Smartphone must have apps

Audrey Miller, Features Editor

Android vs. iPhones seems to be the topic of debate when it comes to which phone is better. One thing is for sure though, smartphones are the most advanced phones on the market, and like the popular Apple commercial has implanted in our minds, there is indeed “an app for everything”. The power goes out and you need a flashlight? There’s an app for that. Want to synthesize your voice to sound like T-Pain? There’s an app for that. In a dire need to download the hottest song on the radio, but you’re nowhere near a computer? There is an app for that too. There are apps for convenience, apps for entertainment, and even apps that are so crazy good they only belong in the category of awesomeness. The following is a list of must haves for smartphone users. Top three apps for convenience: Facebook app, Twitter app, Google app

These apps are intended for those who use Facebook, Twitter, or Google on a daily basis (which is everyone). With a quick touch of a button, you can have your website front and center without having to go onto the search engine and typing it in. Top ten apps for entertainment: Angry Birds, Draw Something, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run, Hanging with Friends/Words with Friends, Fatify/Oldify/Baldify/Songify, Tiny Tower, Instagram, Offensive Noises, Paper Toss.

These apps were created for the basic need to entertain. Bored? Sitting on the couch, eating potato chips and getting fat? Download one of these apps and have at it. Guaranteed to have hours of dumb, stress-free fun. What’s not to love? Top App of all time: Pandora

Pandora is the most widely-used app of all time. It offers free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists or songs and Pandora will create a custom “station” that plays similar music. Not only does this app offer free internet radio, but you can also bookmark a song or artist, and it is automatically saved in your “bookmarks” section. From there, Pandora gives you the option to buy it from iTunes, email the track to a friend, or simply keep it in the list for future references. While listening to this station, you will get information on the artist and a like and dislike button to rate your songs. Although this app has commercials, and only allows you to skip six songs per station, Pandora still belongs in this category of awesomeness I spoke of earlier.

Moral of this article: get a smartphone; download a bunch of apps; enjoy your life.