Happy Friday everyone! Since my usual lifestyle post was replaced by my “Beauty Blogger of the Month” announcement, I moved it to Friday instead.
This tag has been floating around YouTube for a while, but I thought it’d be fun to show you what apps I use most frequently on my phone, and my thoughts on some of the apps I’ve downloaded. Here we go!
First, let’s pin down the basics. I have the Samsung Galaxy S5 in white, which was released a few months back in the spring. While the large screen has a gorgeous display quality, it is quite a bit larger than both the S4 and S3, making this a purse phone, not a pocket phone. The case I have is one I purchased from Amazon, and is just a light blue raised rubber frame and a hard lucite backing.
In terms of apps, the phone comes pre-loaded with tons of apps, but I’m only going to be including the ones I have on my main screens, which are the ones I use most frequently.
To the left is a screenshot of my main screen. This page is mostly for the bare necessities, and utility apps like the calendar, settings, the app store, and more. I also have shortcuts at the bottom of the page that let me make calls and send texts, as well as a shortcut to the full library of apps on my phone.
Probably the most used item on this page is the weather widget I have at the top of the page. All I have to do is refresh it for a quick weather check, or I can tap on it to open hourly and daily forecasts and other information.
And if you’re wondering about the background, it’s a photo I took while in Smoky Mountain National Park this summer while I was on vacation. There were a bunch of horses grazing by the side of the road so I hopped out and took this photo.
But now that we’ve gotten the bare bones out of the way, let’s move on to the next page.
The second page on my phone holds my most frequently used apps and widgets. The two most important ones on this page are probably the alarm clock at the top, and my Gmail widget. I’ve gone ahead and erased the text on the Gmail widget, but it usually displays my three most recent emails, so I can tell at a glance if an email I’ve been waiting for has arrived or not. This page also has shortcuts to Google Chrome (my preferred browser) and YouTube, which I browse frequently throughout the day.
The shortcuts to the camera and Google Maps are also helpful, but I use these less often. The other two apps on this page are the music player and a file manager, which are always handy when I need to open or play something and don’t want to go through the entire app directory on my phone to get to them.
But finally, we get to the third and final page I keep on my phone, which holds most of my games and other entertainment apps.
My third screen is reserved for recreational apps and social media. The top is just a fitness app, but I really only use it as a pedometer for fun. Since I’m not always carrying my phone when I’m walking, the step count is an underestimate, but it’s still interesting to see how the app calculates the distance you’ve walked and the number of calories you’ve burned.
Facebook and Snapchat are probably my most used apps on this page, and I check those the most frequently out of all of the apps on my phone. Instagram is a close third, since I like browsing through photos when I have a few minutes to spare during the day. The app just to the right of Instagram, Pixlr Express, is a new photo editing app I’ve been trying. It has some pretty cool capabilities, and it’s free, so if you’re looking for a fast and user-friendly way to edit your photos without uploading them to your computer, I would definitely suggest checking this app out!
Quizup and Candy Crush are my main boredom killers on this page. Both are great, quick games for when you’re bored, but they can also entertain you for long stretches at a time. Quizup is a great trivia game, and you can face off against Facebook friends and people around the world in hundreds of different topics.
The last two apps on this page are Songza and the Google Play Books app. The Play Books app is pretty self-explanatory, and is just an app where I can read e-books and other documents. Books are for sale in the Google Play store, but you can also upload pdf and epub files and read those in a book format using this app, which is awesome.
Songza, for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, is an app similar to Spotify and Pandora in that it recommends music, but Songza contains specialized, pre-created playlists for various activities and moods.
For example, today it’s listing different Friday evening activities. If I choose one, it pulls up several playlists that match the activity. If you don’t like the options being offered, a pull-out menu on the left brings you to a whole library of moods and activities with matching music.
But my favorite feature of the app is the sleep timer. After selecting a playlist, you can set the sleep timer to have the music play for however long you’d like. I usually set it on around 20 minutes on a low volume to help myself relax and go to sleep, but it’s a great feature that can be used for all sorts of other situations too. Songza is a free app, so if you’re a music lover, it’s definitely worth taking a look at!
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Have you been loving an app lately and think I should try it? Tell me about it in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!