Over the last few years, app makers and developers around the world have truly taken a leap into the future. Not only are there millions of apps to choose from at any given time, there’s also an app – literally – for everything. In fact, so much so that it is almost impossible to go about your daily life without delighting in the ingenuity of some far away app developer who thought that people would want to compete against their friends to see how high they can throw their phone up into the air. Yup, that’s a real app called Send Me To Heaven.
Despite some of the crazy, somewhat head-scratching apps out there, the Phonetradr team has come together to share with you their most useful ones. From high-end photo editing to finding out where those pesky traffic cops are hiding, take a page out of our Notes app to see which apps you should download today.
Do Instagram like a pro with Spark Post
For anyone who enjoys photography, works in social media marketing or enjoys creating a beautiful and engaging Instagram blog, Spark Post is an absolute must. The app allows you to create Instagram posts and stories using high res images, logos, various fonts, background colours, borders and so much more.
It also offers templates based on the category your posts will fall into, such as travel, business or food.
Many bloggers and brands with a large focus on quality social media content use Spark Post. Download it for FREE on iOS or Android!
Figure out your internet speed with Speedtest
What’s more frustrating than waiting for the robot to go green in 35 degree heat with no aircon? Waiting for your Wi-Fi to do its job, that’s what. Speedtest has the world’s largest testing server network, which means no matter where you are based, you will be able to test your internet speed. Using the app, you can distinguish your upload speed versus your download speed, you can also change to a faster server in your location, and look at real-time graphs showing connection consistency.
The app also tracks every test you’ve done with a note on which connection was tested so that you have a history log with detailed results. The app is downloadable for free on the App Store and Google Play or check out their site – their FAQ section is loaded with cool information on why knowing about connection speed and servers in your location is important, especially if you work on your phone or laptop.
Another reason is that you can do actual test to make sure your ISP is giving you the speeds you paying for.
Pocket: Collecting the day’s news into one place for later
In a world where you are constantly bombarded with news, videos, trending memes, articles and more from multiple channels, we think an app that puts your content in one pocket is extra cool. See what we did there? You can save the latest (or old favourites) news, magazine articles, videos, recipes, opinion pieces, TV discussions, how-tos and so much more in one place. If you enjoy setting time aside during lunch or after dinner to catch up on the day’s activity, simply whip out Pocket and it’s all there.
Even better, the app can read articles to you on your way to work, during a gym session or while you lie on the beach! Download it for iOS or Android for freeee!
Avoid traffic stops and more with Waze
Waze is like that badass friend you always wished you had. Why? Because the app alerts you to the whereabouts of police, traffic stops, road closures and hazards as if they’re a double agent playing those sides of the field… okay, we’re getting carried away.
What’s also unique about Waze is that it lets you listen to music while the app operates – you can have Spotify or your favourite podcast playing while you drive.
Be an office whizz with Scanner
If you don’t have one of those oversized, over-complicated scanners in the office (especially if your office is actually your couch), then iScanner is your new best nerd friend. iScanner accesses your camera to turn physical documents into PDFs which can be saved, emailed, air-dropped or sent via any communication app like Slack or Whatsapp straight from the app.
The app comes in handy when you need to send proof of identification, your signature to documents or leases, physical-to-digital invoices, and pretty much anything that’s on paper. The app offers an ad-free version, however, that requires a small monthly fee.
Download the app for zero moolas on the App Store and Google Play.
Stream with Joox (Because we still can’t close Youtube without the music stopping!)
A fairly new player in the music streaming game, Joox has been downloaded to people’s smartphones across Asia since 2015, and now the app has come to South Africa! What makes Joox better than Youtube is that you can download the music to your phone so that you can listen and jam without using up mobile data. Finally!
What’s also cool is that you can customise the design of the app for a look that suits your vibe better and you can also listen to live radio from over 50 stations! It’s available for both iPhones and Android phones, however, a monthly fee of R59,99 is needed.
Get somebody to store your stuff with LightStack
Let’s say you’re moving to a new apartment and no longer like that two-seater couch or the 75 scatter cushions on your bed… Or, your a musician and need to store your drum set somewhere. That’s where LightStack comes in! Using their app, they’ll come collect your belongings, keep them safe and stored, and when you need them again they’ll drop them back at your front door. Easy!
What’s cool about these guys is that you can even store individual items (even when they seem a little random) like large sporting equipment.
You have three storage options to choose from: The ‘walk-in closet’ option costs R320 per month and offers 1.5m x 1.5m in space. The second option is called ‘pantry’ and costs R650 per month and offers enough space to fit a large 3 seater couch, a TV stand, a filing cabinet, and plenty of room for some more boxes. The third option costs R1,050 per month and is the size of a small garage or 2.5m x 2.7m.
Download their app and get your extra stuff stored!