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Both the iOS and Android platforms are stable and mature mobile operating systems that support over half a million official applications found on iTunes and Google Play. With so many options to choose from, it’s difficult for many users to decide on the best cell phone apps for work and play. To cut down on the decision paralysis, we’ve made life a bit easier and selected five amazing smart phone apps that should be on every phone. These may not be what you consider the best phone apps for you but we certainly think these are cool phone apps that you should consider for your smart phone. You’ll find them below, listed in no particular order.
TripitFew people can say that they genuinely enjoy air travel, which is why some of the most popular apps for Android and iOS address flight tracking and itineraries for everyday users. Both the Android and iOS Variants of Tripit offer the same itinerary planning power to manage confirmations, check the status of flights, and deal with hotel booking and more. Topping many cell phone reviews that rank the best mobile apps on the market, Tripit’s a must-have especially if you are a frequent flier. Tripit also makes it extremely easy to share your trip with family and your friends. Maybe this is one of those cool phone apps that will help you enjoy your travel experience.
Google CurrentsAmong the mobile technorati, Flipboard is one of the most talked about apps of the last year or so. While Flipboard is a terrific service, it’s only available for iOS. A more universal and quite frankly better app is Google Currents for Android. They offer an identical client for iOS that allows any smart phone surfer to quickly digest loads of free content through its slick, magazine-style interface. Some of the pros when it comes to this app are the ease of navigation, it looks great in both landscape and portrait modes, and it is one of the free phone apps! Some of the cons include the lack of social networking, and cannot sync to Google Reader.
DropboxThough on-board storage capacities of cell phones continue to increase with each new generation, the fact of the matter is that your smart phone only has so much memory to go around. Fortunately, Dropbox offers a handy workaround to the storage space problem by handing out 2 GB of free cloud storage to all users and even more space at bargain basement prices. Whether you run iOS or Android, Dropbox has a client that’ll let you backup and sync data across all devices. If you happen to have Dropbox set up on your Mac, this app allows you to conveniently share, sync, and download files and folders from your Mac using your iPad or iPhone. Space should never be an issue going forward with Dropbox. It’s worth the extremely small investment.
fringThere are dozens of video chat apps on the market for smart phone users, but few offer the features and versatility of fring. The iPhone and Android clients for fring allow users to text for free with other users, video chat with up to 4 people and make free calls to other fring subscribers via VoIP without spending a penny. It also features low rates for making calls to land lines and cell phones, much like Skype. Another big pro about fring is that it is another one of those free phone apps. If you want to keep in touch with your friends and family through video and chat, you cannot go wrong by downloading and using fring. You can certainly say that the price is right!
EvernoteIt’s hard to read any cell phone reviews or top-ten lists of mobile applications without running into Evernote sooner or later. Evernote’s Android app and iOS app both provide a superlative digital notebook experience for organizing data in all its many forms. With Evernote, you can save images, annotate texts and create collections of relevant resources you come across online. Better yet, Evernote features powerful social sharing tools for collaboration with co-workers and colleagues.
Compiling a list of the best cell phone apps in any given year is going to be a subjective exercise that will inevitably leave out a ton of great programs that are just as deserving of recognition as those selected. However, the smart phone apps detailed above are some of the best phone apps you can find on any platform at the moment. Fortunately, most are free phone apps and each one delivers an amazing, productivity-enhancing experience for any smart phone user on the go.
This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Cell Phone Expert where you can compare cell phone plans and check out cell phone reviews.
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