Now that smartphones are undeniably here to stay, we’ve grown more than a little accustomed to having them in our lives. Were they to suddenly disappear without trace off the face of the earth, I’m willing to bet that more than a few people would be more than a little disappointed. In fact, I’ll go a few better than ‘disappointed’ and say more than a few people would be bereft. There are so many benefits to having a smartphone and apps are the nexus of those benefits. While the ability to call and text is alright, many more people communicate through apps; indeed many people run their lives through apps. Here are four apps that we reckon you’d be stuck without.
1 – WhatsApp
No one really texts in the traditional way anymore, and that’s just a sad fact of life. All the cool kids are using WhatsApp, and when you think about it, why wouldn’t you? It’s free, it’s fast, it’s dependable and it comes with two handy ticks attached to every text so you know that your message has been received loud and clear. WhatsApp is still adding features and updates to its service (check out the brand new update here) so expect this wonderful little service to keep getting better and better.
2 – Instagram
The most popular social media app in the world, Instagram is a genius combination of creativity and social networking. It produces glorious-looking pictures with its numerous filters (good news for both landscapes and selfies) and lets friends keep up to date with celebrities and acquaintances alike. With over 300 million users worldwide and counting, we’d bet there’d be more than a few broken hearts if Instagram ever took a hit.
3 – Crossy Road
Because you need a game to pass the time, right? What else are smartphones good for if you can’t whip them out and send a boring bus journey into oblivion? While the choice of game is completely up to you (and there’s a huge array of them out there, from Cassava bingo sites to poker, from mystery thrillers to puzzles to sudoku to ports of old classics), but Crossy Road does it for me, every time. The thrill of delivering a tiny animal across a fatally busy road works every time.
4 – Spotify
What’s life without music? As your smartphone handily doubles as a portable music player, and you don’t necessarily want to pay a quid for every song you feel the urge to listen to, Spotify is the perfect compromise; it supports the artists while providing you with a gargantuan catalogue of music. As long as you remember to bring your headphones.