Top 5 must-have apps for your smartphone
With thousands of apps on offer, we’ve rounded up the top five apps every smartphone user needs.
Knowing the best apps for your phone or tablet is no easy task. Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are packed full of games and apps, all organised according to what will interest you most. But finding the right apps can seem daunting and those algorithms don’t always help you spot something new and interesting unless it’s already sailing up the charts. To make the process a little easier, we’ve selected the top 5 must-have apps for your phone.
SnapScan is a mobile payment app that lets you pay for whatever you need without having to use cash or swipe your card. SnapScan currently has over 25 000 merchants using the platform in a vast network across South Africa. The app supports credit cards and most debit cards from any local bank, as well as 3D secure-enabled international bankcards. Simply install the app, link your credit or debit card and start shopping at any merchant displaying a SnapScan code. You don’t need to deposit cash or load a wallet to use the app and you will not be charged any additional transaction fees for using SnapScan.
Buffer makes it easy for you to schedule posts, analyze your social media performance, and manage all of your accounts in one place. You can schedule Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus posts based on when they’ll be most effective. Want to tweet something at a time when most of your followers will be listening? Buffer measures this and assigns an appropriate time. You can even see the stats of your posts and see how they’ve performed.
These days, there are a lot of cloud services to pick from, but Dropbox still ranks among one of the best, if only because it works so well on every platform. Dropbox allows you to save and view your files across multiple devices, including your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, as long as you have the internet to access them.
With over 11 official languages in SA, you may want to brush up on your language skills. Duolingo is here to help. The visionaries behind Duolingo set out to create a premium-level language app that uses free lessons to make you a pro at (insert awesome language here). Not only do you learn a new language, but you’ll have fun doing it.
Remembering a unique password for every app and service you use is a nearly impossible task, and you should be using unique passwords. 1Password’s new mobile version syncs with the desktop app to help keep your accounts safe by creating and storing a different secure password for all the services you use — all you have to remember is one password.
The options for apps are endless, and these five selections won’t lead you wrong. Remember to have fun, and if any apps are not working for you, just delete and replace with something better suited to your needs. There’s literally something for everyone.