The Best 11 Android Apps

posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:26 am

As a mom, you are most likely constantly on the go. You’ve got to work, take your child to soccer practice, pick up your other child after school, make dinner, go grocery shopping… basically, you’re a human machine. Luckily, you have a tool at your disposal that can help you manage some of your hectic lifestyle – your Android phone.

There are a variety of Android apps for moms out there… but not all of them are worth your time. Here is our definitive opinion on what Android apps for moms are the absolute best.

 

1. Period Tracker

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mypregnancybaby.com

Cost – Free

While it seems like something simple, it is so incredibly easy to forget when you last had your period. Life gets in the way and suddenly you can’t remember if it has been three or four weeks since your last cycle. Period Tracker is an amazing app that actually keeps track of your cycle for you. All you have to do is update the calendar when your period starts and ends, and it will automatically predict when your next menstruation should begin. It counts the number of days in your cycle, and even shows when you are ovulating in case you are trying to get pregnant. Note memos let you record each individual symptom you experience on a daily basis so you can keep track of when cramps or bloating are most prevalent.

Paid Version - $1.99

Includes slightly more features, including a widget that shows you are fertile with flowers that show on your homescreen during your predicted ovulation and eight day “fertile window.” It also lets you track advanced fertility features such as cervical mucus and positions.

 

2. Facebook Messenger

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Cost – Free

There are a lot of messaging apps out there to choose from, but Facebook Messenger is simply the best. It acts like a text messaging service, except that it uses your data plan and not your limited text messages. It makes it super easy to stay in touch with friends and family without having to open up Facebook. You can send group messages on the go to coordinate events and plans. The best part? The “chat head” features, which allows you to minimize the conversation and open up other apps on your phone. In order to return to your conversation, all you have to do is tap the floating head. Plus, if your friends have their phone number linked to Facebook, you can even place free calls to them regardless of where they are in the world.

Paid Version – No

 

3. Amazon Kindle

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androidguys.com

Cost – Free

Reading is great, but who really has the time for it? You can if you download the Amazon Kindle app! It allows you to have over a million books literally at your fingertips wherever you are.Waiting to pick up your kid after school? Have some time before your doctor’s appointment? On your lunch break at work? Whip out your Android and do some reading! You can easily read and shop for new books, as well as utilize the in-app dictionary, Google, and Wikipedia features. You can easily change the font size or screen orientation to customize your reading experience. The best part? Your eBooks are synced across all of your devices so that you never have to try and guess how far you read.

Paid Version – No

 

4. FoxFi Key

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Cost – $7.95

If you’ve ever been on the go and couldn’t find a wi-fi hotspot for your laptop to connect to… then you need this Android app. It is absolutely fabulous. It allows you to tether your phone’s internet to your computer or tablet with the touch of a button. You can have free wi-fi wherever you need it without paying that pesky $20/month fee to your phone company. If your device is not wi-fi compatible, the app also features a USB tether mode that allows you to connect the phone to the device via a USB cable. You can set a custom password on your wi-fi network to prevent others from leeching it, which is nice if you’re using it in a public place. Lastly, the app features a “hide tether usage” option that masks the fact you are tethering your internet from your phone.

Free Version

This version is basically a tester version to make sure FoxFi is compatible with your phone and provides you with the service you want. It has all the features of the paid version, but comes with a data limit, meaning that you must disconnect and restart FoxFi in order to keep using the internet. Kind of annoying, which makes the paid version well worth it.

 

5. Motivated Moms

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motivatedmoms.com

Cost – $7.99

Do you often get frustrated when it comes to cleaning and doing chores? Motivated Moms can help! It is a pre-planned calendar for 2014 that comes with a checklist of chores to complete each and every day. Simply open the app, check the list for the day, and mark items off as you complete them. Now you won’t have to dedicate entire weekends to cleaning because you will do all the tasks over a number of weeks instead of days. You can also add customized tasks to the list and schedule them wherever you’d like to fit them in. The app will also remember the last time you cleaned something, which means you don’t have to try and keep that fresh in your mind. Move tasks to a different day if you don’t get to them, or eliminate pet chores by simply clicking a button.

Free Version

The free version is the watered down form of this app. It only includes two weeks of tasks, meaning that you will have to buy the full version for the whole year. Also, it only lets you add five customized tasks, which is a bummer if you want to keep track of everything you do. It’s perfect if you just want to try the app out and see if it helps motivate you to clean.

