Smartphones have permanently changed the way we live. These days, it’s hard to imagine getting through a day without using some kind of app, whether to find your way to the nearest bar or to figure out if you’ve had too much to drink once you’re there. Some apps are necessary, some are pointless and some are just plain cool. We stuck to “cool” and “necessary” for this list of our favorites.
Audible reads books to you from an audiobook library of more than 100,000 titles. It also gives you inside information and breaking news about your favorite authors and has a Foursquare-like badge system. Best of all, it’s available for both iPhones and Android phones.
Amazon Price Check
No one wants to pay more than they have to, especially when the economy is in the toilet. Cue Amazon Price Check. With a simple swipe of a bar code you can find out if the item you’re eyeing is cheaper on Amazon. A great app for keeping your spending to a minimum during the hectic and pricey holiday season. Amazon Price Check is available for iPhone and Android.
Word Lens is a traveler’s best friend. An augmented reality app, Word Lens translates environmental text from one language to another. While the app is free, you have to pay for language packs. So when you’re planning your next trip to Latvia, make sure to set aside a few bucks for the right language pack. This is some serious, next level technology here. Word Lens is currently an iPhone exclusive.