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You just got a new phone. Of course, your first preference is to go to the App Store or Google Play Store and download your favorite apps to your great new device. While the Engadget team is trying to keep our phones relatively uncluttered, there are some apps we can’t live without because they make our work and daily lives easier. Below you will find a dozen of the best that we think you should try.
If you take just one tip from this article, it is that you should download a password manager. It doesn’t have to be the one we recommend here. However, we like it 1Password for several reasons. Not only will it allow you to generate strong passwords for all your network accounts, but it also has built-in support for two-factor authentication. This means you don’t have to download a separate app like Authy to make your logins as secure as possible. If you have access to a Fastmail account, you can also use 1Password for generate random emails for your applications, which gives you another way to protect your privacy. It is also just a well-designed application that is a pleasure to use.
If it’s been a few years since you last used Firefox, now is the time to take a look again. By the end of last year, Mozilla updated version of Android its browser to transfer many of its best desktop features to mobile. In that release, Mozilla added more robust support for third-party add-ons. It has also brought its enhanced tracking protection feature, which prevents trackers from misusing your browsing data. Separately, with Apple allowing you to change the default browser from iOS edition 14, there has never been a better time for iPhone users to get rid of Safari.
I subscribed to Headroom at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, it has become one of the few apps I use every day. Yes, Headspace is an application for meditation and awareness, but it is much more than that. You’ll make sure it also has a mix of music designed to help you focus and exercise to relax at the end of a long day. All in all, everything he offers is excellent, and you will turn to him for more than just peace.
If you plan to fly somewhere soon, install Hopper on your phone. Although it has grown over the years and includes a variety of features, at its core, Hopper is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets. Once you tell the app where and when you want to fly, it will tell you whether you need to book a flight now or wait. In the latter case, they will let you know when they estimate you will get the best deal. The beauty of Hopper is that it will save you from constantly checking websites like Google Flights and Kayak.
If you want to read more in 2022, forget about buying books through Amazon and download Libby instead of that. If you are not familiar with app, lets you borrow ebooks, digital magazines and graphic novels from your local library. All you need is a library card, which most systems across the U.S. offer for free. Sometimes you have to wait to borrow the books you want to read the most, but you’ll find that Libby will dramatically expand your reading list.
Open the table
With restaurants reopening in cities across the U.S. and the rest of the world, there’s a good chance you’re planning to eat out soon – like almost everyone else. This means you will probably need a dinner reservation at some of the most popular places in your city. In North America, it’s the closest you’ll find to one platform used by almost every restaurant Open the table. Just for that reason, you have to take it if you eat a lot outside. It is also a handy tool for discovering new places to visit as you can filter by kitchen and area.
There’s nothing worse than waiting for a bus on a cold winter day or watching the three of them pass one after the other. Avoid both situations with one of the best public transportation planning apps on Android and iOS. Transit stands out where other apps in the category fail thanks to its clean, easy-to-use interface that highlights all the options near you. It also has one of the better algorithms for predicting departure times, so you’ll know exactly when you need to run out of your house or apartment to catch the next bus, train or tram.
Pepper is the best $ 5 you can spend to make eating even easier. At its core, it allows you to download recipes from your favorite websites and make them available on all your devices. You can also use it to measure the size of the meal you are going to cook and convert between metric and imperial measures. Add to that a meal planner, shopping lists and an ingredient tracking tool in your pantry and you have an irreplaceable app for home cooks.
As podcasts get more popular every year, there’s a good chance you already have a few favorite shows to listen to every week. As much as Spotify wants to convince you that it has the best podcast app, that difference goes in your favor Pocket castings. We like it because it offers a consistently excellent experience in every system it supports. And if you’re using a mix of Apple, Google and Microsoft platforms, you don’t have to worry about syncing either. It’s also nice to use software that doesn’t feel caught between two worlds the way Spotify does. Pocket Casts is not trying to be anything more than a podcast listening app. That’s not something you can say for Spotify, and it’s often a source of frustration for those who turn to it for music.
Another way to read more in 2022 is to download Pocket. It is among the most popular reading apps later, allowing you to save articles you find online. Much like Pocket Casts, what makes this app compelling is that it offers a consistently great device-independent experience, making it a great option for those who haven’t gone all-in on one ecosystem. Whether you’re using Chrome, Safari, or Edge, you can install a browser extension to save the articles you come across. You can then read them later without interfering with your phone or tablet. Just remember to occasionally make a recess in your Pocket reading list.
Telegram / Signal
We understand, asking your friends and family to install another messaging app on your phone can sometimes seem like a Sisyphean task, but the effort has never paid off again. IN Telegram and Signal, you will find the two most secure chat applications on the market. We especially like Telegram here in Engadget because of how complete it is in terms of features. For example, it includes an editing feature that is handy when you make a typo and a secret chat tool when you want messages to disappear. If you do switch to Telegram or Signal though, you will also get rid of the Meta ecosystem. It may not seem like much, but when Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp fell earlier this year, has left many people without a way to communicate with their friends and loved ones.
After a password manager, one of the best tools you can use to protect your online privacy is a VPN. Again, there are many options, but we like it TunnelBear due to its simplicity and whimsical theme of urine. A VPN isn’t as important as a password manager, but you’ll want to get one if you travel frequently or use public WiFi in places like cafes and libraries. Using a VPN in these contexts will ensure that your connection is protected by encryption so that all information you send remains secure and private.
The latest phones come with great cameras. Still, even with the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel, almost any photo can benefit from editing before you share it. The possibilities you have for photo editing apps are almost endless, but if you want something that works well, look no further than Snapseed. It’s an old favorite that offers a comprehensive set of editing options, but never gets stuck in too many sliders and dials. Best of all, it makes it easy to save changes to your camera and upload them to apps like Instagram.