The brilliance of smartphones and the app industry is the way that they put so much power in such a convenient form factor. Computers have been around for a while now, so we’re all used to having access to serious processing power and functionality – but it’s only recently that we’ve been able to carry all that power around in our pockets and to access it with a series of simply swipes, jabs and gestures. Throw in the amazing versatility of apps, and you have a device that can solve almost any problem you can throw at it.
To illustrate this, let’s take a look at some of the most impressive apps and some of the best uses for apps and smartphones in our day-to-day lives. In short, let’s examine just how much easier life can get thanks to apps…
Finding Your Way
One of the biggest ways my life has improved since I got my smartphone is in the way that I no longer get lost. I’ve never had the best sense of direction, and when I’m challenged to meet a friend at point ‘X’ with no prior knowledge of where that is, I have often struggled to arrive at the right place at the right time.
With Google maps though, it’s now an incredibly simple matter to just type in the destination and then get real-time directions as I walk around. Interviews have become much less stressful and I’ve wasted far less time looking for shops and restaurants.
Finding Your Car
Likewise, people all around the world will also now spend much less time searching for their cars thanks to the very smart apps that help them to locate them in parking lots. Simply ‘tag’ the location of your car when you leave it, and it will then prove incredibly easy to locate it again when you need it.
Keeping Check On Kids
It has become incredibly difficult to keep check on children because most of their activities are now done on the web. Developers realizing this gap have created a bulk of Android parental control apps that allow parents to keep an eye on their kids’ online activity. Apps of this sort are able to monitor Facebook, monitor Instagram, block pornography, track locations, and some other stuff that is be difficult to keep an eye on. These apps have made parents’ lives a whole lot easier and if you are going through a phase where you have no idea how to improve upbringing of your child, then you should also consider giving parental control apps a try.
Banking apps are incredibly useful, pretty much removing any need to visit or call your bank in person unless you need to pay in cheques or report a problem. Thanks to a most banks’ apps, it’s now possible to send and receive money but also to check your account balance. No more worrying because you don’t have the correct change in a restaurant, and no more paying for your friend’s holidays and then begging them to pay you back quickly.
Going abroad is world’s easier if you have a mobile phone and the right apps. Not only because it will help you to communicate with the locals through apps like iTranslate, but also because it will let you stay in touch with your loved ones back home – all you need is Whatsapp or Vonage and you can chat across a WiFi connection completely for free.
Dealing With Illness and Disability
While all of us can benefit from the many uses that apps offer, those with specific illnesses or disabilities will have more requirements and can stand to gain even more from the use of the right mobile software.
A perfect example of this would be the apps that remind users when to take their medication and prevent them from inadvertently overdosing by taking the same prescription twice. Another example would be apps that help the speech-impaired to communicate, or that provide the disabled with alarms for attracting help. For all of us apps have made life a little easier, but for some people they have done no less than to give them back their lives…
These are just a few examples of how apps make our lives easier. There are countless more and if you ever want to remember just how essential they are these days then just try going one day without using any. You’ll soon see the difference…