 

6. Nike+ Running

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Cost – Free

Running is hard work. But it becomes less hard when you have the ability to track your fitness and compare it with friends! Nike+ Running uses your phone’s GPS to accurately record your distance, pace, and time. Audio feedback during the run announces whenever you have gone a mile so you can stay motivated and focused. Announce on Facebook when you start a run, and whenever someone comments on it, you will receive in-ear cheers. Save your routes and compare them with your friends. Even better, set up a widget on your homescreen that displays your total mileage. The best part? It doesn’t require an additional sensor or strap, just your phone. This is a must-have for all fitness-minded Android users!

Paid Version – No

 

7. Pandora

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Cost – Free

Music lovers will be blissfully happy with Pandora Internet Radio. If you haven’t heard of Pandora by now, it is a music streaming service that lets you create personalized music playlists using your favorite artists, songs, genres, and composers. You can create up to 100 different radio stations with your account – which is plenty to keep the good tunes rocking. You can also play pre-arranged music genre stations if you don’t feel like any specific artist. My personal new favorite addition to the latest version of this app (and the reason it makes this list over other music services) is the alarm clock feature. Pandora now lets you wake up to your radio stations, which means you can start the day off on a good note!

Paid Version – No

But, there will be a stream of advertisements suggesting you upgrade to Pandora One, which is the paid version of Pandora. It costs $3.99 a month and will give you no ads, fewer interruptions, and more skips per day.

 

8. Photoshop Touch for phone

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socialsteak.com

Cost – $4.99

Get the ultimate power of Photoshop in the palm of your hand. While basic photo editing apps like Instagram give you slight customization, Photoshop for Phone lets you take complete control of the image. You can utilize layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters. Use tone and color adjustments to give your image the pop it needs. Painting effects and brushes give you the ability to create an other-worldly masterpiece. One unique feature is “Camera fill,” which uses your device’s camera to fill an area on a layer automatically. You can combine images as well! When you are finished, use Adobe Creative Cloud to transfer it to your computer or tablet so you can access it everywhere.

Free Version – No

 

9. Paypal

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Cost – Free

You may know PayPal as that website you can use to pay for things on eBay. While that is super useful, the Paypal app is so much more than just an eBay affiliate. This new version of the Android app actually allows you to use PayPal to pay for items in physical stores! Browse from a list of nearby locations that accept PayPal, such as restaurants, cafes, and local stores. The company is actively working to get more retailers involved, so expect even more compatibility soon. PayPal also makes it easy to transfer money to friends or family as a gift or to pay them back for lunch. You can easily see your account balance right from the app and make any transactions you desire. Everything is secure so you don’t have to fear.

Paid Version – No

 

10. Netflix

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Cost – Free

The dangers of Netflix at home are palpable – and now you can taste the same danger when you are on the go. Have a minute while you’re waiting at your doctor’s appointment? Catch up on last night’s episode of “Glee”. Sitting in your bed and too lazy to go to the living room? Stay curled up and watch “Firefly.”  You have unlimited access to thousands of television episodes and movies all from your phone. Browse from a growing selection of titles according to genre, new releases, and much more. Rate your favorite shows and you will receive personalized suggestions from the Netflix thought bot. Best of all, you can start watching something on your phone and then resume watching it from the same place on another device!

Paid Version – No

But keep in mind, you do need a Netflix subscription to use the app. Services start at just $7.99 and offer unlimited usage on all of your devices!

 

11. Camscanner

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www.pocketables.com

Cost – $4.99/month

While the price is a bit much, hold your reservations until we can explain everything this app does. It basically acts as an on-the-go scanner for all of your important documents. It supports high-quality scans that are turned into a PDF file with no watermarks. You can easily digitize any document simply by using your phone’s camera to take a photo of it. Camscanner will then optimize the image using smart cropping and auto enhancements to create clear text and graphics. You can even extract text from images for searching, editing, or sharing. If you need to print the scan ASAP, you can using AirPrint. You can even fax files with a few simple taps. Basically, it’s like carrying around your own personal and portable copier, scanner, and fax machine.

Free Version

There is a free version, but it is extremely limited. Every PDF file is created with a watermark, and you can only utilize Evernote/SkyDrive uploading for seven days. It also has a lot of ads, as that is how it makes a profit.


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