If you appreciate apps, you know some can enhance your life and even make it easier. There are apps to solve pesky life problems, help keep you safe, help you chill out, help you look good, get healthy, and more.
Recently a colleague’s scavenger hunt for her misplaced keys sent her app shopping where she discovered Tile; the app + gadget that promises you’ll never lose anything again!! It reminded me that of the zillion of apps out there, some are truly great & useful. Well, here are the 10 best lifestyle apps for women that impress the heck out of me.
This anti-violence app let’s you alert the six people in your circle to come and get you if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation. The app is especially helpful for reducing sexual attacks on college campuses, domestic violence, and is a good one to have if you’re a woman living in a big city. With two touches you forward your GPS location to friends so even if you don’t know where you are, they will. It’s free and available for the iPhone and Android.
I’m a bit of a geek on the quiet, and when I was beta testing an educational app recently, I realized the usefulness and fun aspect of a compass app. This one has a camera link built in for background depth. Endless fun working out which direction I’m walking or traveling in. It links up with Google Maps and has all kinds of other cool features too. I have the free version but there is also a pro version for 99p on the UK site. I’m planning on testing this out when we go hiking next, to see whether it could replace a hikers’ pocket compass.
This is Instagram for fashionistas. With the Pose app, you can collect fashion inspiration to build your perfect wardrobe, get style tips from others and follow people who’s style you like. Available free on androids and iPhones.
Dubbed the world’s largest Lost & Found, Tile uses bluetooth technology to help you find things quickly and easily that you’ve linked up to the app. You take the gadget with you and when you misplace something, start tracking and the programmable sounds you assigned to that item will lead you to it. The app is free and available for iPhones and Android phones, however, you’ll need to buy the gadget from Tile or on Amazon for $25 USD each.
Songkick is the bridge between the music in your digital collection and concerts in your area. Once installed, Songkick scans your device and lets you see when and where your favorite artists are playing. If you see a show you’re interested in, you can also purchase tickets all from within the app. Add multiple locations to Songkick to catch concerts when you’re on the road.
(only on iPhone)
Rise pairs you with a registered dietitian who will work one-on-one with you to create nutritional and weight loss goals. They will monitor all your Clean eating efforts and provide suggestions for healthier changes based on photos of your meals that you upload. The goal is lifelong results so at $20/week for the service, it’s a great alternative to hiring a nutritionist….providing you’re serious about making the changes.
If you have little ones, this app company is a gem. Seven Academy specializes in game-play apps for children. The one I came across, Tic Toc Time, is available in eleven languages and teaches children to read a compass, tell the time using shadows, the time of day or a clock face, and explains the concept of day and night. It costs £2.99 or $3.99 and plays through several units, total running time around one hour. It’s a fun app to challenge children in the car (especially the compass unit, as the compass is GPRS enabled so shows the actual points of the compass as you try to line the phone up with each point). It’s also a cool learning app with challenges, rewards and endless do-overs. There are a whole range of other similar apps available to teach younger children about shapes, numbers and other basic learning skills.
Looking for a Zen master? Now you’ve got one! Omvana brings you meditations, relaxation audios, yoga music and self improvement tracks—all in one beautiful meditation app.
Speaking Photo is another really useful app which allows you to share still photographs with a spoken commentary. You can take a photo there and then before putting the commentary together and sharing it on social media, or make a slideshow of several photographs with a commentary on each. There is also a website where the photos are saved into the cloud for future use.
10. MAP MY DOG WALK
Sure, there’s the likes of RunKeeper, FitBit and various Runtastic apps. But MapMyDogWalk (in conjunction with Subaru) turns the daily walks with your canine companion into something just as good as all these smug runners wave around in the pub. This app allows dog walkers to track all the specifics of their walk in real time, plus has map pins that show dog-friendly locations – and even the nearest bag dispenser. I’m a walker, not a runner, so this is right up my street. All I need to do now is adopt a dog.