ‘Flipp’ app to look up any flyers I am interested in.

  2. I wouldn’t say that there are any apps on my phone that I COULDN’T live without, but I can definately list several that I would hate to not have after using them for so long. For example, my “TextNow” app that allows me to text and call for free as long as I have access to wifi. I can even set up a voice mail, use caller id, have call waiting and even send and recieve pictures and videos via text message; all of which is at no cost to me. I would also hate to not have the ability to use the Amazon.CA shopping app, my camera app, or my Spotify app. The rest are just bonus extras I guess.

  3. my all time best app has got to be waze- gps, maps,traffic. it all here! any time i need it to find where i am going or to get back home and avoid those traffic jams as the app uses real time and real people reporting problems around you .so cool

  4. Years ago before I bought my Android phone an app came out that would take an incoming call and “directed” the caller to leave a message. It told the caller that your mobile was “on the move’, ie you activated the app before you started driving. I know that phones have text and voicemail capability, but most callers assumed you were away from the phone, did not recognize their number, or simply did not want to talk. The OGM should have a feature that chooses you driving a vehicle. Or bring back the app invented by Calgary students.

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