The 5 must have apps of 2016
There are far too many apps out there. Here are the only five apps you'll need in 2016 as a student.
1) RightCall - cut your phone bill
If you want to keep your phone bill low, this is the app for you.
- Pay monthly customers who are on restrictive bundles can save up to 80% on call charges outside their allowance with RightCall
- Pay as you go customers can make calls without any credit in their sim, and still save up to 80%
- RightCall customers can save up to 80% on premium number calls (084,0870,09,118)
RightCall will save money for you on calls to fixed, mobile and premium numbers, without the hassle of changing your sim or phone provider.
Unlike other call apps, it won't use your (precious, limited) internet data to make your calls. Instead, it uses your existing line, keeping your calls clear and high-quality, but charging you at a lower rate than your provider. As well as that, theres:
- No need to change your SIM
- 24/7 customer service
- You can compare the rates before you call, so that you can make an informed choice before you press that expensive little green "call" button at the bottom of your screen.
Largely, calls will generally be cheaper with RightCall than with your own provider, so it's always worth checking the app before you make a call, especially to premium numbers.
2) Amazon Instant Video - watch your favourite shows on the move
If you have a commute of any description, Amazon Instant Video beats the hell out of Netflix. Especially if you want to save data.
They have a long list of programs that you can download to your phone, and then watch when wifi is unavailable, a feature which Netflix doesn't have.
Programs like Mad Men, the Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation, and their own comedy Mozart in The Jungle are all available to download and watch on your commute, or when you're waiting around between seminars.
3) Bounts - get paid to walk
If you have Fitbit or other activity tracker, you can connect it to the Bounts app. It's completely free (there is a paying option though, if you wanted extra perks) and available on Android and Apple.
Basically, it turns your tracked activities into points, which then you convert into vouchers, which they send to your door.
Realistically, it's going to take you a while to build up points (you're not getting £50 to your door in a couple of weeks) but it is money for nothing. If you sign up with the code the code lottyburns1173, you'll get 100 points to start with.
You'll also be surprised just how far you're willing to walk, when you know you're being paid for it.
4) Pushbullet - make your phone less annoying
Pushbullet is all about saving time and not having to dig out your phone every five minutes. If you need to get a file or link from your phone to your computer or from your computer to your phone, Pushbullet can do that in a couple of taps, without the need to email it to yourself, switch apps or any other similarly annoying task.
Wondering who keeps texting but don't want everyone in the library to know that it's your phone that keeps buzzing? Pushbullet can display the notification on your computer and even lets you text back (if you have the android version) from your computer.
Get it now. You'll hopefully never have to have that disappointing moment when you receive an email, then realise it was a link you sent from yourself to yourself, ever again.
5) Google docs - no more losing your work
If you've ever accidentally lost your file or deleted your entire dissertation accidentally you need Google Docs. It saves your work automatically as you go along, lets you track all your updates, and stores everything safely in the cloud where your unreliable computer can't corrupt it.
No more Microsoft Word
Working on loads of different devices is one of the most annoying first world problems you face at university. Ideally you'd like to be able to work at home, on your way to uni on the bus and in the library or whilst lounging around on campus if you get the urge.
The problem is keeping track of files. Emailing them to yourself is annoying, and not all devices open up the same document in the same way. (e.g. your library computer may run an old version of word, and will slightly alter your formatting in a very annoying way when you open your carefully formatted file).
Google Docs, the internet giant's version of word, is a great solution to this. All documents are stored in the cloud (so you aren't wasting precious space on your devices, unless you choose to back it up on them), but you can save it as a .docx (i.e. word) file if you choose and you can access them from most devices, seeing them in the same format.
This means you could work from your desktop at home, continue working on them on the bus (on your phone or laptop) and continue to work on the same file once you get to the library.
You can even access them at the same time from several different devices (which is useful if you're working on a group presentation).
Earlier versions have been pretty good, but now they finally seem to have it to the standard where it can function as a Word replacement, rather than just an extra place to edit your documents before you paste them into word.
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