In today’s technology driven world, many tasks and duties that normally take up so much time really have become much easier with simple apps on our phones and ipods. The downside to these advancements is that there are so many apps for so many things, that wading through them all to find the right one for your specific needs can be a daunting task. Here’s a few suggestions for finding the best apps, no matter the specific function you seek:
Search Forum Boards
Figure out exactly what you would like an app to do for you, then type in a carefully worded search into your favorite search engine followed by the words “forum board”. This will narrow your search to other users of similar tastes discussing what has worked for them and equally made them unhappy with a product. A few minutes of reading genuine opinions can save you time and money in navigating your search to what you really want and what really works.
CNET is a website and technology-based magazine that is only in the market of telling you like it is on anything related to computers, apps, gaming, etc. They don’t have a dog in the fight as to promoting one product over another for financial gains so they really tell it like it is. If CNET says an app is good, you can feel confident that it truly is. Likewise, if CNET says something is not worth your time, more than likely it has problems that CNET has taken the time to uncover and analyze. There is no need to second-guess CNET – they are like the Consumer Reports of technology and are there to help.
Many times you can get to a cool app by trial and error. A QR reader – which deciphers those crazy black and white squares on products – is a handy tool to have. From seeing information on cereal to even viewing houses that a saavy real estate agent has listed using a QR code, you can easily gather a lot of information and quite often find yourself with technology aids you didn’t even know existed.
Look At Your Friend’s Gadgets
How do you know if you want to go to a good restaurant, read a certain book or go see a particular movie? Many times you ask your friends and acquaintances their opinions and past experiences. So what better way to find good apps then to ask those around you whose opinions you value? Next time you get a break at work, ask your co-worker if you can see what apps they like on their phones. Going out for a few drinks after work on a Friday night? Everyone will have their phones with them of course, so start up a conversation on which apps your friends use the most, games they play on their phones, etc. and start a download party (just make sure there’s wifi)!
Technology is here to stay and the more we learn to quickly navigate the waters, the more help these little handheld devices can be. Since the majority of them are free, you can try them out, delete ones that don’t work for you and gather as many as you like. Enjoy!