The mobile world is full of weird and wonderful apps. From the useful to the downright strange, the contents of Apple’s and Android’s mobile stores are a sight to behold. In fact, according to the statistics, there are now more than five million apps available for iOS, Android, Windows Phones and Blackberry devices. What’s more, Pew Research Center data shows that 77% of Americans now on a smartphone, while 94% of those aged between 18 and 29 own such a smart device too.
Put simply, the world is more mobile than ever and, as college students, you’re leading the way. With so many apps to choose from and so little time in between classes to choose one, we’ve decided to pick out some of the best. Based on the latest trends and shifts in technology, the following apps could be considered must-haves for students looking to up their smartphone game. For convenience, we’ve grouped our top picks by type. Starting with the essentials and finishing with the useful, our list should have everything you need to world, rest and play.
The Fun Stuff
Before we get into the “serious” stuff, we can’t ignore games. Statista’s data reveals that 2.8 billion people play games via their mobiles, with the average American playing 3.6 mobile games per month. That level of demand is matched only by the supply you’ll now find online. In 2018, one of the biggest hits is Asphalt 8: Airborne. The off-road racing extravaganza might not be a new release, but its high-octane style and multiplayer capabilities have made it a hit with gamers. For something slightly different, the Mr Green app is stocked with 300+ casino games and slots. What’s interesting about this betting app is that you don’t have to play for real money. Although you can, many games are available in practice mode, which means you can experience the rush of betting without paying for it.
Before we give you some apps that will help you with your studies, let’s talk about rest. According to neuroscientist and author Magdalena Bak-Maier, “prolonged multitasking and intense focus stress the brain.” When you focus on too many things and force your brain to be active, it actually has a hard time switching off. Much like a car engine gets hot after prolonged use, so does the brain which means it needs time to cool down. To help you avoid the redline and reset, PAUSE is a great app. Developed by PauseAble, this app gets you to follow colored dots around your mobile screen. Described as Tai Chi for the eyes, this product forces you to focus on one thing and, in turn, rest your mind.
Once you’re well rested, academic apps are always helpful. If your university has a mobile platform, download it. If it’s exam time, Quizlet allows you to create your own virtual flash cards. From simple to visual and audible, this application is a great way to improve your test scores. Finally, when you’ve sorted out everything else, you’ll need a way to organize it all. Do! is one of the top picks out there for two reasons. Firstly, it’s highly intuitive. Lists are easy to create, and you can physically draw a line through tasks as you complete them. Secondly, its name is also a reminder to be productive. It’s easy to get distracted by your mobile, so use this app to manage your time and get the most out of your portable friend.