Know the best apps for tech devices
with apps that may help you right out of the gate, especially if you’re used to working on a computer. The Web browser on your device may be fine, but it never hurts to have a second one in case something you’re trying to view on the web doesn’t display properly. The free “Google Chrome” browser is available on most platforms, and if you’re on a restrictive data plan, the lightweight browser “Opera” compresses web pages down to make them load more quickly and efficiently. Both are free.
If you do any kind of online banking or would like to, check to see if the financial institution you use has a dedicated app. You may be able to check your accounts, deposit checks using your device’s camera and transfer funds. Speaking of your money, the app “Mint” (free) is great for tracking finances and seeing trends on how you spend.
Managing files can be a hassle on mobile devices. “Dropbox” (free) allows you to keep digital documents of any kind stored online, accessible to you from any computer or device.
Getting things done with a mobile device may lead you to experiment with to-do list apps. The App Store and Google Play are stuffed with them. I’ve had luck with a free app called “Wunderlist” (free), but some Apple users prefer “Things,” which is relatively pricey at $10 for each type of device. “Remember the Milk” is another good and free todo app that’s very popular.
“Evernote” is a mustown. It allows you to create notes that you can access from anywhere. Everything is searchable, even text contained within photos. It’s free. A premium version costs $5 a month if you need lots of extra storage for your notes.
A few friends also swear by “Calvetica” ($2.99 for iOS), an alternative to Apple’s calendar app.
Now that you’re organized, have some fun. “Angry Birds” (price varies, starts at 99 cents) is cute and addictive and available in several different variations, including the recent “Angry Birds Star Wars.”
“Words With Friends” (free) is like online Scrabble, while “Plants vs. Zombies” (starts at 99 cents) is family friendly