10 apps that have a place in my heart ♥️♥️♥️

As a person who has a passing interest in making things pertaining to the internet.

I've been accumulating a consistent stream of applications to help. Yet, it can be a bit like a needle in a haystack finding applications that fit. However, every now and then something that comes along that enriches your life and device sing.

Below you can find a list of 10 mobile applications that make my heart flutter and might not have come across in your own technological journey.

FIRSTLY, A NOTE ABOUT LISTICLES: There are quite a few people who hate listicles and associate them with cheap, low-quality, traffic-driving, link-bait articles.

But here’s the thing — a list is a great format for an article, and a format I've been using in some way or another for the past year (What do you think a to-do list is?). Yet, in the past few years, we have all watched in horror as the format has been prostituted all over the internet as the default format for lazy think pieces. Anyway, my point is this, A) The list headline doesn’t mean it can’t be a high-quality article and B) Imma gonna use a listicle when it’s the best format, and don’t be a hater cause it’s not what it looks like.

ANOTHER NOTE (COS WHY NOT): All of these applications presently sit on my daily driver (it happens to be a Google Pixel - if you're interested) and this is by no means a paid thingy.

The recommends are all things that I use today and will probably use again tomorrow:) As a fan of system agnostic software (Android, Microsoft and iOS), most of the items featured should work across the board - however, this might not always be the case.

To get us rolling, it's worth showcasing basecamp. The holy homescreen.

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No.1 Pause

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I've used Pause daily and tag team it with Headspace (guided meditation) to meditate twice a day. It's founded upon the ancient principles of Tai Chi practices, to apply a focused attention to your mobile device. Something that can be rare in the age of now,now,now.

If you struggle with depression, anxiety or just feeling stressed about work or private issues, this little app will give you the perfect steward to find your peace of mind. The application cost a little bit of dough, but it's worth it.

Download on Android i0S

→ Cost: $1.99 💸

No.2 Loop

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Forming habits can often be an uphill battle - I know the pain of setting out on a certain behavior or action that I'd personally like to change and then ending up back where it all started less than 48hrs in. Behaviour change is an inherently complex process and has a host of theories about how to successfully change your action.

Often it comes down to a bit of trial and error to discover your own groove. I've discovered that monitoring this progress can provide the gentle nudge that is needed to maintain motivation.

Download on Android

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼

No.3 Pocket Casts

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As a lover of the podcasting medium, this is my go-to for aural episodes these days. Originally before my last phone died (from a dog bowl - it's a long story) I was using Overcast (which is a great app)

Yet, making the jump to Android meant my ears had to explore other options.

Hence the roll of the dice with Pocket Casts. So far, so good - It's full-featured and easy to use. Has an intuitive interface that allows for easy browsing. Offers some smart audio features: adjusting audio speed, trimming silence and boosting volume and allows me to easily parse where I'm at, what's in progress, and what's favorited.

You can even create your own customer filters for bespoke listening adventures.

Download on Android iOS Microsoft Web

→ Cost: $3.99 💸

No.4 Pocket

alt For a while there I was addicted to Instapaper - yet over time I've gravitated towards Pocket. It's without a doubt one of my most used apps, both on mobile and desktop.

Pocket is essentially a "Read Later" app. Hence, each time I gaze upon an interesting article or anything interesting online all I have to do is simply click the Pocket icon on my phone or computer (there is a plugin for Safari or Chrome) and it saves it automatically to my Pocket.

It also means, articles I save on my computer, are automatically on my phone so I can read them later. I not only use Pocket for reading articles later, but also for doing research, especially on my computer. Since pocket does the leg work with a powerful search function, which comes in handy when looking through my Read Later archive.

PS: The team behind Pocket also put a ton of effort into curating the best content from the web, so the content stream often uncovered a bunch of read worthy things.

Download on Android iOS Web

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼 (with optional subscription 💸 model)

No.5 Wally Plus

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The financially responsible version of myself can often be caught napping. Especially once I'm out and about doing life. Wally Plus helps me to understand where I'm spending my money and what I'm spending it on. Super handy information when you glance at the bank balance and realize it's approaching $0 again. The interface is clean and I can arrange budgets / change inputs and outputs on the fly.

P.S For bonus points, combining this with another application to measure electronic transfers can be handy. Since I'm Australian - Pocketbook is my preference. Yet, I've also heard good things about YNAB for those in the US.

Download on Android iOS

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼 (with optional subscription 💸 model)

No.6 OverDrive

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I feel like an idiot for not discovering OverDrive sooner. It’s a free mobile app that lets you check out ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from your local public library. To use it, you need a library card from your town or county. Then in a couple of minutes you can be reading all of the electronic things they have on offer. Pretty neat.

Download on Android iOS Windows

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼

No.7 IFTTT

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Speaking of apps, how do you make them talk to one another. Personally I let, If this then that (IFTTT) do the heavy lifting. It features a bunch of handy recipes between popular applications including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your Android.

Saves a bunch of time. So I can eat ice cream in my underpants.

Yet with great power comes great responsibility. Automating things can have limits. No one wants an automated, growth hacking type reply on social media or a drab LinkedIn connection request.

Download on Android iOS

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼

No.8 Push Bullet

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Ever wanted to share link from one device to another.

In a past life, this would have been a pure pain in an ass. Enter Pushbullet an app that helps to connect your devices or your lyf depending on how invested you happen to be. It helps to send and receive messages between services be they SMS, WhatsApp, Kik or Messenger.

Download on Android iOS Windows Web

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼 (with optional subscription 💸 model)

No.9 City Mapper

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Getting around town can be an interesting ordeal. Long distances are a no brainer = Google Maps. Yet, moving across town is a different beast. Hence, the need for City Mapper. It offers up all the information to plan a trip combining all transport modes to suggest the best routes among walking, bus, subway, train, ferry, taxi (Uber, Lyft), car share and bike share. All in real-time, including bus and train schedules and disruptions.

Download on Android iOS

→ Cost: FREE 👌🏼

No.10 Hopper

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hopper.mountainview.play

Finding a flight can be stressful. So, I've personally welcomed Hopper to my go-to option when I first need a head check on aviation prices. It's not foolproof, but it does most of the leg work with a super-fast, all-knowing travel orientated experience.

Besides the apps I mentioned above, I of course use all the ones you probably already know, ranging from Trello, LastPass, Slack, Skype, Dropbox, Google, Spotify, etc.

Also worth mentioning are:

  • Blinklist - Curated summaries of popular non-fiction books
  • Mindmeister - My mind mapping go-to
  • RescueTime - Simple analytics on when you are doing / not doing work
  • Instant - Simple way of measuring your mobile use
  • Splitwise - Simple way of split the tab at the end of dinner.
  • Blinklist - Curated summaries of popular non-fiction books
  • Tunnelbear - A VPN that I use
  • Workflowy - My list app of choice
  • Evernote - Awesome app for giving instant feedback to your team members

This might not be for everyone, but it might be for you.

As always, let me know your recommends.

Sammy

Sammy Haywood

This blog is mostly written by me - Sammy Haywood (a part time human and full time explorer) for a new breed of human. So, I made this piece of the internet. #yolo and all.

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