Technology and all of its life-enhancing, attention-gripping, mind-obsessing ways has completely taken hold of the way we live our lives. Whether you’re walking down the street, catching a train or queuing up for lunch, it’s pretty likely that a smartphone, tablet or laptop will be within reaching distance – the digital age has well and truly arrived. Here’s our edit of the top Android apps that’ll aid your everyday lifestyle…
Love it or hate it, Twitter is the only platform to be seen with at the moment. Use it to share your oh-so-witty commute chronicles (a personal favourite use of mine), what you ate for breakfast/lunch/dinner (a dying art now, thankfully) or to keep up with breaking news and information. 140 character sentences have never been more useful or welcomed in a world where getting information quickly and concisely is, well, everything.
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One of my newest discoveries, the LINE collection of apps is a great addition to your phone/tablet. LINE Messaging is similar to Whatsapp with a bundle of additional features. You can make calls and send messages for free to other LINE users, as well follow celebrities (currently the roster is mostly compiled of South Korean celebrities) so it looks like they’re sending you messages. LINE Camera is another of my favourites, giving you the opportunity to add stickers and filters on your photographs before you save them or share them online.
The must-have app for bloggers, amongst other creative and non-creative professionals, Dropbox gives you online storage that can be synced between devices. Case in point: Aesthetic currently uses Dropbox on two computers, a Macbook and a smartphone. Perfect for grabbing photos and content, wherever you’re working. You can upgrade and unlock storage with different devices too.
Somewhat more of a frivolous and gratuitious app, Beanhunter is an app dedicated to hunting for the best coffee houses in your local area. Having been rather limited to where I can roadtest this app, Beanhunter boasts a great roster of London coffee houses that you search by name, rating, reviews and distance. You can amaze friends with your inane knowledge of the local area and sip a coffee from a cafe that is situated on a less-beaten path.
Uniqlo Wake Up
The one app that I am guaranteed to use on a daily basis, Uniqlo recently created this unique alarm which sings to you to get you up and about. Not only that, it’ll announce the time, date and weather to you too. Brilliant (unless it’s rainy and a Monday, in which case it might as well not bother.)
If you’re an Instagram user, then this app will be of endless help to you. Transform portrait and landscape photographs into a square with coloured/plain backgrounds to optimise photo composition. The app is oh so simple, and you can also zoom your original photograph to be smaller, with more white space – nice.
Much like the Beanhunter app, Urbanspoon is a great tool for finding somewhere to dine. You can filter your options down to cuisine type, price bracket, meal type and more, or opt for a Lottery reel that’ll give you a completely random choice. The app uses your GPS and location services to find your nearest restaurants. An invaluable tool if you’re heading for an impromptu meal with the girls.
A step up from Wunderlist and Evernote, Springpad is the perfect way to organise your life. You can create lists and keep up to date with everything that’s happening. Highly recommended for bloggers and the busy Aesthetic girl.
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.