These Are the Essential Apps You Need Day to Day

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The day will bring you all sorts of stuff: lost keys, angry bosses, a dozen new appointments, stellar dining experiences, strange new people, and well, everything else. You never know what’s going to come at you when you step out that door, but at least you can arm yourself with your smartphone/mobile device and an arsenal of apps to prepare, plan and organize the chaos that is life. To help you through, we’ve come up with the Top 5 Apps You Don’t Want to Go Through Your Day Without.

5 HipGeo (Free)

The ultimate app in organizing your photos/videos, HipGeo is an easy to use and gorgeous app that impresses with design as much as function. HipGeo helps you share those photos and videos via social networking sites, but also creates a sort of real-time blog while mapping out your photos and videos via GPS. HipGeo also takes in account your limited data plans by storing your updates and throwing your content up only when you hook up to WiFi (if that is the setting you choose). HipGeo is so customizable that you can do all your organizing on the fly, automatically, or wait until the very end of the day to pick through your photos. At the end of the day, HipGeo’s main goal is to keep all those tiny adventures you have organized and logged by location and time so you’ll never forget where and when you took that photo of the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile.

4 1Password ($9.99)

Sometimes it’s hard to shell out 10 bucks for an app, but 1Password is absolutely worth it. In this age of dozens of accounts stretched across thousands of servers and websites, we prefer not to use skeleton key passwords due to lack of security. Instead of jotting down all those long passwords on a scrap of paper and shoving it into a sock drawer or keeping an easily accessible word file around, 1Password keeps all those passwords locked up tight and encrypts them. Once your passwords are stored, you can set 1Password to automatically log you into secure websites with a single tap. Not only does this app keep your passwords under one roof, you can also log secure notes into 1Password too, away from prying eyes.

3 Timer+ (Free)

At the gym,in the kitchen, or just timing how long it takes your co-working to get back from a “fifteen minute” break, Timer+ is a great, slick, easy-to-use app that lets you adjust and save different timers. You can go ad-free by purchasing the app, but the free version works perfect for those on-the-fly moments when you just need to time something. We like to use these saved timers for our cross-fitness workouts (you can run this app while your music is playing) or reminding us when our lunch breaks are over. Best of all, we don’t have to deal with the internal alarms and clocks of our mobile devices.

2 LED-Flashlight ($0.99)

Things falls under your car seat, the restaurant is dark and you need to see your tab, you have to look into your car’s hood really quick because the engine is starting to sound like a dying mouse, you have to blind your best friend quickly with a strobe light… just because… or maybe you need to signal a helicopter from a rooftop. Whatever the case is, having a flashlight app is a necessity. Whether you forgot you had one, or you didn’t think to get one, now is the time. While there are hundreds of free flashlight apps out there, we love the look and ad-free design of the LED-Flashlight making it worth our .99 cents.

1 Evernote (Free/Upgradable)

Evernote is getting more and more popular these days, and there is a reason – it’s probably one of the best note taking apps out there. The ability to quickly type up meeting notes, or random inspirations of prose, organize it all, and keep a workflow across various devices is the shining highlight of this app. Once you get used using Evernote, it will become daily life blood for jotting down your thoughts.

Each day is an adventure. With these five apps you’ll be able to remember, record, manage, and live more conveniently. Don’t worry, you can thank us later!

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