Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Most-Used Apps | An Android Edition

I love reading about people's favourite apps but don't remember ever having seen a post that wasn't about iPhone apps. I've never owned an iPhone and nor do I wish to (seriously, don't get me started on Apple products) but I can't help feeling a little left-out sometimes as the App Store does seem to get all the cool apps first. No matter; here are a few of my most-used apps on my Samsung Galaxy S6, which I got in January and love.
The Social Media
What kind of blogger would I be if Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat didn't feature here!? I'm forever scrolling through Twitter, double-tapping my way through my Instagram feed, and I have a ridiculous obsession with Snapchat's filters... (If you think you'd like to see more of the seriously attractive Snapchat selfies below, give me a follow!) I really dread to think how many hours I'd gain per week if I deleted these three. I do also have Facebook on my phone but I don't use that quite so much - I mainly use the Messenger app for keeping up with friends.
Instagram Twitter
Snapchat Selfie Snapchat Snapchat Selfie Filter
The Practical
Occasionally I do like to spend my time somewhat productively; this is where these apps come in! I use my bank's mobile banking app at least a couple of times per week to help me keep an eye on my spending (especially now I'm actively working on reducing my overdraft each month!) and also find the Paypal app really handy.
The S Health app which came pre-installed on my Samsung has a fab pedometer which I check almost obsessively - I love seeing my steps add up over the day! This also shows me my "active minutes", which is lower than I'd have thought over the course of a shift at work. You can track all sorts with S Health - from your water intake and hours of sleep to your heart rate and stress levels - but those are just the features I use the most. Obviously this one is only available to Samsung users... Continuing with the fitness theme, I use Endomondo to track my running and cycling - it syncs with the GPS so you can see things like how far you've gone, the elevation, and your lap times, which I find really interesting. You can also take part in monthly challenges to win prizes if you're a bit more committed than me, but I've never got round to that... I've used this for years and it does everything I want it to.
SHealth Endomondo Tracking Endomondo History
The last app I'll include in this section is called Clue, which I use to track my menstrual cycles; I've never had a regular monthly cycle since starting my periods at the age of 11 (I mean like, less than two weeks some months and 90+ days other months. Totally random!) but having recently come off the Pill, which I'd been on for about six years, I'm hoping this will help me spot some kind of pattern... I really like the interface and it lets you choose what you want to track - so if a symptom or measure doesn't apply to you, you can hide it. You can also choose to set reminders if you're on the Pill, and there's loads of really interesting information about contraceptive devices, phases of the cycle and so on - I think this would be a really interesting app for young girls who are just starting and getting to know their cycles and their bodies.
Clue Cycle Clue Entry Clue Tracking
The Frivolous
I'm not really one for gaming on my phone and to be honest, I've got pretty bored of this now, but I do still play a game or two now and then; Loop is basically a visual awareness game where you have to make all the little pieces link up - it's oddly satisfying! My latest obsession is Peak which is a brain training-style app, with puzzles that are meant to target specific cognitive skills. I really like that this shows you how you're performing overall and on specific skills, and you can see how you measure up compared to other people your age. The Neuroscience graduate in me loves this!
Peak Games Peak Words Peak Brain
What are your most-used apps? Are you an Android or Apple lover?

xo

11 comments:

  1. Ooh interesting apps! Mine are Twitter, Pinterest and Whats'app for sure x

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  2. Lovely apps :)

    http://shizasblog.blogspot.com

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  3. Great choice of apps! I've never had a regular cycle either and I use Glow for that, but Clue looks a really nice looking app!

    Nikki
    http://nikkipedia87.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I support anderiod so much, but apple is a winner when in comes to the camera.
    How about we follow each other on bloglovin'? Follow me and I'll follow back.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

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  5. I have an Android too and am so excited that you posted Android apps! I sometimes feel left out having an Android. We have 2 Apple/2Androids in the family. Guess who got the iphones? The kids! lol Thanks for sharing the apps, there are a few I need to check out! :)

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  6. I have an iphone but always interested to see what apps people love!

    Makeup Monster

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  7. instagram is my most used app too! x

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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  8. hmm..I think my most used app has to be instagram and whats app

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  9. Great selection of apps! I am an Apple lover so I have some similar apps on my phone too. I really enjoy using My Fitness Pal and of course the usual Social apps like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat :)

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  10. I love snapchat! I'm also not the type who downloads a lot of games, perhaps I should try Peak too!

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  11. I tend to always be on Instagram. I rarely use anything else on my phone (it's because I keep forgetting my password so can't download any new apps lol). Stephen

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