I find it so interesting to look at someone else’s phone. Like, how do you categorize your apps into folders? Are you the “just let them all float around” kind or, like me, the painfully organized “every app must have a folder” kind?
What app’s exist on your device? I think it’s stock standard to assume the regular Social Media App’s take preference on the home page of most of our devices these days – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp seem to be up there with the most popular.
There are a few app’s that I sit and think to myself “how did this person think of such a great idea?”, and other times I’m like “there should totally be an app for this”, and most times there is!
So here are my Top 5 apps for 2016, that I find innovative, popular, useful and really well maintained.
OOH YES. Love me some Zapper. This app is homegrown too, locally developed in South Africa, and is taking the world by storm. The app is essentially a QR Scanner, loaded on to the mobile device, where the user authenticates themselves, creates an online profile, saves their credit card information, and can use the app to effortlessly pay bills at restaurants and stores, or pretty much anywhere that the business can display the QR code, such as at a club or park for an entrance fee. One simply scans the code, indicates a tip amount (if applicable) and VOILA, payment made. No more waiting. The payment is communicated back to the merchant instantly.
It’s another goodie! Uber is an app in which the user also loads a profile with payment details, and it then picks up the users location. The user can then order a cab/taxi/ride, to pick them up from their location and drop them off a the stipulated venue, at the press of a few buttons. The app will estimate the cost of the ride, tell you what vehicle will be fetching you, the drivers name, picture, car license plate and how long it will be until they are at your door. The payment is cashless. At any given time, there are several Uber Cab’s in a lot of the main area’s, so there is rarely a delay!
I am a fitness junkie, so this app for me is a winner. It is essentially a running, cycling and swimming tracker. The free version offers a lot of functionality, including tracking your run/cycle using your mobile (obviously you have to take it with you), the route, the pace, distance etc. The awesome part comes in when it keeps the history of said routes (known on Strava as a segment) and any time you run or cycle the route again, it compares your efforts instantly, making you chase personal bests and beat your previous efforts. You can also follow your friends or favorite athletes to see what training they are up to, give Kudo’s to your mates on a job well done, and even compete with them on segments for a better ranking on that particular segment. Strava hails Queen and King of the Mountain, an honorable title to hold on any segment, until another Strava user smashes your record.
4 guys came up with this goldmine of an app, and it has been around since as far back as 2012. Basically, Shazam is an app we can use to identify the artist and title of a song we hear and we like. Shazam uses a smartphone or computer’s built-in microphone to listen to a brief section of the song being played. It creates an acoustic fingerprint based on the sample and compares it against a central database for a match. If it finds a match, it sends information such as the artist, song title, and album back to the user. The user can usually link straight up to their mobile store to download the song.
OK, I know, another fitness related app. But you don’t have to be a fitness junkie for this one. I really believe that this app can help anyone who is on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. The app is a caloric intake and output tracker. It starts by getting your basic info, and then estimating the amount of calories you should be eating per day. You use it as a food diary to track exactly what is in your meals – you simply search the food or item (yes, I have searched for McDonalds junior cheeseburger, and it has it) and it will tell you how much that meal takes up of your daily “allowance”, to help you stay on track with your weight loss. If you’re into it, you can further track your macronutrient intake (proteins, fats and carbs), to see what is working for your body, or to keep you looking HAWT. You can load the exercise or activity you did for the day, and it will then give you a couple extra calories to consume for the day. It allows you to track weight loss, and gives you an estimate after you submit each day, on how much closer to your goal you would be if you kept up the hard work!
So these are my best app’s for 2016. I haven’t included 9GAG because that’s self explanatory.
Chances are there is an app for the things you’re interested in. Got another awesome one I should check out? Let me know!